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News Photo by Julie Riddle Students board a bus at Hinks Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon.

ALPENA — Parents at Alpena public schools have until Friday to register their child or children for summer school.

The district will provide summer school opportunities for K-12 students, including two “A Summer of Literacy” sessions for K-2 students, “A Summer of STEAM” for students in grades three through eight, and credit recovery. curriculum for ninth through twelfth graders.

“The overall goal of the program – of our summer opportunities – is to keep kids engaged, keep their minds active, and work on key standards along the way,” said Meaghan Gauthier, assistant superintendent of the K program. -12. “It’s not about fully assessing their learning gaps, monitoring them and providing personalized instruction, it’s really about engaging children and keeping learning fun through a variety of ‘experiences.”

The K-2 Summer of Literacy program is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays the last three weeks of June and the first three weeks of August at Besser or Sanborn School.

The program is free for students, who can attend one or both sessions. Kindergarten will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., CP from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and CP from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Summer Program will be offered to students in grades 3-8 who have a C or less in math or English.

The program will last three hours, with Grades 3-5 students meeting from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Grades 6-8 students from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 8-10, June 15-17 and from June 22 to 24. . A second session will take place in August, from August 3 to 5, from August 10 to 12 and from August 17 to 19.

“They’ll meet with an English teacher and they’ll work on reading strategies that are built into Starbase’s orientation,” Gauthier said. “So we’re trying to incorporate that STEAM lens into Starbase content.”

Students will then work with a math teacher to work on fundamental math concepts and also with Starbase teachers, she said. Gauthier said there are currently 58 students enrolled for children in June and 24 students in August.

Students in grades 3-8, who scored a C or lower, can also attend a three-day art summer camp July 20-22 or July 27-29 at Art in the Loft. Classes are limited to 25 students, with grades 3-5 attending from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students in grades 9 through 12 can work with their teachers three hours a day, three days a week for three weeks in June to recover from any failures in Semester 1. Gauthier said district officials are considering offering to new credit recovery in August for students to recover any semester 2 course failures.

Additionally, Gauthier said every K-5 student will receive a Brain Quest summer book. The books are designed to bridge the skills students learn between grades and are aligned with the district curriculum.

Gauthier said the district is paying for summer school using emergency relief funds for elementary and secondary schools.

Questions about A Summer of Literacy can be directed to Stephanie Florip by calling 989-358-5563 or emailing

Questions regarding a Summer of STEAM can contact Jeana Bellanger by calling 989-358-5015 or emailing

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