There’s still room for more students in summer learning program

06/17/2014 7:36 PM

06/17/2014 7:38 PM

The Merced City School District’s Summer Academy for Academic Improvement is now able to accept late enrollment for any student entering third through eighth grades this fall. The program began Monday at three local campuses and runs through July 18.

Elena Castro, the district’s director of curriculum and categorical compliance, said students are receiving instruction four hours daily, extending their learning with the use of Chromebook devices.

Castro said immediate enrollment for “walk-in” students is available now, but it is not guaranteed if the site reaches student capacity. The summer program, intended for 1,500 students, is running at Burbank and Sheehy elementary schools and Tenaya Middle School.

Castro said enrollment numbers are fluctuating and could not say how many students are signed up to attend classes.

Parents are encouraged to contact the Sheehy office at (209) 385-6676; Burbank office at (209) 385-6674; Tenaya office at (209) 385-6687; or visit the district website for further information.

Proficiency in mathematics and language arts is the focus of the five-week summer program. Common Core-inspired lessons are incorporated into daily activities.

Castro said teachers have more flexibility with how they teach subjects than during the regular school year, and students are allowed more time to master concepts taught in class.

This is the second year for the summer school program, which is open to all district students, including English learners.

To help student transportation, the program has staggered hours and bus schedules are flexible.

Burbank students attend classes from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Sheehy students, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tenaya sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch is served at each school.

Castro and Paula Heupel, director of curriculum and staff development, designed the summer program. Aaron Alexander and Diane Shaw are co-principals at Burbank; Juanita Pedrozo and Josy Pulido are co-principals at Sheehy; and Dawn Walker and Rick Her are Tenaya co-principals.

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