Washington County Public Schools adding to summer-school offerings

May 01, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |

Washington County is boosting its summer-school programs.

One will target many of the youngest students — those headed for second grade.

The Primary Summer Literacy Camp will run from July 2 through Aug. 9 at Bester, Ruth Ann Monroe, Rockland Woods and Salem Avenue elementary schools.

It will help students having trouble reading and writing, according to a PowerPoint presentation given to the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday.

School days will be 6 1/2 hours long, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., four days a week. Arts, media and technology will be part of the curriculum.


Families can have students stay an additional three hours at school for indoor and outdoor activities.
The school system sent about 400 invitations, Stephen Wernick, supervisor for elementary reading, social studies and early learning, told the school board.

Applications for about 150 students had come in so far, he said.

After Tuesday’s meeting, board President Wayne D. Ridenour said the school district, at Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox’s direction, is focusing more on students who need extra help.

The district long has had summer programs, but not to this degree, Ridenour said.

Teachers will get more specific plans for working with students, he said.

Other summer-school programs will have elementary-level language arts and math instruction, and middle-school core subjects.

A Support to Ensure Promotion, or STEP, program will be given to students who haven’t met the requirements for reaching ninth grade.

An English Language Learners, or ELL, program will be offered to students currently in kindergarten through 11th grade.

Other summer programs will include:

  • Freshman Transition for reading and lessons in study, social and academic skills needed in high school
  • Course Repeat, Recovery, Remediation, Bridge for students who have failed courses
  • Original Credit for students trying to get credits in certain courses for the first time
  • Enrichment Camps for middle- and high-school students pursuing personal interests.
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