I feel that summer enrichment can offer meaningful learning experiences and/or remediation. However, I am not yet convinced that there has been adequate thought and planning for this. What is the interest level for utilization among families in the community? What is the proposed curriculum? Will there be opportunities to continue these programs (such as foreign language) during the academic year for optimal learning and mastery?
While the extended year is part of the broader picture, it supports fundamental concepts that Dr. Russell and Mayor Driscoll value and wish to incorporate on a larger scale. If the School Committee truly supports this, and wants to offer summer learning opportunities to more students in the district, there should be effort to maintain the current model at Saltonstall (with extended year and day) and offer summer enrichment to those who desire it.
Saltonstall kindergarten parent