The Gladwin Schools are going to do something a little different when it comes to summer school this year. With all the time that was missed due to quarantines the staff felt it was important to try to help the kids catch up. To accomplish this goal they will be running two summer sessions for students in grades K-8.
Details of the programs include “Summer School 1” that will run June 7 through June 25. Students will attend everyday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A regular school lunch and transportation will be provided on normally scheduled bus routes.
This program will be a continuation of the school year for the three-week period of time. Their teachers have identified participants, and most have agreed to attend. Class sizes will be limited to 10 students with instruction focused on mathematics and English/Language Arts
“We believe that because it will be such a small group of kids and will be laser focused on their needs that we will be able to really go a long way towards catching them up,” said Gladwin Superintendent Rick Seebeck
When Summer School 1 filled up and there was additional demand the district decided to offer a second session.
“Summer School 2” will also be available for K-8 students and will also be limited to 8-10 kids per class. Students in the second session will be in school for eight hours a week on a schedule built by the individual teachers. This schedule will be more flexible, but will require parents to provide transportation. School lunch is not included, but snacks will be available. Like Summer 1 the focus will remain on English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
Seebeck mentioned that the staff “overwhelming volunteered to participate. He said, “it says a lot about the teachers here in Gladwin and their willingness to go the extra mile for the kids. It was pretty impressive.”
The district is using Covid money provided by the state to fund the program. Districts were giving some discretion in how those funds were spent and the Gladwin Schools are using a big portion of it to fund the summer school.