Classes, camps part of NISD's summer program

Classes, camps part of NISD's summer program
Posted on 06/28/2019
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Cynthia Bean was coaxing answers from her first-grader students during a summer school review session.

“The vowel in a closed syllable is a…” she said, encouraging them with “now, don’t make me work this hard…” before one of the students came to the rescue with the correct response.

The class is one of several that make up Nacogdoches ISD’s 2019 summer program. Bean and her students were at Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary. And while the 2018-19 school year came to a close at the end of May, students have been attending summer school since the first week of June.

“Summer school serves a number of purposes for us,” said Dr. Daya Hill, NISD’s Chief Academic Officer. “Some students participate for another attempt to pass state-mandated standardized testing, while others are here to catch up to where they should be before moving on to the next grade. Each program has a specific purpose and audience

“All of it is important work, and our staff does an excellent job during these sessions. I appreciate teachers and facilitators and their hard work.”

Summer classes have taken place at BQJ and Nacogdoches High School and will continue through the last full week of June. Summer camps are also ongoing at Emeline Carpenter and Fredonia Elementary. Most classes take place during morning hours, although credit recovery courses at NHS extend into the afternoon.

“The teachers have been great, and the kids have been a lot of fun,” said Charles Zemanek, who served as the administrator for elementary summer school.

On this day, classes at BQJ were underway for students ranging from pre-Kindergarten to fifth-grade. The fifth-graders were taking their third administration of the STAAR exam for reading and writing. Texas requires students in fifth- and eighth-grade to pass those tests before advancing to the next level (eighth-graders were testing at Nacogdoches High School).

While many of the summer classes are complete by the end of June, a few others will continue a while longer. Bilingual Summer Learning for incoming kindergarten and first-graders goes through July 3 at BQJ, finishing up with a patriotic student parade around the campus. At Nacogdoches High School, the second session of credit recovery classes continue through July 2.

Summer camps underway at Fredonia and Emeline Carpenter continue through much of July. At Fredonia, camp for kindergartners and first-grade is finishing up. Second- through fourth-graders begin their three-week camp in July. At Carpenter, kindergarten and first-graders will be in camp July 1-11, and third- and fourth-graders will be in STEM camp July 15-18.

All Fredonia and Carpenter students are eligible to attend the camps at their respective campuses. The programs are paid for by a federal grant received by both schools.

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