All students enrolled at Immaculate Conception School for the 2017-2018 school year in grades K – 8 are required to do summer math work. Similar to last summer, all rising 2nd – 8th grade students will do their work on www.ixl.com. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will use a workbook. 1st grade students will also be provided with an IXL account and list of suggested topics for use at the parent’s discretion.
We received a lot of feedback from families following last summer’s experience with IXL; we have given all feedback careful consideration and have appropriately revised the program. This summer’s requirements balance student/parent preferences with the school’s mission to help preserve math skills over the summer. It is important that parents and students review the details contained in this letter together so that everyone understands the expectations and develops a personalized plan for the student’s completion of the work.
The purpose of the summer math program is to ensure that each student maintains math skills mastered during the school year. Skills that go unpracticed are ultimately lost. In an effort to maximize retention and give your student the best chance for success in the upcoming year, logging in each week is the preferred practice. We do, however, appreciate that summer schedules often do not permit this, so flexibility has been built into this year’s requirements. Here are the minimum requirements per grade:
Rising 6th – 8th grade:
6 total hours of time spent on IXL practicing skills from the provided list at 85% mastery (this equates to 30 minutes/week on average)
Rising 4th & 5th grade:
4 total hours of time spent on IXL practicing skills from the provided list at 85% mastery (this equates to 20 minutes/week on average)
Rising 2nd & 3rd grade:
2 total hours of time spent on IXL practicing skills from the provided list at 85% mastery (this equates to 10 minutes/week on average)
Rising 1st grade:
Summer Bridge Workbook (K-1) with IXL as a support tool to be used as needed (no minimum time required) http://www.summerbridgeactivities.org/buy_summer_bridge_workbook.htm
Summer Bridge Workbook (Pre K – K) only http://www.summerbridgeactivities.org/buy_summer_bridge_workbook.htm
Each IXL student must use the username and password assigned through the school in order to receive credit for completed work. Practice on a private account or a sibling’s account will not be considered. Please encourage your student to write down his or her account information somewhere where it can be easily retrieved.
Again, it is important to reiterate that frequent, consistent practice spread out over the course of the summer is optimal. If this cannot be achieved, the next best approach is to ensure that your student practices some amount during each of the three months (June, July & August). Completing the entire time requirement either the day school gets out or the day before school begins is not productive and defeats the intended purpose of the program.
A student who successfully completes the requirements within the period from June 12 – September 4 will receive 50 points for his or her summer work. This will be the student’s first grade for the new trimester. A student who completes less than the minimum time requirement will have his or her grade reduced on a pro-rated basis (i.e. 3 hours out of 6 will earn 25 points out of 50).
Each student must work from the suggested list of skills for the grade or course the student completed in the 2016-2017 school year. If your student participated in an advanced math class, he or she will need to pay particular attention to the skill sheets to be sure they are selecting the one that corresponds with the material the student learned and the book they used. Select the appropriate hyperlink below which will take you to the correct skill sheet for your student:
Rising 1st graders (suggested topics only – no time requirement)
Rising 5th graders (grade-level & advanced students)
If you have questions regarding these directions, please contact Mrs. Cucuzzella at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification. Thank you and have a wonderful summer!