CES Summer School Program Has Something for Everybody
The Cumberland Elementary School (CES) summer school program started June 4, 2018, offering a variety of activities for students. Summer school provides educational opportunities to students during the summer months, including opportunities for remediation, acceleration, and enrichment. Another goal is to prevent what has become known as the “summer slide.” According to Oxford Learning (2015), “Between the end of one school year and the start of the next, every student risks summer learning loss.” To combat this loss, students need to read, to learn new activities, to explore learning options, and to get techy. CES provided numerous activities intended to stop the summer slide. Some of the activities conducted during the CES Summer School program included the following:
- Participating in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) daily
- Learning science by watching the incubation and hatching process of baby chickens
- Visiting Bear Creek Lake State Park to learn about soil and water
- Participating in the student-led “Morning Meeting” to learn leadership, collaboration, and communication skills
- Learning to swim at the Farmville YMCA
- Engaging in outdoor activities at Bear Creek Lake, including archery, orienteering and GPS, and nature walks
- Visiting the Cumberland Public Library
CES students visited the Cumberland Public Library, where the librarian shared a story with them.
Students Bonnie Rae Stainaker, O’Nyah Liggins, and Xavier Booker are eager to “Drop Everything and Read.”
Natalie Harris is fascinated as she watches the hatching of baby chickens.
Elise Corbin, with the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District, conducts a soil and water activity with students at Bear Creek Lake.
Ms. Blackwell, a CES teacher, held a week-long Book Fair, where students could buy a book and get one free.
CES students had the opportunity to participate in guided swimming at the Farmville YMCA.
Thomas Kneipp, of Bear Creek Lake State Park, instructed CES students in the finer points of archery. He also provided hands-on, real world activities in orienteering and GPS, introduced the Adaptations/Mockingbird Challenge, and provided opportunities to learn about reptiles and turtles. Linda Eanes, with the Cumberland 4-H, also led some lessons at the lake.