Great session of summer school

By Dr. Marci Larsen, Superintendent | Sep 12, 2018

One of the most exciting parts of each summer in the Mukilteo School District is our summer school program. Each year, hundreds of students spend time in classrooms to learn a variety of subjects, help get prepared for their move to middle school or to high school, or to earn credits they may need in order to graduate. Almost without exception, the students find summer school to be a great experience.

This past summer’s program was particularly good and provided the students with many unique experiences.

Summer school offers several free programs. About 150 young children from several of our schools attended a program called “Jump Start to Kindergarten,” which prepared them for our full-day kindergarten sessions.

Other summer school programs provided additional lessons for those learning English and an extended school year for some special education students to help prevent regression of their skills during the time when school was not in session.

About 400 students attended our summer school program for elementary students. The school-wide theme of summer school was based on the NED Character Education Program, which encourages students to “N” Never give up, “E” Encourage others, and “D” Do your best.

Each week, each characteristic was emphasized in morning announcements, with NED tickets, and read-aloud books.

All students also participated in a grade-level performance that was focused on growth mindset and positive character traits, solved real-world problems using STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), worked on their reading skills, and received targeted math instruction. The summer school also had a partnership with the Everett Library.

As for secondary students, many high schoolers could choose from among 23 different online courses to earn credits toward graduation. A total of 471 students also attended a summer program at the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center that offered instruction in 14 different career and technical education subjects.

The secondary summer school program had 577 students attending and in those sessions the students received instruction in English/language arts, math, and Washington state history. Some students also attended fitness classes, received instruction to prepare them for taking the SAT and ACT tests, and there was a class for eighth graders to prepare them for high school.

Students at the middle school level were especially excited by the integrated block classes that allowed them to explore a variety of challenges that ranged from poetry, photography, a mock trial, crime scene investigation, and running for office. An eighth grade student used the time to learn about documentary filmmaking and produced a video that looks to me like it was produced by the best talent in Hollywood. If you want to take a look, here’s the web address: https://youtu.be/xWAxqv-W9kc

Back in the old days, summer school was seen by many as a punishment to those students who didn’t perform well during the regular school year, but summer school has evolved over the years.

The program provides students with a variety of options to meet their needs and that match their interests and it does so in a relaxed atmosphere that gives students the chance to learn in a new and exciting way.

 

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