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South Colonie Concludes Successful 2016 Summer School Program

South Colonie completed another successful Summer School Program in 2016 helping hundreds of students complete instructional coursework, sharpen their early literacy skills, and improve in areas of special needs.

Summer Literacy Academy

The District continued to offer its Summer Literacy Academy with 174 youngsters representing all five elementary schools. Students participated Monday through Thursday from July 6th to August 2nd.

Ten instructors focused on improving early literacy skills with students reading, interpreting, and responding to books each day. Participants received targeted small group instruction in multi-age groupings, as well as time for independent reading practice during 90-minute sessions. The sessions ran four days per week.

During these literacy sessions, students entering Grades 1-5 in South Colonie read, write, play literacy games, listen to stories, and enjoy short burst literacy instruction activities. The 2016 Literacy Academy was held at Shaker Road, Roessleville, and Saddlewood Elementary Schools, with Saddlewood hosting Forest Park and Veeder students this year due to summer construction.

General Summer School

Some 660 students in Grades 5-12 attended the General Summer School Program held July 6th to August 16th at Sand Creek Middle School. Regular classes were followed by the administering of various Regents Exams on August 17 and 18. This program provided an opportunity for students to experience success in subject areas which they may have struggled with during the regular school year. Success was reached:

  • All five Colonie Central High School seniors passed and graduated in August

  • 89% of 210 high school students taking 16 courses in Science, Math, History, Physical Education, etc. passed their courses

  • 84% of 166 grade 7-8 middle school students taking eight courses in English, Social Studies, Science and Math passed their courses

  • 97% of 68 grade 5-6 middle school students taking 9 courses in English, Social Studies, Math and Science passed their courses

  • All Driver Education students passed their driving tests

Special Needs Summer School

The District also offered a comprehensive six-week Special Needs Summer School Program. Full and part-day sessions were held with students in Grades K-12 working to attain specific academic, physical, and social goals outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). District staff adopted various themes, and planned appropriate field trips which assisted in supporting academic, social and behavioral achievement for all students.

Twelve Special Education classrooms operated at Shaker Road Elementary School and Sand Creek Middle School with 61 students participating.

Math and reading skill development was the main focus at the elementary and middle school level. Student also learned technical skills and how to research information in the Open Access Computer Room. Art classes were also provided to all students to work on their fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and artistic expression.

High school students concentrated on maintaining skills previously gained in the areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Art, while participating in daily living activities such as balancing a checkbook and budgeting money. To promote physical fitness and leisure/recreational activities, high school students participated in bowling and swimming twice a week, as well as Physical Education classes, and planned activities within the community.

The Special Needs Summer School Program concluded with a “community” pizza party with families, staff, and students gathering to celebrate their summer learning successes.