In an attempt to keep our students academically engaged and to allow time for English and Math review during the summer, the Upper School will be partnering with iXL Learning - a company that provides a comprehensive review of skills that are aligned with our current curriculum.
iXL is designed to help your child review and refresh skills at his or her own pace. The website is adaptive and will adjust to your child's demonstrated ability level. To successfully benefit from this program, we are strongly recommending your child complete 20 hours of English: Students should click on the appropriate link to view suggested skills to practice. Your child will still need to complete his or her summer reading as assigned. It is highly recommended that English students access iXL during the summer to review the topics that have been selected for each grade level.
iXL Math will be used for summer math review. It will replace summer math worksheets and should be completed by August 8. Students should select the appropriate course they will enter in the fall and work through the selected topics, making sincere effort to attain the stated Smart Score. An assessment over the selected iXL topics will be given in the first week of classes when students return in the fall. This assessment will be both substantive and formative.
One of the best things about the iXL program is that you and your child will be able to access material and track progress from anywhere in the world. You and your child can access the program by clicking on a selected topic. The iXL login page will automatically open. Students must be logged in for their work to be recorded. The username and password is your child’s 5 digit student ID number. This ID number can be found on your parent portal or your child’s report card. You may also access iXL by visiting the following website: www.ixl.com/signin/maclayschool. Access to the program will be available through August 8th, when we will disable student logins so that teachers will be able to examine student results and plan their course(s) accordingly. If you will be accessing the iXL program using an iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire device, download the free app in iTunes or Google Play.
I hope you'll encourage your son or daughter to use iXL daily. Here's to a year of working together to maintain excellence! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 850-893-6545.
Charles E. Beamer, Jr.
Head of Upper School