CCSD Summer Reading Program 2017
FAQ for Parents
When does the CCSD Summer Reading Program 2017 begin and end?
The Summer Reading Program begins on May 8th and ends on September 8th. CCSD, in conjunction with Cobb County Public Libraries, Smyrna Public Library, and Marietta City Schools, has partnered with Scholastic Summer Reading, a national program, and these dates accommodate school calendars across the country.
Why should students participate in a Summer Reading Program?
Research shows that many children experience what is often called “summer slide,” when students are exposed to fewer educational opportunities and, as a result, lose some of the gains made in school during the year. By actively participating in a summer reading program, studies show that students often maintain or improve their reading abilities throughout the summer.*
How does the CCSD Summer Reading Program encourage students to read?
Students can keep track of time spent reading to compete with other CCSD schools, as well as schools across the nation, in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Last year CCSD students logged over 6.5 MILLION minutes of summer reading! On the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website, students can also participate in weekly challenges for prizes and badges, as well as get to know favorite authors.
Where do students log their reading minutes?
Go to http://www.scholastic.com/summer/kids/. Your school’s library media specialist is typically the summer reading coordinator at each school, and he or she will provide the user name and password to each student before school ends.
What do I do if my student forgot his/her user name or password?
What type of devices support the Scholastic Summer Reading Program website?
You can access the Scholastic Summer Reading Program on a computer, smart phone, or tablet. It is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers.
What should we do if we have difficulty accessing the internet?
Students may write their minutes on a paper log that contains the following information: student’s name, date, minutes read, title of book. Please bring your reading log to your school library media specialist at the beginning of the school year.
Is there a suggested book list?
A key factor in cultivating lifelong reading is being able to choose what to read, so rather than a set list of books, students are free to read books they choose. For book suggestions, please visit our Reading Resources page or stop by your local public library. Your library media specialist may also provide suggestions prior to the end of school. *Please note: Some schools and/or classes do have required reading. Please verify with your local school.
My student is a rising 6th grader or rising 9th grader. Which school will be attached to my student’s account?
The minutes recorded by rising 6th and 9th graders count for the student’s previous school. It is recommended that rising 6th & 9th grade students print copies of their reading logs to submit to their new schools.
Where can I learn more about the benefits of reading regularly in the summer?
Bintrim, Lisa. "3 Research-Proven Ways Libraries Help Fight Summer Slide." Ideas and Inspiration from Demco. Demco, 12 June 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2016.
Bowie, Liz. "Summer Reading Program Ideas." Ideas and Inspiration from Demco. Demco, 08 Mar. 2016. Web. 30 Mar. 2016.
"Know The Facts - National Summer Learning Association." Know The Facts. National Summer Learning Association, 2009. Web. 30 Mar. 2016.
"Summer Reading Program Impact Study." Library of Virignia. Library of Virginia, 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2016.