Cortland’s elementary summer school program wrapped up on July 28th at Randall Elementary School. Students who attended received instruction in reading and writing in a fun and engaging manner. Summer school teacher Dionne DePuy used thematic units based on pirates, mummies and endangered animals to teach reading and writing.
Brooklyn Mudge, a student in summer school said, "My favorite thing about summer school was Mrs. Depuy because she was so nice. I learned about endangered animals and was able to use the internet to find out cool information. For example, I didn't know red pandas were endangered or that two baby pandas were just born at the Binghamton Zoo. We also studied pirates and mummies. We learned that people used to mummify people in Egypt."
“I had so much fun with summer school this year,” said DePuy. “I incorporated technology that made assigning and grading work so much easier. I posted a writing assignment on Friday, which some students completed over the weekend and submitted. Using technology was great because I was able to give the students immediate feedback on their writing. In addition to Google Classroom, we used Myon to research endangered animals. The great thing about Myon is that students were able to listen to books that were appropriate for each individual’s reading level. Many students also took advantage of the free breakfast and lunch program, which made summer school even more enjoyable for the kids.”
Students also participated in the Cortland Free Library Summer Reading Program. Mrs. Depuy signed her students up for the program and each student’s reading was logged online. Students that read over 1,000 minutes have the opportunity to win several different prizes. Students also took advantage of the family-friendly performances that were held in Courthouse Park on Tuesdays during the duration of the summer program. Some of the acts included Dan the Snakeman and the Merry Go Round Playhouse.
Overall, summer school ended on a high note with students saying goodbyes to their teachers and new friends. We are glad these students took advantage of the opportunity of Cortland Enlarged City School District’s elementary summer school program and are looking forward to seeing them at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year in September