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Sun., Aug. 30
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SLC school officials urge students to attend summer school



BRASHER FALLS - Approximately 50 St. Lawrence Central high school students were scheduled to start taking summer school classes yesterday at Massena Central High School.

While the district holds summer school for students in grades K -8, high school students are required to travel to Massena to take classes they failed during the past school year.

High school Principal Lisa Grenville told the school board earlier this week 45 students were enrolled to take classes this summer in Massena, and she noted she was negotiating with three other students in an effort to convince them to take summer classes. “I’m hoping some of them will make the wise decision,” she said.

Ms. Grenville said a group of students with special needs that struggled with the algebra Regents were not encouraged to attend classes in Massena. She said plans are in the works to have teachers from St. Lawrence Central work with those students to prepare them for the August Regents.

She said the high school guidance staff had contacted students they felt could benefit from attending summer school, and she had followed up on their effort.

“The good majority of those students were willing to go and stay with their cohort,” Ms. Grenville told school board members.

The district had just six of every 10 freshmen that entered ninth grade in 2007 graduate with their cohort in 2011, and district officials have focused on turning those numbers around for the past several months. The 2007 cohort numbers were released late in the school year, and St. Lawrence Central officials said their review of the class of 2012 leads them to believe the graduated with cohort rate will be in the 80 percent range for freshmen that started high school in 2008.

School Superintendent Stephen M. Putman said summer school was an important tool for helping struggling students graduate on time with their classmates.

“It makes a big difference on whether they graduate on time,” he noted.

School officials said last year’s sophomores and juniors were on board with the need to attend summer school, but freshmen didn’t seem to be catching on to its importance yet.

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