El Paso ISD Summer Enrichment Programs Growing Strong

Students at the El Paso Independent School District have a lot to look forward to this summer with a wide selection of enrichment programs that will provide both their minds and bodies with fun, hands-on activities.

“Summer learning programs have the potential to help children and youth improve academic outcomes,” said Tori Lindeman, Title 1 extended learning coordinator. “During summer vacation, many students lose knowledge and skills. By the end of summer, students perform, on average, one month behind where they left off in the spring. EPISD is proud of the significant variety of summer programs that will be offered in 2016.”

The 2016 calendar has been revised to incorporate more “camp” style enrichment at the elementary and middle schools that are linked to the El Paso community.

Partnerships have been created with El Paso Museum of Art, UTEP, El Paso Zoo and the Texas State Parks to blend the Texas curriculum with hands-on, enriching activities geared to broaden learning beyond the classroom experiences. Each campus will offer a unique set of enrichment activities and camps: examples include Summer Reading Challenges, Space and STEM focused curriculums and Reading, Music and Writing.

“The expectation is to pilot this format to develop a sense of what the students find engaging that we as the educational leaders can create to inspire their learning over the summer,” Lindeman said.

Summer Programming begins on June 13 and ends July 29, 2016. The programs will run Monday-Friday and times will vary by program. There will be no programming July 4-8. All summer school sites will provide free breakfast and lunch.

A complete schedule will be available at each campus on April 15. Additional information will be posted on the EPISD website at episd.org.

Summer enrichment camps
Students in grades 1-8 can attend the summer enrichment camps to engage in group problem solving integrated with physical activity and fine arts fun.
Elementary sites: Beall, Bond, Cooley, Alta Vista, Green, Bonham, Moye, Polk, Nixon, Rusk, Moreno, Lee, Schuster, Tippin
Middle sites: Morehead, Armendariz, Henderson, MacArthur, Magoffin, Richardson
June 13-July 29

Pre-Kinder/Pre-First summer school
Offered to students eligible for admission to kindergarten or first grade in the 2016-17 school year and are approved for bilingual program placement. This program is designed for English Language Learners (ELL) to strengthen their academic skills prior to attending kindergarten or first grade.
Sites: Bond, Cooley, Bonham, Moye, Polk, Moreno
June 13-July 29

5th and 8th grade SSI
Review and practice in preparation for the administration of the SSI.
5th grade sites: Beall, Bond, Cooley, Alta Vista, Green, Bonham, Moye, Polk, Nixon, Rusk, Moreno, Lee, Schuster,Tippin
8th grade sites: Morehead, Armendariz, Henderson, MacArthur, Magoffin, Richardson
June 13-24

Special Education Extended School Year (ESY)
ESY for special needs students in grades 1-12 based on their ARD/IEP.
Sites: Cooley, Moye, Tippin, Morehead, MacArthur, Magoffin
June 13-29

DREAMS program
The program is designed to engage 5 th grade students in learning experiences that will create curiosity and aspirations leading to enrollment in advances STEM courses as they transition to middle school.
Site: Silva Health Magnet
June session: June 13-30
July session: July 11-28

Digital Film Academy
Students will learn and participate in all aspects of digital movie making and will have the opportunity to showcase their films at the District Film Festival.
Sites: Andress, Burges and Coronado
Session 1: June 13-24
Session 2: July 18-30

For a complete list of summer enrichment programs, click here.