U234 Starts Summer Sesson Today

Dalaina Smith, USD 234’s Director of Academics. Submitted photo.
The pandemic and the loss of class time in 2020, spurred the decision of the USD 234  school administration to provide a  summer session this year.

“Following the loss of classroom time in the Spring of 2020, USD 234 recognized the need for additional support to be given to our students as they prepare to return to school this fall,” Dalaina Smith, director of academics for the district said.

“Teachers and students worked incredibly hard to overcome the gaps that occurred when schools were shut down in March 2020, however, this push has left some students needing a bit more support to prepare for their next academic year,” she said.
“We want students to come into school in August feeling confident and ready to learn,” Smith said.  ” For some students, ‘Summer Camp’ …. is just what they need to jump-start this upcoming year.”
“Summer school and ESY opportunities will allow students to work towards mastery in areas they may not have achieved during the previous school year,” she said.
“At the elementary level, this looks like additional opportunities for exploration and practice, while at the high school students have an opportunity to recover credits not earned during the school year,” Smith said.
Smith said more than 20 teachers and numerous paras and teacher’s aids are available to help the students invited to Summer Camp 2021.
The school district has a Focus on Learning theme for the 2021-22 school year.
“It made sense to provide an additional opportunity for students to do just that,” she said.
“We cannot wait to have our Tigers back in the buildings,” she said.
Students will be provided a FREE breakfast and lunch.
“This is an opportunity available to all area youth 1-18, with no registration or identification required, students will need to be present to pick up the meals,” Smith said.

Extended School Year and Summer School:

ESY and Summer School starts today, Tuesday, July 20, and runs through August 6.

Below is the schedule for these learning opportunities:

  • Preschool – 8:00 – 11:00 @ Preschool
  • Jumpstart at Winfield Scott – 8:00 to 11:00
  • Primary (K-2) at Middle School – 8:00 – 10:00
  • Intermediate (3-5) at Middle School – 10:00 – 12:00
  • Middle School at Middle School – 8:00 – 12:00
  • High School at Middle School – 8:00 – 12:00 (credit recovery)
  • ESY K-5 at Middle School 8:00-10:00
  • ESY 6-12 at Middle School 10:00-12:00

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