Students enter school year prepared, thanks to new summer school program

AUSTIN, Minn. – While many students are just getting started with the new school year; some in southern Minnesota are rolling right from one classroom to another.

Its part of a new summer school program that hopes to give kids a jump-start on their new school year.

The new school year can be a rough start for some kids, after months of summer; it can be a difficult transition into learning again.

But that won’t be the case for a group of Austin students who are just wrapping up a three-week summer school program.

“I think at this point in the summer students are ready to come back,” says 5th grade teacher, Brandon Button.

He says having the summer school the last three weeks of the summer makes for a really smooth transition into the regular school year.

“At the beginning of the year, we have a lot of important assessments that determine what students already know. It’s a good idea to give those students who need a little extra boost a chance to practice those reading skills, the math skills, get them ready for those early year assessments,” he explains.

The students in the program could voluntarily join, but many of them are here because they need a little extra help during these summer months.

There’s even a class for students learning English as their second language.

“A lot of these students have just come into the district, so summer school is a really good opportunity for them to learn some of those basic skills before they enter the school year, so it’s not as overwhelming for them,” says Bethany Morishey who teaches the ELL classes.

No matter what kind of situation these students were in going into the program, the consensus is, they’re ready for the new school year.

“I’m better at math and science and I think I’m getting better at reading,” says soon to be 5th grade student, Deng Apathjang.

The school year begins for the Austin School District on September 2nd.

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