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Duneland School Board OKs plan for summer enrichment courses

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Duneland Schools could soon offer enrichment courses for K-8 students in summer school, according to Director of Curriculum and Instruction Christy Jarka.

Last night the Duneland School Board unanimously approved Jarka’s proposed dates and fees for summer school and her plan to allow teachers to propose enrichment courses for all elementary and middle school summer school students. Previously, Jarka said summer school was only offered to students in first through third grade and by invitation-only for high ability and incoming kindergarteners.

Board member Alayna Lightfoot Pol praised the idea. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity for our district,” she said. “Not all districts are able to offer enrichment and not just remediation courses.”

Jarka said some teachers have floated ideas related to robotics, reading, and art, but nothing specific has been proposed yet. “Knowing our teaching staff, they’re going to come up with some amazing opportunities for our students,” she added. Proposals are due Feb. 21, and proposed classes should tie into the Department of Education’s 2019-2020 Indiana State Approved Course Titles and Descriptions.

Jarka was also approved to expand Duneland’s transition programs. “The high school has always offered a class for students going from eighth grade to high school. We’re expanding that so we can have opportunities for all our students who are in transition periods,” Jarka said.

Chesterton High School’s Bridges program has eased the transition for eighth graders starting high school for some time. Now Jarka is implementing similar programs for students starting kindergarten, fourth graders going into intermediate school, and sixth graders going into middle school. All transition programs this year will take place July 20 to July 30.

K-8 summer school and the first high school session of summer school will run from June 2 to June 25. The second session of high school summer school will run from July 6 to July 24. Driver’s Ed will also be available for a fee of $375, and an online component costs $99. There will be no classes on Fridays in K-8 summer school, but Driver’s Ed will include Fridays June 12 and July 24 for driving. Transportation for summer school will be limited and include satellite bus stops, as usual, Jarka said.


Public Relations Director Bridget Martinson made a reminder that there will be no school Friday, Feb. 14 or Monday, Feb. 17 in recognition of winter break and President’s Day. Classes resume Feb. 18.

Martinson also announced Duneland is accepting nominations for teacher of the year and employee of the year. Students, current and former, staff, and the community at large are welcome to make nominations. There is no limit to the number of people one person can nominate. One secondary teacher, one elementary teacher, and one other classified employee will each be honored and receive a $500 award thanks to community partners.

The new CHS Alumni Association is also looking to recognize Duneland employees. Martinson said they’re accepting nominations for one teacher, one administrator, and one support staff member, each to be the first inductees into the Association’s Hall of Fame.

Nomination forms can be found online or picked up at the Administration Center.


Posted 2/7/2020




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