Culver School Offers Something for Everyone during the Summer

Niles Elementary School District 71 offers a range of summer programming at Culver School. Whether it’s enrichment activities for curious learners, small-group classes for students who need extra academic support, or “boot camps” for incoming kindergarteners and first-graders, Culver offers stimulating programs designed to meet the needs of any student.

“It will be busy, busy, busy all summer,” said Supt. Kohn Kosirog.

Highlights of summer programming:

“Summer at Culver” is an enrichment program that lets middle-school students dive into STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), art and sports. Students will have the opportunity to program robots, use a 3D printer, sculpt with clay, make mosaics, play ultimate frisbee, practice yoga and much more. This program is open to students who will be entering grades 5-8 in fall 2017. Teaching staff includes STEAM teacher Helen Lazaris, art teacher Donna Lurie and PE teacher Sarah DeCicco. “Summer at Culver” runs 9 a.m. to noon from June 12 to July 7. Classes are held Monday through Thursday except for the final week, which will be Wednesday through Friday. The cost per student is $120.

Culver’s Summer Intervention Clinic helps struggling students keep up during the summer. Students who qualify receive focused reading and math instruction using research-based programs and strategies. The program is offered for four weeks in the beginning of the summer and two weeks at the end. The Summer Intervention Clinic will take place Tuesday through Thursday from June 20 to July 13. After a two-week break, it resumes Monday through Friday from July 31 through August 10. Classes run from 8 a.m. to noon, with no more than five students in a class. The Summer Intervention Clinic at Culver is funded through Title 1.

Kindergarten Bootcamp and First Grade Jump Start are designed to ease the transition into school for younger students. Kindergarten Bootcamp is available to all children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall and have registered for the 2017-18 school year. The program introduces kids to the classroom environment, helps them cope with separation from their families and prepares them to become real students in a full-day program. First Grade Jump Start gets students ready for the transition from kindergarten to first grade and prepares them for some of the changes they will encounter. Both programs run Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:30 in the morning, from July 24 to August 10. The cost for either of the summer programs is $50 per student.

District 71 also sponsors a summer reading program for middle-school students in partnership with the Niles Public Library. Students who participate receive a book that that they read over the summer, and then complete an assignment related to the book.

In addition to the programs offered directly by District 71, the Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE) runs an extended-year summer program for students in Niles Township schools who have special needs. The program rotates from year to year among member districts, and Culver will be hosting it in 2017. Approximately 150 students will take part in the NTDSE program, which runs for the first six weeks of summer.

Please call (847) 966-9280 for more information.