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Kagman Elementary School concludes summer program

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OF the 110 students who participated in Kagman Elementary School summer program, 93% improved their reading and math skills, KagES principal Dr. Ignacia Demapan said.

Eight students did not complete the program, she said, adding that some of them have “transportation issues.”

Demapan said the participating students were provided with Kindle Fire so they could access programs such as Achieve3000 and others.

The students also received a backpack of books to further accelerate  their reading skills she added.

The participants — kindergarten to fifth grade students — were selected by teachers.

“At the end of our third quarter, the teachers had data on where the students were,” Demapan said. “These teachers recommended the students who needed additional instruction.”

The summer school program started on June 22. One hundred students focused  on math and reading while 10 others participated in the extended school year program for special education.

Demapan said the school summer program “road tested” the Public School System plan to implement a hybrid learning approach face-to-face and remote learning — when the new school year starts in September.

“It is possible to do face-to-face instruction if you take all the precautionary measures,” Demapan said.

She added that KagES followed the recommendations of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, including limiting the number of students in a classroom, regularly checking their temperature, requiring face masks and the use of hand sanitation.

In an earlier interview, the principal said the school had 10 teachers for the summer program. Each teacher provided face-to-face instruction to five students in the morning session and another five in the afternoon.

In preparing the teachers for the Sept. 8 school opening, Demapan said they are currently familiarizing themselves with the new platform that they will use for remote learning.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada thanked Demapan “for conducting the summer school program despite the uncertainty in order to serve the students who needed additional support.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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