Apr. 9—Crestwood students will have opportunities to attend camps and online courses this summer.
Teachers will design camps for students as old as eighth graders.
During a school board meeting on Thursday, Secondary Campus Principal Peg Foster gave examples of possible camp topics: nature, fiction writing or the physics of sports.
"Those are the kinds of ideas that I'm sure our teachers will grab and expand on. They're more creative than I am," Foster said.
Students as old as fourth grade can take summer classes online. They will meet live with a teacher during an hour a day, three days a week.
"They can be on vacation ... and still participate," Elementary Principal Kevin Seyer said.
Faculty will recommend summer sessions to students whom they think will benefit.
Parents can read about camps that Crestwood will offer in May newsletters.
Students may attend camp or virtual sessions for free, but Crestwood will spend approximately $50,000 to offer them.
High school students who failed courses can make up credits through a virtual program this summer.
By offering summer sessions, Crestwood's administrators hope to help students catch up on learning missed during the pandemic.
Foster said administrators also will track state data of how students grow in math and reading as part of a comprehensive plan for the next four years.
The plan also calls for doubling the district's fund balance, providing each student with a computer, giving students more chances to explore careers and helping students stay healthy emotionally and mentally.
Foster said health teachers will explain how to handle stress or recognize depression in a friend, topics that comedian Keith Deltano covered in virtual assemblies with students and parents on March 31.
Next year, Crestwood will offer a class in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, which Foster said will teach students how to succeed as athletes or maintain lifelong health.
Students interested in careers in medicine, sports training, physical and occupational therapy are among those who might take the course, she said.
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