The 2019-2020 school year may be over for students at Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), but learning opportunities continue throughout the summer. Below is a summary of the opportunities available for primary, middle and secondary school students. Some opportunities are free and / or by invitation only from school system staff, while others are open for registration and may incur a registration fee. A complete guide is posted on the CCPS website at https://www.ccboe.com/images/academics/CCPS_2020SummerOpportunities.pdf.
Early childhood programs, learning opportunities
Support for pupils entering kindergarten, free for pupils identified in need
CCPS staff identify students in each elementary school who have completed junior kindergarten and need additional academic support during the summer. Students will receive instruction in small groups via Microsoft Teams on school readiness skills, language, literacy, and math. The sessions will take place four times a week for 30 minutes. The program is designed to help students prepare for kindergarten. School staff contact parents directly to register students.
Judy Center offering virtual tutoring for early childhood, free of charge
The Judy Center offers virtual tutoring for students in the three-year and junior kindergarten programs at Eva Turner and Dr. Samuel A. Mudd elementary schools. Teachers will recommend students and contact families directly to register their child. Students already registered for tutoring through the Judy Centers will also receive an invitation to participate. Staff will use the WebEx live meetings to organize small group tutoring sessions on school readiness, literacy and math skills. The sessions will last about four weeks, two to three times a week for 45 minutes. Parents will receive materials to support tutoring sessions.
Free virtual playgroups for toddlers, parent participation and registration required
CCPS hosts virtual toddler playgroups for children ages 18 months to 4 years who live in Charles County. Playgroups are free and registration is required. Four playgroups are available and meet weekly via WebEx for 30 minutes for four weeks. Parent / guardian or caregiver participation is required. Support documents will be mailed at home to all registered families. Registration is first come, first served for 25 children per session. Click on the specific session below to register.
Four sessions are available:
Tuesdays at 9:30 am, from June 23 to July 14;
Thursdays at 10:30 am, from June 25 to July 16;
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., from July 21 to August 11; Where
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., from July 23 to August 13.
Learning opportunities in primary school
Virtual enrichment camps, the cost is $ 50 per session
Weekly virtual enrichment camps are offered to students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. The camps begin the week of July 6 and are offered in two sessions: in the morning, 8:30 am to 11:30 am, and in the afternoon, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm Camps include topics such as interactive fitness and busy bookworms, environmental art and literacy learning.
The cost of each camp per session is $ 50. Teachers will use Microsoft Teams to interact with campers; participants must have access to technology and the Internet. Some camps may be offered face to face at a school in late July and early August. CCPS offers two free camps to identified students for free meals at reduced prices. Click here to join. More information on the virtual camp offers is posted on the CCPS website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/summer-enrichment-camps.
Project-based summer enrichment camps for elementary school students, cost is $ 125 per student
Elementary students from Grades 1 to 5 can participate in project-based learning camps this summer. Projects will focus on building skills in critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation. Participants will explore academic concepts through hands-on experiences that apply to real-world situations. Camps run July 6-24 and technology and internet access is required. The cost of the camp is $ 125 per student. The teachers will meet the students on a daily basis through the teams. Parents should register their child for a camp based on their child’s class for the 2020-21 school year. Click here to join.
Academic support for primary school students, free for students identified in need
Elementary students in Grades 1 to 5 who need additional math and reading support will be offered small group guided reading and math lessons this summer. This may include students who are below grade level in reading or those who did not participate in distance learning in the spring. School staff will identify students and contact families directly. Teachers will use Teams to deliver two 30-minute lessons each week in math and reading. CCPS will provide families with guided reading books and math materials.
Summer Olympics – Going for Gold for Elementary Students
Elementary students, Kindergarten to Grade 5, can participate in CCPS ‘free Go for the Gold learning program at the CCPS Summer Olympics. The program offers paper-based activities in math, reading, social studies, and science that students can complete at their own pace. Content includes choice tables for reading and math activities, and tasks where students apply science and social studies concepts to real-world applications. The activities will be available on July 2 in paper format at the 11 meal sites. Students who complete the activities will receive an Olympic-style medal. Activities will also be posted on ccboe.com on July 2.
Free project-based summer enrichment projects for middle school students
Middle school students can participate in virtual projects that will test their problem-solving skills and require creativity. Four one-week projects are available to students. Projects start July 6. On Mondays, teachers will share an introductory video with students via Teams with content to guide students through the project. The teachers will be available every day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to support the students in their independent projects.
Paper projects will be available for pickup at lunch sites for students without access to the technology. Packages for projects one and two will be available on the meal sites on July 2. Packages for projects three and four will be available on meal sites on July 17th.
High school programs, learning opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) training camps, free of charge for students
CCPS offers free boot camps to students in Grades 10 to 12 who are enrolled in specific AP courses. Camps begin the week of August 3 and cover course requirements and pace, as well as the College Board AP Exam Design. CCPS AP teachers will lead the camps and use AP level resources to reinforce important content, themes, and reading and writing skills relevant to each course. Registration is available online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/ap-summer-boot-camp/ on a first come, first served basis. Students will meet virtually on Microsoft Teams for two hours a day, four days a week. Camps are available August 3-6, August 10-13, and August 17-20.
College transition programs, free of charge for identified students
CCPS offers college planning support to rising seniors with an IEP. Case managers will recommend students and contact families to participate. Students will participate in a virtual college-level course with an instructor from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Students who successfully complete the course will earn three college credits. The course runs twice a week for six weeks until August 14th. Students will be given lessons and homework to complete.
CCPS is also piloting a self-advocacy course for high school students who have an IEP. Case managers will recommend that students learn to become active participants in their individual IEP and transition planning services. Through this course, students will learn to identify their strengths and needs, understand their rights and responsibilities under the Persons with Disabilities Act, identify their future interests and set goals for themselves. Students will receive four hours of virtual instruction each week for four weeks, and one hour of individual instruction per week. Staff will contact parents to register their child for the course.
Special education programs
Opportunities for special education students at no cost to families
Extended learning opportunities are available for special education students. Extensive services will be provided to students with emphasis on the objectives of the IEP. Continuous learning opportunities will be available for students identified by their special education case managers. Teachers will work with families to deliver direct instruction through live Microsoft Teams sessions twice a week for four weeks. Parents of students identified for these services will be contacted directly by school staff.
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