Sac City Unified Announces Summer Programs for 2018

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We are excited to announce new summer programs for 2018! In addition to our regular Summer Matters Program, this year the district will be launching a new FREE Expanded Learning Summer Program that aims to improve grade level readiness for thousands of students in our schools, as well as provide enrichment classes and credit recovery courses. Plans for these programs were presented to the Board of Education last night and parents/guardians of students that have been automatically enrolled in the ELSP will receive notification letters in the mail and through Infinite Campus the week of April 30-May 4, 2018.

Over 4,300 students from all schools and grade levels in the district will be automatically enrolled in an ELSP course. A large focus of the program is on enrolling students who are in need of additional instruction to meet grade level readiness, as well as enrichment courses for incoming middle school students who would benefit from coursework that will prepare them for advanced learning and specialty program eligibility in high school.

Classes will run from June 18 through July 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for elementary and middle school students and June 18 through July 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for high school students (high school credit recovery courses will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Learn more by downloading this flyer and visiting the ELSP web page. The web page has details on centrally located neighborhood host sites, frequently asked questions and program details. 

There will be two groups of students targeted by ELSP. The first group will target students who are not meeting grade level readiness. Students who are currently in kindergarten, second, sixth and eighth grade will be automatically enrolled in classes focused on helping them move closer to grade level readiness in reading, English Language Arts and math. High school students who are deficient by 5 to 10 credits will also be automatically enrolled in credit recovery courses to help ensure more of them graduate on time and meet the A-G requirements necessary for postsecondary education.

The second group of students targeted by ELSP will be students who are exceeding grade level readiness. Students who are currently in sixth and seventh grade and exceeding grade level standards will be targeted and automatically enrolled in argumentative writing courses that will prepare them for advanced learning. These courses will also teach them skills that will help them be more competitive if they choose to apply to the district’s high school specialty programs in the future. There will also be enrichment courses available to high school students who voluntarily choose to enroll. 

Below is a summary of all the courses that will be offered this summer as part of the ELSP:

Incoming 1st graders (current kinders) - Our incoming first graders will engage in theme-based literacy activities that focus on developing students’ foundational skills, grade level reading and writing about reading. All first grade students will also participate in Summerquest activities run by Youth Development. Targeted students will be automatically enrolled in this course and only a parent can authorize opting them out.

Incoming 3rd graders (current 2nd graders) - Our incoming third graders will engage in theme-based literacy activities that focus on developing students’ foundational skills, grade level reading and writing about reading. In addition to reading, students will participate in math instruction that will focus on the following: extending understanding of base-ten notation, building fluency with addition and subtraction, using standard units of measure and describing and analyzing shapes. Targeted students will be automatically enrolled in this course and only a parent can authorize opting them out.

Incoming 7th graders (current 6th graders) - This intervention program is designed to integrate with Summer of Service to provide students with units of study that strengthen their skills in English Language Arts, specifically argumentative writing and to engage in developing skills for academic and career success, such as setting SMART goals, time management, leadership skills, college/career exploration, growth mindset and personal reflection. Students will also engage activities to strengthen their math skills as they focus in on ratio and proportions, the division of rational numbers, expressions and equations and statistical thinking. Targeted students will be automatically enrolled in this course and only a parent can authorize opting them out.

Enrichment for Incoming 7th and 8th graders (current 6th and 7th graders) - The enrichment course is designed to enrich and extend students’ argumentative writing skills through a social justice themed interdisciplinary unit. As a result of this program, students will develop additional writing skills and academic strategies to support them in advanced learning opportunities throughout middle school. Students in this program will also spend time on PSAT practice, developing the knowledge and skills to score highly on the PSAT / SAT. The purpose of this program is to protect and increase the pool of students eligible for criterion based high school programs. Students enrolled in these programs are currently exceeding grade level standards. Targeted students will be automatically enrolled in this course and only a parent can authorize opting them out.

Incoming 9th graders (current 8th graders) - This intervention program is designed to integrate with Summer of Service to provide students with units of study that strengthen their skills in English Language Arts, specifically argumentative writing and to engage in developing skills for academic and career success, such as setting SMART goals, time management, leadership skills, college / career exploration, growth mindset and personal reflection. Students will also engage in strengthening their math skills as they focus in on expressions and equations, functions, geometry and the Pythagorean Theorem. Targeted students will be automatically enrolled in this course and only a parent can authorize opting them out.

High School Credit Recovery - The credit recovery portion of the ELSP will target current 9th – 12th grade Borderline students, who are between 5-10 credits away from being on track for A-G or graduation. Students will participate in either in-person or online credit recovery courses. Targeted students will be automatically enrolled in this course and only a parent can authorize opting them out.

High School Original Credit - High school original credit A-G courses are designed for high school students who are at least On Grade Level for both A-G and graduation. These are blended learning courses that involve online programming from UC Scout and an in-person teacher. This is the only opt-in program in ELSP and students will be provided further information in the coming weeks on how they can sign up for these classes. 

As this is the first year the district will be providing ELSP, we welcome input from parents and community members. Please do not hesitate to contact the ELSP office by calling (916) 643-9125 or submitting your questions or comments.