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Colton-Pierrepont summer school program off to successful start

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COLTON - While summer is typically thought of as a time for school-free agendas, 33 students in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School District are taking part in programs this season.

Summer School Principal Matt McKinley gave an update to board of education members Tuesday evening, noting that the daily programs are off to a successful start.

Students in pre-kindergarten through second grade attend the classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while children up through fifth grade go on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The program takes place atthe CPCS building.

“We just finished our second day of summer school and (it is) a fascinating program. ... It is incredibly well done, very well run and very organized,” Mr. McKinley said. “I sat in the last two days watching the teachers and the kids. The kids really seem to be into it.”

He said students have worked on reading, reading comprehension, math and writing among other subjects so far this week.

There are 16 children participating in the younger group while 17 are taking part in the older classes.

“The younger group, they have a theme - a habitat theme. They’re going to have a couple of field trips going to the public library and have a person come in and read to them. They were going to do lunch out, possibly at Jake’s (On the Water,)” Mr. McKinley said. “The older kids... they have a really exciting theme. They have an Olympic theme, and they’ve put together a field trip to Lake Placid.”

The students will have the opportunity to luge, visit the old 1980 ice hockey rink, home of USA Hockey’s Miracle on Ice and go up on the gondola.

That trip will be happening toward the end of August, according to Mr. McKinley.

“(Summer school) starts at 9 a.m. and just to see the kids get off the bus - they walk down single file and they go into the classroom and they have their little tags that they pick up and do attendance and then just how they break up into their little groups - it’s incredible what (the teachers) have done,” Mr. McKinley said.

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