Algoma District School Board summer learning successes

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ADSB Summer Successes
Left to right: Amit M., Noah F. and Miles F. all took part in Summer School classes held at Superior Heights. They are pictured with one of their teachers, Nicole Gagnon.

This summer, as in previous years, the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) provided a variety of program choices to support learning over the summer months. E-learning, experiential learning through Co-op, day-time summer school and university reach ahead were opportunities available for secondary students. Summer Learning Program (SLP) and robotics camps were options for our elementary students.

Over the month of July, students in a variety of summer school environments earned an impressive 262 credits. ADSB teachers granted 153.5 credits for e-Learning; 108.5 of those credits went to ADSB students. ADSB students accessed twenty-three different e-Learning courses.

Eighty-two credits were earned through day school in subjects such as History, English, Math, Science, Civics & Careers (with Mayor Provanzano visiting as a special guest) and Culinary Arts (with Chef Brennan Cumming as a special guest chef for one day). Culinary Arts students earned experiential credits as they cooked daily at Superior Heights and provided snacks and lunches for staff and students. Students who had Co-op placements at the SSM Airport, Maple View and Great Northern Retirement Homes, North Shore Auto, John Rhodes, Ace Studios and Goulais River Trucking also earned experiential credits.

ADSB Summer Successes
Angus M. is pictured with teacher Nicole Kay. Fred and Angus are ADSB students who took part in the Dual Credit program held at Algoma University this summer.

A number of Grade 11 students took part in a University Reach Ahead program. They spent twelve days at Algoma University and navigated the library and research centres, engaged in university style learning sessions with faculty from multiple departments, met and worked with Indigenous partners and worked through the post-secondary application process. This was an experience for students not typically going on to University, and they earned a high school credit in Equity & Social Justice as well as a university credit if planning to attend Algoma University.

Our Summer Learning Program, designed to support primary students with literacy needs and to minimize summer learning loss, ran for three weeks this summer. Just over 80 students were registered, and of those who completed the program, 75% of them maintained or improved one reading level during the three-week session.

Finally, the popular Robotics week-long camps ran again this summer, three at White Pines and one in Garden River. Ninety-one students registered for the camps and they focused on engineering, programming, and teamwork while coding and driving VEX IQ robots.
Several students attended the Tuesday night board meeting to share their very positive experiences attending school this past summer.