Merced City School District plans summer program

The Merced City School District is offering a five-week summer program at three campuses in June.

The Summer Academy is for students now in the second through seventh grades. Students from anywhere in the district can attend, but the programs take place on the Peterson Elementary, Sheehy Elementary and Tenaya Middle School campuses.

The session begins June 15 and ends July 17. The program provides help for students who want to improve reading and math skills, and includes projects involving science, technology, engineering, math and arts, according to a district press release.

Principals and staff members at the Summer Academy sites are in charge of forming classes, organizing transportation and informing families of their enrollment status in mid-May.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students, because the program will offer units selected for the integration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to the already existing curriculum,” according to the release.

Students will be asked to incorporate concepts they learn using critical thinking skills, collaboration and communication with peers. They will also prepare presentations or projects.

Applications are available at the district’s website, On the homepage, find the box marked “2015 Summer Academy” and pick a form in English, Spanish or Hmong. Applications must be submitted at the student’s home campus. For questions about the program, call the Office of State and Federal Programs at (209) 385-6384.