SUMMER 2014 IN GREENFIELD SCHOOLS
The Greenfield Schools are committed to students all months of the year. We actually try to find ways to interest our students in education during the summer. Many faculty sign up to work in summer programs that Greenfield offers:
- a Reading Academy based at Newton Elementary School. It is specifically for upward-moving grade 1, 2, and some grade 3 students who faculty nominated for a summer reading and enrichment program. Approximately 80 children will attend for 4 hours/day,
4 days/week, over 4 weeks. How has Principal Mel Goodwin planned to enrich children during this time? With music. She is arranging for all students to try ukulele and violin this summer as part of the reading program. And of course we feed children breakfast and lunch at all our summer school locations.
- a Summer Program at Federal Street School—a special Century 21 grant program that has games, exercise, arts, learning, and outdoor and indoor fun. Principal Nancy Putnam works with the Collaborative for Educational Services to assure Federal Street is hopping fun for children this summer.
- Special Education summer services for eligible students will be offered at the Green River School. A team of specialists will be there, and the goal is prevention of learning regression.
- a hike into the White Mountains for approx. 40 GHS students planning to study Advanced Environmental Science next year. AP Environmental Science teacher Cathy Wilkins with family and staff from the Appalachian Mountain Climbing Club will assure students are properly geared up for this overnight learning adventure—a total new favorite program for GHS students (and it’s all free).
- a week-long Anthropology course at UMass for high school students. In its 4th year, this free college course stimulates students in areas of forensic science as well as anthropological studies. Mary Link first arranged this course which resulted from an Anthropology lecture at GHS. The UMass anthro course is now a GHS summer favorite.
- and our Preschool (the Academy of Early Learning) housed at the North Parish School has services this summer, too.
Let’s not forget Band Camp, basketball camp, violin studies, and much more. Our food services department will have thirteen (13) sites around Greenfield and will feed breakfast and lunch to all youth who arrive and are under age 18. Food services staff will serve thousands of meals this summer—all part of keeping Greenfield vital and focused on youth.
Other big news this summer? A new superintendent--Jordana Harper-Ewert starting July 1st and Greenfield High School's demolition. Most of the old GHS building will be demolished mid-July. The second phase of construction will begin. For most of the summer all the boxed-up classroom furniture and materials will be stored in the gym, waiting for the new classrooms to be finished. Then all the teachers except science and special education will move into the new high school building. Phase II has begun already--auditorium, science labs, and special smaller classrooms for unique programs.
Summer is a wonderful time to go outside to enjoy the environment, spend time with friends, and read a good book or two. Be sure to visit Greenfield’s public library and read, read, and read over the summer.
After all the summer activities conclude, our custodial staff joins together to clean our buildings and then—it’s on to the next school year—2014-2015. 2014-2015 may be the best year yet for Greenfield Schools.