This summer, the Algoma District School Board will be offering a variety of programs to meet the different needs of students.
The council’s director of communications, Fran Walsh, explains that the various programs are offered online and in person throughout the Algoma district.
Walsh says the various programs offered include the Elementary Summer Learning Program, the Native Summer Transition Camp, working with robots, and general programming.
More details on the various programs were provided by Walsh.
Elementary Summer Learning Program
ADSB’s Summer Elementary Learning Program (SLP) focuses on primary literacy, providing literacy intervention while minimizing learning loss during the summer. It supports students with literacy needs and will build on the leveled literacy intervention program currently offered in each of the elementary schools.
“We offer our in-person summer learning program at Queen Elizabeth Public School. We are also offering virtual opportunities for students in the district who will connect through a virtual classroom,” says Walsh. “There will also be recreational activities and the ADSB will reach out to community partners to help organize events focusing on everything from mental health and healthy eating to movement and exercise.”
The Summer Learning Program will run July 4-22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. One hundred and one students are participating in person and thirteen district students are joining virtually.
ADSB Native Summer Transition Camp
Once again, the Algoma District School Board, in partnership with Great Lakes Culture Camps, will be hosting ADSB Aboriginal Summer Transition Camps for Aboriginal students transitioning from Grade 8-9 to ‘fall. Called 2022 Niibing -Enakamigisyang (Things We Do In Summer), two camps will be held this year, one in Serpent River First Nation, the other in Garden River First Nation, from July 4-22.
“This unique partnership will involve cultural and land-based learning. Together, students will explore language, visit sacred and historic spaces, learn about ancestral food systems, develop outdoor skills, participate in paddle sports and water safety training, and participate in local stewardship initiatives. the environment,” Walsh said.
Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for high school credit and Ontario Recreational Canoeing & Kayaking Association (ORCKA) certification. Additionally, the camp will incorporate the development of skills that will aid in a successful transition to high school.
“Local First Nations elders and community partners will also be invited to offer their expertise in wellness and mental health activities and supports,” adds Walsh. “This year, we have teachers at both sites who speak Ojibwemowin to further promote language development in the camps.
And there is an additional program, according to Walsh.
“New this year, we are working with the ADSB Pathways team to incorporate a Mind over Metal (Welding) option for students. If a student from either site is interested in working in a trades environment, they will have the opportunity to work for a week with qualified technical staff in a store.
Walsh adds that they currently have over 30 students registered for the ADSB Aboriginal Summer.
Secondary Summer School Opportunities
The ADSB will be offering in-person summer school for Superior Heights C&VS students, July 4-29. A variety of courses are offered to high school students, including credit recovery, full-credit courses, co-operative education, and e-learning courses that all students can access from across our district. The Grade 8 Reach Ahead program is also available for students entering Grade 9 in the fall.
A complete list of courses and the daily time commitment required to support student success in this condensed program can be found at www.adsb.on.ca. Students are encouraged to register early with their school’s Student Services Office.
For students currently in Grade 8, parents are asked to contact their child’s principal for more information.
information. All courses listed are provisional and are subject to a sufficient number of registrations. Registration is mandatory before June 24, 2022.
“Also new this year, the board is partnering with York University/Lassonde School of Engineering for their k2i academy focused on STEM achievement, through a work-integrated learning program. Students will learn traditional Indigenous knowledge and engineering, identify societal challenges, and use diverse worldviews to design and test solutions to problems,” says Walsh.
She adds that the board is fortunate to have educator Bryan Bellefeuille, a sought-after speaker, who explores topics such as bringing traditional Aboriginal math into the classroom and the land-based approach.
Learn, defend this program. This STEM program is offered to WC Eaket students from July 18 to August 12.
ADSB 2022 Robotics Camp Registration
ADSB and White Pines Robotics are excited to announce the return of Robotics Camps this summer. These in-person camps provide a fun environment where students learn hands-on engineering and computer skills. Students will learn the basics of robotics while building and programming various components.
Walsh says they will be using the VEX IQ robotics platform, the same used by local schools to compete in the VEX IQ Robotics Challenge. The week will end with the participation of students in a mini-competition.
New this year, they will also be offering a week-long hands-on coding camp for students who have recently completed 7th and 8th grade. Students interested in programming will have the opportunity to learn the basics of coding, as well as how to connect their code to various electronic devices and sensors. This camp will not build robots.
The cost is $100 for each camp and they run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at Pinewood Public School. Registration is open to students registered with the Algoma District School Board. For non-ADSB students, registration opened Monday, June 13.
- Robotics camp week 1: from July 4 to 7 for students who have completed the 2nd to 4th year in
- Robotics camp Week 2: from July 11 to 15 for students who have finished 5th to 12th grade.
7 in June.
- Hands-on Coding Camp: August 22-25 for Grade 7 graduates
or 8 in June.
For more information about these programs and resources, students can contact their school or
the Algoma District School Board Education Center at 705-945-7111.