Students Use Summer Opportunity to Get Ahead

Photo: Students play indoor soccer on a rainy day

Students play indoor soccer on a rainy day

Sweat Equity - HS Students Use Summer School to Muscle Space into their Schedules
This summer, Greta, a soon-to-be junior, has spent two hours a day, four days a week learning about physical fitness – how to use the weight room and how to build an exercise regimen. 

Her plan is that by spending this summer lifting weights and speeding around the high school track, she can muscle the Physiology and Anatomy class into her schedule when school starts in September.

Summer School for elementary and middle school students is about enrichment and skill building, but for senior high students, it’s mostly about credit recovery – retaking classes for passing or better grades so a student can stay on track to graduate. 

Greta, though, took advantage of the opportunity to satisfy her physical education requirement during Summer School to free up her academic schedule for the fall – something Assistant Principal Jason Termaat hopes becomes more popular in the future. 
“We’re offering a little more every year,” he said. 

Health classes were also offered this summer, as was Planning your Future – a resume and job-searching skills class. Both of those are also required credits. 

“For us it means the (regular year) class sizes can be smaller,” Termaat said, and students who want to take additional music, art or Advanced Placement classes have the ability to fit them into their schedules.

Daylan, a soon-to-be senior, is in the summer physical education class, too, but for another reason. He likes the idea of getting the required credits done during the intensive summer program instead of having the class spread out throughout the year.

“It’s six weeks in summer school, 18 in regular school,” he said. The summer program also means smaller classes, less social pressure, and he’s also avoiding the time crunch during the regular year of trips to lockers, changing rooms, and his next class before the bell. 
“It’s nice knowing I don’t have to take it during the school year,” he said.