Summer school classes give students new science, math connections

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Grapevine-Colleyville schools aren’t letting science, technology, engineering and math priorities slip for students enrolling in their district’s summer enrichment class offerings.

And even harried parents can find room in classes up to the last minute, educators say.

“You could register your student right up to the first day of the class,” said Amy Dill, Glenhope Elementary School principal and coordinator of summer enrichment for the Grapevine-Colleyville school district. “In fact, we have many students who register from outside the Grapevine-Colleyville district.”

Summer enrichment classes for kindergarten through eighth grade are a week long and run three hours a day. They are scheduled each week from June 10 to the week of July 15.

Fees are $95, plus a $25 one-time registration fee regardless of how many classes are taken. Lunch and snacks are provided free of charge.

“We continue offering technology classes, and we’re offering a class called GT Rush! for gifted and talented students,” said Dill.

There are two kindergarten enrichment classes this year, including Kinderkids Best Books and Awesome Art. Another class, Kinderkids Math and Science Spectacular, is also offered.

Foreign language study gets two new classes; Chinese Mandarin, which teaches both Chinese and Chinese customs. The Parlez-vous Francais class helps children learn about France through cooking and language.

What’s Math and Science Got to Do With It includes fractions, scale factors and proportions taught through cooking and baking. The new class is targeted at fifth through eighth graders.

The district continues to offer its iPad University for grades kindergarten through 5.

“It is grade-specific and allows them to investigate math, science and social studies,” Dill said. The district provides the tablets for the class, or students may bring their own.

An acquired taste is surely the ever-popular Future MDs class, where students dQissect the heart, eyeball and lung of a cow.

“The kids love it,” Dill assured. “It fills up fast.”

Third through sixth-graders in Architectural Dream Home use math and science to build scale models of their future residences.

Lego Academy lets students in grades three through five use Legos and imagination along with math and science to build their own architectural designs and cities.

“We are trying to bring in that math and science with all kinds of fun activities,” Dill said.

And there are arts and theater options available. Musicalmania is designed for young students from kindergarten through third grade.

Prospective summer school students and their parents can go to www.gcisd-k12.org and find a link on the homepage for summer programs.

“We just need them to finish filling out the rest of our classes,” Dill said.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657 Twitter: @shirljinkins

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