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School’s out for the summer—so why are some students still riding school buses, and spending some of their hard-earned vacation time in classrooms?

The District’s successful Summer Academy, which is open to children in Kindergarten through Grade 6, returned to Bennett Elementary School on July 11. Sixty children in Kindergarten through Grade 7 are taking the opportunity to brush up on their reading, writing, and math skills. On a recent morning, students in a Kindergarten class were completing a connect-the-dots worksheet to show off their familiarity with numbers, while children in a Grade 2 classroom were playing a mathematical version of the card game “Go Fish.” In other classrooms, students brainstormed story ideas as part of an ELA (English Language Arts) lesson, and contrasted the characteristics of various animals during a Science-themed activity.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to partner with children and families to further student growth,” said Summer Academy Principal Gabe Buono. “The District went above and beyond, providing door-to-door service to transport the students.”

Stephanie Laffin, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, noted that online and in-person summer school options are also available for students in Grades 7-12.

“All of our summer school options are helping students avoid the so-called Summer Slide,” Ms. Laffin said, referring to the tendency of some students to lose some of the academic gains they had made during the regular school year. “In addition, for some students, the impact of the pandemic has created a greater need for summer academic support—and we’re happy to help meet that need.”

The K-6 Summer Academy program runs through August 5.

Student working with teacher
Student coloring