Bridge the Gap: Summer Learning Activities

Bridge the Gap: Summer Learning Activities
Posted on 06/04/2020
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Update: Summer Learning Activities have been published! Click this link to find curriculum-based lessons for students in grades K-8. Let's get to work!

Let’s bridge the learning gap, with HSSD Summer Learning Activities!

A selected team of Elementary educators have worked to build fun, engaging, curriculum-based lessons in three subject areas to help students continue building skills throughout the summer. Families/caretakers will find activities for June and July for Math, Reading/Writing, and Phonics published via three choice activity boards for each month.

Students will complete one activity per day for each of the boards with an end goal of completing them all. All content will be uploaded online and printed for pick-up (if you don’t have a way to print at home) at the #TrojansRead Book Bus and the front offices of all elementary schools. Families/caretakers will be asked to email school principals when activities are completed by students on one board (again, there are three created for each month). Prizes will be provided to students who complete the full set of activities for one board in June and/or for July. Students have the opportunity to earn up to three prizes in June and three prizes in July for completing all activities on all three boards. Most importantly, these activities will help our kids to practice and review essential standards and skills for the fall semester. 


Who can participate? All families are welcome to participate in HSSD summer learning activities. The intent is to bridge the learning gap, and we want everyone to have access! There is no cost or sign-up required. The activities are planned for all students with or without internet access. Technology devices are encouraged but not needed.  Videos are attached to help re-teach concepts students might have learned throughout the school year. Families are welcome to keep district-owned Chromebooks through August 3, if they choose to participate. Families can also pick up printed copies (after June 8) of the activities at the front offices of all elementary schools and the #TrojansRead Book Bus.

We encourage families to share progress with campus principals with pictures and/or videos to be featured on our social media pages. You can tag us with the hashtag  #HSSDSummerLearning.

How difficult are the lessons? The content has been built so that each lesson lasts only thirty minutes. If concepts or skills taught are more challenging, educators have included a video tutorial for the parents/students (which is why we encourage participants to have access to a technology device). The standards used in building the activities include skills that students may need more practice on from the school year. 


How do students earn prizes for completing an activity board in June and/or July?

A parent/caretaker will reach out to the building principal by email when a student completes the activities on one board (three total for each month) for June and/or July, and students can pick up a prize from the front office of the school lobby. Students have the opportunity to earn up to three prizes in June and three prizes in July for completing all activities on all three boards. 


What is the timeline? There are 16 activities in each subject area (Math, Reading/Writing, and Phonics) for each month. The activities are organized into choice activity boards; so there are three activity boards for each month. Students will have from June 8 - June 30 to complete the June activity boards. We will publish July activity boards on June 29. Students will have from July 6 - July 31 to complete. All activities will be published at

Will families have online support from a teacher for summer learning activities? No. The activity boards have been built with thorough guidelines and details (to include videos in some cases) to ensure that families and caretakers can implement lessons on their own. Participants will not be expected to communicate with an online classroom or an online teacher. 

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