PREPARING FOR THE CLOSE OF SCHOOL AND SUMMER

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Preparing for the Close of School and Summer - The last day of school for grades PreK-11 is Friday, June 18th - noon dismissal

The revised 2020-2021 school year calendar can be found here.  A day was added to the calendar due to a snow day on December 17, 2020. 

The Melrose Public Schools is pleased to offer summer programming and learning opportunities for the summer of 2021. Below is described in-person learning opportunities and other summer learning for students in grades PreK-12:

 
Extended School Year Special Education Offerings

Extended School Year (ESY) Special Education Program at the Franklin

Students currently attending the Franklin School, preschool - grade one who are eligible for Extended School Year services, were identified by their special education team based on the following criteria: students who are at risk of substantially regressing in their specific IEP goal areas, coupled with the inability to recoup those skills upon returning to school. Data has been collected throughout the IEP period to demonstrate this possible regression, resulting in the ESY recommendation.
 
ESY services for students currently enrolled at the Franklin will be provided at the Franklin. Services will be scheduled during Franklin ESY hours Monday - Thursday 7:30 - 11:30 June 28th - August 5th, with the exception of Monday July 5th, in observance of Independence Day. Specific student ESY schedules will be shared with families via email.
 
The Franklin will extend its programming from 11:30 to 1:30 to provide opportunity for COVID-19 compensatory programming and services. These services were identified with families through the development of COVID Compensatory Service Plans.

 

Grades K-5

Special education students who are eligible for Extended School Year services were identified by their special education team based on the following criteria: students who are at risk of substantially regressing in their specific IEP goal areas, coupled with the inability to recoup these skills upon returning to school. Data has been collected throughout the IEP period to demonstrate this possible regression, resulting in the ESY recommendation. The elementary extended school year program meets Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM for 6 weeks beginning on June 28th, with the exception of Monday, July 5th, in observance of Independence Day. The program will be housed at the Lincoln School.
 
Extended school year services for grades K-5 are offered in the following areas:
Day programming for students with high needs including our TLC program and is planned for four hours of instruction a day
Tutoring services are provided in 45-minute sessions in both ELA and Math
Related services are provided in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language and social skills.
 
The ESY program will extend its programming from 12:30 to 1:30 to provide opportunity for COVID-19 compensatory programming and services. These services were identified with families through the development of COVID Compensatory Service Plans.

 

Extended School Year (ESY) Grades 6-12

Special education students who are eligible for Extended School Year services, were identified by their special education team based on the following criteria: students who are at risk of substantially regressing in their specific IEP goal areas, coupled with the inability to recoup those skills upon returning to school. Data has been collected throughout the IEP period to demonstrate this possible regression, resulting in the ESY recommendation.
 
ESY services will be provided on Monday through Thursday within the hours of 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM for 6 weeks beginning on June 28th, with the exception of Monday, July 5th, in observance of Independence Day. ESY for grades 6-12 is provided in the following areas:
Day programming for students with high needs includes our DLC, TLC, ACCESS, SSC, etc. The program is 4 hours a day of which 2 hours is focused on academics. This is not Students without Borders, but an extremely scaled back version to help students continue to move forward in the continuation of learning. 
Tutoring services are provided in math and ELA. These sessions are 45 minutes in length.
Extended school year services are also provided in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language.
 
The ESY program will extend its programming from 12:30 to 1:30 to provide opportunity for COVID-19 compensatory programming and services. These services were identified with families through the development of COVID Compensatory Service Plans.
 
Grades K-5 Summer Learning Opportunities

Education Stations Franklin Summer Fun Program

Families of students currently attending the Franklin School in grades preschool-grade one are welcome to register their child for Education Stations Franklin Summer Fun Program. The program will include 7 classrooms of approximately 15 students who meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM for 6 weeks beginning on June 28th. This is a tuition based program and follows the same rate structure as during the school year. Come join us this summer at the Franklin School as we learn and explore weekly themes through dramatic play, arts and crafts, science, movement, literature, math, water play! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wgXHkneHoFuH2A7WKNNhIVR8n_pKjvWCoIrK...

Summer Literacy & Math Program at Franklin

Franklin kindergarten students in need of additional supports in literacy and Math, were identified by their teachers and principal. Existing literacy and math data was used to identify the students.  Students will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30AM - 1:30PM for 6 weeks beginning on June 28th. The program is planned to be delivered remotely with both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Students will spend each day in a daily writer's workshop, employing instructional technology resources such as Lexia and IXL, reading, and also engaging in small group reading and math instruction. Each classroom will be led by a classroom teacher. Funding for the program is through the Title I grant.

AlphaBEST

For the third time, the Melrose Public Schools will enter into a partnership with Alphabest to provide summer programming for families. The program will be located at Roosevelt for students in grades K-5. The cost of the program is $225 a week for a full day. Caregivers may also register for just certain days of the week as well. The program will run June 28th to August 6th. The full day program will run from 7 AM to 6 PM and a half-day program is from 12-6 PM.  AlphaBEST will focus on crafts, science, fitness, and drama hands-on activities for students. Breakfast and lunch is provided. Families can register at https://www.alphabest.org/melrosema.

Summer Reading and Math PreK-5

Summer reading and math at grades PreK-5 is not required but highly encouraged as a means to prevent summer loss in both subjects. Research has indicated that students can lose as much as three months of progress during the summer in reading and six months in math. Reading as little as 30 minutes daily can counteract that loss.

For reading, the reading lists provided to students have suggested lists. The list is created in collaboration with Kathryn Walton, children’s librarian at the Melrose Public Library. Students can read any books they choose. They are asked to record their reading on a calendar. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in the Melrose Public Library's summer reading program. The children's librarian visits every elementary school to speak to all students about the activities and programming available.

For math, each grade level receives a calendar of suggested activities to do at home with their families that are meant to encourage the skills learned during the school year.

Summer reading and math information will be posted on the district's website. In addition, all current PreK-5 parents will receive the information. Students entering kindergarten received the information with their school assignments. In addition, summer learning plans with suggested activities for each grade level will be shared with families.

See the link for all of the resources: Summer Learning

Kindergarten and Grades One Summer Learning Materials

Students in PreK, Kindergarten, and grade one will receive a set of printed resources and materials that include some tools for literacy and math learning during the summer. In literacy depending on the grade, students might receive letter cards and high frequency words as well as some directions for using the materials. In math, students might receive number cards and/or a hundred charts along with games to play at home. Our goal was to provide some hands on materials and resources to encourage literacy and math during the summer.

Summer Learning Academy Grades K-5 at Lincoln

Students, in grades K-5 at all schools in need of additional supports in literacy, were identified by their teachers and principals. Existing literacy data was used to identify the students. The program will include 12 classrooms of approximately 15 students who will meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM for 6 weeks beginning on June 28th. The program is planned to be in person. Students will spend each day in a daily writer's workshop, employing instructional technology resources such as Lexia and IXL, reading, and also engaging in small group reading and math instruction. Each classroom will be led by a classroom teacher. Funding for the program is through the Title I grant.  The Summer Literacy Program at Lincoln will also include three additional ESL teachers. The purpose is to accommodate the larger group of ELL students at this level. Funding is supported through the Title III grant.

Personalized learning strategies will be purposefully embedded into all K-5 classrooms.  Students and teachers will identify areas of strength as well as opportunities for growth in reading, writing, and math.  Using this information students will create personalized learning plans to set a goal and determine actions.  Then throughout the summer students will document their learning and progress towards their goal using a digital portfolio.  At the conclusion of the summer, families will be invited to attend virtual student-led conferences to share and celebrate together!

Secondary Summer Learning Opportunities

METCO Middle and High School Program

The METCO Summer Program will serve students currently in 5th – 8th for students who didn’t meet passing standards on report card grades. The program will have a dense curriculum in ELA, Math and Enrichments. The program will run from June 28th – July 29th from 8 AM to 2 PM Monday through Thursday.  The program will enroll approximately 30 students. Students will be provided with transportation. Students will have a 90 minute ELA block and a 90 minute Math block. The focus will be on acceleration and preparing for the coming school year. In the afternoon, students will participate in enrichment which will include social emotional learning activities, physical education, and technology.

High school METCO students will also participate in the summer school opportunity. We anticipate having 20 students participate in ELA, math and science courses. They will also be provided transportation.

Melrose Middle School

The Melrose Middle School Summer Learning Academy will provide an opportunity for middle school students to accelerate the English language arts and mathematics.

Melrose High School Summer Learning Academy

The Melrose High School Summer Learning Academy was established in response to the myriad of academic challenges that have arisen due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The purpose of the program will be to support students who could benefit from the opportunity to recover credit, strengthen skills, and recalibrate as we look forward to returning to our "new normal" in the fall. For students who fail an academic class, attending the Melrose Learning Academy is the way to potentially attain credit recovery. 

The focus of the Melrose Summer Learning Academy is not to re-teach a year's worth of content. Rather, the focus will be on teaching essential skills from this past year as well as creating connections and preparing students for materials they will encounter in the upcoming school year. Our goal will be to make the content focused on projects and highly engaging content.

The program will run from June 28th until July 29th for five weeks. Each subject area will meet four times a week, Monday through Thursday. Sessions will run in three periods as follows 8:30-10, 10:30-12, and 12:30-2. Students will be assigned to a specific block, we are unable to honor  individual schedule requests. There is NO COST to attend the Academy. Students can not miss more than three classes, they will not receive credit if they exceed three absences.

Grades 6-12 Summer Learning

English Language Arts

The summer break offers a wonderful opportunity for students, staff, parents, guardians, and community members to relax while they are sharing a common reading and listening experience.  Students can expand their understanding of the world and improve their reading and writing skills. Many studies confirm that students who spend time reading during their school vacations maintain their skill level and, most importantly, build their knowledge of vocabulary and effective composition. We expect students to complete reading and listening and viewing assignments at each grade and level of study and have selected a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts and cultural experiences that are informative, challenging, and insightful. We have chosen a variety of selections nominated for reading by staff members who will lead discussions on those books in the fall.

Accelerated and Advanced Placement courses

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses complete reading assignments that will prepare them for the work they will be expected to complete in college equivalent level courses. In AP classes, essays and discussions will be completed during the first month of the school year.

Summer Reading assignments are distributed in all ELA classes at the end of the school year. Lists of required reading books and additional information is available on the MPS website, at MHS and MVMMS, and the Melrose Public Library. All students will be assessed on the summer reading and viewing assignments during the second week of the school year through writing and discussion in their English classes. All work is expected to be completed by the second week of the school year.

The link to the MHS summer reading assignment can be found at: MHS English Department Summer Reading

The link to the MVMMS Google site can be found at: MVMMS Summer Reading 2021

Mathematics

It is important for all students to review math concepts and processes during the summer. Intentional practice of math skills will help students reach mastery of content and support their retention of foundational math concepts. Summer work provides an opportunity for students to strengthen or deepen their content knowledge and ensure that they have the prerequisite skills to be successful in their future math classes. Time spent working on mastery, reinforcement, and enrichment will greatly benefit all students.

Accelerated and Advanced Placement courses

It is important for students to have mastery of the prerequisite knowledge and skills in order to be successful in rigorous, accelerated and advanced courses. Students will need to transfer the skills that they have learned to new concepts. The summer assignments focus on prerequisite skills that students should be able to do with little difficulty. Students can use the summer assignment to assess whether they are prepared to take the course.

The summer assignments are distributed at the end of the year. Students will take the assignment for the class(es) they will be taking next year. AP courses may assess students at the beginning of the year.  All other summer work is an effort grade. All assignments are due the day after Labor Day.

All assignments will be posted to the MPS website with links on the MHS and MVMMS webpages.   See Link: https://www.melroseschools.com/summer-learning

Science

Summer work is required  for all  AP Science courses.  The required summer work for each course has a specific purpose embedded within the document. In general, the purpose of summer work with AP Science courses is:           

Summer assignments are distributed at the end of the year. Students will also have the opportunity to join Google Classrooms as well as communicate electronically with their teachers during the summer.

All assignments will be posted to the MPS website with links on the MHS webpage.  Please refer to the following link: AP Science Summer Assignments Timelines and expectations are clearly outlined on the assignments and may vary between courses.

Students will be assessed using course-specific guidelines outlined in each summer assignment.

Social Studies

Students at MHS who choose to enroll in Advanced Placement US History, U.S. Government and Politics, Economics, Psychology, and/or European History are expected to complete an assignment during the summer before beginning their classwork. Each assignment includes a stated purpose on the document. In general, the purpose of summer work in AP Social Studies is:

● To expose students to a content area that may know little about at this point.

● To “hit the ground running” as there is too little time in the course to cover all of the reading without this head start.

Summer assignments are distributed to the students at the end of the school year, and students must join the Google Classroom and meet with the instructor of any of the social studies AP electives in order to review course requirements.

The assignments will be posted on the MPS and MHS websites, and students will have the opportunity to join Google Classroom sites and communicate electronically with their teachers during the summer. Assignments are unique to each of the five AP subjects offered by the Social Studies Department. Due dates are noted on each of the assignments. AP Social Studies Summer Work

Teachers will be assessing student work using department and course-specific rubrics.

AP instructors for Social Studies courses may require students to read, answer questions, take notes, complete writing assignments, and create graphic organizers.

Students will complete work on these assignments during the summer and must submit that work by the specific dates indicated by the course instructor.  Discussions on the reading will take place during the first two weeks of class.

World Languages

Students at MHS who choose to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment (DE) languages may be expected to complete an assignment during the summer before beginning their classwork. Each assignment includes a stated purpose on the document. In general, the purpose of summer work in AP/DE languages is as follows to expose students to the type of tasks required for the AP test, to challenge the student with the rigor appropriate for an advanced class, and to provide students the opportunity to have contact with and perform in the language during the summer. Teachers will be assessing student work using department and course-specific rubrics. Students will complete work on these assignments during the summer and must submit that work by the specific dates indicated by the course instructor.