DUXBURY HIGH SCHOOLSUMMER READING FOR SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES 2020-2021
This letter contains important information about summer enrichment work for students.
Spring 2020 has proven to be a challenging and unprecedented time for public education. When we left school on Friday, March 13th, we would have never guessed that our students would be learning remotely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We are proud of the work that our teachers, students, and parents were able to accomplish together over the past few months and look forward to reflecting on lessons learned with regard to remote learning as the focus of our curriculum development over the summer. We are already considering how we will assist students with regaining their learning momentum, as well as how we will address learning gaps that may be present in our students despite everyone’s best efforts with the continuation of learning this spring. With the potential for the fall to look different than in years past, we are also focusing our summer curriculum work on examining our curriculum maps so that we can effectively meet students’ needs in an in-person or remote setting. We know that we need to find creative solutions to differentiate and individualize instruction in new and unique ways given our current circumstances.
This year, more than ever before, we believe that it will be essential for students to continue with their learning over the summer months. We understand that remote learning has taken its toll on students and families, and we have designed some summer academic maintenance experiences for the students of Duxbury that are engaging, able to be completed in shorter amounts of time than typical schoolwork, and emphasize key skills that will better enable students to return to school in September ready to learn new concepts in the next grade level. If we could suggest two simple activities for our students to do regularly over the summer it would be to read every day and to continue to practice age and grade-appropriate math fluency skills. If our students keep up with academic practice over the summer, there will be less need for basic skill remediation in the fall.
While we strongly encourage all students to complete the enrichment work provided in order to maintain their skills throughout the summer, we understand that individual situations might make the completion of the assigned work difficult and teachers will be flexible. As always, please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions or for assistance. Have a wonderful summer!
Danielle E. Klingaman Ed.D, Asst. Superintendent
Click on the grade appropriate tab to the left to access the Social Studies Summer enrichment choice board. Here you will see a list of activites to help keep your son or daughter engaged this summer. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any particular course and its requirements, please feel free to contact Lew Alberti, Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.