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Bethel restores summer school for elementary school students.

Byline: Josephine Woolington The Register-Guard

After a four-year hiatus, west Eugene's Bethel School District is reviving its summer school program for the district's youngest students.

The free five-week program at Prairie Mountain School will help students who finished kindergarten, first grade and second grade improve their reading skills, Deputy Superintendent Chris Parra said.

Students start on July 6 and will be in school for 31/2 hours, four days a week, through August. The program is open only to the 175 students whom the district has asked to join for more reading help.

The program will be paid for with $100,000 in the district's federal funds, which largely pay for programs to help at-risk students. The district hasn't been able to offer summer school for elementary students since 2011 because of cuts to federal funding during the economic downturn, Parra said.

Students will receive a free breakfast and lunch and spend most of their time reading, though there is also math and writing time, Parra said.

The district hopes the program will help students be able to read proficiently by third grade, which is a strong predictor of whether students will struggle academically and graduate from high school on time.

The district also hopes students will retain more of what they learned during the school year to avoid the common "summer slump," Parra said.

"They're not reading as much over the summer for the most part," Parra said about students. "We'd always like to provide reading support and, this year, we had (enough money) to be able to provide it."

The district also has a summer school program for high schoolers at the alternative Kalapuya High School.

The Eugene School District offers a similar elementary school summer reading program for some students who have completed kinder garten, first, second, third and fourth grades. The four-week program at Csar Ch[sz]vez Elementary School focuses on helping students improve their reading and math skills.

The Eugene district also has summer school for middle and high school students.

In Springfield, summer school is open only to high school students, but the district hosts a number of summer camps for students funded through grants.

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Hamlin Middle School STEAM Summer Camp

What: Free four-week STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics - program for incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays between Aug. 3 and Aug. 28. Applications will be accepted up to Aug. 3 until enrollment is full.

More information: kathy.bentz@springfield.k12.or.us, 541-214-9530, or lonnie.usrey@springfield.k12.or.us.

Registration: Online at bit.ly/1RAunVE

Hamlin Summer Institute

What: Today through July 30, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp is open to incoming sixth-graders and to seventh- and eighth-grade Hamlin students.

More information: 541-744-6356 or brandon.parks@springfield.k12.or.us or kevin.wright@springfield.k12.or.us.

Registration: Students can register today.

Guy Lee Elementary School STEAM Summer Camp

What: Free four-week STEAM camp for incoming fourth- and fifth-graders, weekdays from Aug. 3-28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include hands-on science, art and music opportunities.

Registration: Forms will be posted soon and can be returned on the first day of camp.

More information: To hold a spot, contact kathy.bentz@springfield.k12.or.us, lonnie.usrey@springfield.k12.or.us or 541-214-9530. Forms can be turned in on the first day of camp.

Science and Engineering Summer Workshop What: Two Rivers-Dos Rios Elementary will host a four-day science and engineering summer workshop for all Lane County students entering third to eighth grades. The July 20-23 workshop costs $95 and is limited to 20 students per session.

More information: bit.ly/1NftZKY

Agnes Stewart Middle School Music Camps

Camps: Agnes Stewart students can attend two free music camps at the school: Intro to Musical Theater, July 13-24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m ($125 for non-Agnes Stewart students); and Kitchen Sink Band Camp, July 27-31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($75 for non-Agnes Stewart students). Need-based financial aid is available for both camps.

Lessons: The Shedd is offering free music lessons for Agnes Stewart students. Students can register at www.theshedd.org or by calling 541-434-7015.

Multicultural Camp

What: Incoming Springfield district sixth- and seventh-graders can attend a multicultural camp at the Brattain House with games, local field trips, arts and crafts, and cultural exploration. The camp runs July 27-Aug. 13, Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brattain House, 1030 G St.

More information: 541-501-3117 or 541-228-0141.

To learn more about Springfield School District summer camps, visit springfield.k12.or.us/summer. The Bethel and Eugene districts do not have any district-sponsored summer camps.
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Date:Jun 29, 2015
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