Summer School Overview and Highlights

As I have mentioned, in previous posts, I have been working summer school this year. It is such an interesting and truly different experience than teaching throughout the school year. In typical Tiffany fashion, I have stretched myself a little thin, taking on 3 different summer programs.
Currently, I am working in 2 separate programs both set to end July 25th, the 3rd program will begin immediately following our return from our cruise.
Program Overview and Highlights
Program #1: District Summer School
  • Required for all students considered "Substantially Deficient" as determined by the DRA2, alone. No other assessments considered.
  • Lasts 18 instructional days, 4 hours each day (includes 30 minutes for breakfast and 30 minutes for lunch).
  • No pre-test (May DRA2 administration considered to be Pre).
  • All students must take the DRA2 the final week of the program.
  • Participating students in grades K-3
  • Students grouped by DRA level
  • Curriculum provided, but not enforced.
  • Class Breakdown:
    • 13 students
      • 5 girls, 8 boys
      • 3 Kindergarteners
      • 3 1st graders
      • 3 2nd graders
      • 4 3rd graders
    • DRA2 Scores
      • Not Tested: 1
      • BA: 1
      • A: 1 student
      • 2: 1 student
      • 3: 3 students
      • 4: 7 students
Program #2: Principal-Funded Cusp Program
  • 100% voluntary -- students referred by teachers at end of school year.
  • Designed for students not qualified for summer school (scores above "substantially deficient" range), but also not yet on level.
  • Lasts 18 instructional days, 2 hours each day (immediately following regular summer school).
  • No curriculum provided.
  • Minimal student data available.
Program #3: WELL (World & English Language Learners) -- Regional Program
  • 100% voluntary -- all students in the region invited with emphasis on ELLs.
  • Designed for students in grades 4-8 to gain instruction in Chinese and/or Spanish language/culture as well as support for regional ELLs.
  • Began in April. Ran every other Saturday for a total of 5 classes, to be concluded in August with 10 classes running Monday-Friday from 9-2:30.
  • Pilot program, all curriculum and materials created/designed/acquired by staff.
  • Follows a co-teaching model
  • No pre-requisites, no student data available.

There is a clear difference between the three programs. Two are voluntary, 1 is not. 
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