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Over 1,000 students engage in Summer learning programs

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Columbia Middle teacher connects with summer school studentsFrom hands-on science experiments to learning new languages, students were exposed to a variety of learning opportunities at our summer programs.

A total of 1,042 students participated in the six different programs Sunnyvale School District offers.

Extended School Year (ESY) is provided for each student who has exceptional needs and requires special education and related services in excess Extended School Year student enjoys working on project with her aidof the general academic year. About 103 students participated this year in whole group, small group and individual sessions with a highly targeted focus. Classrooms spent each week focusing on a different social-emotional skill including attention, self-management, bravery and gratitude.

Students who participated in the Stanford Summer Explorations not only had one experienced and dynamic teacher, but two to three Stanford student teachers from the Stanford Teacher Education Preparation program in their classrooms, which allowed for more individualized support.

At the elementary level, 388 students strengthened skills around community building, informational writing, math problem solving and technology. New programs for elementary students included Juntos Spanish-English dual immersion and Elevate Math. Students started the first week with inspirational math, where each lesson included a growth mindset video and hands on activities.

Author of Secret Saturdays, Torrey Maldonado, speaks to middle school studentsAbout 360 middle school students worked on math, English-language arts, social studies, science and beginning Mandarin offered through STARTALK, a national language program. Hindi was also added for the first time this summer. This summer middle school students also had the unique opportunity to meet the author of Secret Saturdays, Torrey Maldonado, who took the time to autograph personalized copies for each student!

Upwards of 60 families enjoyed getting their students ready for kindergarten through the Stretch to Kindergarten (STK) program, which serves families whose children had no or little preschool.

The YMCA’s Summer Learning Program served 42 students this summer. Students spent mornings immersed in literacy-based instruction and then in the afternoon participated in a variety of enrichment activities including weekly educational field trips, lessons on health and nutrition, music, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) lessons, and at least one hour of moderate to vigorous activity daily.

Girlstart, a free STEM summer camp for girls grades 3-5, 6 and 7, served 89 girls this summer. The program is done in partnership with the Columbia Neighborhood Center.

To learn more about our summer programs, please visit or watch our video below!


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