2021 Spring Newsletter

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Building Project Update-April 2021

"I have always been told that “a thing worth doing is worth doing well.” One thing that I expected to be doing -- and doing well-- this month at Pickford Public Schools was to be kicking off the demolition and construction necessary to turn our carefully crafted Building Project plans into reality."


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SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Who says “summer school” is something to avoid? At Pickford Public Schools, we are excited to be able to offer experiential learning summer sessions which will be available, in four 2-week blocks, to students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade for Summer 2021!


The Summer Program will start on Monday, June 7th and then continue, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., for the weeks of June 14th, June 21st, June 28th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd and August 9th. All students currently in grades K-8 are eligible to attend. Students will enroll for a minimum of a 2 week theme unit block, and MAY enroll for the entire 8 weeks if desired. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the school for the duration of the program.


Student instructional experiences will be based on themes that will allow for experiential learning and hands-on activities. Reading, writing, and math instructional content will be based on the individual themes and modified for students based on their skill and grade levels. Students in need of remediation will have individualized remediation plans developed by their classroom teacher, intervention provider, and building principal prior to the commencement of the summer program. All units will offer opportunities for enrichment as we get outdoors, explore our community, design and build, create art and craft projects, and benefit from presentations by community member experts on particular related topics. All units will also culminate in a field trip and celebration of learning. We will also plan an ongoing service learning project that will benefit an organization in our community.


All units will be modified based on Summer Program staff input and discussion. Current theme ideas (which may be modified as plans are refined) include:


"The Great Outdoors" -- ELA focus on reading adventure stories and writing personal narratives; Math focus on measurement and geometry; Science focus on learning about plants, animals, the earth and astronomy concepts; Social Studies focus on maps and history of famous explorers; SEL focus on relationship skills as teams work to complete various outdoor challenges


"Get in the Game" -- ELA focus on reading stories about sports and sports figures and writing directions for participation in a favorite game or sport activity; Math focus on basic statistics (averages and ranges), whole number computation; Science focus on biology concepts, health and fitness, and nutrition; Social studies focus on teamwork and being a member of a community; SEL focus on self-management and responsible decision making


Ideas for a "Water/Beach" unit and "On Stage" (theater and performance) unit are currently in development.


Specific support needs will be addressed as necessary. Students with IEPs will be provided accommodations to support program participation as specified in their IEP. Extended School Year services for special education students will be provided onsite whenever possible during the Summer Program duration.


Due to the experiential and thematic nature of our intended program, we will have many opportunities for students to experience an "innovative" program. We hope that many of our students will choose to join us and experience all of the learning and FUN that this program has to offer! If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) in any 2 week unit block, or in the entire 8 week session, please take a moment to complete the interest survey. Contact Mrs. Nettleton if you have questions or would like further information angelan@eupschools.org.




Grades 9-12 Summer Credit Recovery Program:


The High School “Summer School” program will have two different routes for students to gain credit towards graduation requirements.


Tutoring -- Students will be matched to tutors that include district teaching staff, retired teachers, appropriately permitted substitute teachers, and paraprofessionals. The tutoring will be primarily in English/Language Arts and Mathematics for all grades 9-12, and for designated students based on need for support with science and social studies content around particular courses. Tutoring will be provided in-person for 4 hours per day, 4 days per week for a 2 week block in preparation for taking the course end assessment or completing a course end project for a designated class. Students will be assigned tutoring sessions for particular designated classes based on semester grades/credit obtained.


Students may attend multiple 2 week sessions throughout the 8 week program duration, based on the content area they demonstrate a need for skill development. Tutoring sessions will begin on June 7th and continue Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during the weeks of June 14th, June 21st, June 28th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, and August 9th.


Credit Recovery -- This offering will be available for students at the high school level , currently enrolled in grades 9-12. Credit recovery will be available for students to complete any necessary graduation requirements. Certified teachers will assign asynchronous online/virtual content and/or courses and provide a synchronous weekly check-in throughout the 8 week Summer Session to assist students in understanding the content and completing their assigned course(s). Supervised computer lab hours will be scheduled weekly during the 8 week Summer Programming window to allow students to come onsite for additional support and focused work time supervised by paraprofessionals.


Students will be identified for the program based on semester grades, credit audits, benchmark assessment (MAP testing), and teacher recommendations.


Please contact Mr. Rairigh (krairigh@eupschools.org) with any questions about the Credit Recovery program options.

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We want to thank everyone in our Pickford Public School family: teachers, staff, parents, students, board members, the PTA & our amazing community that have been supporting this "unusual" 2020-2021 school year. Your support has helped this year go more smoother & be a successful one and WE THANK YOU!!