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Valley View District approves new summer school program

A new summer program for Valley View District 365U elementary students will focus on reading comprehension, writing, math and other subjects, according to school board members who approved the program at the Feb. 27 board meeting.

The new Summer Learning Experience program – which is available for all K-5 students – is designed to assist students having difficulty keeping up with their counterparts and to enable high achievers to continue to be successful with learning.

“We encourage all parents to sign up their children for this great opportunity,” said Venus Smith, an assistant superintendent with the district. “We hope to have all K-5 students [in the program], which would be about 1,300 students.”

The Summer Learning Experience program will operate in two four week sessions from June 18 to July 13 and from July 16 to Aug. 10.

Students will focus on reading comprehension and writing skills and math instruction during the morning session, which will run from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session – from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. — will include more fun and engage students in enrichment activities such as hands-on science, theatre and book discussion.

Parents can sign up their child for either session which would be $198 for four weeks or both sessions at $396 for four weeks. Students will also receive a free breakfast and lunch.

The program will be offered at five elementary schools: Pioneer, Hermansen, Skoff, B.J. Ward and Jamie McGee.

“It’s very exciting,” said board President Steven Quigley. “It’s also cheaper [for parents] than daycare, plus students will have some fun while learning.”

Registration for the program will take place from March 1 to 15.

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