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Column: Plenty of summer school options available in District 518

By Barry Fischer, District 518

WORTHINGTON — The graduation processional has not started, finals have yet to be taken and lockers have yet to be cleaned out. However, summer school planning has been in full swing for the past couple months. K- 12 students in Worthington Public Schools have the option to take summer classes during the month of June. Summer school students will fill the halls of Prairie Elementary, WMS, WHS and the ALC in the West Building.

Students entering kindergarten through eighth grade who have been identified by their previous year’s teachers will have the opportunity to continue their studies. This summer school program is a a part of the District’s EDGE program that also runs Tuesdays and Thursdays after school  throughout the school year. During the summer session students at Prairie will supplement their time with enrichment classes through art, technology, library media and physical education. Students entering grades 5-8 will receive enrichment classes through art, health, wellness and time at the YMCA. The goal of the EDGE program is to close the achievement gap. The EDGE K-8 summer school program will run June 11-29.

Students entering the ninth grade will have the opportunity to work with three educators to close the gap between middle school and high school. These soon-to-be ninth-graders will be working with teachers in math and English as well as a school counselor to build connections in learning. During the three weeks of this program students will attend field trips on Fridays to Action Manufacturing, Bedford and AGCO. These field trips will connect to the time spent in the classrooms with the teachers. Along with the field trips students will also take hands on classes at MN West CCE. These students will also be attending summer school June 11-29.

The final group of students attending summer school are current students from the high school and ALC. These students will have the opportunity to make up credits through courses they may have possible failed previously. In order to graduate from Worthington Public Schools, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits. Of those 30 credits, many of them are mandatory classes from social studies, English, math and science. Students can take up to three courses during the summer session. Credit recovery summer school runs June 6-29.

Barry Fischer is ALC/VIBE Online Principal for District 518.