Summer Programs

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The district provides opportunities for selected students to participate in one of our six summer programs designated to meet particular identified needs.  These programs include:

  • CAPPS (Coordinated Arts Program for Primary Students) welcomes identified incoming kindergarteners to a program designed to develop social readiness and enhance academic skills. For more information on CAPPS, click here.  Due to the pandemic, this program was modified to support exiting kindergarten students in the area of literacy and math.
  • The Literacy Support Program for Primary Grade Students targets incoming second and third graders and provides instruction through the district's balanced literacy model with reading, writing and word study skills integrated into each student session. Click here for more information.  A Math Support Program is also offered to students at these grade levels.
  • New this year, a Summer Learning Academy was offered to recommended students entering grades 4-8.  The program provides small group tutoring sessions in the area of literacy and/or math.
  • Metamorphosis is a middle school program for selected incoming sixth and seventh graders that focuses on developing communication skills, improving peer relationships and interactions, and developing a positive self-image. For more information, click here.
  • The ESY (extended school year) program is for identified students in preschool through eighth-grade as part of their individualized education plans.
  • A Tier III Enrichment Extensions Camp is also offered over the summer, which brings together identified gifted and talented students from across the district for various course offerings centered around 21st century life and career concepts. Click here for more information.

Summer Literacy & Math Project

All students are encouraged to participate in the district's annual summer literacy and math project that provides engaging ways for students to not only practice reading and math skills, but more importantly encourages lifelong readers and mathematicians.  All of the projects center around student choice and are designed to be authentic in nature.  In addition, each school hosts summer literacy events at the school in our library-media centers.  This is a great opportunity for students to visit the school over the summer, see some of our staff, return and check out books, and much more. The goal of these events is to promote summer reading and math, while celebrating choice and building school community.

Part of the literacy project includes one required read modeled off of the national campaign called One School, One Book.  This campaign aims to build a community of readers within our school as everyone – students, teachers, and even administrative staff – read the book.  In the summer of 2019, the elementary story selected was available at both the primary and upper grade levels. The primary book was Best Friends: The True Story of Owen & Mzee by Roberta Edwards.  The upper elementary book was Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship told by Isabella & Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu.  Middle school students, have a modified concept of One School, One Book titled One School, One Theme.  This allows middle school students to choose their one required reading from about three book options.  The summer 2019 titles were: I Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, or The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea.  Teachers annually start the school year off celebrating student summer work and integrated book themes into back-to-school routines. 

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Students selecting booksStudents making bookmarksStudents in the DES libraryStudents and Ms. Schaffer in the MES libraryBeeler students at their school's Literacy Event
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