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More than 450 students attend summer school

Summer is time to catch-up for more than 460 of McDuffie County's students who are enrolled in summer school.

Every school has an academic summer school program for those who didn't quite meet advancement criteria, as well as an enrichment program provided by 21st Century. Students from Thomson Elementary are attending summer school at Maxwell Elementary School due to kitchen renovation construction at TES.

"We have had a great start with our Academic Summer School for both Maxwell Elementary and Thomson Elementary students," said Mychele Swain, the principal of Maxwell Elementary. "Our teachers are focusing on both reading and math concepts to provide remediation and acceleration for the students."

Elementary and middle school classes meet from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.; and High School classes have either a morning or an evening session. Summer school runs Monday through Thursday, May 31 through June 22.

"We are pleased to offer our students quality, small-group instruction during 14 days of summer in order to assist them in their efforts to meet promotion criteria," said Barry O'Neill, the assistant to the superintendent in curriculum and instruction.

Enrollment is up from last year for middle school students. Dr. O'Neill said the enrollment of 143 is attributed to the fact that this was the first year 8th grade students must pass the CRCT in both Reading and Math to be promoted. End of Course tests and Criterion Referenced Competency tests will be administered June 21 and 22.

Web posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006

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