Sunday, May 19, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Registration for Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s expanded free summer programming has been open since last month and will end by June 5, D209 officials said.
During a regular meeting on March 12, the school board voted unanimously to continue and expand on last summer’s program model. In addition to offering credit recovery and accelerated courses, the district’s summer school will also include a five-week STEAM Camp for incoming freshmen.
“That program, led by one of our fabulous science teachers at Proviso West, will challenge students in a very exciting curriculum,” said Nicole Howard, the assistant superintendent for Academics and Student and Family Services.
Board members added that the teacher is also a Proviso West alum. Howard said that at the end of the summer the district will showcase the projects students complete during the STEAM camp.
Last summer, Howard, said the district provided “opportunities for credit recovery, skill development and enrichment” to approximately 1,100 students. This year, the district’s Summer Theme Camp, which features literacy and STEM components, will be opened up to sophomores.
At the March 12 meeting, Supt. Jesse Rodriguez said that the district’s summer camp has come a long way from what it was just a few years ago, when students were only offered remedial programming.
The district’s retooled and expanded summer programming, he said, will give D209 an edge over private schools and other districts in the competition for students.
Rodriguez credited district leadership, particularly the board’s Student Achievement and School Innovation committee, which is helmed by board member Claudia Medina, who works closely with Howard, for the summer program upgrades.
“This is what students need,” Rodriguez said. “Many school districts and private schools are competing with us.”
In a statement the district released on May 10, Rodriguez outlined the changes to the summer program, explaining that last summer, the district “launched an enrichment that included original credit courses in journalism, mural arts, and consumer education.
“This year, we have expanded our summer programs to include freshman STEAM programs where students must create a product and execute a real startup company.”
Students and parents can access a list of summer course offerings by clicking here. In order to enroll for original credit courses, students must meet with their counselors to obtain a registration form and return the form before the June 5 registration deadline. There is no fee for D209 students, but non-district students will be required to verify their residency and pay a course fee.
Students can enroll for the STEAM course by completing an application form available in the main offices at each D209 high school and online here. Applications must be submitted by May 20 in order to be considered.
Those participants who have been selected will be notified by May 24. Acceptance forms must be returned by June 1 to secure spots in the program.
Students who want to enroll in the transition and sophomore enrichment camp must complete an application form available in the main offices at each D209 high school and online here. Spots will be awarded in the order that district officials receive the applications, which are due by May 24. VFP
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