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The annual Thurston English Language Summer Program partners with the Leslie Science Center to provide experiential learning opportunities aligned to the AAPS science curriculum.
The two-week program is designed for entering 3rd-5th grade English learners from the northeast elementary schools—A2 Steam, Logan, Thurston, and King.
Students are identified for the program by their English proficiency scores.
In addition to Culbertson, the team includes Jane Taylor (Program Director/Thurston EL Teacher); Natasha Stewart (Logan teacher); Dairia Mustapha (A2 Steam and Ann Arbor Open teacher); Patti Jarosz (King teacher), as well as five bilingual teaching assistants, and two bilingual teen volunteers.
On the last day of the program, parents joined their children in the media center and watched a video highlighting the previous two weeks.