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CPCS teachers discuss successful summer school program

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COLTON - It was another successful season for the Colton-Pierrepont Central summer school program as 30 registered students took part under the direction of faculty members Jamie Matthie, Jen Morrill, and Deb Orland.

The program consisted of children in Pre-K through sixth grade and lasted six weeks.

“We had one reading center, a writing center, a math center, and then we had enrichment with our theme, which was the solar system. So that was really fun because we got to go to the Clarkson Observatory and the older group, they were able to view solar fires, sun spots and they were able to track the path of the sun and that was really exciting,” Ms. Morrill said.

“We went to the Potsdam Fire Station and got a tour of the station and equipment. So the students got to see what a fireman looks like so they’re not frightened of them when they come to help them out in an emergency. The little ones went to the library for a story with Ms. (Peggy) Horton and did some other fire activities. ... It was a great experience, the students loved it. They would say, ‘I love coming to summer school.’ This is some of our older ones.”

The teachers pointed out that the younger students came to summer school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while the older students were in the buildings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Despite the good results from the summer, Ms. Morrill explained that a potential concern was discovered through a study they conducted daily regarding the student’s morning eating habits.

“One thing that I wanted to share that we all were kind of shocked about was we did a little tally pretty much daily about who ate breakfast when they came and 80 percent of our kids, on a consistent basis, would not eat breakfast when they came to summer school,” she said.

“We really realized how important having the lunch and breakfast here at school during the school year is to our community.”

Following the presentation, the teachers showed a 10-minute slideshow highlighting the trips and activities undertaken during the summer.

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