Board to hear report on summer school

At its first meeting of the new school year tonight, the Rainy River District School Board will hear a report on its summer school and the new credit recovery program that were run over the summer.
According to a report by Superintendent of Education Terry Ellwood, more than 20 students from Grades 7-10 attended the 60-hour summer school program in July.
Remedial language and mathematics were offered at Fort Frances High School here and Donald Young School in Emo. The program did not run in Atikokan this year due to low enrolment.
New this year was the credit recovery program for Grade 9 and 10 students who were not successful in obtaining credits in math, English, civics, or career studies.
Fifteen students enrolled in the 60-hour program with mandatory attendance—and all 15 were successful in achieving their credits.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will review a report on the success of the Aboriginal Student Achievement Project, whose goal is to improve literacy skills in aboriginal students in Grades 7-9.
About 25 students went through the pilot project last year, receiving 30-40 minutes of individual instruction every day for 15-20 weeks (from February to June).
Students were administered tests before and after the program to determine improvement levels.
Ellwood’s report to the board includes preliminary conclusions on the project, stating “this program is effective in improving achievement and confidence levels in struggling adolescent readers.”
He also noted that while the 20-week program is effective, it needs to be sustained over more than one year “to prevent back-slide.”
Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will:
•hear an update on the J.W. Walker project;
•hear a report on facility projects completed over the summer; and
•hear a report on the literacy and numeracy strategy summer program for teachers.
The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the board office at Robert Moore School.