Over 1,000 students attend summer school in Beaver Dam
It’s the end of “fun” for children in Beaver Dam as summer school closes today and the schools start final preparation for the students to return in the fall.
“I’m going to be going to the camper and playing some hockey,” student Piper Johnson said. “It’s less fun than this class, though.”
Johnson was attending Fun-ology at Lincoln Elementary School this summer. The class allowed the students in kindergarten and first grade to learn science concepts while having fun.
“It helps them to inquire, ask questions, explore theories and hypotheses,” teacher Anne Ambrosius said. “It allows them more time than during the school year to work on the experiments. They are able to verbalize, develop vocabulary in a hands-on way.”
Ambrosius said Jenny White taught the class for the first three weeks and together they covered many science concepts including the three states of matter, sound waves and the effects of using different solutions.
“We have some awesome scientists in here,” Ambrosius said. “They love to explore and play.”
Nearly 1,100 students took summer school courses in Beaver Dam schools this year. The program was open for both children in the public and parochial schools, with the students in elementary and middle school ending classes today and high school students ending Friday.
The goals of the classes are to build skills and to strengthen subject areas where the students might need some additional assistance, according to the district’s website.
“Summer school in Beaver Dam continues to provide students with a very positive way to continue their learning, stay busy and interact positively with both their peers and adults,” Superintendent Mark DiStefano said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with how summer school went this year and I am extremely thankful for the leadership and oversight that our team provided at all levels. We had outstanding student participation and our teachers did an excellent job engaging students in creative and exciting ways.”
Students will return to school Sept. 4 for the 2018-19 school year.