Purdy schools to offer district-run summer school

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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The Purdy School District plans to make a dramatic shift in its summer school program this year.

This will be the first year in more than a decade that the firm now known as Catapult, previously known as Edison Learning and Newton Learning, has not run the district's summer school.

The district will manage its own program and package its educational thrust based on local input.

Summer school this year will begin on May 26 and end on June 19, a total of 19 days.

According to Mindi Gates, instructional and professional development coach, a team of teachers has worked with her since October preparing the program. Instead of handing teachers lesson plans, as Edison did, this year the district will distribute lesson ideas.

"We'll have an outdoor camping theme," Gates said. "We'll be Outdoor Soaring Eagle. We'll focus on the outdoors and things Missouri has to offer.

"We're looking at field trips and to the Monett Area YMCA. The teachers are excited. They're looking forward to the shift."

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for preschool through sixth grade. Credit recovery will be offered for grades 7-12. There will be a physical education credit offered for students who want to get that obligation out of the way.

A blended summer school will be offered for grades three through six for half-days twice a week, focused on technology. Gates said students will use iPads and MacBooks for creative projects. Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the emphasis would still be on reading and writing.

School board members wanted to know if the district planned to pay students to attend, like Edison did. Gates said her team is focusing on non-pay incentives. The final determination has not been made.

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