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Great Oaks Legacy Newsletter

August 2017

Spotlight Scholar

Congratulations to Adrian Reddick, the salutatorian of the high school's first ever graduating class! We've chosen Adrian as our school's spotlight scholar. She joined us in 9th grade at the high school and showed great determination and leadership throughout her four years. An active part of the school community, she was always eager to volunteer at our different events. Adrian was one of the high school's first ambassadors and a great leader in the school. She will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall working towards her engineering degree. We are excited to see what she does next on her journey.

Seen at Great Oaks Legacy

Graduation, Pre-K Sesame Place, Princeton Blairstown Trip, Mayor Ras J. Baraka speaking to LMS, Senior Trip to CA, 8th Grade Graduation, Other Trips, High School Annex Grand Opening.

Reminders From the Office

  • Summer hours will be 9am to 3:30pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am to 12pm on Friday.
  • Please watch your mailbox for information regarding updated school uniforms for the 2017-18 school year. Reach out to your school’s main office for more information.
  • The First Day of School is August 21st at all campuses! Doors open for students at 7:45 am, and students will be marked late after 8:15 am.

Parent University

Closing the Summer Reading Gap

Research consistently shows that most scholars suffer reading loss over the summer. Of even greater concern is the fact that these losses are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students. To ensure that we are addressing summer reading loss and pushing scholars’ capacity to comprehend text at higher levels, reading instruction will be maximized and consist of the following:

  • Providing scholars with opportunities to read increasingly complex and challenging text over the school year
  • Providing struggling scholars with access to larger amounts of more intensive comprehension instructional support through tutoring and remediation
  • Emphasizing summarizing, organizing, synthesizing, comparing, analyzing, creating and presenting in all subject areas.
  • Demanding scholars to cite evidence when responding to comprehension questions

A heavy focus will be placed on pushing scholars to cite and explain evidence when reading literature, when reading informational text and when writing and speaking. This is of utmost importance because:

  • Most college and workplace writing requires evidence
  • The ability to cite evidence differentiates strong from weak student performance on statewide assessments such as PARCC
  • Evidence is a major emphasis of the Common Core English Language Arts standards focus on gathering, evaluating and presenting evidence from text
  • Being able to locate and deploy evidence are hallmarks of strong readers and writers

If you have not committed to a summer reading regiment with your scholar(s), you can help with closing the summer reading gap by ensuring your scholar(s) has many opportunities to read a variety of informational and literary text over longer periods of time. The idea is to keep opening doors, so that our scholars recognize that there is something of interest waiting for them when they take the time to read.

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