Medford Schools Unveil Summer Programs, Both Educational and Fun

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The Medford Schools Department will offer a wide variety of educational recreation programs this summer, primarily in July and August.

“The idea is to give kids fun things to do with built-in skills,” Deputy Superintendent of Secondary Education Peter Cushing told school committee members at their Monday, April 4, meeting. I have to, but I want to.

  • New this year is a Kids to Pros camp, which will rent space at Brooks School. It will take place in weekly sessions July 5-August 5 as a summer camp offering science and technology engineering and math, arts and sports activities. “We will try to see how the program will support families and inform our programs,” said assistant superintendent of elementary education, Suzanne Galusi.
  • The school’s traditional summer camp will be held at Missituk School and will run in week-long sessions starting at July 5-August 12 for students ages 5-11 with arts and crafts and sports programs including swimming at Tufts Pool.
  • The dates and durations of the extended year special education programs are 6 weeks From July 6 to August 12, Monday to Friday at Roberts and High Schools; 4 weeks From July 11 to August 5, Monday to Thursday, also at Roberts and High Schools; 4 weeks of Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership language programs July 12-August 4 Monday-Friday at Roberts and Tutoring Programs July 12-August in Missituk.
  • English learning programs include “Starbase”, for grades 6 and 7 June 27-July 1 at Hansom Air Force Base in Bedford; English Enrichment Programs for Grade 5 July 5-28 in Missituk; similar enrichment programs for junior high and high school seniors. The dates for college students are July 5-28, with dates for high school students still undetermined.
  • The school system’s grade-level summer elementary programs, which will be taught by licensed educators, will include reading skills development sessions during the two weeks leading up to the 2022-23 school year, likely in 90-minute sessions. 3 times a week between August 15-26with the main objective of developing the reading skills necessary for students progressing from grades 1 to 5 and math and reading skills development sessions during the two weeks leading up to the 2022-23 school year, likely in 90-minute sessions twice a week between August 15-26whose main objective is to ensure understanding of the essential mathematical standards necessary for students in grades 1 to 5.
  • Math Boost Camps will focus on the number system, geometry, expressions and equations, and statistics and probability for Grade 8 students and will build skills in the conceptual algebraic category as well as the concept of numbers and quantities for 10th graders. “We strongly anticipate that the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will make them available,” Cushing said. “If not, we will seek to create our own academy with our own resources. We will do our best.
  • What Cushing described as a “traditional summer school” will consist of academic skills and credit recovery programs, skills development sessions during the two weeks leading up to the 2022-23 school year for students in the college in 90-minute session. August 15-26 focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and math and programs for high school students to earn credit to stay on target for graduation, probably June 27-August 12without classes on July 1 and 4. “We want to make sure kids come back and have a taste of school,” Cushing said.
  • Still in the planning stage, a vocational technical high school discovery program is aimed at students in grades 6 to 8.
  • The school system is also currently working to set up a Mustang summer camp before the start of the 2022-23 school year to welcome students back. It began last summer in response to back-to-school support for students following the pandemic and also took place during the holidays. After the April Camp Mustang sessions, they will send out surveys to families attending Camp Mustang in February and April to get feedback on the proposed activities, format, and student satisfaction. The answers will help structure Camp Mustang for the month of August.
  • In addition, there will be a Jumpstart Instrumental Music Camp, a 2-week instrumental camp this summer in high school where students in grades 4-8 will have the opportunity to get to know their band and their musical instruments. ‘orchestra. Students will strengthen their musical skills and techniques while covering topics such as note reading, rhythmic skills, sight-reading tuning/intonation, and instrumental terminology. “Music had taken such a hit during the pandemic with protocols for the use of wind instruments and vocals,” Cushing cited as the reason for running the program.
  • Other opportunities offered by the Medford Community Schools Program include a Filmmaker Collaboration, Celtics Basketball Camp, Medford Basketball Camp, MHS Volleyball Camp, and Day Camp. friends of the Fells, with a youth pep camp being planned.

Some of these programs require tuition, while others are funded through COVID-related grants.

“Generally, programs offered by schools will offer assistance,” Cushing told members. “We may have to find creative ways to pay the staff they will continue in the future.”

Member Sharon Hays called the programs “a great list of things to do this summer”.

Member Jenny Graham asked about programs aimed at developing executive function skills, ie decision making. “How can we improve the skills of children in middle school so that they are ready for high school?” she asked. “A lot of parents would be interested in that.”

“That area exploded,” Cushing replied. “That’s something we should explore.”

“When we look at it collectively, we offer a lot,” said Superintendent Marice Edouard-Vincent. “We’re trying to make a serious effort to communicate so people can plan for the summer.”

School Superintendent Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent

Edourad-Vincent also updated the school committee on her March listening tour of schools, in which she found, “In light of all the adjustments that had been made as our school district navigated the pandemic, it was not careful to do business as usual. Yet instruction was taking place every day and all of our schools were functioning.

“In my continued pursuit of system consistency and the execution of our strategic plan, the time had come to put together what was happening,” said Edourad-Vincent. “(I’ve found) alternative data matters, standardized ratings don’t always tell the whole story, stories matter, and listening matters.”

Some of the things she heard from the more than 100 teachers and administrators she spoke to, more than 100 in all, included “Bring the joy back” and “It’s a great day to be a Mustang!” which was suggested as a t-shirt slogan for students, as well as the interest in more professional development.

“It’s a great day to be a Mustang,” said Edouard-Vincent.

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