Because of the ongoing concern around COVID-19, we will be offering Elementary and Middle School Summer School programming through Launch, an online learning platform, developed by the Springfield (MO) Public School system. All of the Launch classes are developed by Missouri educators and aligned to Missouri Learning Standards. You can learn more about Launch here. All sessions are completely free to families if you enroll in the classes through the Webster Groves School District.
We will be providing both Enrichment and Academic Support Academies for our rising (grade child will be in the Fall of 2020) 1st-8th grade students. There are multiple opportunities for your child(ren) to participate throughout the summer. Children can sign up for a class(es) during one, two, or all three sessions.
Launch will be held in three sessions throughout the summer.
Session 1 - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Session 2 - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Session 3 - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Elementary Enrichment classes are designed to focus on core content areas as well as builds in time for creativity and physical activity. The segments are short, and students will not be in front of a screen all day long. Here is a video overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp_iKiISmdM&feature=youtu.be
Middle School Enrichment classes are designed for a shorter period of time and are centered around high interest topics and interests. Again, students should not be in front of a screen the entire time.
Elementary and Middle School Academic Support Academies are adaptive and will start instruction where a student is academically and continue to support them at their instructional level. Time recommended to be spent on these Academies vary.
For Elementary children:
For Session 1 and Session 2, parents can sign up their child (ren) for an Enrichment class OR one or two of the Academic Support Academies. Elementary students cannot sign up for Enrichment and ACADEMIC Support Academies classes during the same session.
For example, a parent might choose:
Session 1 - One Enrichment class
Session 2 - Academic Support Academy - Can choose 1 or 2 of the 3 offerings (Launch Into Reading, Math or Coding)
Session 3 - Back to School Bootcamp - Academic Support Academy - Can choose 1 or 2 of the 3 offerings (Launch Into Reading, Math or Coding)
You can mix and match Academic Support Academy options to fit the needs of your child - however for elementary students only you cannot sign up for an Enrichment class and an Academic Support Academy during the same session.
For Middle School children:
For all three sessions, parents can sign up their child(ren) for up to two Enrichment and Academic Support Academies at a time.
Please use this link to sign your children up for the classes they will attend. It will be important to attend the sessions you enroll in since signing up and then not attending has a financial impact on the school district.
A separate survey must be filled out for each child you are enrolling.
Below are the course descriptions:
Enrichment-Elementary (Sessions 1 & 2)
Grades 1-5-Your National Park Adventure (June) - Attention, adventure seekers—this class is for you! This engaging month-long course invites students in grades 1–5 to lace up their (virtual) hiking boots and head out to explore four of America’s most-popular national parks. Visits to Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Grand Canyon and Hawaii Volcanoes are in store, and virtual field trips, engaging readings, hands-on projects and riveting research will ensue. The action-packed content is designed to allow students to work their way through targeted, grade-level science, social studies, math and reading instruction as well as fine arts and physical education activities. Ready to trek your way through the most scenic spots in the country? Enroll now, and get excited for a month of touring, exploring and learning from home.
Grades 1-5-Olympic Tour (July) - On your marks, get set, go! It’s off to the races in this month-long course, which invites students in grades 1–5 to explore the contents and construction of the world’s most-popular sporting competition. Students will investigate the intellectual aspects of athleticism as they examine Olympic history, learn about the event’s wide world of cultures and study both individual and team Olympic sports.The course’s entertaining, engaging content is designed to allow students to work their way through targeted, grade-level science, social studies, math and reading instruction as well as fine arts and physical education activities. Want to join in on the competition? Enroll now for a month of touring, exploring and learning from home.
Academic Support Academies (Sessions 1 & 2) Bootcamp (Session 3)
Launch Into Reading - Lexia supports students in grades 1-5 by providing differentiated literacy instruction. Lexia's research-proven program provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they occur. Your student will continue to focus on foundational reading skills during the summer months. It is recommended that students spend 40-80 minutes in Lexia per week. Additional learning platforms will be used during this time as well.
Launch Into Math - Dreambox is an online mathematics program for grades 1-5. Dreambox assesses a student's current level in mathematics, then provides individualized instruction at the learner's level. This personalized instruction builds tremendous learning momentum, helping students achieve success and confidence in their math abilities. Your student will continue to learn math online during the summer months. It is recommended that students spend 60 minutes per week in the program.
Launch Into Coding - This academy was created for all computer-loving kiddos. Students are assessed at their learning level and learn how apps and games are created, and they even have a chance to make their own video game! This academy is offered at both the elementary and middle school levels.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Enrichment - Middle School (Sessions 1 & 2)
Grades 6-8 - Operation Innovation - Are you ready to rise up and be the voice of innovation for a cause? Join us as we explore your leadership potential and take action to make a meaningful impact on our world.
Grades 6-8 - Game On! - Students will learn how to design their own video games; no prior experience necessary. Students will learn to write code using several different platforms and languages. There will also be an opportunity to visit an arcade.
Grades 6-8 - Outdoor U - Do you love the outdoors? Learn about different ways you can experience and enjoy nature and acquire the skills you need to thrive in the great outdoors as you experience archery, fly-fishing, hiking, survival skills, and more. Students will visit various outdoor recreation areas each week. Bring your hiking boots!
Grades 6-8 - Escape - See if you can create the best digital breakout and escape room to be the Escape! champion! During this course you will learn about Google suite applications, word games, challenges, create a digital breakout, and design an escape room. You will be provided with tips and tricks when building digital breakouts and escape rooms to create the most challenging games for participants.
Academic Support Academies (Sessions 1 & 2) Bootcamp (Session 3)
Launch Into Reading - Reading Plus is an online reading program for grades 6-12. Reading Plus assesses a student's reading capacity, and then provides personalized instruction that encourages independence, broadens interests, and builds knowledge. Your student can continue to increase reading skills online during the summer months. It is recommended that students spend 2 hours per week in the program. Additional learning platforms will be used during this time as well.
Launch Into Math - Manga High is an online mathematics program for grades 6 and up. Manga High’s games-based learning approach leverages the buzz and excitement of rewards and competition to engage students in their learning. Manga High uses artificial intelligence and adaptive questioning to assess a student’s knowledge in math and deliver individualized instruction based on what the student is most ready to learn. This personalized instruction builds tremendous learning momentum, helping students achieve success and confidence in their math abilities. Students entering 6th Grade Math through Trigonometry can continue to learn math online during the summer months.
Launch Into Coding - This academy was created for all computer-loving kiddos. Students are assessed at their learning level and learn how apps and games are created, and they even have a chance to make their own video game! This academy is offered at both the elementary and middle school levels. NOT AVAILABLE FOR 1ST AND 2ND GRADE STUDENTS.