The Summer Band Program sponsored by the Pepperell Parents Pro Musica (PPPM) concluded it’s 34th season today. Mr. Tellier established this program in 1980 and it has run every summer since. This year, 50 students in grades 5-9 participated in the five week program run by three highly experienced teachers, namely: Scott Mullett- PPPM Artist-In-Residence, Donna Morse-Woodwind Specialist, and our own Instrumental Music Teacher, Mr. Tellier, who taught all instruments and coordinated the program.
The Summer Program is designed to meet individual needs and refine student performance skills. Some students use this as an opportunity to begin studying a second instrument, while others prepare to take leadership roles in the upcoming school year.
Congratulations to all participating students! You will enter the new school year with increased confidence, knowledge, and skills. We are grateful for Kevin Tellier’s dedication to our students and to Scott Mullett and Donna Morse for sharing their expertise. Thank you to the PPPM for once again sponsoring this fantastic program! It has been a significant factor in creating and sustaining an exemplary Performing Arts Program at Nissitissit Middle School.
Summer is in full swing, and we hope that you are enjoying the outdoors. But don’t forget to pack some books in your bag for summer vacation. Read during long car rides or while sitting on the beach! Anne McGill-Franzen and Richard Allington, professors of education at the University of Tennessee who completed a three year study on the subject, found that children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency. Further, that the summer reading slide can be likened to an athlete’s level of fitness. If a runner stops running for 3 months, his performance will likely decline. Research by Jimmy Kim of Harvard University suggests that reading four or five books over the summer can prevent summer reading loss.
So, visit the Lawrence Library, or download some titles on your Kindle! Summer is a prime opportunity to read high interest novels, a series by your favorite author, or catch up on magazines.
Recommended Summer Reading Links:
All grades: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5532.Best_Books_for_Middle_school_grade_level
Grades 7 & 8: http://www.haisln.org/images/HAISLN_Grades_7-8_2014.PDF
Grade 6: http://www.haisln.org/images/HAISLN_Grade_6_2014.PDF
Grade 5: http://www.ala.org/alsc
Kim, J.S. (2004). Summer reading and the ethnic achievement gap. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 9(2), 169-188.
University of Tennessee at Knoxville. “Summer reading is key to maintaining or improving students’ reading skills.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 July 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100721112234.htm>.
At Nissitissit, we encourage our students to take risks and embrace technology. So, we decided to practice what we preach and try something new. The Nissitissit Middle School Blog will showcase all the exciting things happening with both our teachers and students. It will also provide the community with an opportunity to provide us with positive feedback. Furthermore, we hope to provide parents with valuable information and research related to raising and educating adolescents.
We hope you visit our page often!
Diane Gleason and Lauren Young