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Lower Merion School District

Off-Canvas

2020 K-12 Summer Program

Mission

The purpose of the K-12 Summer Program is engagement, enrichment, and expansion of the fundamental knowledge and skills that will allow students to begin the 2020-2021 academic year confidently prepared for new learning.

Program

This regular-education program will run from July 21-August 13 and is open to all students K-12. The program is hosted virtually. The program is designed with three options intended to provide choice and flexibility to meet learners’ individual needs. Each option is four weeks in length. Learners are expected to commit to all four weeks of the program.

  • MATH AND LITERACY OPTION: Students participate in ELA learning for one-hour on Tuesdays and on Thursdays AND, Math learning for one-hour on Tuesdays and on Thursdays, AND Genius Hour-esque independent learning in either ELA or Math on Wednesdays.
  • LITERACY ONLY OPTION: Students participate in only ELA learning for one-hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays AND Genius Hour-esque independent learning and application related to ELA on Wednesdays.
  • MATH ONLY OPTION: Students participate in only Math learning for one-hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Genius Hour Enrichment related to Math on Wednesdays

Students register based on the grade they are entering Fall 2020.

Secondary math-specific options will be available in the registration link.

Each week includes synchronous experiences on Tuesday and Thursday and independent application experiences, or Genius Hours, where a teacher is available for guidance, support and validation. In case you are unfamiliar with the premise of Genius hour, this is a brief overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n7EelMbzG0

To create a virtual classroom community, students should plan to participate with their cameras on so fellow participants can see and interact with them. Many of the experiences are designed so that learners interact with each other as much as they interact with the instructor. The program design is based on tenets of the Strategic Plan; students are invited to be active agents in their own learning process.

Math and Literacy Option

July 21-August 13, 2020

Subject/Time Synchronous
Tuesday
Asynchronous
Wednesday
Synchronous
Thursday
English/Language Arts
9:00-10:00
Teacher-facilitated learning Independent learning in either ELA or Math Teacher-facilitated learning
Math
10:00-11:00
Teacher-facilitated learning Independent learning in either ELA or Math Teacher-facilitated learning

Literacy Only Option

July 21-August 13, 2020

Subject/Time Synchronous
Tuesday
Asynchronous
Wednesday
Synchronous
Thursday
English/Language Arts
9:00-10:00
Teacher-facilitated learning Independent learning in ELA Teacher-facilitated learning

Math Only Option

July 21-August 13, 2020

Subject/Time Synchronous
Tuesday
Asynchronous
Wednesday
Synchronous
Thursday
Math
10:00-11:00
Teacher-facilitated learning Independent learning in Math Teacher-facilitated learning

Remember: Sign-up is grade or discipline-specific based on the grade or course the learner is entering Fall 2020.

Based on registration, modules may be combined. Not all modules are guaranteed to run. If a module does not run or if modules are being combined, a notification email will be sent to the parents’/guardians’ email the week prior to the start of the experience.

The instructor will provide a link to the module via the students’ LMSD email with the parent/guardian copied in the :CC line. These emails will be received by 12:00 noon on the day before the module is set to begin or earlier.

Each participating student concludes their experience with self-created artifacts to successfully begin the new school year in September. Sample artifacts may include:

  • an image of mathematical patterns found in nature to deepen students’ number sense (Grades 3-5 Math),
  • a student-illustrated key ring of words to build fluency (Grades K-2 ELA),
  • a descriptive self-portrait in words and images to memorialize students in this moment (Grades 6-8 ELA),
  • the completion of puzzle-like math applications, made possible as students review core concepts highlighted in the summer math packet with the added bonus of supporting students complete the math packet if they choose (Grades 6-12 Math), and
  • close reading practice using social media and the summer reading assignments (Grades 9-12 ELA).

The premise of the K-12 Summer Program is that students are building and strengthening essential academic skills while simultaneously engaging in enjoyable experiences.

After the session concludes in August, parents/guardians will receive brief feedback regarding their child’s learning and experience during the module. The feedback will be shared to the parent via email.

Program Questions

If you have any questions about the K-12 Summer Program, please contact Leslie Pratt at prattl@lmsd.org.