Student achievement is what our four high schools are all about. Everything we do at school and at home leads to improved academic performance. I want to thank the four Lincoln-Way associate principals that talked about the graduation ceremonies with me for this June e-Newsletter: Tom Denny, Lincoln-Way Central; Mike Leone, Lincoln-Way East; Dr. Mark Cohen, Lincoln-Way North and Rob Schiffbauer, Lincoln-Way West. I wanted our parents and citizens to understand what it takes to have these wonderful celebrations of achievement for all our young people. Graduation day is truly what this business of education is all about. We serve as educators to help each and every student who enters one of the Lincoln-Way high schools in their freshman year, to be successful both academically and socially. Whether our graduates are college-bound or going into the workforce, we want them to feel confident that they can compete with anyone, knowing they have been prepared superbly to become active, successful, contributing citizens in our country.
For this June eNewsletter article I want to share with you some information about the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 summer school program.
Summer School 2013 classes will be held at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar, New Lenox and Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.
The schedule for the sessions are:
Session One: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 to Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Session Two: Monday, July 1, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013. (no school July 4,5)
Class times for both sessions will be from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, five days a week. One day of summer school is equivalent to five days during the school year, therefore, attendance at summer school is mandatory.
We have been building up the summer school program over the past 17 years. We have gone from a summer school program that was focused on academic remedial learning to one today focused on academic enrichment and acceleration. We have doubled the number of students participating in summer school classes by offering in January the full curriculum for students to choose from. The rigor in the summer school classes is the same as the rigor found in our classes during the regular school year. Our teachers are put through a 5-hour training session to prepare for the unique process of teaching one course for 5 consecutive hours per day. Teaching a summer school class requires a different method of instruction, and our teachers are trained in that method.
Why have we been focused on improving our summer school and offering more opportunities for all our students to take more academic classes? Research collected by Ron Fairchild, executive director of the John Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning, tells us that:
- All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation (Cooper, 1966).
- On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grad-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Studies reveal that the greatest areas of summer school loss for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, are in factual or procedural knowledge (Cooper, 1966).
Parents, we still have room in our classes for your student to take a summer school class. We have not raised summer school fees in the past several years. The fee is $175 per session for students who live within our Lincoln-Way District 210 boundaries. Transportation is provided for an additional $60 fee, which is the same as the past several years. For more information on classes, please call the main office of your high school.
Thank you for reading this e-Newsletter. Our goal is to offer timely information about the district in a quick, easy-to-read format.
In closing, as I retire, I want to thank you for your support throughout the last 24 years. It has been my privilege to serve as the Superintendent of the Lincoln-Way High School District 210.
Dr. Lawrence A. Wyllie
Lincoln-Way High School District 210