By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo’s elementary students will have a recommended list of books to read this summer.
The reading is not required, but those who complete it can earn various rewards or incentives. Details are still being finalized about the incentives and about the activities, projects or tests to be used for students to prove what they have read.
The list of recommended books likely will be sent home to rising first- to fifth-grade students when they receive their report cards at the end of the school year. They also will be sent to next year’s kindergartners.
Those students also will receive a grade-appropriate packet of reading and math activities they can complete during the summer for other incentives.
“When we start school in the fall, we plan to start a new grade and we want to keep review to a minimum,” said TPSD Assistant Superintendent Kim Britton. “We don’t want to burden parents, but we want children to stay sharp and maintain the information they learned during the school year so when the new year starts they can build on that.”
The reading list will be long to give students many options, Britton said. It will include both fiction and nonfiction. Students can choose to read as many of the books as they like to earn extra incentives.
Elementary school libraries will be opened during the summer on Thursdays between noon and 6 p.m. to make the books available to students.
The practice packets are being developed by teachers to help students keep their skills sharp.
“Many parents mean well and purchase books to help their children prepare for certain grade levels, but they may not be oriented with our curriculum,” Britton said.
Many secondary students also have required summer reading that is separate from this initiative.