Milford School District Director of Student Learning, Dr. Bridget Amory, provided details to the Milford School Board about the expansion of summer programs that will be available to students over the summer. The programs will help students who are struggling to meet standards as well as offer additional programs based in Science, Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM).
“In addition to all the summer programming Laura Manges and her team put together to provide Extended School Year and year-round schooling opportunities, Milford School District is going to offer a handful of variety programs for our students,” Dr. Amory said, speaking for Kim Sekscinski who will manage summer programs but could not attend the meeting. “We will begin the Beginning Buccaneer program at Morris which we started last year with Opportunity Funds. It is intended to help provide kindergarten readiness opportunities for students who have been identified during the kindergarten registration process.”
Dr. Amory explained that the program is designed to offer early transition for kindergarten and give those students better acclimation to the physical building while providing them with additional review of critical skills they will need when they start school in the fall.
“At our elementary schools, we’re offering a very limited opportunity for the Voyagers program for students who need that extra boost as they transition from one grade level to another. And we actually are going to be offering Hola which is helping others with language acquisition and that’s intended to target our Spanish Immersion population. It will be housed at Ross Elementary,” Dr. Amory said. “Additionally, at Banneker Elementary we have one of our Voyager camps which is going to be STEAM based for grades three through five. Also, students will have the opportunity to work through a variety of activities more in a summer camp type environment, but we’ll also be reinforcing academic skills at Milford Central Academy.”
The district plans to offer an ELL camp hosted by one of the multi-language learner teachers and there is a transition program available for students who are moving from the fifth grade to the sixth grade immersion program.
“Families expressed concern about the transition in the area of mathematics because they are going from an exclusively Spanish program in math to a non-Spanish program in math,” Dr. Amory said. “As they go through that program, we’re going to offer some additional opportunities for students to become acclimated to MCA as well as to kind of get that first exposure into the new mathematics curriculum.”
Programs for teens are also being offered over the summer, Dr. Amory explained. A camp offered last summer will return this year at Milford Central Academy as will the “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” program hosted through Quinn Abbott in partnership with teaching staff. Both Milford Central Academy and Milford High School will offer credit recovery for students who need to be sure they are meeting requirements that will allow them to graduate or promote to the next grade.
“We will have transportation,” Dr. Amory said. “It will be limited but we will have hub stops set up for students. Child nutrition will offer opportunities for meals. We’re incredibly grateful for staff that is willing to work above and beyond to offer these opportunities to our families and our students.”
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