KND students prepare to jumpstart into 2018-19 school year

BRETHREN — For many years school systems would hold their summer session right after school let out in June, but many are finding that might not be best for students.

The Kaleva Norman Dickson Summer School program that runs from Aug. 13-24 this year will feature the breakfast and lunch program for the students.

The Kaleva Norman Dickson Summer School program that runs from Aug. 13-24 this year will feature the breakfast and lunch program for the students.

Some educators are citing school fatigue and student retention as factors to moving their summer school sessions to August and using them more as a lead-in to the next school year. The Kaleva Norman Dickson School District recently joined that group with its summer school program that will run this year from Aug. 13-24.

Principal Jakob Veith said they have mostly reconstructed their entire program this year.

“Pretty much in the past it has always been a continuation of the school year, but this year it is going to be different,” said Veith. “Many of the students and parents are a little burnt out or want to go on a vacation. So we are thinking there are times we have lost numbers because kids want a little break.”

Veith said that is what prompted the change.

“What we are going to do is a jump start to the 2018-19 year instead,” said Veith. “It is a chance to give some of these kids who need it a head start for when they come in for the first day of school on Sept. 4.”

School officials realize August can be a very hot and humid time of the year, which can make students’ focus wander so they have taken steps to prevent that from happening.

“In the morning there will classes for math and reading based on what level they are at as we will be using their test scores from the end of the school year,” said Veith. “That is to make sure each student will be challenged based on where they finished and it can be completely individualized. Then in the afternoon we plan to do more activities like sports, arts and outdoor activities. One of our teachers is a licensed builder, and he is going to do an activity with the kids in the afternoon building bird houses.”

Veith said every teacher has a niche that they enjoy doing outside of the classroom, and he hopes to bring those skills to students during those afternoon sessions.

“It’s not only going to be educational, but it is going to be fun as well,” said Veith. “We will run it every day for those two weeks and then there will be one week off before the school year starts up.”

There will be busing for the students to get to the school. The summer Meet Up and Greet Up free breakfast and lunch program will be running during that time frame.

“Every student who wants it is going to get free breakfast and lunch,” said Veith.

“This year we plan to hold this for kindergarten to sixth grade students from the past year. We plan to have a K-2 room, a 3-4 and probably a 5-6 grade level room,” said Veith. “We already have some good interest and response from parents.”

Veith said the main office will be open through the end of June, and after that they can get details by calling the superintendent’s office at (231) 477-5353 to get more details.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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