MCS Learning In Full Swing This Summer

Dr. Heather Donaldson

Chief Academic Officer Madison City Schools


We are very excited to continue our summer learning programs that began last year due to the interruptions in traditional school from COVID since March of 2020.


Madison City Schools will continue providing its traditional summer programs, which include EL Summer Camp (for both elementary and secondary), K-3 Summer Literacy Camp that is tied to the Literacy Act, and Summer School for high school students.



For elementary, we will have an in-person reading and math program for 4th and 5th grades that will accompany the existing K-3 summer literacy program. Students are invited to attend this program based on deficits in learning. We are utilizing data sources such as ACAP, iReady, and mCLASS to identify students with gaps in learning. Students participating in this program will attend in-person four days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 through June 30. K-3 will focus on reading under Literacy Act requirements while 4th and 5th grades will have a combination of reading and math support.



Middle school students will also have an in-person summer learning opportunity. Students who are performing below grade level are invited to participate in this program. We are utilizing data sources such as ACAP and STAR to identify students with gaps in learning. This in-person program will run four days a week from 8 a.m. to noon June 6 through June 30.



The high school in-person summer option is slightly different from the elementary and middle school options. Students who have failed classes this school year and are signing up for summer school are invited to attend a learning lab to get additional support for the English and/or math classes they are taking over the summer for high school credit. Most of our summer school classes are online, so the learning lab will provide in-person support to students. The high school learning lab will be available four days a week from 8 a.m. to noon June 2 through June 30.



We are excited to announce that we will also continue to offer a virtual summer learning opportunity. K-5 will have an asynchronous option for all students that will run from June 6 to July 15. Teachers will post recorded lessons in reading and math three times a week. The lessons will focus on reviewing the critical standards from the grade level completed this school year but students will be able to challenge themselves by accessing lessons from other grade levels. Just like last summer, there will not be any live lessons or graded assignments. However, teachers will post parent guides so families can help check student work for accuracy.



All middle and high school students will also have a summer asynchronous learning opportunity for English and math that runs from June 6 through June 30. Teachers will post recorded lessons for each grade level three times a week. The lessons will include reteaching critical standards, enrichment activities to challenge students, and answer keys so students can check their accuracy. Just like with elementary, teachers will not hold live lessons or grade assignments.



More information about the asynchronous summer learning opportunities will be provided in the near future.


Our English Learner (EL) Summer Camp continues to thrive. We will continue offering an elementary and secondary EL summer camp focused on reading and math skills and reinforcing language skills. Elementary EL Summer Camp will run four days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 through June 30. Secondary EL Summer Camp will run four days a week from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 through June 30.