School programs

Local summer school programs thrive

Ozark County students bask in summer school.

Area schools are reporting good enrollment and numerous learning and special activities.

“We had a wonderful summer session,” said Sherry Ross, administrator of Dora’s summer school. “We started on May 23 and will end on June 15.”

Ross said Dora has 120 K-12 students enrolled in the summer school. “This summer, we focused on science and STEM activities. Our students have been involved in many science activities, from collecting insects and hatching butterflies to cooking and learning the science behind different types of dishes,” Ross said.

She said there have also been special field trips this summer, including the Discovery Center in Springfield, swimming in Ava and going to the movies in West Plains. Ross said two more trips are planned, including Silver Dollar City and Big Air in Branson.

At Lutie’s, the theme for their summer school is “Road Trip America,” according to Lutie’s principal, Kathalee Cole. She said there were 38 students enrolled and they too had taken trips to Ava’s Pool, the Discovery Center, Wonder Works and the Dickerson Park Zoo.

Cole said the program has four focus areas: science, math, social studies, and ELA (English/Language Arts). “We’ve been very active this summer, the kids are getting to know their country and having fun doing it,” Cole said.

Lutie’s summer school ends on June 30.

In Gainesville, 350 students have registered for the summer school, according to Superintendent Justin Gilmore. Their summer school runs until June 24.

“In addition to enrichment activities, students take advantage of ‘Water Wednesdays’ where the school rents out inflatables for student enjoyment.” said Gilmore.

The superintendent said elementary school students enjoyed nutrition lessons with Alicia Winrod every Monday and every Friday, K-12 students head to the pool to enjoy swimming and lunch. picnic-style.

GHS drama teacher Cindy Humbyrd said her students really enjoy creating plays with shadow puppets. She said this week was a color guard clinic for the band.

Gilmore said several courses are available for students in grades 7-12, including enrichment courses like arts activities and outdoor adventures, as well as courses that meet graduation requirements. such as fine arts, health, personal finance, etc.

Bakersfield Superintendent Amy Britt said 75 students are currently enrolled in summer school there and field trips take place every Thursday. She said the Bakersfield Summer School runs until June 30 and runs Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Britt said the elementary conducts enrichment activities in addition to remediation where needed. College students have a rotation of professional courses. The first week was FACS (Family and Consumer Science) where students took a trip to the farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables they used to make jelly and canned vegetables.

“This week, middle schoolers will be in the agriculture department where they’ll learn shop safety and the basics of woodworking, welding, checking and changing oil and more,” Britt said. . “Next week, the college will be in the business department and will be looking at all kinds of technology in addition to hands-on technology-related projects.”

Britt said the summer school session will end with a big trip to Fritz’s Adventure in Branson on June 30. She added that students must have exceptional attendance to participate in the final trip.

Thornfield School completed its summer school in late May with special learning opportunities and field trips to Wonders of Wildlife and Wonder Works.