Memorial Day weekend is a time for celebrations and remembrance. For some students in the Sedalia School District 200, it marks the beginning of summer with the close of the 2015-16 school year Friday.
While some students are counting the days until classes begin in the fall, others are anxious to begin their summer school classes and the opportunities those classes provide.
For those wishing to take part, summer school classes will run June 13-29. There will be two daily sessions: 7:50 to 10:10 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. By attending a session, students may receive one-half credit per session in credit recovery.
Credit recovery classes are offered in American History, American Government, world history, pre-algebra A, Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, biology, Earth/environmental science, physical science, English I, English II, and English III.
Additionally, the district is offering classes in personal finance, health, and physical education.
“We have a large number of students who take advantage of these classes,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Triplett said. “Our enrollment numbers are at the point that all classes will make. Currently we have 91 students signed up and 106 who will be taking classes for credit recovery.
“It provides an excellent opportunity for a student to recover credit they may have lost,” Triplett added. “It can also be a way for a student who is involved in programs like band or choir to get their health or personal finance requirements out of the way.”
The State of Missouri requires a half-credit of health and a half-credit of personal finance as a graduation requirement for all high school students.
There is a strict requirement for attendance in summer school. Students are required to attend all days for the entire session. To help students, the district has built in two make up days, June 30 and July 1, for students if they are absent for a portion of the scheduled days.
The district will once again offer a driver’s education class. The class will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 6-30 at Smith-Cotton Junior High. Individual student drive time is scheduled with each of the 22 students currently enrolled.
Students may still enroll in any of these classes, including driver’s ed, Triplett added.
For students in grades one through five next year, the district also is providing opportunities to continue their learning, including a new summer enrichment program at Heber Hunt Elementary.
“This is the first time we have been able to offer an enrichment program at the elementary level in a number of years,” Triplett said. “It is something the board has requested in the past and this year we feel that we are able to offer it again.”
The program focuses on STEM classes (science, technology, English and math) and involves a large number of hands-on activities, according to Director of Curriculum and Instruction Carla Wheeler.
“The classes are designed to promote more hands-on activities that involve critical thinking and higher level inquiry,” Wheeler said. “We’re trying to let the kids, and the teachers, have some fun with the classes and the activities we have developed for them.”
The elementary enrichment program, which is by application only and limited to 40 students per grade level, runs from 8 a.m. to noon June 13 to July 1.
Both the first grade and the second grade classes are full and have waiting lists.
The district has room for eight students in the third grade classes, six slots are available in the fourth grade and there are five openings in the fifth grade class. Parents may still apply for the open positions at the central office.
“We will be offering our reading camps at each elementary school from 8 a.m. to noon July 5 through July 29,” Triplett said. “Any student can come but the classes are designed to help students who need extra help in reading.
“We also focus on some math skills as well,” Triplett added. “We really look at these classes as a way to encourage our students and help them so they don’t fall behind.”
District teachers have been in communication with parents who have students they feel would benefit from the program. To date, more than 300 students have enrolled.
The district is once again offering a program at the Sedalia Housing Authority. The Community Summer Learning Program will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is available to students entering grades one through four who live in the housing authority complex.
“We will bring in two teachers from within the district who will be working with these students,” Triplett said. “We have some students who have pre-registered but we do have room for more in this program.
“Our staff will use the same curriculum as the other classes but with all our summer reading programs and classes, we want to make this a fun experience to get the kids excited about school,” he added. “We want them to retain the skills they need that can sometimes get lost over those summer months.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484