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K-6 Summer Learning Programs


School’s Out for Summer
But the Learning Continues

Through the Board’s summer learning initiatives, high school students are earning reach-ahead credits online; elementary students are enhancing their knowledge in literacy, math, and science; and the children of newcomers are improving their English skills and discovering Canadian culture. The Board’s Summer Learning Program, Six to Seven Summer Experience, ESL Summer Learning Program, and Summer Semester eLearning initiatives are allowing more than 1,400 students to enhance their education over the summer months.

Summer Learning Program

The Board is offering its Summer Learning Program at 20 sites throughout the district where students who have completed Grades 1-3 benefit from lessons in non-fiction literacy and mathematics. The three-week program is being offered from July 10th to 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students enjoy three hours of academic instruction, and one hour of physical activity per day, as well as nutritional support to help them learn.

Participants benefit from more individualized attention than during the school year. With two specially trained teachers in each class and an average class size of only 15 students, the initiative prepares students requiring additional help for the coming school year.

“The focus of the program is on students experiencing achievement gaps and who might benefit from summer reinforcement,” said Anne-Marie Bulbeck, supervising principal for summer learning programs.

The program, which has been running in various forms since 2013, generates some impressive results. Students are tested before and after the program, and data shows each student advances at least one reading level and some experience increases of 10 or more levels.

“It increases student learning, builds student self-confidence, and enhances teacher professional development.”

Six to Seven Summer Experience

The Six to Seven Summer Experience program is being offered to students for the first time this year. It prepares select Grade 6 students for the transition to our Grades 7-12 schools. The two-week program is running Monday to Friday from July 17th-28th at three sites in Cornwall, Brockville, and Carleton Place.

“Through the program, we’re preparing Grades 6 students for their transition to Grade 7 by teaching them about science and technology. We want to ensure they have a smooth transition and are not only confident in their academic knowledge but also building social confidence as well.”

Students improve their intermediate science and technology skills through lessons in biology, habitat, ecosystems and computer coding, as well as through three-day, off-site visits for hands-on learning to the St. Lawrence River Institute for Cornwall students, the Aquatarium for students in Brockville, and the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area for students in Carleton Place.

Students improve their confidence in science, while meeting peers from their area, so they have friends when they arrive at their new school in September.

ESL Summer Learning Program

The ESL Summer Learning Program is helping our English as a Second Language students improve their English skills and learn about their communities. The program runs from July 10th to 28th, at four sites – two in Cornwall, and one each in Brockville and Vankleek Hill. It serves students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8.

“The emphasis is on listening and speaking skills, not the pen to paper assignments,” said Jeanne Ward, an ESL Learning Partner with the Board. “We want to get them talking. It is easy for them to be overlooked in the classroom during discussions as they need more thinking time in order to translate what they want to say. So we’re trying to get them to use their oral vocabulary as much as possible, adding to their vocabulary while learning songs and holding discussions. There is also an emphasis on community awareness.”

The students may talk about the process of writing a letter, pen one, and then visit the local post office to see how it is delivered. They will also visit places such as the local library, and will enjoy presentations from community members such as local police officers who will discuss bicycle safety.

They are also provided with dual language books to improve their English skills which they can take home and read with their parents and siblings. Older students are provided with a book called Amina’s Voice, about a young Pakistani-American girls’ journey to integrate into Western society while staying true to her culture.

Summer Semester eLearning Program

More than 1040 students are also benefiting from the Board’s Summer Semester eLearning program, operated by the TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education. The program is offering 37 courses online that students can work on from home, earning a credit over the month of July.

“It offers a chance for our students to reach ahead and work ahead,” said TR Leger Principal Sandy McInnes. “If they want to earn an extra credit they can do that, particularly those students who have a heavy course schedule during the school year and want to focus on their math or science requirements in the summer.”

The format of our programming allows our students, as well as International students studying with the Board, to hone their modern learning skills.

“It’s a unique opportunity to obtain some 21st century learning skills,” said McInnes of the eLearning format. “It’s self-directed learning that’s all about problem solving and online collaboration. It’s also an optimal learning environment for students because they’re able to work from their own home.”

TR Leger is also offering UCDSB students a Summer Cooperative Education course and a Summer Cadet Cooperative Education course.

For more information on these courses, please call:

Anne-Marie Bulbeck
Supervising Principal
UCDSB Summer Learning Programs
(613) 360-1827

Sandy McInnes
TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education
(613) 933-9626

Updated Jan, 2019

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