Gloversville Board of Education discusses results of summer school program

GLOVERSVILLE – Regional Summer School was the topic of discussion at Monday’s Board of Education meeting for the Gloversville Enlarged School District.

At the high school, students could go to Amsterdam High School for the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Regional Summer School.

The regional school was held for the eighth year this year, and features courses in English, social studies, math, science and health.

Middle School Principal Mark Batty said the regional summer school for students in grades six to eight was held for the first time this year with the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District and the Greater Johnstown School District.

The courses were held at the Gloversville Middle School this year. Classes ran from July 11 to Aug. 18.

Batty said the students who attended had a 98 percent attendance rate, with only two who were dropped for attendance, since HFM BOCES has a strict summer school policy that removes students who miss more than three days.

Batty said of the students who were surveyed, 70 percent said they learned a lot; 83 percent said they enjoyed working with teachers this summer; 72 percent thought the teachers cared about them and 76 percent enjoyed the style of learning that was done at summer school and 73 percent liked having teachers from other districts for variety.

Batty said 100 percent of sixth graders passed both the English language arts and math courses. For seventh grade 80 percent passed math and 92 percent passed ELA. Pupils in eight grade passed math at a rate of 96 percent and 98 percent passed ELA.

“That’s pretty consistent with what we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Batty said of the passing rate.

Batty said students said they commented they wanted more science and time to swim.

“It’s a short day, we finish at lunch time,” Batty said.

Superintendent Michael Vanyo said at the high school level, the district aims for credit recovery so students stay on track for graduation. At the middle school level, the goal of the summer program is to help students pass courses and get to the reading level they need to be at in high school.

Vanyo said the elementary level the district is taking a different approach. The district provides transportation, focuses on ELA and math, provides breakfast and lunch and gives students a recreation time as well focused on swimming.

“The most important thing to remember about the elementary level is we are trying to target our students that are of the most need,” Vanyo said.

At the elementary level, Paula Malagisi, coordinator of the elementary summer academy, said the academy’s two sections.

“We had the highest numbers we have ever had in the academy,” Malagisi said. “Our average daily attendance was better than it has been in any other year.”

Malagisi said there were some students who did not show up, so parents of students on the waiting list were called to join the academy.

“All of the students that were on the waiting list were able to attend the academy,” Malagisi said.

Vanyo said the district is trying to focus on preventing the summer slide in elementary students that can put them behind at the start of the school year.

“If it stops the summer slide, it starts our teachers at a level where the students were where they ended rather than try to catch up,” Vanyo said. “That is what we find helps our teachers the most as they try to move forward, since they’re not spending all of September trying to catch [students] back up to where they were in June.”

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