Petting a cow, passing a swimming test and making elephant toothpaste were three written remarks by elementary students who were asked for highlights of their summer school experiences.
Jennifer Jensen told the Rice Lake Board of Education at its meeting Monday that this was her 16th year as coordinator, and it gets better every year.
The first session was July 15-26, and the second session was July 29-Aug. 9, both offered from 8-11:40 a.m. at Tainter Elementary, although some classes met at the Rice Lake Middle School, Rice Lake High School, the swimming pool and the ice arena.
Of the 70 classes offered, 15 were remedial and 10 were new.
They were taught by 57 teachers—25 taught both sessions, 32 taught one session. They were assisted by 25 support staff and 18 volunteers from the middle and high schools.
Attending were 674 students—650 attended the first session, and 612 attended the second.
Jensen said the classes are not only so students don’t lose ground on what they’ve already learned, but are an opportunity to gain new skills and make new friends.
She said swimming, which had 290 students, was the most popular, followed by archery which had 161.
Safety classes are also in demand with 84 getting ATV, boater or snowmobile instruction. She said she is looking for a hunter safety instructor to add to summer school offerings next year.
She would also like to add more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes.
Jensen said 54 students took Middle School Transitions this summer, but that she would like to see all who have completed fifth-grade sign up. Students who have taken it appear more confident when taking on middle school challenges, she said.
There was even a new class for those who didn’t get the chance to get away this summer. In
All About Summer, students rode a virtual roller coaster, made edible campfires, went on a nature walk and created leaf art.
Missed out? There’s always next year. The registration course booklet goes online Feb. 15, and registration is open May 1-April 30.