Scarlett Summer Learning Academy concludes three weeks of boosting math & literacy skills while building relationships

Scarlett Middle School students say SLA offered a camp-like experience

The Scarlett Summer Learning Academy, which recently concluded for the summer, is a program designed to provide additional math and literacy support to rising 6th and 7th graders who will attend Scarlett Middle School in the fall. 

The annual program is designed to use daily activities that happen outside of the classroom and relate them directly to learning opportunities that occur inside the classroom, explained Ryan Soupal, Scarlett’s Middle Years Programme facilitator. 

“Our hope is that all of the students have an opportunity to learn with us in a fun environment while building relationships with their classmates that will carry over into the fall,” said Soupal.  

The Summer Learning Academy is staffed by current Scarlet teachers.

“We do that so that the teachers have the opportunity to build relationships with kids, especially our rising sixth graders,” says Soupal. “We know that the transition from elementary and middle school can be a big transition. So we want to offer some familiar faces for kids when they enter the building in the fall.”

As part of the Mitchell-Scarlett partnership with the University of Michigan, SLI included secondary Mac program interns in every classroom to observe teachers and get some actual experience inside a classroom with students as they begin their journey in secondary education.

Kevin Hankinso, Managing Director of Secondary Teacher Education Programs for the University of Michigan, noted that he and his interns were excited to be part of the program again this year.

“One of the reasons we love being part of the Summer Learning Academy is we get a chance to bring our graduate students here to work with children and to work with the wonderful staff man Arbor public schools to connect with kids and to really learn what it needs to create strong relationships with students, to help draw out their understanding throughout a very camp-like experience.”

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