Popular summer camp returning to school district’s summer school programming-Loveland Reporter-Herald

As the 2021-2022 school year nears its end, Thompson School District officials are looking ahead at summer school programming, including the popular Camp X-STREAM program, which began last summer.

The district will also continue to offer credit recovery programs for high school students and extended school year programs for students of all ages that will focus on reaching goals set in those students’ individual education plans, if they have one.

X-STREAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math, with an additional focus on social and emotional learning, has already received 1,100 applicants since registration began on March 21, with waiting lists at almost all levels and sites , according to Shannon Clarke, director of curriculum and learning design for Thompson School District, who addressed the Thompson Board of Education at their biweekly meeting Wednesday night.

The programs available will present “engaging, interactive, hands-on activities with take home connections,” according to the district, and officials have made adjustments this year following feedback from last summer’s first run at the program, like adjusting the middle school’s programming to incorporate week-long themes that students can choose from.

Camp X-STREAM and the high school credit recovery program will run through the month of June, while extended school year programs will take place in July, allowing elementary and middle school students to participate in both if they choose.

Some of the themes for the middle school programming include breaking news journalism, hydrorockets, LEGO robotics, Minecraft design challenges, stop motion animation and the science of cooking.

“Our numbers for middle school are showing that there’s huge interest in this adjusted approach,” Clarke said.

The camp will run for 12 half days, Clarke said, with support available for any students that might need it. Locations include Monroe and Ponderosa elementary schools, Riverview School and Walt Clark Middle School.

She also said that the positive feedback received regarding the camp has been considerable.

“We’re really excited about the positive reception that there has been for year two of Camp X-STREAM,” Clarke said. A limited number of spots on the waiting list are still available at some select locations and grade levels, but are filling fast, she said.

Credit recovery programs will be available at each high school, something that will allow teachers to tailor their approaches to individual students, Clarke said.

Teachers are still being hired for positions at all three summer programs.

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