Woodbury, New Jersey – March 23, 2015. Woodbury City Public Schools is excited to announce that a new, free program in the district will allow children in first through third grade to go to school year-round. Woodbury City Public Schools is the only district in Gloucester County to offer this unique opportunity to further increase student achievement.
District students entering first through third grade in September 2015 will now be enrolled in a summer reading program that will provide academic instruction along with fun, hands-on activities. The purpose is to address in young students what is known to educators as the ‘summer slide.’
‘Summer slide’ is the learning loss during the summer months when students don’t attend school. During summer vacation, many students lose or forget knowledge and skills from the lack of regular instruction. Experts estimate that when students return to school in September, they typically perform, on average, one to two months behind where they were in June, with this loss being cumulative. Over time this can lead to students having achievement gaps and struggling to maintain their grades. By enabling students to attend school year-round, it will reduce the amount of re-teaching necessary in the fall and will increase educational efficiency. Instead of achievement gaps, Woodbury City Public Schools is focusing on helping students have achievement gains.
Studies show that regular instruction, and a focus on reading, will be beneficial for young children throughout their school years, helping them to be more proficient readers, get good grades, be more confident, receive their high school diploma, and seek additional education. Woodbury City Public Schools is laying the groundwork early to help its students succeed in school, careers, and in life.
Whether a student struggles with reading and needs more time to master content, or excels at reading and needs additional enrichment, Woodbury City Public Schools’ program will match the student’s reading ability and interests with personalized instruction on his/her level. Students will be assigned to multi-age classrooms with similarly performing peers. All instruction will be provided by the district’s own highly-skilled, certified teachers and aides and aligned to its school-year curriculum.
The program, entitled ‘Summer Safari Reading Camp,’ will run Monday through Thursday from July 6 to August 27 at West End Memorial Elementary School (215 Queen Street). Two sessions a day will be offered at either 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both sessions include free transportation from the district’s elementary schools and area child-care centers. In addition, free lunch for all students (including those students up to age 18 who are not enrolled in the summer reading program) will be provided through a partnership between Woodbury City Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Woodbury City Public Schools is working cooperatively with area organizations, such as the Woodbury Library and Woodbury Child Development Center, to insure that the new summer program will be successful for students.
For more information, contact Principal Dr. Jason Vivadelli at 856-853-0125 ext. 142.
Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.