For the Assistant Superintendent, Chris Zublionis, and IB / AP Coordinator, Kerry Titon, the first session of the 2021 North Shore Schools Summer Program began July 12 – July 23, 2021, and the second session after 7/26 – 8/6 , 2021 North Shore High School and Sea Cliff School. Oh
400 K-12 students will be able to participate in a number of fun and educational free classes each week starting at 9:00 am and ending on Monday 12 Thursday.
Dr. Zubliniis said: “Thanks to the support of the Board of Education, the North Shore Summer Experience has grown into a three-hour daily program for many more options in the second year. The program, led by Dr. Titus and the North Shore Faculty of Our Skills, inspires learning, creativity and safety among our students.
The district has donated most of the materials to the North Shore Summer Program, including the Department of Athletics and the Arts and Performing Arts. Summer lessons included:
- Classes for K-2 and 3-5 units:
Gardening, book clubs, creative writing, STEM practices, math and games, drawing and painting, music making, dance, children’s energy, yoga, developmental thinking and many sports
Writing for creativity and debate, preparation for Algebra 1, Science and Desert: Outdoor Marvel, Current Events and Community Service, Public Speaking, Ukulele, Theater, Band, Orchestra, Cross, Speed Strength and Fluency, Multi-Sports and Yoga Laboratory
Professional readiness, geometry readiness, STEM exploration, public speaking, thinking like a scientist, theater, orchestra, tail, mind and stress reduction, communication through book clubs, and speed, strength and efficiency
“This has been a mix of student demand, teacher availability and historical enrollment since 2020,” said Dr. Titus.
Academic Categories, Creativity and Activity. Some classes were only in Class 1 or 2, and / or only took place at 9 a.m. or 10:30 p.m.
High-profile classes such as Drawing & Painting, STEM and Multi-Sports were held during Season 1 and 2.
In the planning stages, the district emails were sent to families in the community last year to inquire about their participation and what courses to offer this summer. “We’ve looked at enrollments since 2020 to see which courses are popular,” said Dr. Titus. This is done to increase interest and enrollment in the program. In the plan, we tried to think outside the box in order to provide a variety of experiences for our children. For example, students can choose from two categories (eg, active, creative or academic categories) by participating in a variety of options. Registrations are done through Register Genius. When one class is full, we do our best to accommodate all student choices, sometimes opening another class. No one turned! ”
North Shore teachers and staff were excited to take on new roles as they supervised and taught summer lessons. Dr. Titone continued,
“Our teachers are amazing! They were very creative and innovative, taking risks in their outdoor classrooms with new ideas and a positive spirit. The success of this program was a testament to our wonderful teachers, our staff and our school community. Teachers took the opportunity to work together to provide a rich experience for our children and families. But most of all, the 2021 North Shore Summer Program is impossible without the support of Dr. Zulionis and the Board of Education.
When the program began in July, the administration continued to receive positive feedback from parents as their children continued to try new things, make new friends, and learn and engage in the summer. Some students were returning to school for the first time since March 2020.
During the program, students enjoyed the variety of opportunities offered and everyone felt safe because they could stay outdoors. Nurses and security personnel were present in each compound. The Kovid protocol includes daily temperature checks, certificates, indoor masks, and a distance of 3-6 feet as much as possible.
A lot of water was given and more masks were found if necessary. We truly thank the staff at the Gill Gel School and North Shore High School for protecting the grounds and fields and for understanding the outdoor tents.
Even interim superintendent Tom Dolan took office in August! In the Speed, Strength and Efficiency Class, a delight for teachers and middle school and high school students, Dr. Dolan Omper boot camp.
In the course, he explained how the referees interact with each other and are the “third team” on the baseball field. Judge explains the important role of a judge by donating a mask and introduces the various rules, regulations, and gestures that a judge makes during a real game! The students learned a lot and enjoyed meeting Dolan!
Megan McCormack, a physical education teacher, said: “What I really noticed was the pure joy and gratitude of every child. They made similar progress and new friendships with other elementary schools; Older students were role models and leaders working together and teaching younger ones – true collaboration.
Carrie Titono concluded, “I would like to add to my appreciation for the time and effort of my colleagues in making this a great experience for our students for the second summer.
Our assistants, writers, nurses, teachers, security guards and guards were such a great team and I am very proud to work with each of them. We have such a great community here – the families were very supportive, and we were happy to see them arrive and say goodbye every day. We often heard how happy their children were to come to school every day, to love the program, and to ask for more.
It was wonderful to see our students enjoy these creative, active and academic experiences, to run to school every day! ”
Written by Kelly Newman with the help of Kerry Titon. Photos by Sheli Newman, Carrie Titon and Christopher Klanaz