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Westville to Launch New  Summer Program
Westville to Launch New Summer Program
Dr. Seth Miller
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dear Westville School Community,

Westville School District is pleased to launch a new program we have called our Summer Surge.  This unique opportunity is designed to engage the mind, body, and creativity of our students which is a little different than what you might expect from traditional “summer school.”  Students will be provided with opportunities to receive in-person teaching and learning (no electronic curriculum) designed to stimulate student thinking and address skills gaps caused by the coronavirus pandemic.   Additionally, students will have opportunities for daily exercise, fitness, physical education, fine arts, computer coding and media, and performing arts opportunities; along with daily access to breakfast and lunch. 

There will be two programs that will operate, one based at Judith Giacoma Elementary and one at Westville High School.  Incoming junior high students will have an option for which program best meets their needs.

 

Elementary Program at Judith Giacoma Grade School

This program will be designed to serve current Early Childhood students all the way through incoming and returning junior high students.  Students will have thirty-five minute blocks of learning time in a small teacher-to-student class size environment.  Additionally, students will receive PE, art, music, and computer time.  

The program will begin Thursday May 27 and run through Friday July 2 and will be open Monday through Friday each day with the exception of Memorial Day.  Student schedules will look as follows:


8:30-9AM            Breakfast

9:00-11:55AM    Learning Activities (Reading, Math, PE, Music, Writing, Art, Computers)

11:55-12:30         Lunch


Transportation will be provided for those students who need transportation to participate in the program. 

Students will need to register by the end of May to ensure a spot in the summer program and transportation.  Daily attendance is expected.  The district will work with pre-arranged absences (such as a scheduled family vacation), but the expectation for the remainder of time is that students will be in attendance unless they have an excused or pre-arranged absence.



Options for Junior High Students

All students entering seventh or eighth grade will have the option to participate in the K-8 academic program at Giacoma; or incoming seventh and eighth grade students have the option to participate in the summer Strength, Speed, and Sport Specific Training at Westville High School.


Programming at Westville High School

The program at Westville High School will be designed to provide options for students to pick up an extra semester credit for a high school elective (computer concepts, drivers education, art, a dual enrollment course, etc.); or to make up a credit if a student failed a core course, and/or participate in a summer Strength, Speed, and Sport Specific Training (SSSST) program.  There will be two sessions provided at the high school so students have an opportunity to take up to two academic courses, and/or participate in the SSSST program and take an additional academic course.

The program will begin Thursday May 27 and run through Friday July 2 and will be open Monday through Friday each day with the exception of Memorial Day.



Academic Session #1

7:30-7:45              Breakfast

7:45-10:45           Academic Session #1 (a three-hour block with 30 minutes of breaks within)

10:45-11:00         Lunch



Strength – Speed – Sport Specific Training (SSSST)

7:30-7:45              Breakfast

7:45-8:30              Strength Training – WHS Only

8:30-9:15              Speed Training – WHS Only

9:15-10:45           Sport Specific Training – WHS and WJHS (grouped by sport and ages at multiple venues)

10:45-11               Lunch

11-11:45               Strength Training – WJHS Only

11:45-12:30         Speed Training – WJHS Only



Academic Session #2

10:45-11:00         Late Breakfast and/or Lunch (depending if student did academic session #1)

11:00-2:00           Academic Session #2 (a three-hour block with 30 minutes of breaks within)



Transportation will be provided for those students who need transportation to participate in the program. 

Students will need to register by the end of May to ensure a spot in the summer program.  Attendance is expected for all programs.  Students with more than two absences in an academic session will be at risk of losing their credit. 

The SSSST program will work with pre-arranged absences (such as a scheduled family vacation), but the expectation for the remainder of time is that students participate daily unless they have an excused absence.  High school students who are involved in a spring sport (baseball, softball, track, and wrestling) will be eligible to participate and can work with their coach to determine when it is appropriate to begin the SSSST program so they can avoid overload with their practice and competition schedules.  Spring sport WHS students should indicate if they intend to participate when their spring season is finished.

 


Project Success Opportunities

In addition to the summer programming by the district Project Success is prepared to provide additional opportunities for students who want extended  day opportunities.  The registration link will indicate the times and availability of these programs for those interested and is also available to all ages of Westville students.



Registration Link

All Westville School students can sign up to participate by clicking the link below.  

All summer programming is subject to student participation, logistical coordination, and availability.  If there is not enough student participation some parts of this innovative program may not be able to be supported.  

Students are encouraged to sign up by April 30 to reserve their spot and assist with further planning.  Families with multiple students should register each child separately.

 

Click Here to Register