We know that students tend to show a regression over the summer in all academic areas. Research has shown that reading at least six books at their independent reading level helps students maintain their current reading level for the upcoming school year. Reading more than six books has been shown to help some students show growth in reading levels over the summer.
Summer reading is a great time to teach children to enjoy reading! We recommend checking out our local library program, following along while listening to books on tape, or reading books as a family that have been made into a movie and following up with a movie night! You can also utilize grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins to help make reading fun. Even if the person they want to read with is from another place, they can check out the same book as your child and read and discuss the book on facetime or over the phone.
We have also provided a list of reading websites and apps that can be utilized at home.
The Youth Golf Program will run four consecutive weeks from Thursday, June 2 to Thursday, June 23. This covers a four week period with each day starting at 9:00 a.m and ending at 10:30 a.m. Golfers receive instruction in a wide-range of aspects of the game, compete in daily challenges, and play golf. The emphasis will be on playing and learning the game.
The second graders at Central Elementary demonstrated their creativity during Library Skills Class. After earning PRIDE rewards, they got to decide which makerspace they wanted to start with. After that, they moved to different work stations. It was fun to see their creativity at work!
The Jeffs’ Best Award was created by the Fairbury Public Schools Board of Education to highlight and celebrate the great work of our staff. On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate Jill Davis, Central Office Staff and Assessment Coordinator, as the recipient of the April Jeffs’ Best Award! These are her nomination statements:
Jill has given so much of her time and energy to Fairbury Public Schools over the last 20 years, as a sub, para educator, assessment coordinator in addition to the other “hats” she wears every day. She’s loyal to the district, her peers and truly loves her job. Jill, like so many FPS staff, embodies what it means to be Jeffs’ Best.
Jill Davis wears SO many hats for our district. As the data steward, she handles everything on the back end for us for state and standardized testing. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of time and preparation that she puts in behind the scenes so that our testing can run smoothly. She handles so many things for us all that she is the ultimate, if you don’t know, “ask Jill”. Not only
does her job description (which she continually exceeds) include a wide berth of duties and plethora of skills, she is always taking on new tasks, assisting at every level. Jill is always there with a friendly smile, ready and willing to jump in and help wherever she is needed. Jill really is a pillar of the district, and we are genuinely blessed to have her.
Jill is a great asset to our staff. She is willing to help out in any way possible. She is very knowledgeable about data and assessment, but also student growth and achievelement. If you ever enter the central office, she will greet you will a smile and willingness to help in any way. Our district is blessed to have Jill, and she is well deserving of this honor.
Success starts here! – has been the theme for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) this year. The Fairbury chapter has been working on state projects, competitive events, and chapter activities throughout the year. The State Leadership Conference (SLC) is the culminating event to highlight that work. The SLC was held in Kearney on April 11-13. It was great to get back to an in-person conference since the last two years were canceled or virtual due to COVID-19.
Nineteen Fairbury FBLA members attended the conference along with chapter advisor Tammi Mans and sponsor Ryan Garver. The members competed in 21 different tests and attended seminars throughout the conference. The conference started off with keynote speaker, Brooks Harper. He is considered the premier college and career readiness and soft skills speaker in America! He provided the keynote address and seminar sessions for students and advisors to help them discover, develop, market and sell their talents, skills and abilities.
After taking tests and completing presentations on Monday afternoon and night and all day on Tuesday, it is always exciting to attend the Awards of Excellence session on Wednesday to see what awards and honorable mentions our members have earned. Earning awards this year were our American Enterprise project team of Hannah Robertson, Alissa York, and Zane Grizzle-5th place, Grizzle-5th place in Job Interview, Jami Mans-6th place in Electronic Career Portfolio project and Ethan Smith-Public Service Announcement-Honorable Mention. Our chapter also received the 7-up award for chapter membership and 3rd place for our Trick-or-Treat for the March of Dimes project and donation.
Congratulations to all award winners and to the rest of the chapter members attending the conference for trying your best.