Jump Start

The afternoon group of Jump Start students with their teachers and paraprofessionals get together for a photograph.
The afternoon group of Jump Start students with their teachers and paraprofessionals get together for a photograph.
Paraprofessional Mayra Natale helps her students with their summer project.
Paraprofessional Mayra Natale helps her students with their summer project.
Maplewood fifth-grade ESL teacher Ms. Jessica Sellare enjoys giving students a ‘jump start’ on the new school year.
Maplewood fifth-grade ESL teacher Ms. Jessica Sellare enjoys giving students a ‘jump start’ on the new school year.
This young student digs deep to find just what she’s looking for.
This young student digs deep to find just what she’s looking for.
With his first library card, this young man is excited to borrow a book from the extensive children’s department at the South Huntington Library.
With his first library card, this young man is excited to borrow a book from the extensive children’s department at the South Huntington Library.
Comfortable chairs and a quiet environment allow this young student to maximize her reading experience.
Comfortable chairs and a quiet environment allow this young student to maximize her reading experience.
The South Huntington Library has a beautiful flower-filled courtyard that was a popular spot for students to have some lunch.
The South Huntington Library has a beautiful flower-filled courtyard that was a popular spot for students to have some lunch.

For approximately 270 students entering grades K through 6, this past summer was a memorable experience, thanks to the Summer Literacy and Jump Start Programs in South Huntington. The programs were held during the last two weeks of July and first two weeks in August at the Oakwood Primary Center.

Teachers and Para’s spent 2.5 hours each day engaging students in a wide array of fun-filled literacy learning experiences. “The goal for both programs was to give students a boost in their literacy learning for the 2013-2014 school year.” Said Ms. April Poprilo, Supervisor of Curricula Services. “These programs were voluntary and free for students who were recommended by their teacher. Home school collaboration and community partnerships with the South Huntington Public Library provided students opportunities to reinforce basic reading skills and strategies through engaging learning activities.”

For the Summer Literacy Program, teachers and paraprofessionals provide small groups students with enjoyable and standards-based literacy activities that helped them to develop good reading and writing skills. As for the Jump Start Program, teachers focused on developing the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of their English as a second language (ESL) students.

The Jump Start classes also had an opportunity to take a field trip to the South Huntington Public Library. While there, the students not only learned about the wide array of resources that the library has to offer, but also engaged in literacy activities that aligned with the South Huntington Schools/South Huntington Public Library Summer Reading Program. This summer’s theme was “Dig into Reading.” As the old Chinese proverb says, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” The students who attended the Summer Literacy and Jump Start programs gained a treasure trove of knowledge that they will be able to take with them and use throughout this school year and beyond!