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