Norwich Summer Program
Norwich School District
Grade level/Age Range of Students in Program: The program serves students exiting grades K-7.
There are 775 students enrolled in the program.
Primary Student Needs Program is Designed to Address
The primary goal of the program is to prevent learning loss in literacy.
Location of the Program
The elementary program is located in 4 or the district’s 7 elementary schools. The middle school program is located in the middle school.
The program runs from July 5 to August 5, M-F from 8:30am to 4:45pm. Transportation is provided as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks.
There is a common schedule for every classroom-Breakfast/morning meeting-8:30-9:15; Literacy block-9:15-10:00; Snack-10-10:15; Math-10:15-10:45; Projects-10:45-11:30; Recess-11:30-12; Lunch-12-12:30
Special Presentations-12:30-2; After Care-2-4:45. This schedule varies somewhat across levels but is generally followed. The Morning Meeting time is for an SEL activity. The Projects session is usually a hands-on science activity. The Special Presentations time is when Community Vendors present engaging activities for students based upon their age. Vendors are over a dozen local organizations who bring their programs to the schools. Examples of Vendors include: Mystic Aquarium, Girl Scouts, Dance teachers, Art teachers, etc. The After Care period is generally physical activity games and sports.
On Fridays, a field trip to local attractions are often planned.
The mixture of academics and engaging/fun activities is purposeful in order to keep students engaged for such a long day.
Attendance throughout the program is running at about 60%.
Staff Selection/Recruitment Procedures
Staff for the program were recruited via a general posting. Final selection and assignment were at the discretion of administration.
The staff consists of the Director, two supervisors, 27 teachers, 42 paraprofessionals, 2 Registered Behavior Technicians, 2 social workers, 1 school counselor, 4 after-school coordinators and 5 nurses. The administration at each school where the program is held is expected to assist with administration issues.
All teachers in the program are Norwich teachers. Many of the teachers are from the school where the program is located and many already know the students in the program.
Teachers were provided with 3 full days of professional development prior to the beginning of the program. During this time the teachers were exposed to the curriculum that had been written expressly for the program by district literacy and math coaches. Lessons were planned for each day of the program in literacy, math, science and SEL along with necessary materials.
Student Selection/Recruitment Procedures
In the spring of this past year, teachers at all schools effected were asked to nominate any student they felt was at risk of learning loss if they did not receive intensive programming during the summer for a significant period of time. As a result of this request, 200 students were nominated for the program and these students became the first priority for enrollment. 85% of these students ended up enrolling in the program. All communication to parents about the program was conducted at the school level.
Following the enrollment of this priority group of students, the program was opened to any interested parent. In response to this open enrollment 575 students were enrolled. (Administration attributes this strong response to the full day nature of the program.)
Ashley Eichorn, Director of Academics | firstname.lastname@example.org