Midland High extends summer courses by two weeks

Although summer is in full swing, some students at Midland High have extra school time. MHS is extending its in-person summer courses by two weeks for those who have not yet completed their credits.

In June, Midland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Sharrow estimated that about 700 students in the district were in summer school, representing about 10% of MPS’s student body. High school summer programs focus on credit recovery for students who failed virtual classes in the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.

“We really work to meet the individual needs of each student and get them where they are when they come to the summer program and get them where they need to be. This course is a little different for each student. We’re doing everything we can this summer to help our high school students earn credit and advance in their learning, ”said Penny Miller-Nelson, Associate Superintendent of Midland Public Schools.

Summer courses at MHS began on June 14 and were scheduled to run Monday through Thursday for four weeks. While most students finished their credits on Thursday, July 8, a few students will need to stay in class for a few more weeks.

Meanwhile, at Dow High School, summer school began Monday July 12 and is scheduled to run until Thursday August 5; The MHS delay will not affect the DHS schedule.

Steve Poole, curriculum specialist for auxiliary education at MPS, explained that the district has seen an increase in the number of summer schools because MPS has not offered a full summer school with teachers since. many years. He reported that 91 students showed up to MHS on the first day of summer school while DHS had 98.

Despite the extension, Poole is impressed with the progress of the local high school students. According to Poole, MHS has a 77% completion percentage with 144 courses completed. DHS hopes to increase 18 ninth grade students from last year to 10e grade status with credits. They also expect 50 credits earned in total.

“I think the MPS teachers who come forward to help the students are the best part of this story,” said Poole. “They are coming out of one of the most difficult years as a teacher and going to summer school is commendable.”

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