This summer, the Magnolia School District provided over 800 students with high quality, exciting summer programs including English Learner Summer Academy, 3rd Grade Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy, and Extended School Year. In addition to these outstanding District programs, our dedicated community partners served many more students in summer programs provided by the YMCA, Anaheim GOALS, Project Hero, and the Sa-Rang Community Church.
Here is some more information on each the summer programs provided by Magnolia School District this summer:
English Learner Summer Academy: 200 4th through 6th grade students were provided an intensive four week period of targeted instruction which included comprehension of non-fiction text, responding to text with a written constructed response (paragraph), online research, and presentations. The goal of the program was to improve students’ reading and writing skills and move them closer to “English Proficiency.”
3rd Grade STEM Academy: This two week program was open to all District students entering the 3rd grade, because the transition from 2nd grade to 3rd grade is often difficult for many students. Over 400 students participated in this "jump start" to third grade. Prior to the start of the program, teachers received two days of professional development focused on STEM and inquiry based instruction and earned a Magnolia School District STEM certification. For two weeks,incoming third grade students participated in reading, writing, and hands-on science and engineering activities accessed through one-to-one technology (Chromebooks). In the afternoon, students were provided with their choice of exciting electives, including science projects, arts and crafts, dance, and chess. Two weeks of additional STEM programming were provided to the students who had attended the 3rd Grade STEM Academy, which provided students with a variety of science enrichment activities. Students were also provided with the opportunity to attend a YMCA water safety course, with transportation provided by Magnolia School District busses to local swimming pools.
Extended School Year (ESY): This summer over 160 students participated in Extended School Year (ESY). If a child receives special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he/she may be eligible for a program of special education and/or services beyond the school year. Such services are commonly referred to as Extended School Year (ESY) services. During ESY students were provided with extended learning opportunities focused on each student’s individualized learning goals. For five weeks students participated in hands-on activities, community-based instruction, instruction in reading, writing, math and science.
Sa-Rang Community Church: “My Future Begins with Hope!” was the theme of this year’s Summer Camp provided to forty-seven Magnolia 3rd-6th grade students at Sa-Rang Community Church. For four days (July 26-29), students were picked up by bus and driven to the Sa-Rang campus. They were fed a hearty breakfast and then participated in theme related art and group activities focused on emotional wellness and science. Each day they went on an outing, including locations such as: John’s Incredible Pizza, Discovery Cube, Knott’s Berry Farm and Sky Zone Trampoline Park. The program was run by dedicated church volunteers and fully funded by the Sa-Rang Church.
In addition, this year eight alumni of the summer program served as “mentors” during the camp. The alumni were participants in the summer camp at some time over the past seven years and now attend Dale Junior High or Magnolia High School. The Sa-Rang volunteers have maintained supportive relationships with these students, and have invited them back to serve in these leadership roles. We are grateful for this partnership with Sa-Rang Community Church and appreciate what they provide for our students.
Summer Meals Program: The Magnolia School District Food Service Department participated in the Summer Feeding Program which provided free breakfast and/or lunch to any youth in the community between the ages of 2 and 18. The program was offered at Mattie Lou Maxwell School, Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy, Dr. Jonas Salk School, and Dr. Albert Schweitzer School for 19 days this summer. In total 12,000 breakfast and lunches were served to the youth in the Magnolia Community!
The Summer Programs offered by the Magnolia School District were applauded by our students, parents, and staff. More information about next year’s summer programs will be made available in the spring.