Those two words paired together are an oxymoron to some students. For others, they represent an exciting opportunity to continue learning once the traditional school year ends.
Regardless, Steamboat Springs School District schools are offering a variety of programs for their students this summer.
The program that probably is most enjoyed by students is the Summer Accelerated Reading Computer Program, also known as Summer ARC, held annually at Soda Creek Elementary School.
Soda Creek teacher Sue Barnes, who will run the program this year with school media specialist Marty O'Leary, already has received more than 70 registrations for ARC -- and the school year hasn't even ended.
The ARC program, which is free and open to any area elementary student, typically attracts well more than 100 students each summer. The seven-week program uses two computer software programs, ARC and Lexia, to help students improve reading skills. Students using the ARC program choose from thousands of reading-level appropriate books from the school's media center, read them at home and return to school to take computer quizzes that test their reading comprehension.
The three Lexia software programs provide interactive reading and word exercises for a wide variety of ages and reading levels.
The Summer ARC program begins June 21 and ends Aug. 4. The four sessions are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon or 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Attendance isn't mandatory, meaning students and parents who are registered for the program can attend as they please. Parents can register their students for the program at Soda Creek or Strawberry Park elementary schools, or by calling Barnes at 871-3355. The Summer ARC program is only for students reading at first-through-sixth grade reading levels.
Soda Creek also is offering support services for some students during the summer. Call Principal Judy Harris at 879-0652 for more information.
n Strawberry Park Elementary School is scheduled to offer a variety of summer courses focusing on math and reading and writing. Each course takes place over a three-week session and meets twice a week. Reading and writing course options for rising kindergartners and first-graders includes a small group instruction class and a one-on-one instruction class. Small group instruction courses also are being offered in a first- and second-grade format as well as a second-, third- and fourth-grade format.
Math courses are offered in the small group instruction format, one class for first-graders and one for second-, third- and fourth-graders.
All summer school classes cost $50 per session. The school is accepting applications. For more information, call 879-7550.
n Steamboat Springs High School is offering its Extended School program for students who either failed a particular course, were recommended for summer school by a teacher, or both. The Extended School program begins June 7 and ends June 25. Each subject area meets two hours each day for the three-week session. The subjects scheduled to be included are geography, U.S. history, world history, English 9, American literature, world literature and math proficiency; the availability will depend on enrollment and staffing. The cost for the program is $125 a course. Perfect attendance is required, and students who earn a passing grade in the program will receive a half-credit. No credit will be given for completion of the math proficiency program. For more information, call the high school at 879-1562.
The high school also is offering Literacy Building I and Literacy Building II. The courses are designed for students reading below grade level. The schedule and cost for the courses are identical to the Extended School program. Applications are available in the high school's counseling center.
n Steamboat Springs Middle School students have the opportunity to take summer courses in math and language arts. The courses are designed for students who struggled or failed in those subject areas during the school year as well as for any students who wish to improve their skills during the summer, assistant principal Jerry Buelter said. The program runs from June 7 through June 25 and costs $100 per course. The number of courses will vary depending on enrollment, but the school plans to offer courses from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
"It's more an extension of the school year," Buelter said. "It's for skills development." He said typically small summer classes enable teachers to offer individualized instruction.
The courses are available to any rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Buelter recommends that rising eighth-graders seeking language arts help contact the high school about its Literacy Building I course.
For more information, call the middle school at 879-1058.