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Summer school addresses reading and math skills

July 12, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor (editor@dysartreporter.com) , Dysart Reporter

The idea of putting a backpack and heading to school in July may seem out of place for many students over summer break, yet for a group of students and teachers at DG Elementary, summer school is a time to keep up with reading and math for next year.

Summer school for DG Elementary runs from July 8 to July 19 inside the school, where a group of teachers instruct grades kindergarten through fifth grade on math and reading skills for one hour periods each.

"It's to give them extra skill-based teaching in those areas," Michelle Keegan, on of the instructors said. "Those are the most important areas kids struggle with most. Generally if you can get their scores up in reading and math, they'll do well in other areas as well. A lot of kids regress over the summer, so this program gives them more time to work on those skills."

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Sherry Parker instructs a group of summer school students during their first day on Tuesday, July 9. Summer school concentrates on math and reading skills.

Keegan has been teaching summer school at DG Elementary for 15 years, yet the program has been running for longer. Each day, the classes focuses on small group, skill-based activities. According to Keegan, class sizes are limited to seven to eight kids to allow for more one-on-one attention over the summer. Four paid teachers currently instruct over the summer with grades staggered over the morning hours. All classes are done just before noon.

"Many kids do read over the summer, but they all need a little boost with sight words or reading/math strategies," Keegan said. "This just gets them ready for fall. We don't do anything magically to boost them up lots of levels, but we want to at least maintain their levels from the spring."

Summer school is held all in one session each summer, with some children only needingone summer to address their needs while some kids continue to exhibit positive growth by taking part in the program over multiple years.

"The parents are very supportive of this program," Keegan said. "There's no payment. We don't want that financial burden on families. I've heard nothing but positive feedback from parents."

Summer school has previously ran for three weeks, but in recent years moved to two weeks to address attendance falling in that final third week. To learn more about the program, call the DG Elementary office at (319) 476-7110.

 
 

 

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