• Summer Reading Rewards:

    The best way to beat the summer slide is by reading! The link below provides a list of this year's Truman Reader Award nominees. If you would like to participate in a reward at the beginning of the next school year, read two of the books from this list, as well as one of your choosing. After you finish the book(s), you should complete the book log provided below. Happy reading! 

    Truman Readers' Award

    VPMS Summer Reading Log

    Local Library:

    Keep teen's minds engaged with Young Adult summer events at your local public library. 

    St. Louis County Library 

    Events include: Hip Hop Architecture Camp, Coding 101, Anime Club, Chess Club, Lego Club, Gaming Club, Summer Reading Club, Reader's Corner, Design a Bookmark Contest, STEM Nights, and so much more. 

    St. Louis Public Library

    Events include: Art @ Your Library, Cultural Crafts, Earn-a-Bike Camp, Earn-a-Computer Camp, Coding/Scratch Camp, Chess Camp, Lego Camp, Video Game Design Camp, and so much more.

    Helpful Resources:  

    Lit2Go (Florida Center for INstrucional Technology, College of Education, University of South Flordia, 2016, http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/) is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Many of the passages also have paired reading strategies. Each audio passage can also be downloaded as a PDF so students can read-along. The website contains an extensive list of full-length classic novels, African-American literature, historical documents and speeches, poetry collections, math and science collections, myths, Gothic/horror, fables, fairytales, and more. 

    Kahn Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/, 2016)--a free, not-for-profit organization offering online courses, interactive exercises, and resources for students, parents, and teachers. Parents can sign up for tips on how to encourage and support their child's learning and monitor their child's progress. 

    Just Take 20 (Flordia Department of Education, 2015, http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/just-read-fl/just-take-20/families/)--Families can create a custom, family literacy plan to learn effective at-home reading and writing activities. 

     Free Audiobooks (http://audiobooksync.com/, 2018) SYNC is a free summer aduiobook program for teens 13+. The OverDrive app (which is also free) must be installed. This app is available for all IOS, Androids, Kindle, Windows Phones, and Windows and MAC desktops. 

    Bookopolis (https://www.bookopolis.com/#/, 2018)is a free and safe online community for young readers to share their favorite books and discover new ones. 

    Read Theory has online reading activities for all levels! Students can improve their reading ability using this fun, interactive, educational tool (https://readtheory.org/, 2018).

    The Colorin Colorado (http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/summer-learning-resources-parents, 2017) is a wonderful bilingual site for families of English Language Learners. Although the site is catered towards K-3 English Language Learners, there is a plethora of information that is beneficial to all students and at all ages. On this website you will find helpful articles about how to make reading relevant, family reading guides, as well as fun and educational web pages for students, and so much more!