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Superintendent's Message

Summer Learning

     Participating in summer learning activities helps not only your child, but also teachers. Students who experience a various types of learning over the summer return to school in the fall ready with new information and therefore, full of new experiences. Teachers admire the child who arrives bright eyed and ready to learn and do more.

As for those students who sit at home, watch mindless television, and play video games… well, you have guessed it. This particular student begins a new year of school thinking about returning back home to watch his/ her favorite television shows and play his/her favorite video games. This student does not necessarily embrace new learning or new activities. This can contribute to creating the chasm between the teaching and the learning. This is tough on teachers.

So, parents, let me encourage you to consider the following:

  • If your child is going to watch television this summer, limit the time s/he watches and monitor what s/he is watching. There is indeed “good” television and “bad” television.
  • Provide at least one hour of reading time in your home, Monday through Friday. Magazines, books, and appropriate online content are a few examples.
  • Send your kid to a day, weekend, or a week-long camp in an area of his/her interest.
  • Take your kid to a museum, to the mountains for a hike, to the beach for a stroll, or to the library for some quiet reading time.

     Perhaps the most underrated learning and exchange with your child is while driving to/from a location. Some of my most profound (and entertaining) conversations with my son and daughter take place while I was driving somewhere. This is “priceless” one-on-one time that is often unused. Make the most of it.

Finally, and you know this, the traditional, family dinner time can never be undervalued. Playful spelling bees, multiplication problems, guess the author’s quote, in what year did this occur, and a host of other teachable moments can take place when gathered around the table with the television and music off. Make the most of these moments, especially in the summer when your child is free from the responsibilities of school. Remember, Team RBUSD will provide the schooling; Team RBUSD and you, the parent, educate.

     As a father who takes his job seriously, I implore you to throw every learning opportunity at your kid this summer. I know that budgets are tight. You don’t have to spend dime on the ideas above. However, a little spending of time now can pay significant dividends in the long run


Dr. Steven E. Keller

Superintendent of Schools 

Administrative Contact

Ricardo Gallegos


(310) 379-5449 Ext.# 1272