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Summer School is in Full Swing!

With approximately 1,452 students enrolled in the summer learning program and half of those in grades K-5, designated schools continue full-scale operations for students who need additional academic support, time-on-task, and classroom instruction during the summer months.

“It’s going well,” said Dr. Katrina McEllen, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Program Services. “Buses are on the roads, students are back in school, and teachers have been equipped with the resources they need to teach hands-on and engaging lessons.”

The summer learning program began June 2 and runs through July 2, from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, which meets the state requirement of 150 hours of in-person instruction. For elementary students, the summer sites are Gamewell Elementary, Granite Falls Elementary, and Lower Creek Elementary. Middle school students attend either Gamewell Middle or Hudson Middle School and high schools are open to students primarily for core content remediation and credit recovery in meeting graduation requirements.

The daily schedule for students in grades K-8 includes academic instruction in reading and math and in grades 3-8, additional science instruction incorporating STEM activities. Students also have a period of physical activity or an enrichment activity involving art and music.

“We are very pleased with the responsiveness of students and teachers during the first week of transition,” said Dr. Lesa Widener, Elementary Education and Title I Director. “Teachers are impressed with the new tools and resources provided. Some have already expressed that they want to transfer some of these practices that they are using now into their teaching in the fall.”

In the high school arena at Hibriten, South Caldwell, and West Caldwell, morning and afternoon sessions involve end-of-course content in English 2, Math 1, Math 3, and Biology for students not meeting passing standards in these courses. Students may also take electives in Career Management, Spanish 1 & 2, and Health and PE. Credit recovery opportunities are available at all high schools from June through August. 

Every student in the summer learning program receives a component of social emotional learning, free breakfast and lunch (applicable to student schedule) as well as accommodations for bus transportation if needed. There is an academic assessment at the completion of the summer program or course.

“We’re going to get a lot of positive by-products from this experience,” Widener said.