Story and photos by Dan Cosgrove

Thirty-five students signed-up to spend six weeks in what promises to be a fun and educational experience. Arnoldsburg School's Summer Academy started on Monday. On the first day, students listed what they wanted to accomplish during the Academy and set the rules for all to follow.

"Why are we here? What do you (the students) want to accomplish?"

"What rules do we need to make sure we have a successful Academy and meet our goals?"

In addition to setting the Academy's purpose and rules, students and staff spent the bulk of the afternoon working on team-building activities. We quickly learned that many difficult tasks could be accomplished when everyone works together:

The 2nd day of the Academy had students moving through the 3 academic areas:

The focus of our Technology Section is working with various computer programs, "surfing" the Internet, as well as using other hi-tech devices like digital cameras, etc. Students will develop power point presentations, graph various data, maintain and manipulate information for their portfolios, etc.

In our Reading section, students will perform plays, conduct choral reading activities, write original stories, and many other fun activities designed to increase reading comprehension skills.

"Hands-on" is the order of the day in our Math Section, where students will build, create and cook their way into understanding math concepts--bringing relevancy to learning!

Arnoldsburg Summer Academy is funded in part by the WV Math grant and the Lights On! 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. Please contact Academy Coordinator, Dan Cosgrove, at Arnoldsburg School for futher information.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Arnoldsburg Summer Academy.

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