TPS, community non-profits to operate 12 summer programsWritten by John P. McCartney | | email@example.com
On May 29 at Walbridge Elementary, Romules Durant, Toledo Public Schools (TPS) interim superintendent, introduced 12 summer programs the district will offer in partnership with five non-profit community partners. Feed Lucas County Children, the Jewish Community Center, Partners in Education, United Way and the YMCA will work with TPS.
High school credit recovery program
The credit recovery program for high school students will occur at Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite and Woodward High Schools, dependent on final enrollment at each site, June 11–July 11.
Students can registration May 1-24 at the Thurgood Marshall Building and June 6, 7 and 10 at each high school.
The credit recovery program is designed to give any ninth-to 12th-grade student in the greater Toledo area an opportunity to earn graduation credits in select English, health, math, science and social studies classes. Instruction is through the PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations) Learning System, a computer-based program. Students may complete coursework at home, a library or a TPS high school computer lab. However, students will be required to attend at least two of the four weekly sessions at the high school at which they are registered. Lunch will be provided free.
Jim Gault, chief academic officer, said the credit recovery program will be cost-neutral if 25 students per school are enrolled. The program costs $100 for TPS and $135 for non-TPS students. Gault said the Libbey scholarship may pay for a first semester course for eligible TPS students.
Gault said 89 percent of students in the credit recovery program in 2012 earned academic credits.
High school enrichment programs
STRIVE (Success Through Incentive Vision Effort), a program for 9th-12 graders who failed the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), will be at Scott High School. Flo Wormley, Toledo Police officer and STRIVE founder, said she will refund participants’ $35 registration fee if they attend all classes, arrive on time and take the OGT. A free lunch is provided.
Wormley pointed to 2012 STRIVE program graduates’ passing rates of 72 percent on the social studies, 62 percent on the math and 53 percent on the science portions of the OGT as evidence that student can succeed.
“If you don’t pass, we work on trying to raise your scores to position yourself to pass in that next school year,” Wormley said. “We work on making sure homework is done and there are no disruptions. That’s the kind of program we run — making sure that there’s a stable leaning environment.”
Camp FUNdamentals is for eighth-to 11th-grade students who attend or intend to attend Scott High School from June 10-14 and 17-21.
The program will offer enrichment and intervention activities designed to make learning fun for those who attend, said Patty Mazur, TPS communications director. Free lunch is provided.
The TPS Aviation Center, Natural Science Technology Center and Toledo Technology Academy (TTA) will offer camps for students ages 10-14 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m June 10-13.
Transportation will be provided to and from the student’s nearest high school for the aviation and natural science camps. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The TTA will offer three FIRST Lego Robotics camps for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to the June 10-13 session, camps will also occur June 17-20 and 24-27.
Elementary school programs
Kidz Express, run by the YMCA and JCC, will be offered to kindergarten to 7th-grade students living in the Garfield, Keyser, Leverette and Walbridge Elementary Schools communities from noon to 2 p.m. June 17-Aug. 9.
Gault said the program will have an open-door policy. Children will not be required to sign up in advance to attend.
Durant said the program will help curb the effects of “summer slide.” Transportation will be provided from centralized neighborhood pick-up locations. Lunch will be provided free.
Camp FUNdamentals will be offered to kindergarten to 7th grade students living in the Glenwood, Pickett and Robinson Elementary Schools communities. Dates will vary by location. Durant said the camp will provide students extended learning opportunities focused around intervention and enrichment. Free lunch is provided.
At least two Jump Start camps will be offered at locations within each of TPS’s six learning communities from 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 5-8 and 12-15, according to Gayle Schaber, director, special projects and compensatory programs. Schaber said sites were chose to hit the corners of the community.
The program will work with second and third graders who did not score as reading at grade level during this past academic year. Letters will be sent to all eligible students’ homes the week of May 13. Phone preregistration from May 15-June 7 is required. Lunch will be provided free.
Scott HS will offer GED courses.
Leverette Elementary will offer Unison Summer Programming from 10 a.m. to noon June 17-Aug. 9. The program addresses concerns and issues such as anger management and self-esteem.
TPS will operate 11 open feeding sites that will provide lunch to any school-aged child. Meals will be provided at East Broadway, Larchmont, Marshall, Sherman and Westfield Elementary Schools and Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite and Woodward High Schools.
Times will vary by location. Mazur said parents should call United Way’s 211 phone line for information on times.