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Summer school open house

Summer school came to a close on Friday, with an open house for parents, mentors and community members. We even had a member of the media stop by!

The Dreamers shared poster presentations of their nonfiction projects, which were a lesson not only in the topic they chose to study, but also in time management and meeting deadlines. It was important for all of the projects to be done in time for the presentation. Topics ranged from alternative energy creation to careers in fashion and beauty to babysitting tips to marine biology and how to fix cleft palates. Our students have an eclectic range of interests!

Among the Dreamers, the most anticipated element of the open house was the chess tournament, which culminated in a championship game.

Everyone circled up around Warvae and Jaleel, the final contenders. The room was shockingly silent as the boys battled it out, and then erupted into hoots and hollers when Jaleel was named victor.

He got to take home his own chess set as a prize!

Summer school capped off with a pulled pork lunch for students and our visitors, and for the 20 who completed the attendance requirement, a trip to Adventureland.

Read more about Dreamer Summer School on our blog.

Read more about chess club on our blog.

See many more photos from the poster presentations and chess on our Flickr stream.

A huge thanks to Wells Fargo for a grant that helps us produce summer school, and to our friends at ABC 5 and Bankers Trust for the “One Classroom at a Time” grant that we’re using to make this session possible.

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Rookies with rooks: Dreamer chess club begins

In order for our Dreamers to be successful, they need to learn to think strategically about how the choices they’re making today will impact their futures.

Academic coordinator Kristi Dusenbery, who is a master of finding fun ways to slip important life lessons into the classroom, came up with a great way to work on these skills during summer school: Dreamer Chess Club.

All of our summer school participants are learning the rules of the game and playing together and with volunteers from the community. The game appeals to the Dreamers’ competitive spirits and the strategy helps them grow mentally. The benefits of learning and practicing chess abound!

Many thanks to our volunteers who stopped in to play with the Dreamer students. If you’re interested in helping us for an hour during summer school, it’s easy to sign up to play!

Interested in volunteering? There are still more days in June you can join us! Just sign up here.

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Summer School Smarts

Our first week of Dreamer Summer School is underway, and our students haven’t missed a beat!

Barely out the door after sixth grade, they’re showing up bright and early to work in math centers, and are honing communication skills through a research-based poster project.

Our AmeriCorps VISTA, Sarah, is jumping right in with the kids!

We’re also working with them to start blogging, on publishing digital Storybird books and learning how to use Microsoft Publisher as well as making a video for future classes of incoming 6th graders on how to survive the transition to Middle School.

All before lunch!

A huge thanks to Wells Fargo for a grant that helps us produce summer school, and to our friends at ABC 5 and Bankers Trust for the “One Classroom at a Time” grant that we’re using to make this session possible.

Together, we are doing our part to prevent the “summer slide”  — a huge contributor to the achievement gap between low-income students and their peers. (This “How to Beat Summer Learning Loss” post by Edutopia has some great information about how to come together to combat this phenomenon.)

Want to get involved?

We’re still looking for some chess club volunteers!

Join us for our end of summer school cookout and poster presentation open house! It will be held June 29, 2012 at Callanan Middle School.

Donate to help us complete funding for our summer school program.

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