Summer school’s ‘cool’ options

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board is offering students looking to beat the heat of summer school some “innovative and cool” options.
Traditional summer school offerings, including missed credits, upgrades and new courses, are available, as are new initiatives that include co-operative credits, which allow students the opportunity to earn two credits from practical work experience, an online option that lets students work from home, and for Grade 8 students, a reach-ahead Grade 9 credit to improve studying and learning skills.
All summer school courses taken in-class will be offered at St. Joseph’s High School, with the exception of co-op classes. Bus transportation from communities across Simcoe County and Muskoka will be provided. The courses are also open to students of other school boards.
The board is also offering an interactive two-week camp for Grade 7 and 8 students. Titled the MTV Camp (for Mouse Trap Vehicle challenge), the program aims to improve language and math skills through the engineering, building and marketing of a mousetrap vehicle.
The approach is a response by the board to the changing perceptions about summer school, said Mary Puopolo, superintendent of secondary schools.
“The reality is that students and their parents are interested in more than just recovering credits or upgrading marks. They want to see new and innovative ways to learn and enhance their educational experiences.”
Registration is available at the board’s website; information about all of the courses being offered, as well as a transportation schedule, can also be found on the website. Registrations will be taken until the beginning of July. For more information, call (705) 722-3555 ext. 345 or e-mail

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