Summer still time for learning


Seymour Community School Corp. is planning to offer several learning opportunities for students this summer.

Third graders who do not pass the IREAD-3 exam this year will be invited to attend a reading remediation program from June 8 to 26.

The sessions will help prepare students to retake the test June 24. Students must pass the test before they can be promoted to the fourth grade, unless they qualify for an exemption.

IREAD-3 remediation sessions will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. with lunch provided free of charge from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at Margaret R. Brown Elementary School.

Lisa Ferguson, director of curriculum, said the program will have room for about 45 students in two classes.

Around 100 middle school-age students will be able to enroll in the corporation’s Summer Adventure program, formerly called the Summer Challenge and Summer Advantage.

The four-week program is scheduled for June 22 through July 17 with classes running from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Seymour Middle School.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for students free of charge and bus transportation to and from the school is being scheduled.

Students will work on math and language arts remediation in the mornings and the take part in enrichment classes in the afternoons. Friday’s are spent out of the classroom on field trips.

Both programs are being funded through donations from the Jackson County Education Coalition, the Cummins Foundation and Jackson County United Way.

The district also should receive some summer school funding from the Indiana Department of Education, Ferguson said.

Seymour High School will continue to offer its Grad Point online courses for students to take during the summer at the high school or the Jackson County Learning Center.

Those courses help students who are behind in credits or who need to take classes that won’t fit into their normal schedules.

The program has been a key element in allowing Seymour High School to continually raise its graduation rates, said Principal Greg Prange.

Grad Point will be available Monday through Friday, eight hours a day for eight weeks in June and July.

Other opportunities available this summer for Seymour students will include the Summer Feed Program and Kids Klub child care services at Margaret R. Brown Elementary and the middle school.

There’s also an extended school year program available at Brown from June 9 through July 16 for special needs students. That program provides 2½ hours of education each morning from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

For information or to enroll students in any of these programs, parents can call the administration office at 812-522-3340.

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