Summer Reading Programs

littel girl summer reading Athens City School librarians want to give students a chance to continue their good reading habits and ensure that they begin the new school year with a literacy advantage. The summer reading schedule allows each elementary and intermediate school library in the district to open one day a week from 9 a.m. -11 a.m during the months of June and July. Parents are required to stay with their child. This allows parents to visit their child’s and other school libraries in the district and become more familiar with available resources. They also want parents to realize that school libraries are more important than ever in this digital age.

Beginning June 14, students may visit any ACS elementary school library or Athens Intermediate School and take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests on books they read. Most students who participate in AR throughout the school year and work toward goals every nine weeks.summer reading elementary kids

In addition to the intrinsic rewards of reading, when students read during the summer, these goals as well as outside reading assignments are much easier to complete when school begins in the fall. This motivates and encourages more reading throughout the year. The purpose of this is to encourage summer reading and provide ways for students to get a jump start on the next school year. Most ACS schools have a recommended reading program. Students may also begin completing these requirements during the summer months for the upcoming year.

“Athens City Schools is deeply committed to literacy. Above all, we want our students to enjoy reading and  acquire the overall benefits associated with it. By opening our libraries in the summer, we hope to set the stage for success in the fall.” – Carla Daws, librarian

More information about recommended reading for each school may be found at each ACS  website.

Accelerated Reader Summer Reading & Testing Days

Wednesdays from 9am-11am

June 14 Julian Newman Elementary
June 21 Athens Elementary
June 28 SPARK Academy at Cowart
July 5 SPARK Academy at Cowart & Athens Intermediate School
July 12 Julian Newman Elementary
July 19 Athens Elementary
July 26 Brookhill Elementary

Athens High School Summer Reading

The AHS library will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. this summer on the following days:summer reading hammock

Wednesday, June 14

Wednesday,June 21

Wednesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 26

Students will be able to check-in, check-out, and renew books at this time. They will also be able to get help locating resources needed for summer reading assignments. Summer Reading information is located on the library homepage and the school homepage. Students can also get this information from their English teachers.


Kindergarten Camp at Julian Newmankinder full

Dates:  July 10,11,12 and July 17, 18, 19

Time:  8am-11am

Cost:  $50

Breakfast and lunch are provided

Julian Newman Kindergarten Camp is a great opportunity for our youngest students to get to know their new school before the hustle and bustle of the new year begins. They are introduced to the classrooms, teachers, hallways, library and more. “Just like adults, we are all more comfortable if we have experienced something before, if only for a short time. The fear of the unknown can create unnecessary anxiety,” said Sharla Birdsong, principal. “This soft introduction makes the transition to kindergarten in the fall smoother for the students while giving them a sense of confidence about the new adventure they’re about to embark upon.”

Registration forms will be mailed to those who have registered through Schoolmint. This camp is only available to Julian Newman students who are eligible for kindergarten.


Kindergarten Camp at Brookhill Elementary

School Generic Photos for ArtDates:  July 25, 26 & 27
Time:  8am-11am
Brookhill Kindergarten Camp is free to eligible BES rising kindergarten students. Transportation will be provided for those in need. Snacks and drinks will be provided as well. A registration flyer will be sent home to eligible students.

Athens Middle School Schedule Pick Up

Date:  Thursday, July 27

Time:  9am-1pm

Place:  AMS Cafeteria


Athens Middle School Open House

Date:  Sunday, Aug. 6

Time:  2-4pm

Place:  AMS Auditorium


Athens High School Summer Camps, Events and Important Dates

May 19

Graduation, 7:00 p.m., @ Golden Eagle Stadium

May 22

UA Early College Advisement Day @ ARS

May 22

Cross Country Parent Meeting, 6:00 p.m., @ AHS Cafeteria

May 23

½-Day for students

May 31

AHS Report Cards Available

June 5 – 7

Kiddie Camp:  Softball

Time:  9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ages:  5 – 12

June 5 – 7

Kiddie Camp:  Baseball

9 a.m. – noon

Ages: K – 6th

June 8

ACT, 8:00 a.m. @ AHS

June 26 – 29

Kiddie Camp:  Volleyball

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ages: 5 – 10    8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Ages:  11 & Up  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hitter/Setter Camp:  11 & Up 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

July 4

Fireworks Hosted at AHS

July 24 – 27

Kiddie Camp:  Basketball (Boys/Girls)

9 a.m. – noon

Ages: K – 9th grade

July 29

Will Haney Foundation 5K Run @ AHS stadium

August 9

First day of school

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