Summer Learning Academy helps prepare students for year ahead

The learning continued into July for the nearly 100 Gloversville students enrolled in the district’s annual Summer Learning Academy.

picture of young students learning to program small robotsThe four-week summer program aimed to reinforce essential skills learned during the regular school year and provided extra academic support to better prepare students for the start of a new school year.

The Summer Learning Academy served 96 students who will be entering grades 2-6 in September. Classes met four days per week, Monday through Thursday. Math and reading were the focus of instruction in the morning, followed by fun enrichment opportunities in the afternoon that included a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), team building, arts and literacy activities, and fitness challenges where students trained completed an obstacle course, climbed a wall, and played basketball and other games.Students climbing ropes in gym class

Due to construction at the middle school, the summer program took place at Kingsborough Elementary School this year. “Although we didn’t have a pool, the program was very successful,” said Janet Malagisi, Summer Learning Academy coordinator. “The children loved the STEM class, and the team building activities were also very popular.”

The program also emphasized attendance. Students with the best attendance were awarded weekly prizes. The Summer Learning Academy wrapped up on August 2 with a celebratory ice-cream sundae party for all participants and  special recognition for students who had perfect attendance. See more pictures on the GESD Facebook pageA group of students hold prizes they earned for having good attendance

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