School’s in for the summer

Ah,summertime when the living is easy and the schools dormant until the ringing of the bells, when autumn breezes herald the continuity of nature’s cycle of life.
Well, not really – summer might official kick off when school’s out, but for some students needing or wanting a bit of continued learning, summer is also a time for hitting the books.
The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board is once again offering students the option of attending summer school, where a variety of courses will be taught. Students can improve their marks, take new courses to fast-track credits, as well as recover credits. This year, the board is offering some creative options.
School’s in during the summer at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School, with the exception of co-op courses. Bus transportation will be available to get students to class, from communities across Simcoe/Muskoka. Courses are also open to students of other school boards.
Available courses include:
• Credit recovery and upgrade courses.
• Full credit courses at all high-school grade levels.
• Co-operative education credits, where students can earn two credits while gaining hands-on work experience.
Students also have the option of working from home, taking advantage of an online course. Grade 8 students can participate in two ‘Reach Ahead’ credits, earning a Grade 9 credit. The board is also offering a two-week “fun and interpretive” camp for Grade 7 students, geared towards enhancing math, language and science skills.
“For the past few years, we have been offering a wider range of courses for students who wish to continue their learning during the summer,” said Mary Puopolo, superintendent of secondary schools. “The students and their families have been really receptive to the … options available and this is reflected in the increasing number of students choosing summer school as a way to build upon their learning experience.”
For more information, call 705-722-3555, ext.345, or e.mail summerschool@smcdsb.on.ca.

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