Middletown Prepares for District’s First Summer Enrichment Program
The district is offering six weeks of educational courses for all grade levels.
The papers, pencils and laptops won’t be gathering dust in Middletown this summer. The district will launch a series of enrichment program for all grade levels beginning July 9. The six weeks of free courses include remedial programs for students who need help developing skills as well as programs focused on SAT and AP prep work.
“We address the needs of students who need remediation and the students who are in our highest level courses. That’s the kind of commitment we have to our student body and to our faculty—to reach the needs of all of our students. That’s the exciting component about the enrichment program,” Superintendent William George said.
The courses will be taught by certified teachers and will run Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bayshore Middle School. Students from Middletown High School North and Middletown High School South will be volunteering to help educators with some of the elementary school courses, according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Jill A. Takacs.
In addition to the remedial and SAT and AP prep programs, the district is offering courses that educate by challenging the imagination, including a class designed to build middle schoolers’ writing skills called “Using Technology to Create Fictional Character Blogs.” For high school students, a workshop on podcasting is meant to improve technology skills.
George said that the district is in the process of finalizing registrants in the summer enrichment program—applications were due by May 9—but estimates between 3,200 and 3,700 placements have been made in the courses. The number of students participating was not immediately available as some students are taking multiple courses.