School’s in for summer

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Area school districts plans for summer school

The sun is out longer and the weather is turning warm, and children are preparing for the summer months with sunscreen and beach towels, but there is one summer time activity to look forward to that includes pens and pencils — summer school.

Summer school is a great way for students to get caught up from the previous year and be extra prepared for the year to come. Yes, it is school, but it can be a lot of fun too with different activities compared to the regular school year.


Cassville summer school runs June 1-30. Cassville is preparing students to get W.I.L.D. about learning with the W.I.L.D. Academy.

There will be traditional on-campus summer school for grades pre-K through eighth grade. For high school students, art and credit recovery will be offered on campus, and virtual courses will run June 1-30.

Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. and classes begin at 8 a.m. Summer school is a bit shorter, letting out at 2:30 p.m.

There is no before- or after-school care available during summer school.

Breakfast and lunch are provided free daily, but there will be options for summer school snacks and soda pop days.

For planned activities, parents are encouraged to check their child’s backpack for notes and information about field trips and special days.

Every Friday, kindergartens through eighth-grade students will go to the Aquatic Center, and the first-grade students will have a Safety Around Water Program from June 12-24.

Nurse Boles will be on campus for summer school, located in the Primary Nurse’s office.

The Cassville school district reminds parents that June is a hot month, so remember to send a water bottle and sunscreen with students.

For more information, people may contact the Primary Office at 417-847-2445. For enrollment information, bus routes, pick-up and drop-off information or school supplies lists, people may visit the Cassville school district website at


The Purdy school district is gearing up for the 2021 Summer School Olympics. This “Go for the Gold” summer school program runs from May 27 to June 24.

Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m., and classes begin at 8 a.m. The end of the day is 3 p.m., except the last day, which is at noon.

Students going into to kindergarten to sixth grade are eligible to attend and “Time to Soar” COVID-19 safety policies will be continuous.

Breakfast and lunch are free to students, and transportation will be provided the same as last summer school.

The end of summer school will be marked with an end of session Olympic Games.

For more information or for any additional questions, people may call 417-442-3216. For online enrollment, people may visit


The Exeter school district is planning a bigger-than-ever summer school based on surveys sent out to parents and students.

“Teachers do a great job of working together to plan weekly themes for students to get excited about learning during the summer,” said Tim Jordan, Exeter principal. “This year, they will have themes like plants growing and blooming, motion and movements, around the world cultures and diversity, and the great outdoors.”

Exeter summer school will run for 24 days, from May 24 to June 25.

“K-8th-grade students participate in a summer school program that offers focused learning in math and reading,” Jordan said. “Teachers also provide a mixture of fun activity-based learning that includes science and technology. We also provide credit recovery for high school students.”

Breakfast and lunch will be free for all community members ages 1-18.

“Students will receive focused instruction in math and reading, but they will also have an opportunity for some fun activities and educational trip,” he said. “Summer school is essential for all students in order to maintain their reading and math skills while also promoting a love for learning. Exeter summer school attempts to keep students excited about using critical thinking and problem solving with interactive lessons.”


The Southwest school district will resume classes for summer school on June 2, with classes running through June 29.

Summer school will be open enrollment to all students who will be entering kindergarten through 12th grade in August for both remediation and acceleration purposes.

Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students, and transportation will be provided. However, the district will not run full bus routes.

Hours of attendance will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for students.

The Southwest school district said, they will continue working on academics but in a much more laid back environment. The teachers usually do a lot more hands-on activities, and the class sizes are usually smaller.

For more information people may call 417-826-5411.


Wheaton summer school will be held from May 24 to June 18.

All grades can participate and breakfast and lunch are free to all students.

Jordan McFall, Elementary principal, said elementary students will be focusing on different biomes throughout summer school.

“Week one will focus on the rain forest, week two will focus on the arctic, week three will focus on the desert and week four we will focus on the ocean,” she said. “Kindergarten through second-grade students will be taking a field trip and third- through sixth-grade students will be taking a field trip.

“Summer school is important because it is a great opportunity to continue learning for students and it reduces regression for students during the summer months when school is not in session.”

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