Thanks to New Summer Camp, Online Academy, Salem Sees ‘Specter of Opportunity’ | Education


“This is bold and exciting work,” said Superintendent Alan Seibert, asking for the council’s continued patience as the details are worked out.

Summer apprenticeshipSalem is also preparing for a new summer learning camp, for which the district received a grant of $ 300,000 last spring.

The free six-week Spartan Summer Camp will be open to all students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, specifically targeting students who have struggled in a traditional classroom setting. Students will be taught reading and math. The goal is to reduce the achievement gap in these subjects, said Jamie Soltis, director of education and career preparation at Salem.

The district is in the process of recruiting teachers to launch the program.

“I’m going to be blunt, it’s a challenge right now because people are living in the moment, and I understand, and are facing what they have to do,” Soltis said. The district’s licensed teacher pool is eligible to apply, and the school system will open it up to teachers outside the district if necessary.

Camp activities will set it apart from more traditional summer programs. Particular emphasis will be placed on physical activity and overcoming the classroom.

Students will take “learning trips” every week, linking classroom instruction to the real world, Soltis said. Classes will also incorporate the Career Inquiry and the Five Cs, a set of foundational principles established by the Virginia Department of Education: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and civic skills.


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