Summer Reading

at Matapeake Middle School

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 As we approach summer, please try to avoid the summer slide.  The summer slide is “forgetting some of what your child has learned or slipped out of practice during the summer months.”   Here are three strategies that may help your child avoid the summer slide.  First, have your child read for at least 20 minutes every day.  Second, engage in meaningful conversations and help build your child’s vocabulary.  Third, have them listen to audiobooks at or above their grade level.  This will increase their knowledge and expand their experience with text, so that they will do better when they read on their own.

I would also encourage you to complete MMS’s summer reading initiative due Friday, September 1st.  Information for the summer reading initiative can be found on our website under MMS Headline News.  

Students have a choice in what book they would like to read over the summer and complete their summer reading initiative.  If you need some book suggestions for MMS’s summer reading initiative, links are provided with some options.  You can use the recommendations from the ALSC (Association For Library Service To Children) or from the Kent Island Public Library Summer Reading Program.   

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at [email protected] and include in the subject line Summer Reading.  Stay healthy and safe!

Have a great summer! 

Mrs. Jen Dryer  

Mrs. Jen Dryer, Reading Specialist

Matapeake Middle School Summer Reading Initiative 2023

What do I have to do?                                                    

  1. Read…Read…Read                                                                        
  2. Complete a One-Pager of the book of your choice!! 

Due Date

          Your Summer Reading One-Pager  Assignment is due on Friday, September 1st, 2023

  • Participants get $20 in PBIS “Sand Dollars” (used in fun school events during the year)

What is a One-Pager?

One-pagers invite students to think deeply about a text and produce a single page to represent its most important aspects. The goal is for students to show they understand the big ideas, themes, or connections of a text.  Students can reflect thoughtfully on a piece of text and demonstrate understanding all on a blank 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper.

 Example of a One-Pager

Template for a One-Pager 

(use any paper  8 1/2″ x 11″)

click here for directions/rubric

Where can I find a book to read? 

Recommended Books to Read for Middle Schoolers:

Any Questions?  Contact Mrs. Dryer, Reading Specialist at MMS  [email protected]