Summer Learning Program
Preston School District
Grade level/Age Range of Students in Program: PK-7 (Entering K-8)
Primary Student Needs Program is Designed to Address
Although the program hopes to close learning gaps for students impacted by loss of instructional time due to COVID, all students were invited to participate. Sixty-five of 400 enrolled district students are currently participating. Of those, 53 are in PK-5. Both academic and social/emotional needs of the students are assessed during the program.
Most exciting quote: “Summer School is WAY better than summer camp”!
These programs run for 5 weeks, from July 11-August 11, 8:30-12:30.
Transportation is provided to and from the program unless the students are attending Parks & Recreation or Play and Learn for the afternoon.
Community partners include: Parks & Recreation, Play & Learn and Mystic Aquarium.
Lunch and snacks are provided daily.
Staff Selection/Recruitment Procedures
Staff recruiting began in January. This led to full staffing of the program.
Student Selection/Recruitment Procedures
All students in the district were given the opportunity to participate in this program. Some students received direct solicitation from teachers who felt these students would benefit from additional instruction and social interaction, particularly 5 students who did not attend kindergarten either remotely or in person. An additional 20 students were encouraged to enroll as they were hybrid learning participants.
A programming announcement was distributed to all students encouraging participation.
Instructional Models Used
A combination of individual, whole and small group instruction is used depending upon each child’s needs and the topic at hand. The weekly field trip to Mystic Aquarium enhances each child's learning before, during and after those experiences.
Seaport Activities and Themes
PK - 1st - Seaport trades
5th-7th -Sailors' skills
PK-1st - Astronomy
2nd-4th- Life and trades in a seaport town
5th-7th- Marine science
PK-1st- Sailor skills
2nd-4th- Marine science
5th-7th- Sailors' arts
PK-1st- Marine science
2nd-4th- Sailors' arts
PK-1st- Sailor's arts
2nd-4th- Sailors' skills
5th-7th- Seaport trades
Christopher Pickett | Pickettc@prestonschools.org