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June 23, 2014

Summer is finally here! Whether you spend it barbecuing, at the beach, or in a frenzy of vacations & visits, it's a time to relax, recharge, and spend time with family and friends. But what about all the hard work your child has done during the 2013-2014 school year? Studies show that your child could lose knowledge, particularly in math and reading skills, over the summer months (http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-5/summer.htm), and we don't want that to happen! Brushing up on skills doesn't have to take the form of producing essays or solving pages of long equations...check out some of the resources below to keep your youngster sharp and prepared for the 2014-2015 school year - it will be here before you know it!

Did you Know? There are free meals available to qualifying families all summer long. CLICK HERE for more information!

Tween Parents: Is your child making the transition from elementary school to middle school? Summer is a great time to start talking about what they might experience in GTMS. Here's a good article that will help you prepare your child for this step: CLICK HERE

All Parents - Start here: http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us/StudentHome/index.html
This page was created and is maintained by our Curriculum Supervisors. Your children often utilize this page during the school year, and find it chock-full of activities, games, and homework help. Start your summer learning adventure here!

Summer Learning Activities by Subject (Elementary Grades): CLICK HERE

Summer Learning Ideas for Older Students: CLICK HERE

Summer Reading List (Grades K-6): CLICK HERE

Young Adult Reading List: (from the American Library Association’s "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers")

  • Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide; Heather Dakota (2014)
  • This Star Won't Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl; Esther Earl (2013)
  • Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year; Demi Lovato (2013)
  • Outlaws, Spies & Gangsters; Laura Scandiffio (2014)
  • The Crossover; Kwame Alexander (2014)
  • Bike Thief; Rita Fuetl (2014)
  • #16thingsithoughtweretrue; Janet Gurtler (2014)
  • The Rule of Three; Eric Walters (2014)
  • Roomies; Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando (2013)

Some Other Ideas for your "Home Summer School":

• Start by making a list of the most important and obvious educational milestones that your child achieved during the school year (i.e. alphabet recognition, letter/sound correspondence, counting, the names and order of the planets, algebra, etc.). Seeing all of this information on paper will give you an idea of what you need to work on over the summer.

• Spend at least 20 - 30 minutes each day reading with your child or having your child read to you. Look for reading programs at your local library (Atlantic County Library System: Galloway Branch), bookstore, or church to keep your youngster interested.

• Stimulate math skills by letting your child estimate prices in the grocery store, plan how much a family vacation will cost, or have them help you with the cooking for measurement skills.

• Take classes together. Many places offer classes during the summer months that will allow you and your child to spend time together. You may want to expose them to something they wouldn't learn in school (perhaps a class in sculpture or paper-making), or reinforce something they learned that year (computer courses in word processing or web page design).

• Have them keep a journal of all the things they do. Maybe they'll want to draw pictures of places they go on a family vacation, or write a poem about a day at the beach. Not only will this keep writing skills sharp and peak their creativity, but at the end of the summer they’ll have a wonderful scrapbook of memories from the summer of 2014.

• If you do go on a family vacation, why not let your child research places on the Internet before you go? They can gather all the information they can find about a certain destination or choose a few locations and compare them. They can then map out the route, choose the hotels you stay in, find restaurants in the area, estimate the cost of a flight for the entire family, and so much more!

• Take them on day trips – museums, zoos, galleries, historic villages…they'll have so much fun they won't even realize they're learning!

Speaking of museums, zoos, and other fun places to visit, here's a list of some local destinations to visit during those long, lazy days:

Finally, remember that in addition to district programs like Summer Learning, Extended School Year, Summer Theatre & Pops, the district offices are open all summer, and I encourage you to contact me if you would like to discuss your child's education, or other matters relating to the school district. We believe that a strong partnership between home and school is essential to a quality education, and want the lines of communication to remain open. Together we can ensure that Galloway Schools remain places "where children and learning come first!"

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence

609.748.1250, ext. 1011 or

What are YOU doing this summer? Click below for ideas!

YMCA Summer Camp - Learn more HERE

Galloway's Summer Camp (K-6 students)

Summer Reading Programs at the Galloway Library - CLICK HERE (PDF)

Galloway Schools' Summer Pops Registration NOW OPEN
CLICK HERE for Pops Registration!

NEW! No experience required:
Music lessons for students in grades 3-7 (PDF Flyer)

Galloway Schools' Summer Theatre
PROGRAM FULL! Thank you for your patronage!

2014-2015 District Calendar (PDF)
BOE Approved: Feb. 24, 2014

See Our 2013-2014
Teachers of the Year!

CLICK HERE for "Budget Central"

CLICK ABOVE to access the Parent Portal!

CLICK HERE for the
Kids GO GREEN in Galloway Website!

CLICK HERE for the 2014 School Performance Reports
(Presented to the BOE March 17, 2014)

NEW! Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Report Cards (PDF; Posted March 18, 2014)
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Important District Documents & Presentations:
Homework - The Galloway Schools Way | Teacher Evaluation System (Word, PDF) | Principal Evaluation System (Word, PDF)
Superintendent's District Safety & Security Letter to Parents (Dated 12-20-12)

Public Service Announcements:

Important Information about Human Trafficking - Please Read (PDF)!

The Right Prescription for NJ: Information from the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey (PDF)

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