GVSU Rising Star Summer Academy partners with JPS!


This summer we will feature some 2014 – 2015 school year highlights as well as some of the exciting things that Jenison Public Schools are doing throughout the summer!  Please join us each week to discover something new and celebrate a fantastic and exciting school year!

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For four weeks this summer select Jenison elementary students have an incredible opportunity to be part of the Grand Valley Rising Star Summer Academy!  The 90 students participating in this program from mid-July through early August are getting extra help in the areas of math, reading, writing expression, art and physical eduation and are led by Jenison teachers and Grand Valley graduate students of education.

In 1983 Dr. James O. Grant, a professor of education in learning disabilities at Grand Valley State University, founded the GVSU Rising Star Camp for Students with Learning Disabilities.  “The camp/clinic was founded to provide a practicum experience for Grand Valley State University graduate students who are pursuing an endorsement and master’s degree in learning disabilities.  Since its inception, over 2,000 students have attended the Rising Star Camp, and over 650 graduate students have served as instructors at Rising Star.”  – Dr Grant

MIII7483 copyIn the summer of 2014 Dr Grant was asked to establish a program for Jenison students and this summer he is joined by seven Jenison teachers and five GVSU grad students to work with students in small group settings for 50 minute lessons.  “The instruction is delivered in small groups with anywhere from 3 – 8 students in a group.  There are 7 classes of students with no more than 14 or 15 students in a class.  In reading, teachers may instruct decoding strategies, practice fluency of reading, and/or the processes of comprehension.  In mathematics, the teachers are instructing some students in labeling place values of digits in numbers, computation and math fact fluency, understanding money and analog clocks, and problem solving.  In written expression, the students are receiving instruction in writing complete sentences, using the steps in the process of writing to produce a paragraph and/or multiple paragraphs on a specific topic.”

Every Friday, the students have the option of participating in a field trip. This summer they have gone to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and they are planning on visiting the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, the Downtown Market, Millennium Park, and John Ball Zoo. “These field trips provide opportunities for the students to participate in cooperative activities and to develop their social skills.”

Thank you, Dr Grant, GVSU and Jenison teachers for providing a safe, fun and educational space for our students even in the summer!  What an incredible opportunity they have to continue their academic growth!

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