McMichael Middle School is hosting the district's 2017 middle school summer school program, High-Tech Summer Camp, from June 5th through June 21st.
High-Tech Summer Camp students are given a custom learning experience that addresses their specific learning and social needs, in a structured setting. The basis behind this Blended Learning approach being used, within a face-to-face environment, is to build and enhance the foundational skills necessary for success in the classroom and to engage students with digital learning opportunities.
"Angela and her teachers have poured their heart, soul and time into making this two week program an engaging, individualized and a creative approach to target skills the students are lacking," said District Instructional Technology Coordinator Sharon Fenley.
"I've got challenging students attending this summer session and they are well-behaved, staying in dress code and actively participating and learning," said eighth grade Student Success Initiative (SSI) facilitator Angela Peyton. "Karen Smith, Brinn Williford, Dusti Mitchell, Linda McKnight, Carrie Wright, Charles Zemanek, Jean Blocker, Chance Chapman, Andy Watts, Peggy Thompson, Cicely Driver, Amy Rice, Melissa Jones, and Austin Rourke, should be commended for their efforts in making this a unique summer session for the students."
Another vital part of this summer camp are the proactive strategies of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) for teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive learning environment. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining campus-wide, classroom, and individual systems of support for all students by making targeted misbehavior less effective and relevant and the desired behavior more purposeful and useful.
"We feel that modeling and reinforcing positive behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience," said Fenley. "Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for the misbehavior to occur."
The Rand Corporation reports on summer school effectiveness. Some of the recommendations are: