Summer school now in session

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 3, 2004

Alice Cooper's 70's song, "School's out for summer," may not apply to some students in Pike County. Summer school is in for the summer.

While most students will be out playing in a pool or riding bikes in their neighbor hood other students will be catching up in school or getting ahead for next year.

Troy Elementary is already in session. They are offering classes in math, phonics, comprehension and fluency for the whole month of June. Classes are from 8 a.m. to noon. The Summer Feeding program will be available for the students.

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Goshen High School is having summer school classes for grades 6 through 8 starting June 9. It will be from 7:30 to 12:30 Monday through Thursday. They will offer instruction in all five subjects, reading, math, science, English and social studies. Leona Turner, guidance counselor said the purpose of summer school is to help the children.

"It's to better prepare students for the following grade," she said. " Any student that makes below a C is doing unsatisfactory work and coming to summer school will help them do better for the next year."

Contact Mrs. Leona Turner at 484-3818 or the high school to sign up.

At the Troy-Pike Center for Technology summer school will start June 7 through July 15. Lunch will be provided daily by the summer feeding program. The students will have a break in the morning and afternoon. Students will work off of computers for the classes they need however, there will be two teachers Judy Cain and Brandon Stephens assisting the students if they need help. Class that are offered are: English for grades 9-12, earth science, physical science, life science, biology, algebra one and two, geometry, U.S. history for grades nine and 10, government and economics, and world history. So far there are 20 students signed up to start with 20 more on a waiting list. Students have until today to sign up. The cost is $280 per credit if the student is in Pike County, it's $420 if they are not in the county. A student can take up to two credits or classes. Toni Deveridge said the classes are used for a couple of different reasons.

"If a student has failed a class they can make the credit up in summer school or if a senior has failed a class they needed to graduate with, they can take the class and received their diploma," she said. "Summer school is also for students who have had scheduling conflicts and weren't able to take a class, they can take it now and receive credit."

Deveridge said the students have to have a 75 percent grade at the end of the course to pass or the student will have to the course again.

Pike County Elementary School is also offering summer school classes starting June 7. Classes will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The school is offering two programs. Alabama Reading First Initiative program is for grades one through third and the Summer Bridge program is for grades forth through sixth. Summer school will continue until July 22. The school will also offer the Summer Feeding program. Contact the school for more information.