While MCHS graduates and others have been marking the calendar days until school is out on June 1, others have been planning a comprehensive summer school for local students. Emerging 7th graders (current 6th graders) and all junior high/high school students will be given an opportunity to participate in a three-week summer school beginning on Monday, June 5 at 8 a.m.

For many students this will provide the academic boost needed to promote into the next grade or to excel in their classes next year. Individualized computer curriculum will be offered to every student along with peer tutoring. The student tutors are part of the apprentice program offered by the 11th Judicial District Court’s program and administered by Curtis Schlepp and Nicole Mathias at the Juvenile Probation Office.

Daily recreation will be offered by Bud Gazaway the new director of the Mineral County Recreation Department/YCAC where team building, sportsmanship and fun will be on the agenda every day. In addition, a pilot program, Arts and Academics will be offered daily to inspire the summer school students to awaken their creativeness in order to enhance academics. This program is the brainchild of Beatrize Whitney and is designed to springboard into a grant application for an artist in residence through the Nevada Council on the Arts.

The Nevada Department of Education’s Safe and Respectful Learning Environments will provide staff support through the Social Workers in Schools grant funding. Safe School Professionals Kathy Trujillo and Julia Viani will work through the month of June offering support to staff and students. Social Emotional Learning activities are also on tap.

Students will be offered breakfast and lunch each day courtesy of the Mason Valley Boys and Girls – Hawthorne Site. This organization will be handling the Summer Food Program funded by the Department of Agriculture.

Principal Jeffrey Wales has guided this summer school program and will be on campus through the month of June as well. Parents interested in discussing this program can contact Principal Wales at 945-3332. Students who are planning on attending summer school are asked to arrive before 8 a.m. at the high school front office. Additional information can also be obtained by calling Kathy Trujillo, 945-3332 extension 16.