Every year, Pleasant Valley welcomes students into the classroom during the summer months to further their skills and get ready for the next school year. This summer is no different.
More than 200 students from across the district are working on Math and English Language Arts skills at Hopewell Elementary. Class sizes are small, usually about 10 kids to one teacher. New this year, incoming 1st graders and 2nd graders are using a new Fundations resource. Fundations is our early learners reading program, and they released a special program for summer school students after this COVID year.
Students also participate in four intercessions during the day - music, wellness, science, and robotics. The Robotics program was added this year after a generous donation in the name of Dr. Pamela Johnson. When she passed away, her family started a grant in her honor to give students special experiences while at school. The family works with the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation to determine how to use the funds and this year, we knew students would need an extra bit of fun!
Students are identified for summer school based on assessments and - especially this year - to give some of our littlest learners a social experience.