The hottest season of the year has arrived, and with it, the childish anticipation of how much fun we might have outdoors.
As an educator, I witness the excitement of summer when I walk through our school buildings. Collectively, our students look forward to using their summers to have fun and play, soak up the sun, and get plenty of rest. This behavior is strongly encouraged, because we know that this free time contributes to a full childhood.
However, we also encourage our students to practice the skills they have learned during the school year so that when they return in the fall, they will be ready to deepen their knowledge.
In the downstream region, many districts offer summer learning and enrichment programs. Here is a short list of things happening in the area during the summer holidays:
• Woodhaven-Brownstown School District: Elementary school students can enroll in summer camps administered by the City of Woodhaven Parks and Recreation Department. They will also receive workbooks and e-learning activities to complete throughout the summer. High school students are eligible for traditional credit recovery as well as access to online learning sites. Students enrolled in grades 6-8 can participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), physical education, and social-emotional learning camps.
• Melvindale Northern Allen Park Public Schools (Mel-NAP): A comprehensive summer program will be offered to K-12 students to help fill gaps in academic skills that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer program will be extremely rigorous, especially for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, where students will participate in accelerated learning opportunities with certified reading and math teachers. The high school program will last five weeks and will focus on credit recovery. While most summer programs typically last five to six weeks, this program will last eight weeks and will require participating students from kindergarten through fifth grade to be onsite three days a week. The district will provide breakfast and lunch to all students in coordination with its community breakfast program. To build student engagement, the district provides learning opportunities in robotics and Minecraft that stimulate critical thinking and problem solving. To ensure a focused learning environment, class sizes will be limited to 10-15 students, allowing for greater individual attention.
• Schools in the Township of Grosse-Île: Credit recovery classes are being offered to high school students to ensure they are on track for a successful 2022-23 school year. Specific K-5 students will be challenged to accelerate their growth in math and English, with sessions dedicated to individual learning areas. All K-8 students will have the opportunity to participate in a free summer enrichment program focused on learning, the outdoors, the community of Grosse Île and more.
• Huron School District: All K-12 students are eligible for summer enrichment classes. Students in grades K-8 can participate in Summer Jump Start, which focuses on an introduction to the content and materials they will be taught in the upcoming school year. Credit recovery courses are offered to high school students. Transportation is provided for all students in the district.
• Riverview Community School District: Students in grades K-8 can enroll in a variety of summer camp activities, from swimming lessons and athletics to academics and the arts.
• Gibraltar School District: High school students are eligible for traditional credit recovery. Small groups of K-5 students are offered focused instruction. Additionally, Hunter Elementary School supports advanced students in math and reading in a STEM and project-based setting.
This summer, I encourage you to have fun, be safe and take advantage of the summer programming available in your neighborhood. These opportunities are great ways to stay engaged in learning and enjoying the good weather.
Mark Greathead is superintendent of the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District.