Sun is out, books out

Summer might be over, but for some who might want to improve their grades or learn something new, school is still in session and will be for part of the summer.

The Burton School District is offering an array of fun summer art classes every Monday and Wednesday that go from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with projects like portrait drawings, Father’s Day projects, creative space, art drawing and construction.

Classes started last week, but parents can still call the school to see if there are spots still open. 

For the Porterville Unified School District, it will be holding summer classes for students to improve, get ahead, or an opportunity to take some extra courses. The classes will be offered at some elementary schools, one middle school and a couple of high school sites. 

Summer intervention programs started for both Vandalia and West Putnam on June 12 that will go on until July 7 and a middle school program for grades sixth through eighth will offer English language arts, math, and science classes for students who might have failed a class or gotten a bad grade.

All summer programs for the high schools will offer credit recovery classes as well for ninth through 11th grades, as well as math and English remediation classes, and a special class for juniors to help with their college entrance requirements, statements and college exams.

Both Strathmore High School and Harmony Magnet Academy started their courses Thursday and go all the way to July 13. Classes offered for students are Monday through Friday and start at 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They range from Biology, English one and two, Math one, three courses in math exploration for incoming freshman, and an opportunity for credit recovery as well.

Monache High School is also hosting a summer program with the same dates and times as Strathmore and Harmony, and will only be offering credit recovery classes, English 9P, English 11P, Integrated Science P, Biology P, Math Exploration 8, Integrated Math 1 P and 2P, as well as World History P and History P.  

For the past few years, the district has only offered remedial recovery classes, but added health, and computer classes for students who wish have a free class period. Math exploration is also a class being offered to freshmen put in place to help incoming freshman stay on track with what they will be learning.

“Math exploration is a way to prep for the integrated math which has been kind of difficult,” said Martha Stuemky, assistant superintendent of Instructional Services. “It helps them prepare and have that foundation for their freshman class.”

Butterfield High School is also offering a credit recovery program with OdysseyWare online available to grades ten through 12. They started Thursday as well and will remain open until July 13. Courses will start at 8 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. then start again at 11:30 a.m. and go until 2 p.m.

English 9P, English 10P, English 11P, World History P, US History P and Integrated Math 1 P will be taught as well as a drivers Ed free certificate class, electives, computer and health classes.

Stuemky added that because of Butterfield’s expansion they are able to do what they couldn’t before by adding additional classes students might want to take. “It’s a way of keeping them focused for four weeks,” said Stuemky. 

Recommended for you