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Balanced School Calendar to Boost Student Achievement

Shorter summers, smarter kids

August 2012

Now it is August and all schools are back in session this month. The day-after-Labor-Day-school-start is probably gone forever!

Whereas most schools dedicate at least 180 days to student education, studies have shown that less knowledge is lost if the summer break is not three months long.

Math and science skills depend on pathways that require constant development. Teachers guide students through these pathway. They have to spend less time reviewing forgotten concepts with a shorter summer break and thus have more time to teach new materials.

There are many reasons to support the new calendar. Your children need to feel you're behind them in everything they do. There can be some family benefits from the intersessions. The IPS Fall Break is from October 5-22 and can be a wonderful time to plan an enrichment program for your child. Many are already offered but you can find some of your children's family friends and plan trips to the many wonderful museums right here in Indianapolis.

MSD Washington Township has a Balanced School Schedule for the first time with the first full day of school August 6th. Their calendar allows 10 weeks of summer vacation with five full weeks off during the school year. Fall break is October 6-14. Thanksgiving break: November 17-25. Winter break is December 22-January 6. Spring Break is March 23-31. Most school districts are having a two-week break at Christmas. All of these changes can bring new opportunities for enrichment programs and family travel.

This issue of Indy's Child features enrichment opportunities for your children. It is time to plan sports and cultural opportunities for your children. Music, gymnastic and dance programs go into full gear this month. Your Local Y has classes starting for both kids and parents. Soccer and indoor tennis classes have registrations this month.

I know it has been a very hot summer but may the early start of school bring us some cool Fall weather.

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