Warriors explore over summer vacation

From behind an excited Brody Watkins, Principal Eric Carlin pushes students on a tire swing during the 2018 Warriors Explore! summer school program. Summer school returns to the district Wednesday, June 10.

Summer school is one way to keep students engaged and assist in credit recovery while regular classes are out this summer. Across the Northland, districts offer special summer programming. Each program is unique to the district.

Kearney School District


The summer school theme for kindergarten through fifth grade is “Summer School is in Full STEAM!” Beginning Friday, June 10, students will have a chance to dive in to science, technology, engineering, arts and math projects aimed at sparking creativity in young minds.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for 15 days.

Students who will attend kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2019-20 school year at Kearney and Dogwood elementaries will attend summer school at Dogwood Elementary, 1400 Cedarwood Parkway. Students who will attend kindergarten through fifth grade at Southview and Hawthorne will attend the summer program at Hawthorne Elementary, 1815 S. Jefferson St.

Bus transportation will not be available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at current prices.

The Kids' Club before- and after-school child care program will be available at Dogwood and Hawthorne during summer school. There is a charge for this summer program. Interested parents may print a Kids’ Club enrollment form from the district website at http://www.ksdr1.net. Space is limited.

Summer school open houses will be at held at both locations from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 3. For questions, please email Tami Young at youngt@ksdr1.net or call the Board of Education office at 628-4116.

Middle school

This year’s summer enrichment offerings aim to have students creating culinary and art masterpieces in Art Adventure Camp and Let’s Cook courses. Art Adventure runs the week of June 24 and is open to students who will be in sixth through eighth grade in the 2019-20 school year. Let's Cook is offered in three sessions throughout the weeks of June 10, 17 and 24. Sessions are open to students who will be seventh- through ninth-graders in the coming school year.

Back again this year, is Passport to Adventure and the Junior Police Academy, which gives students an in-depth look into the life of a police officer as they experience everything from processing a mock crime scene to performing traffic stops. Passport to Adventure sessions run through the following two weeks: June 10 and 17. They are open to sixth- and seventh-graders. Junior Police Academy offerings run the week of June 17. They are open to students who will be in seventh or eighth grade.

New to the enrichment schedule will be Lights, Camera, Action: A Commercial Production. Students will have the opportunity to create a commercial while working in production teams to develop story ideas. The session runs the week of June 17. It is open to those who will be in sixth through eighth grade.

Learn more about middle school offerings at http://bit.ly/secondarysummer.

High school

High school summer courses begin Friday, June 10.

Students in ninth through 12th grade will have a chance to take health and personal finance as first-time takers. Classes will be partially face-to-face and partially online.

High school students can also enroll in credit recovery.

All secondary summer school opportunities except Lights, Camera, Action will take place at Kearney Junior High, 2215 Pride Parkway. Lights, Camera, Action will be held at Kearney Middle School, 200 E. Fifth St.

Learn more about high school offerings at http://bit.ly/khssummer.

Liberty Public Schools

Liberty Public Schools has one of the largest summer school programs in the state with more than 5,500 registered students. Summer school runs from Tuesday through Friday, June 4 to 28.

EPiC Elementary School will have a summer session but dates are built into the school's regular year.

While summer school in the high schools provides for course credits with enrollment preference given to those needing credit recovery, those in kindergarten through eighth grade will explore an array of subjects including languages, forensic science, aerodynamics, computer coding and programming and engineering.

Additionally, students entering grades six through eight are invited to participate in producing shows through Center Stage, a performance-based program. Productions this summer are two weeks apart, beginning with "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" June 14 and "Lion King, KIDS," on June 28.

"Center Stage is designed for students who have a true love and passion for theater, both on and off the stage," the school district website states.

This summer also is the second year LPS will participate in Northland CAPS Academy. This is a two-week program, occurring twice over the summer and hosted at Discovery Middle School. It introduces students to professionals and fields of work.

This year, students will partner with the Kansas City Zoo to develop special skills including those in digital media and design, medicine and health care, engineering, technology and logistics.

LPS will also offers virtual learning opportunities offering a variety of online courses including art history, biology, child development and short stories.

Students with perfect attendance will be entered to win a Kindle Fire at the close of the summer school session.

"We've actually done away with incentives, except for the Kindle Fire," Director of Assessment, Evaluation and Testing at LPS Christopher Hand said. "Since we've done away with them, we actually have more students enrolled."

With growth every year, Hand said registration remains open for students with their own transportation, adding many families are still signing up. For more information, visit lps53.org/summerschool.

Smithville School District

Warriors Explore! will last 18 days from Monday to Wednesday, June 10 through July 3. Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Michelle Kratofil said programming is unique in that students often switch classes halfway through  the session in an effort to explore more topics.

"All courses are interdisciplinary, centered around a theme interesting to the age group," Kratofil said. "It is very hands-on and there is at least one fun event ... for each grade level."

Each grade level will participate in either a field trip or field day during the program, she explained.

Incentives are offered and funded through parent organizations and include gift cards, activities and special treats.

Though registration is now closed, those interested in being added to a waiting list can contact Eric Carlin at carline@smithville.k12.mo.us.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.​

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