“Federal requirements for summer school funding restrict eligibility,” Simmons said.
Norman students who do not meet eligibility standards but may still need additional schooling are not devoid of options, however.
Achieve3000, an online reading platform upon which NPS bases its summer coursework, is available to all NPS students throughout the summer.
“Students in summer school will be using Achieve3000 heavily, supplemented by class instruction and book talks, but the online database of lessons and articles is available to all NPS students at their respective grade level,” Simmons said.
Summer 2013 is the first summer season in which Achieve3000 will be available to all students, and Simmons said she is excited to see the results of this program.
“We’re already seeing big gains with Achieve3000, the articles are high-interest so it’s an instructional tool the students enjoy using. Since Common Core raised the standards for reading level we’ve seen improvements in students’ reading abilities — they have a higher goal to work hard for,” Simmons said.
Norman Public Schools’ partnership with Sodexo feeds students throughout the school year and summer school sessions, and hungry members of the community — particularly youth — are invited to eat with them during the summer.
Adams Elementary will provide “open site” meals during Elementary summer school, meaning any guest under 18 may join the students for breakfast or lunch, free of charge.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and lunch is served from 10:45 am to 12:30 p.m. Summer school at Adams is in session from now until June 27, Monday through Thursday.
“Most of our open site guests are kids,” said Sodexo General Manager Cindy Stanbrough. “Adults are welcome as well, but they pay $3.25 per meal. Open site attendance picks up once word gets out.”
Sodexo also provides daily free lunch in Andrews and Reeves Parks, open to all ages.