About Our Libraries

Recognizing that Cedar Creek School is committed to providing a superior educational program, the learning media specialists attempt to support and enrich the curriculum with meaningful, relevant, and challenging materials. The learning media specialists also have the responsibility of developing independent lifelong learners by teaching students the skills of locating, analyzing, interpreting, and using information. They strive to ensure the students' social and personal development by providing appropriate literature and periodicals.

Elementary Library

The library (K-5) is automated through Book Systems Atriuum. Elementary students visit their library once a week for storytelling, author and literature appreciation, and book selection. 
Click here to access the elementary library.

High School Library

The library (6-12) is also automated through Book Systems Atriuum.  Middle school students visit the library with their English/reading teachers or on an individual basis as time permits.  High school students use the library as scheduled by their teachers or on an individual basis.  Library hours are 7:40 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click here to access the middle and high school library.

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How to Stop the 'Summer Slide'

'Statistics on Summer Reading'
By Marlene Gundlach

It sounds simple; children need to read during the summer months to maintain current reading levels. It's more than common sense though. There are statistics that support the importance of summer reading.

Summer Learning Loss

When that last dismissal bell rings at the end of the school year, there are two schools of thought. The students are thinking of sleeping in and long, lazy days at the pool. Parents and teachers are thinking of how they are going to stop summer learning loss. The quest then is to merge those two summertime plans of action. The summer reading statistics are concrete and show the importance of keeping your child reading and academically active during the summer months.

Literacy Statistics

World literacy statistics from UNESCO state that 1 of every 5 people over the age of 15 is illiterate. Over 780 million adults in the world are illiterate....so at one time, they were illiterate children. So, this constant struggle over summer reading is really much larger than it seems. Literacy opens the door to educational and career opportunities, shaping a person's future. A study (in the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2, edited by Susan Neuman and David Dickinson) shared that in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, while in low-income neighborhoods that ratio is a staggering 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children. The National Center for Education Statistics' evaluation of No Child Left Behind reading proficiency scores painted a picture that reflects this difference in these ratios. In 2005, 36% of all 4th graders scores in the "Below Basic" proficiency level, while 54% of 4th graders who were eligible for the school lunch program scored in the "Below Basic" proficiency level.

Summer Reading Statistics

o   Low-income children, by the end of fifth grade, are about 2.5 years behind their more affluent peers. This is primarily due to summer learning loss.

o   Students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months. Research shows that students on average score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the same tests at the end of the school year. Low-income students experience greater summer learning losses than their higher income peers. On average, middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performance during summer vacation. Low-income students experience about a two month loss in reading achievement.

o   The achievement gap in reading scores between higher and lower income students increases over summer vacation. The research shows that achievement for both middle-and lower-income students improves at a similar rate during the school year.

o   Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores.

o   Summer reading loss is cumulative, these children do not typically catch up in the fall. Their peers are progressing with their skills while they are making up for the summer learning loss. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills during the summer are on average 2 years behind their peers.

o   Teachers spend an average of 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have lost during the summer.

Options for Summer Learning

Statistics prove that it is imperative that at-risk students keep reading during the summer months. Making materials and programs readily available in at-risk communities is critical. These students are often the last to receive services due to financial constraints. It needs to become a mission of the communities involved. Even starting a small book club for kids in your neighborhood will help keep them reading. If a small group of their friends are doing it, reading may actually become something they want to do! Bottom line, it needs to be a priority, the statistics don't lie.

References

Cooper, H., Nye, B., Charlton, K., Lindsay, J., and Greathouse, S. The Effects of Summer Vacation on Achievement Test Scores: A Narrative and Meta-analytic Review.Review of Educational Research, 66: 227-268, 1996.

Alexander, K.L., and D.R. Entwisle. "Schools and Children at Risk." In Family-School Links: How Do They Affect Educational Outcomes?, edited by A. Booth and J.F. Dunn, 67-89. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 1996.

Online Resources

Cedar Creek students have access to two subscription databases, World Book Online and EBSCO. These databases are accessible from any computer on the campus. They are also accessible from computers off the campus through the use of school user names and passwords.

Homework Louisiana offers free help online for K-12 and college students. Expert tutors are available Sunday through Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Resources for homework and studying are accessible 24/7.  Click here to access tutor.com.

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Accelerated Reader at Cedar Creek


Accelerated Reader is a part of Cedar Creek. To enhance reading comprehension, students in elementary school read books and take quizzes. All AR quizzes are accessible through Renaissance Place at school.
 Please view listing at www.arbookfind.com to determine what books have associated AR quizzes, as well as book levels, point values and a book summary.

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