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Nearly 4,000 FSUSD Students Enriched at Summer Programs

 

Nearly 4,000 FSUSD Students Enriched at Summer Programs

FAIRFIELD, CA - This past summer, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) offered nine summer school programs serving nearly 4,000 students from pre-kindergarten through post 12th grade. Dr. Sheila McCabe, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, provided a report on each of the summer programs offered to the Governing Board at the September 9, 2021 meeting.

"The District developed and implemented a successful summer program that provided many extended learning opportunities at the end of the 2020/21 school year. FSUSD provided bridge programs for students transitioning to new schools, credit recovery programs for high school students, and summer enrichment programs.  Enrichment was offered in partnership with the City of Fairfield, the Kroc Center, and the City of Suisun City," shared Assistant Superintendent Sheila McCabe.  

The KinderReady Program, funded by First 5 Solano, provided incoming kindergarten students with an introduction to school routines and instruction. The program served 77 students and was hosted at David A. Weir Preparatory Academy, Anna Kyle Elementary, and Dover Academy for International Studies.

Many FSUSD teachers spent an additional two weeks after the regular school year ended continuing with their students’ education.  The two week opportunity allowed for further development of knowledge and skills taught during the 2020-21 school year. This Extended Year schedule served a total of 702 students.

Fairfield-Suisun USD elementary students actively engaged in summer learning opportunities.

The Elementary "Learning Loss" Program focused on accelerating students' learning in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Embedded into this program that served 735 students were enrichment and social-emotional learning activities.

K-8 Enrichment programs served 358 students at school sites throughout the district and various community locations. Enrichment and extension learning activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) for attendees.

Supplemental Title I Programs with varied focus areas at each site included K-3 literacy, cross-curricular writing, reading intervention, critical thinking in ELA/Math, Project-Based Learning in ELA & STEAM, social justice projects, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment activities. These Supplemental Title I Programs were hosted by Anna Kyle Elementary, Cleo Gordon Elementary, Dover Academy for International Studies, Fairview Elementary, Suisun Elementary, Tolenas Academy of Music & Media, David A. Weir Preparatory Academy, Grange Middle School, and had 153 students participating.

Armijo High School hosted a two-week, hybrid Credit Recovery program serving a total of 560 ninth-twelfth grade students district-wide. Students used this program to remediate a combined total of 3,896 credits needed for graduation.

 

FSUSD's Secondary "Summer Bridge" Program was hosted at various middle and high school sites across the district. Through this program, 1,160 students entering middle school or high school were provided support specific to transitioning to a higher level of learning, focusing on social-emotional learning and connectedness. 

9th-12th grade students remediate credits needed for graduation.

English Learner students from Armijo High, Public Safety Academy, Fairfield High, and Rodriguez High participated in an in-person Math 1 credit recovery program specifically designed for English learners. Teachers participated in daily professional development focusing on analyzing student work and embedding math language routines into daily instruction. Forty-two students completed the program and earned five credits towards graduation.

 

For the second consecutive year, FSUSD partnered with Woven Learning to provide a virtual STEAM Minecraft Camp for students in grades 6-8. The 38 participating students engaged in themed activities incorporating STEAM, language arts, history, architecture, coding, leadership, character education, physics, and more.

 

The Special Education Extended School program was designed for students with Extended School Year (ESY) identified through their Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and served 171 pre-K through Post-Secondary students. ESY students received specialized academic instruction and possibly related services such as speech and language, occupational therapy, and individual counseling. These supports were necessary to decrease regression over the summer and recoupment time when returning to the regular school year.

According to McCabe, “The students benefited from a highly creative program.  Our goal is to replicate the program during the summer of 2022.”

For more information about Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District programs offered this past summer, contact the Educational Services Department by calling (707) 399-5049.

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