Roseville schools plan for busy summer

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 9, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools district is preparing for its third extended school year program for elementary school students this summer, alongside several others for preschool, middle school and high school students.

Assistant Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski said the district has its Steenland Elementary and Kment Elementary extended-year programs beginning in June, along with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten half-day programs, credit recovery programs for the middle school and high school students, and middle school math and literacy camps.

The Steenland extended-year program is open to all Macomb County students, though Roseville students will take enrollment precedent.

Blaszkowski said the six-week program starts June 27 and runs through Aug. 11 — with the week of July 4 off — on a Monday-Thursday schedule.

The program runs each day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., he said, and is open to current kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Kids will receive breakfast and lunch.

“They will receive math, reading, some science and social studies (instruction and) activities, and of course some excursions and activities outside the classroom,” Blaszkowski said. “There’s no cost to the program (for parents) unless they want latchkey services, and that’s before and after school.”

The district pays for the program out of its general fund, Blaszkowski said. The cost will depend on the number of teachers and the amount of supplies needed.

As of May 4, he said they had approximately 250 students enrolled for the summer program, and Blaszkowski said the district would probably cap it around 500 students to keep class sizes down to roughly 20 students. For the kids, he added that the program amounts to an additional 24 days of new instruction that keeps their brains stimulated and prevents the “summer slide,” in which students forget things during the summer break that they had learned during the regular school year.

For reading and math, students are encouraged to continue improving so they can be placed into higher reading and math levels next year. Blaszkowski said this does not make up for a full year, but it can help give those students a leg up.

“The statistics we’ve pulled so far are pretty positive about the kids that go to that program,” Blaszkowski said. “They’re really able to pick up in the fall where they left off in June without doing much remediation, like a lot of students have to do.”

While the excursions and field trips have not been set in stone yet, Blaszkowski said that in previous years, students have visited a planetarium and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Kment Elementary program is effectively the same — even running at the same time as Steenland’s — but is limited only to Kment Elementary students, Blaszkowski said, due to it being funded by a school improvement grant sponsored by the Macomb Intermediate School District. Other than that limitation, he said students will be covering many of the same topics and getting to do practically the same things. They will also get the same free breakfast and lunch.

Registration for both programs can be done at the district’s website, www.rcs.misd.net.

School board President Theresa Genest said in an email that both schools’ programs are a way to keep students on track academically through the summer, and they help close the performance gap for students.

“For working parents, it helps to give them peace of mind that their children are in good hands,” Genest said in the email, adding that they are with certified teachers the whole time. “We have seen the success of these programs, and parents and even students want us to continue these programs.”

For the preschool and kindergarten programs — KinderConnect and First Fundamentals — students will see a half-day program running July 18 through Aug. 11, Monday through Thursday. The kids will get breakfast and lunch before going home, Blaszkowski said, adding that parents need to fill out a form and send it to the administration building to apply.

The district also is offering middle school math and literacy camps for at-risk students, he said, who need to get an “extra push” over the summer to catch up to where they need to be. There is also the traditional credit-recovery program for middle and high school students, Blaszkowski said, which is a tuition-based program.

For more information on any of these programs, call the school district’s administration building at (586) 445-5500.

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