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Summer school offers chance to catch up, get ahead

The end of the school year is right around the corner, but for some students, it means the beginning of a new semester.

Summer school registration is open until May 14, with kindergartners to high school seniors eligible for the programs. Classes will take place between June and August, and class times vary between grade levels. Some students will use the time to make up classes, while eighth- through 12th-graders can take accelerated courses to get ahead.

The district will host its elementary summer school program at Alice Ponder Elementary from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 20-Aug. 6. Classes will take place Monday through Thursday, and a registration fee of $50 is required.

“The kindergarten through fourth grade summer school day will consist of three sections: math, reading and intervention,” said Anthony Avery, a teacher at D.P. Morris Elementary. “Throughout, the three sections students will participate in small group learning, science inquiries, hands-on activities, as well as purposeful integration of literature and technology.

“The leaders of our district wanted to increase the effectiveness of summer instruction to match the instructional rigor of the general school year,” Avery said. “Now with intensive research and a renewed concentration on engaging our students, we truly believe that Mansfield ISD’s 2015 Summer Services are the best we have ever offered.”

Summer school for middle and intermediate school students needing to make up classes will take place at Coble Middle School from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays June 10-23. The students will attend classes on a normal schedule, including a lunch break. The cost for middle school courses is $100 and will focus on content recovery.

High school students taking classes for content recovery will report to Lake Ridge High School from June 19-July 9 for Monday through Thursday courses. They will follow a familiar schedule, with classes from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost will be $150 per half credit. Courses being offered for recovery include math, English, sciences, history and government, Spanish and French.

In addition to content recovery courses, the district will allow an acceleration track for students entering eighth through 12th grades. Those courses will be offered at Lake Ridge and online for a fee of $150 per half credit. Currently, the district will only offer geometry and a communication course as part of the in-class acceleration program. Students interested in the online acceleration program will have access to learning materials and classes 24/7. Students that take the acceleration courses during the summer break will then be in position to add an extra elective course in the fall, such as athletics or band.

Classes offered online include English, math, sciences, history and government, Spanish and variety of electives including P.E., art and sociology.

“(Students) want to free up space for electives and extracurricular activities,” said Paul Cash, director of student services. “There are students enrolled in Ben Barber Career Tech Academy or multiple extracurricular activities who choose to do that. And some students just want to take a course in the summer instead of the school year.”

For more information on summer school classes and registration, contact the district website at mansfieldisd.org.

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