Sign up soon for KidzCamp and Tweens ‘n’ Teens summer programs. The Community Education Department of Mesa Public Schools offers a multitude of opportunities to beat summer boredom for students of all ages throughout the East Valley.
Five convenient campuses will offer KidzCamp for kindergarten through sixth-grade students from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in June and July. Sites include Crismon, Field, Mendoza, Salk and Wilson elementary schools.
KidzCamp highlights include weekly themes, field trips, arts, crafts, cooking, physical activities, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including Bonanza Educational LEGO. The enrichment program uses LEGO-brand toys to spark the imagination through engineering and creative concepts. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.
This program emphasizes self- and social awareness, thinking skills, creative expression and recreation.
Tweens ‘n’ Teens
From dreaming up the latest fashions for the runway, to developing business plans and creating culinary confections, Tweens ‘n’ Teens (TNT) Connect is the place for summer fun. TNT is offered at Salk Elementary in June and July for students who have completed fifth-through seventh grade.
Participants choose from a variety of courses supported by the Career and Technical Education Department. Students can:
- engage in the new VAULT interactive program that introduces financial responsibility
- design clothing and produce fashion shows in project runway
- overcome the challenges of baking the perfect frosted treats in cupcake wars
- learn about the art of composition in photography
- and much more
Whether they sign up for an individual class or the full day camp, students will embark on enrichment activities that are fun, age-appropriate experiences and opportunities to apply their new skills.
TNT keeps minds stimulated and exposes students to a variety of careers. Last year, students proclaimed the summer camp an amazing hit. Parents reported an increase in dinner-table conversation as student’s recounted their daily experiences. Teachers appreciated the impact of summer retention rates, and they confirmed the importance of keeping students socially and academically engaged over the summer to ensure a successful new school year.
Elementary Summer School
High-quality Elementary Summer School classes are available at Salk Elementary in June. Teachers reinforce skills in academic areas, such as reading, math, computers and science. Special-interest classes foster exploration and exposure to lifetime skills in classes such as young chefs and young artists. Drama Club encourages creative expression through acting and culminates in a play presented at the end of the session.
Senior High Summer School
Senior High Summer School will be conducted in June and July at Westwood High School. It’s open to all ninth-through 12th-graders, regardless of residence. These tuition-based classes include science, math, English, social studies, physical education, Spanish and driver’s education. It is a great way to get a jump on required courses or to explore new elective areas.
Mesa Distance Learning Program
In addition to Community Education’s campus-based programs, the Mesa Distance Learning Program offers accredited computer-based summer classes for students in seventh-through 12th-grade.
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