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Kaneland planning variety of courses for summer school

Updated: March 18, 2013 6:22AM

Kaneland families will have a chance to enroll their children in summer school instruction for remediation and enrichment, depending on the academic need or interests of students.

The School Board this week approved a summer school pilot program for grades K-12 that will give students opportunities to get the extra help they need, explore their academic interests or accelerate their learning.

“A lot of effort has gone into the plan,” School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said. “It is a worthwhile opportunity for students across all grade levels. We hope parents see the value.”

The summer school offerings will be available to students June 3 to 27. Registration for enhancement courses will be open to all students in April. Remediation enrollment is done through a teacher and counselor.

School officials said the summer school program will offer remediation to students having difficulty mastering required core content and skills as traditional summer school programs of past years, but it also has been expanded to provide offerings for all students.

“We will still offer remediation, but we are also offering opportunities for any child to further explore some of our content with enhancement courses,” said Sarah Mumm, curriculum director for K-5.

Mumm said there will be several enhancement course offerings for K-5 students interested in such subjects as creative writing, conversational Spanish or art.

She said a new initiative was developed to help incoming sixth graders make the transition to middle school through 10 days of instruction.

The summer “Jump Start” academic core courses for incoming sixth graders will be offered Aug. 5 to 16 at Harter Middle School.

Mumm said they are hoping “Jump Start” will help to reduce some of the anxiety associated with attending a bigger school, changing classrooms with different teachers, using a locker and going into the cafeteria.

Mumm said summer school also helps with retention.

“We took a look at K-5 local assessment data and there is some considerable regression over the summer, especially for young readers. These programs are truly designed to keep them reading and engaged in content all summer,” Mumm said.

Enhancement courses for middle school students will be related to the core content but offer practical experiences beyond the regular school year, such as working in a lab, said Erika Schlichter, curriculum director for grades 6-12.

Credit recovery class offerings will be available to students in grades 9 to 12 who failed a subject. Courses for credit in health, economics and government will be available to high school students interested in opening up scheduling space so they can take another class during the regular school year, she said.

Enrollment fees for remediation and enhancement courses will be $100 and $150, respectively, and $200 for credit courses. Class offerings will be based on demand to guarantee adequate funding and reasonable class sizes.

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