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Summer Science & Literacy Academy Students To Showcase Learning

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Summer Science & Literacy Academy Students To Showcase Learning
Posted on 08/10/2016
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Reiche Community School’s Summer Science and Literacy Academy began July 11, with students participating in a literacy-based experience highlighted with the science theme of plants and animals. The academy’s last day is Friday, Aug. 12, when the students will demonstrate to their families what they have learned.

The academy was designed to create a fun, camp-like atmosphere while improving students’ academic skills. The students, in grades 1-5, participated in such activities as singing songs, growing and observing a variety of plants, watering and tending Reiche’s garden and observing bugs in their natural habitat. They also had some learning experiences in the community, including visiting the Portland Public Library and the Portland Museum of Art, spending the morning at Farm Camp, and attending a children’s theater play, “Luna Goes to Mars”.

At the presentation, students will sing with their parents and demonstrate what they learned about plants and animal habitats.

The Summer Science and Literacy Academy began three years ago with a grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation. It has now become critical summer programming for the Portland Public Schools, which committed to sustaining the program at Reiche and also Lyseth elementary schools during the summer of 2016. In addition, LearningWorks partnered with the Portland Public Schools to provide summer learning opportunities for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

In addition, for the first time, new kindergartners were invited to a Kindergarten Jumpstart (KJS) program at Reiche this summer, and those students also got involved in the Summer Science and Literacy Academy. On Friday, 16 kindergarten students will receive their "diplomas"as they graduate from KJS this summer.