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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, the district hosts summer literacy events for the school at one of 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 of One School, One Book called One District, One Theme. This campaign aims to build a community of readers within our school as everyone – students, teachers, and even administrative staff – read the books. In the summer of 2022, the theme is Courage Counts. The elementary stories selected are available at both the primary and upper grade levels. The primary (grades K-2) books are I Am Courage: A Book of Resilience by Susan Verde and Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall. The upper elementary (grades 3-5) books are Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, Nubby's Story by Aubre Andrus (or Pumpkin's Story is an additional chapter book option now due to limited availability), and Wangari's Trees Of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter. Middle school students may choose their one required reading from four book options: Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid by Mikaila Ulmer, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (students may read the book or graphic novel, and When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller. Teachers annually start the school year off celebrating student summer work and integrated book themes into back-to-school routines. Click here to go to our Summer Literacy and Math Project page.

 

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


Book choices for grades K-2:



Book choices for grades 3-5:
 The Dodo: Nubby's Story by Aubre Andrus Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa: Winter, Jeanette:  9780152065454: Amazon.com: Books



Book choices for grades 6-8:

  

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