Readiness AcademyM. Kate West
In days of old, having to go to school during summer break was usually considered a negative experience, most likely because a student either didn’t do well academically or behaviorally during the regular school year.
In the year 2014, this is not the case with the Plumas Unified School District and its leader, Superintendent Micheline Miglis, who is dedicated to enriching both the lives of students and their home communities.
In each of the school communities of Plumas County, a Readiness Academy has been created. Included in the academy is the provision of a healthy breakfast, physical activity and transportation.
“Attendance in the academy is based solely on teacher recommendations as to which students could use the support to prepare for the opening of the school year.
“We want to get them back to thinking about school and to strengthen literacy and math skills and provide them time to learn keyboarding,” Chester Elementary School Principal Sally McGowan said Aug. 14.
In speaking about familiarizing students with the computer and keyboarding she defined this as a “21st-century” skill.
“Not all of our students have access to computers so we want to provide them the time and opportunity for this 21st-century tool,” she added.
This year’s academy is one week long, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and PUSD has the goal of expanding the curriculum to two weeks in 2015.
This summer Brooke Geer is teaching a split class of fifth- and sixth-grade students. John Goolsby is teaching a split class of third- and fourth-graders and Aletha O’Kelley is teaching a second-grade class.
“This in our inaugural rollout of the program and I am very proud and grateful to the teachers who support the program and have carved time out from their summer off to help students get prepared for school and focus on needed skills.
“I am very appreciative of our superintendent for her vision and drive to provide this summer enrichment program for PUSD students,” McGowan said.