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Clay Schools Begin Summer Learning Camp Outreach

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Clay Schools Begin Summer Learning Camp Outreach

The Clay County School System will begin reaching out to parents this week about Tennessee’s mandated summer learning camp.

Supervisor of Instruction Misty Strong said the program will run from May 24 until June 24 on a 4-day a week schedule. Strong said the system is looking at bench mark assessments, economically at-risk students and even successful students for the summer.

“We would love for them to be one teacher per 10 students or less,” Strong said. “Because we want to do some intensive interventions this summer. And those will best be accomplished if we can have a small teacher to student ratio.”

Strong said they are still taking teacher applications and the number will be based on student participation. Strong said the STREAM mini-camp will be offered at 7:00 AM on the same days as the learning camp.

“It can be either remediation or enrichment during that hour,” Strong said. “The primary focus of that hour would just be an extension of the curriculum and more hands-on, project based learning.”

Strong said the target students will be in grades 1-8 for the 2021-2022 school year. She said this summer camp is of the utmost importance for catching up students experiencing learning deficits.

“If your learning gap is in reading then we’re going to provide some intensive support,” Strong said. “If your learning gap is in math then we have those intensive math supports. So it’s all about serving students where they are and growing them from that point.”

Excluding the STREAM mini-camp, the summer learning camp will run from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation will all be provided by the Clay County School System.

She said the schedule could not be split due to busing and personnel limitations. The current plan is to hold summer school at both Celina K-8 and Hermitage Springs Elementary.


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