“I teach summer school because it's a chance to interact with students I don't get a chance to during the school year,” said Wacky Science teacher Kim Kormann. “Summer is a little more laid back and gives me an opportunity to do more hands on projects that gets students excited about learning.”
Kim’s lessons covered a variety of topics from the chemical to the solar system.
“We talked through what the each planet looks like and then the students created and painted beautiful planets representing the Milky Way Galaxy,” said Kim. “I have not worked with any of these students before and am blown away with their positive attitude, mutual respect towards each other, and willingness to try new things. It has been one of my favorite weeks of summer."
For the safety and security of our special needs students, Stanbridge Summer School is only open to currently enrolled students or students who will matriculate in the fall. 86 students are currently enrolled throughout the summer.
“[Summer school] allows new students to interact with returning students on a smaller scale to ease any culture shock they might feel,” said Travis Callan, who taught Ancient People: Myths and Legends during the first week of summer school. Additionally, Travis is co-director of the summer school program along with Jerrod Nelson. “It also provides a chance for teachers to gauge student levels academically and socially.”
“All the students I teach learn and grow differently so I modify my class in the hope I meet the needs of all my learners,” said Kim. “For example, I have a lot of visual learners so I show short 3-minute videos on a new topic that really keeps the students engaged. After the movie we check in and all the students tell me one thing they learned.”
Physical Education teacher Mark Kelley, however, says that when it comes to his basketball workshops, his teaching methods remain largely unchanged from conventional approaches.
“I teach basketball fundamentals and team concepts the same way I would to mainstream students, with very little accommodations or modifications. If you keep the bar raised high, our population will and do respond,” said Mark. “I am so proud of all of the Stanbridge students who participated in basketball this summer! They worked extremely hard and the students improved greatly throughout the two sessions.”
For more information on our summer school program, please contact Summer School Co-Director Travis Callan.