Schedule revisions proposed
By Angie Landsverk
The Weyauwega-Fremont School District plans a week between the end of this school year and the beginning of Enrichment Summer School.
The school board learned about that and also about what new courses are planned for summer school during its March 14 Committee of the Whole meeting.
When the board meets Monday, March 28, the courses and calendar will go before it for approval.
The school district offers two summer school sessions – Enrichment Summer School and Fundamentals Summer School.
Doug Nowak, the district’s summer school principal, said Enrichment Summer School is scheduled to begin Monday, June 13, and end Friday, July 1.
With the regular school year slated to end Friday, June 3, the proposed calendar allows for the three-week session to end before the July 4 weekend, he said.
In past years. summer school began on the Monday after the regular school year finished.
Nowak said discussions with staff and families and the ability to be finished prior to July 4 provided the incentive to monitor if the children will react positively to having a week away from school, or if they prefer to jump right into summer school.
The Fundamentals Summer School is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 1, and end Friday, Aug. 19.
Nowak said that session has a more rigorous curriculum and provides children the best possible opportunity for success.
“The district is committed to providing a successful educational experience for our students, and an important part is an annual review of each student’s academic growth to be sure students requiring additional time and resources are afforded the opportunity to become academically proficient,” he said. “We convey the message Fundamental Summer School is an opportunity our students deserve to become successful academically and be able to demonstrate their proficiency.”
Nowak said the district begins that introduction as early as kindergarten.
During the Enrichment session, W-F’s newest students will explore nature and the world around them through “fun and engaging science activities inside and outside the classroom,” he said.
Then, during Fundamentals, the same social interactions will be maintained for kindergartners, with added elements of literacy and mathematics to provide a jump start for students who may require that benefit, Nowak said.
He said the school district will continue to offer its more popular classes, such as Ceramics/Sculpturing, Dance and Kids in the Kitchen.
In addition, it will try a few new offerings this year, like Jewelry Making, Rockets, Yoga and more, Nowak said.
Staff members talk to parents about what kind of classes they would like to see offered in considering new additions, he told the school board.
Also back this summer will be Hunter Safety.
Last year was the first time it was offered as part of summer school.
It will be held Monday through Friday, July 11-15.
Students completing the course will be able to apply for their Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Card, Nowak said.