Stay connected with MNPS this summer
Summer. Is. Here! After a long and productive school year, we’re welcoming summer break with open arms. Students and teachers alike are grateful for much-needed time off and rest. But did you know it can be easy to focus on your child’s education during the summer?
Summer should be relaxing and fun, but it’s also a time where students can lose up to two months of progress they gained during the school year if they do not stay engaged. Does your middle schooler want to stay on track to be prepared for high school? Does your K-4 student need to catch up to his/her reading level? Here are a few ways to keep your child on track and healthy over the break.
Summer Reading Challenge
Summer academics do not have to be a rigorous task. Something fun and easy all students, and even adults can do, is to read for 20 minutes a day. The Nashville Public Library is holding its annual Summer Reading Challenge with the goal of reading 10 million minutes as a city. The library is providing Summer Challenge printouts for young children, teens and adults that require participants to color in a section of a guitar for every 20 minutes of reading done a day. Once the guitar is complete, it can be brought to your local library to earn prizes. No matter what you or your student is reading, learning is taking place and supporting literacy growth. Learn more here: http://npl.readsquared.com/
Other ways to foster a love of reading with your student this summer:
- Visit your local library.
- Attend a library event: puppet shows, workshops, read alouds and more.
- Read to your young children and engage them in discussion.
- Check out the recommended reading lists for all ages at https://library.nashville.org/.
It’s not too late to find your summer camp! Metro Schools also offers Summer Camps and Programs with a variety of subject options and locations. Many camps are full, but some options have later summer start dates and are still available. Two of those camp options are the Teach for America Summer Academy held June 11- July 6, open to all MNPS elementary and middle school students; and the MNPS Discovery STEAM Camp: June 18-22 for middle school students who are currently attending a Phase I STEAM school. Find a program for your student at www.mnps.org/summer-camps. This website also includes a list of camps hosted by our community partners like the Adventure Science Center and the Nashville Zoo.
First Summer Meals Location is now Open
While many of the district’s summer programs offer daily meals to the student participants, MNPS is also providing wraparound services through the Summer Meals Program. The Summer Meals Program addresses hunger during summer break. Through the district’s Nutrition Services Department, the Department of Extended Learning Programs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, three locations in Nashville will provide meals to help fill the nutritional gap during the summer. The program is free to children ages 0 to 18, regardless of whether or not they attend Metro Schools. Adults aged 19 and over can receive meals at a reduced cost of $3.75. There are no income requirements or registration. Meals are served Monday- Friday. See the dates and locations below.