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And the Learning Continues…
Team effort in summer school keeps youngsters on track for success.

July 8, 2013

How have you spent your summer? What did you like best? —familiar questions to break the ice if you are in class on the first day of summer school; this might also become your first writing assignment.

Across the county, about 8,500 students are attending summer school programs. The elementary and middle school programs, which last three weeks, started today at about 30 locations, including schools holding programs for their students and central programs hosting several different schools. The high school program began June 24 and runs for six weeks.

Elementary and middle school summer school focuses on reviewing skills learned during the school year, such as writing, to prepare students for the upcoming year.

Like many other central elementary school summer sites, Fitzgerald Elementary School offers classes for 550 students in kindergarten through fourth grade from four schools. Instruction in language arts is provided at all levels, said Fitzgerald Elementary summer school Administrative Intern Matthew Meyer, "but math is also provided to students from second through fourth grade." Every classroom has a high school student who serves as a teacher assistant, allowing lots of personal attention in a relatively small class setting.

Current fifth-grade students and those in grades six, seven, and eight who are in the middle school summer school program are taught by a team of three teachers in three block sessions. Here, student learning is focused on language arts, math, and social skills.

“Students in summer school will review the skills they learned during the school year so they will be better prepared for their next grade level,” said Dr. Renee Lacey, supervisor of non-traditional and summer programs.

“We are committed to every student. We have a great team of individuals working together to ensure every child succeeds: from our parents, to our bus drivers, to the front office staff at our summer sites, to our classroom teachers and assistants, to the cafeteria and custodial staff. The success of our children is our number one priority,” said Lacey.

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