Mountain View School District’s Summer Programs Providing for over 700 Students

by M. Earle, Contributing Writer, Mountain View School District

Mountain View School District’s schools finished the 2020-2021 school year on June 4 and just a couple days later, on June 7, students were welcomed back to the schools for the District’s in-person summer programs.

Over 700 students are participating in MVSD’s summer programs which include the Think Together Program, Migrant Education Program, Extended School Year (ESY) Program, New to Kinder Class and Preschool Transition Class.

The Think Together Summer Program is providing English Language Arts, Math and language development instruction to students as well as social- motional learning and enrichment. The full-day program, in collaboration with the Think Together Afterschool program, offers instruction in grade level standards in the morning and engaging and fun enrichment in the afternoon.

Special Education students are taking part in the Extended School Year (ESY) program which is following an Olympic theme with each classroom adopting a country to represent. The ESY program provides a structured environment for learning and development focusing on the foundational skills of reading and math. Through individualized instruction and small group work the ESY teachers and support staff provide essential services for students.

Students in the Migrant Education Summer Program are engaged in instruction in all curricular areas. Teachers are providing kindergarten through 8th grade students with an integrated curriculum utilizing a variety of learning strategies focusing on literature, math, science and art.

To support students entering kindergarten and those in the District’s preschool programs, MVSD added two new summer programs geared to help its youngest students with the transition to in-person learning on campus. Both the New to Kindergarten class and Preschool Transition class are providing socialization activities for students, helping to build their confidence so they have a smooth start to the school year.

“We are very excited to have these programs for our pre-kinder students who started school virtually last year due to the pandemic,” said George Schonborn, Director of Pupil Personnel Services. “For many of them this is the first time they are away from their parents and their home, and giving them the experience of being in a classroom and interacting with other students and adults will be very beneficial when they start the school year in August.”

According to Lillian Maldonado French, Superintendent, the goal of the summer programs is to provide additional support for students and get them reacclimated to being on school campuses after the very challenging 2020-2021 school year.

Due to the pandemic, students spent a majority of the school year at home in distance learning and just returned to our campuses for a few weeks at the end of the school year. The summer programs are providing robust academic support and the social emotional support our students need, helping them ease back into the traditional school setting,” said Maldonado French. “I’ve enjoyed visiting schools and seeing the joy in our student’s faces as they participate in activities such as painting, writing, and interacting with fellow students outdoors. Many of them tell me they love being in school with their teachers and classmates.”

MVSD’s summer programs run Monday through Friday and conclude on July 2.