Enjoy your summer by reading l Mukilteo Schools

By Dr. Marci Larsen, Superintendent | Jun 13, 2018

Summer is just around the corner. We will honor our graduates at ceremonies that will take place later this week and the last day of the 2017-18 school year will be a week from today on June 20.

The last several weeks before the end of the school year are always busy. Students are excited by the prospect of sunny summer days ahead and there are numerous year-end events and celebrations to recognize graduates or to bid farewell to retiring staff members. Then, after the school bell rings for the last time and the students go home, the pace dramatically changes.

The vast majority of our school district staff members also go home to vacations, professional development opportunities, and other plans for the summer.

When people hear that I work at a school district, they often assume that I also get the summers off. But, that’s not the case.

For many administrators and other employees, summer is a time to get various projects done, make improvements to facilities, and plan for the year ahead. I will admit, though, summer is also a time when I have a greater chance to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes: reading a good book.

Reading is one of the best things a student can do during the summer to help prevent learning loss and to make them be ready when school starts again in September. Whatever vacation plans parents have made for the next couple of months, it’s important that regular reading for the kids should be included.

The librarians at both Kamiak and Mariner recently got together with librarians at the Sno-Isle Library System to develop an excellent list of books that they have given the Mukilteo Teen Book Awards.

The list, which is available at both the Mukilteo and Mariner branches of the Sno-Isle Library and on the library website for both high schools, provides wonderful book ideas that should captivate any teenage student during the summer. Be sure to check it out.

One of the best ways to assure that children read during the summer is whether they see their parents also spending time reading. I asked around the school district office to see what books some of our administrators are planning to read and came up with a list that includes “Grant” by Ron Chernow, “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok, “We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know” by Gary R. Howard, “Breaking Through Gridlock” by Jason Jay and Gabriel Grant, “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly, “A Race to Freedom” by David Williams, the latest in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “Different Seasons” by Stephen King, and “A Mighty Long Way” by Carlotta Walls Lanier. John Gahagan, the president of our school board, said he recommends “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman.

As for my own reading? I’m looking forward to “Gatekeepers” by Chris Whipple and “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller.

Few things can beat the joy of sitting outside on a warm summer day and becoming lost in a fascinating story told through a good book. I sincerely hope that you will have that opportunity, as well.

Have a wonderful summer.

 

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