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Summer School Recap 2017


Happy Summer!

We were blessed to have Ms. Hyland, Tyven Gabriner (son of longtime DMA supporters), Christine Nash (ROAR volunteer), and eight DMA grads ranging from freshmen in high school to college graduates (pictured: Lilie Hau, Chris Gomez, Kim Bustos, Ed Hagape, Alexis Mojica, Miguel Molinero, Lizeth Ramos, and Henry Soto).

Special thanks to our Graduate Support Program for securing these talented leaders.  They were phenomenal, helping to lead assemblies and prayer and working closely with small groups of students.

The students were superb as well.  Many took their learning to new heights; one student read over 1,200 pages of novels in one week, some forged new friendships and co-authored their own stories together, and others pushed themselves in math to learn division for the first time with the help of grads.  Volunteer teachers continued to implement Personalized Learning.  Here’s a snapshot:

AGENCY:  Morning and afternoon time to create playlists and complete written and oral reflection upon learning.

PEOPLE:  1:5 student to teacher ratio and flexibility with whom to work.

PACE:  Five periods or “choices” during the day including reading and creative writing.

PATH:  Choice of Ed Tech tools for playlist creation.

PLACE:  Flexibility in terms of learning environment; classrooms, lab, studio, library, etc.

All students persevered in fitness as well.  They were challenged to complete push ups, sit ups, and jumping jacks according to their age, and run laps in Boeddeker according to what grade they are entering in the fall.  Needless to say, Monday was tough for many of them, but by mid week many of the students were volunteering to exercise as soon as they arrived in the morning.  A new record was set for sit ups; 83 in a row!  A rising 7th grader still holds the record for push ups; 63.  The fastest lap in Boeddeker is now 11 seconds.

Meanwhile, one mile up the road, a handful of our rising 5th-8th grade students were at Sacred Heart Cathedral for summer school as well.  Classes included:  math games, film making, writing, digital photography, and theater.  Students said the SHCP catered lunches were pretty nice too?.

Wednesday, July 5th at 11:00 am, the rising 7th and 8th graders departed for CYO Camp in Occidental.  Temperature is expected to be in the high 70s and low 80s.  I’m sure the rising 7th graders will enjoy some sunshine this time around.  I hear their last experience was pretty wet and damp!

Thanks again to our community for making summer school another great success!

Posted on: July 7th, 2017

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