Jump Start 2011
Article Submitted by Mrs. Kari Sharp
by Dana Epley
August 20, 2011
Several Silver Lake Elementary Students got a “jump start” on the 2011-2012 school year by attending the second annual summer Jump Start program. This year, the program was available for any student entering first through sixth grades. It is designed to help students in the areas of math and reading. The program began on July 28th and wrapped up on August 10th with an average of 12-13 students attending daily, and we’re happy to report that even four of them even had perfect attendance.
The students arrived at school at 8:30 each morning and began their day by gathering as a whole group to enjoy some fun math games and an occasional reader’s theater. From there, the group split in two. Mrs. Sharp and Ms. Arntt taught the first through third graders while Mrs. Ewing taught the fourth through sixth graders. The lower elementary reviewed basic sight words and worked on reading fluency and comprehension skills, setting, characters, and plot as well as math skills such as addition, subtraction, geometry, and money. The upper elementary also worked on reading comprehension skills, main idea, cause and effect, punctuation, nouns and verbs as well as math skills such as multiplication, addition, subtraction, fractions, geometry, money, and time. Mid morning the group enjoyed a healthy snack before switching gears from reading to math. Jump Start was dismissed each morning at 11:30. On our last day, the kids received a surprise visit from &E’s Ice Cream truck as a reward for all their hard work.
We’d like to thank the kids and their parents for their dedication to the program and look forward to Jump Start again next summer!