Elementary Summer Program
Meriden School District
Grade level/Age Range of Students in Program: Students exiting grades K through 4
Primary Student Needs Program is Designed to Address
The primary purpose of the program is to prevent regression in skills (Primarily literacy skills) over the summer break and secondarily to improve students engagement and attendance in school.
Program runs from June 20 through July 15. Monday – Friday. 8:30 am to 12 noon. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided.
Community partners include the YMCA, Girls Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club.
There are 25 teachers in the program with an average section size of 11-12 students. In addition there are tutors, climate specialists, paraprofessionals, a nurse, two directors and a secretary.
Staff Selection/Recruitment Procedures
Positions in the program are all posted. Applicants apply and final selection is at the discretion of program directors. Staffing has not been an issue.
Student Selection/Recruitment Procedures
In March the district data office compiles a list of all elementary students and breaks the list into categories. The first priority for enrollment in the program is students performing at a level of less than 25% proficiency. Recruitment begins with this group. The primary tool used in recruitment is a series of personal phone calls to parents. All recruiting is conducted by staff at the students’ home school. If this group does not fill all slots in the program the second priority group is recruited. This includes those students between 26 and 35% proficiency. The same recruitment methods are used. If slots still remain in the program the final group (Those at a proficiency level of 36 to 45% are recruited using the same method. Siblings of selected students are allowed to attend the program even if they exceed the 45% proficiency level.
In the current year 306 students’ parents committed to having their child/children attend the program.
Of this number, 206 students are in regular attendance.
Daniel Crispino, Director of School Leadership-Elementary | Daniel.Crispino@meridenK12.org