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HANCOCK – As Hancock Public Schools nears the end of the semester, the administration is considering the summer school schedule.
At the regular monthly council meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Steve Patchin said the administration would launch a search for middle and high school teachers within the next two days.
“The search for teachers will be local, outside the area,” Said Patchin. “The carrot is (out of the area) teachers can reside for free in the residences of the University of Finlandia during the eight weeks of the summer school.”
Patchin said the university billed the school district about $ 125 per week per person, the costs of which would be built into the grants receivable from the state of Michigan.
Northern Lights Summer Learning Program
The program will be Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, and will include lunch for all students. Sessions will start on June 21 and end on August 12.
“It’s going to learn, but it’s going to focus on fun things,” said Patchin, “Playful learning, group projects, joint work; we’re going to have breakfast and lunch, obviously, on both sides.
When it comes to primary school, there will be art combined with learning, structured interventions focused on reading and group projects as well.
The college will focus on “catch up” with the key concepts in each year, but in a fun way, returning to the group project idea, said Patchin, with different cross-cutting activities.
“The teachers will also have fun,” Patchin said, “Because we didn’t want to make it an ordinary school. We want to make it more engaging and collaborative, and let teachers do things they wouldn’t normally do in a regular school year.
The high school program is structured differently as it will be used to earn credits toward graduation. Teachers will focus on the basic concepts, said Patchin, similar to the Michigan Technological University summer A and B tracks.
“We’re going to have an A track and a B track in high school,” he said. “They will be done in two four-week sessions, and one will last half the year, and the other will be like the other half of the year.”
At Michigan Tech, the summer tracks were called accelerated, but what they did was focus on key core concepts, Patchin said.
“We’re working with Chassell, Lake Linden, and the (Copper Country Intermediate School District), which is really good,” Patchin said, “I mean, I think it’s the first time it’s been done in this situation before.”
Patchin said the program is channeled across the state. The state funded funding for the summer programs.
Northern Lights Adventure Program
In addition to the Northern Lights Summer Learning Program, Patchin said Hancock Schools offer another program, the Northern Lights Adventure Program, to students in Grades 4-8 who attend Hancock Public Schools, Lake Linden – Hubbell, Chassell School and CCISD schools. .
“It’s about a hundred children, from the fourth to the eighth grade,” said Patchin, “And we’ll take them everywhere.”
The locations include:
– Houghton skate park
– Visit of the Quincy mine
– Bare Bluff, for hiking
– Canyon Falls for hiking
– Illustrated rocks
– Lake of the Clouds
“There will be a lot of science in there, a lot of healthy living in there,” Patchin said, “But it’s really to bring the kids together and kind of explore.”
For example, with the Pictured Rocks Boat Tour, students will take a scenic boat trip that crisscrosses the infamous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The two-hour tour includes local history and facts, as well as views of several rock formations, Grand Island, and the famous Miners’ Castle. It is certainly one of the most fascinating experiences on Lake Superior.
Patchin asked how many children live in this area and have never been to Pictured Rocks, or Lake of Clouds, or other places they will be taken during the program.
In addition to places to visit, Patchin said students will have lessons in fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding,
“It should be a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s going to be one day a week; I think it will be every Tuesday for a few weeks and then move on to Thursdays.