The warmest season of the year has arrived, and with it, the childlike anticipation of the fun we might have outdoors.
As an educator, I get to witness the enthusiasm for summer firsthand as I walk through our school buildings. Collectively, our students look forward to using their summers for fun and play, soaking up the sunshine and getting plenty of rest. This behavior is highly encouraged, as we know this free time contributes to a well-rounded childhood.
However, we also encourage our students to practice skills they learned during the school year so that when they return in the fall, they’re prepared to expand their knowledge.
In the Downriver area, many districts are offering summer learning and enrichment programming. Here’s a short list of things happening in the area during the summer break:
• Woodhaven-Brownstown School District: Elementary school students are eligible to register for summer camps administered through the city of Woodhaven’s Park and Recreation Department. They’ll also be provided with workbooks and online learning activities to complete throughout the summer. Secondary students are eligible for traditional credit recovery as well as access online learning sites. Students enrolled in grades 6-8 May take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), physical education and social-emotional learning camps.
• Melvindale Northern Allen Park Public (Mel-NAP) Schools: A comprehensive summer program will be offered to K-12 students to help close academic proficiency gaps that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer program will be extremely rigorous — especially for grades K-8, where students will participate in accelerated learning opportunities with certified teachers in both reading and math. The high school program will run for five weeks and will be focused on credit recovery. While most summer programs typically run five to six weeks, this program will run eight weeks and will require participating K-5 students to be present onsite three days each week. The district will provide both breakfast and lunch to all students in coordination with its community lunch program. To enhance student engagement, the district is providing 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 to 15 students, which allows more one-on-one attention.
• Grosse Ile Township Schools: Credit recovery courses are available to high school students to ensure they are on track for a successful 2022-23 school year. Specific students in grades K-5 will be invited to accelerate their growth in math and English language arts, with sessions devoted to individual areas of learning need. All students in grades K-8 will have the opportunity to participate in a free summer enrichment program geared toward learning, the outdoors, the community of Grosse Ile and more.
• Huron School District: All K-12 students are eligible for summer enrichment classes. Those in K-8 grades may 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 available to high school students. Transportation is provided to all in-district students.
• Riverview Community School District: K-8 students can sign up for a variety of summer camp activities from swimming lessons and athletics to academics and arts.
• Gibraltar School District: High school students are eligible for traditional credit recovery. Small groups of students in grades K-5 are being offered targeted instruction. Additionally, Hunter Elementary School is helping advanced students in math and reading skills 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 district. These opportunities are great ways to stay engaged in learning and enjoy the nice weather.
Mark Greathead is the superintendent of the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District.