Students Step up for Summer School Sessions

Half of the elementary school students invited to participate in summer classes have accepted, Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad reported to the School Committee Tuesday.

The morning sessions, concentrating on reading, writing, and math, were arranged to help students who struggled during the past year of educational limitations and exigencies.

Conrad said 43 of the 88 Davis School students will participate. There were 150 children from  Lane School invited to the sessions, Conrad said, and 75 accepted.

From there the numbers plummet, “as we could well imagine,” Conrad said.

Invitations were sent to 125 students at John Glenn Middle School; 20 will be attending. At Bedford High School, seven students out of 64 accepted.

School Committee member Ann Guay, noting that the program is not mandated, said it shouldn’t be surprising that older students did not opt in. She thanked teachers who are taking part “after such a difficult year. I think the students are really going to benefit.”

Conrad thanked Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tricia Clifford for arranging the staffing.

He also pointed out that the schedule dovetails with the Recreation Department’s Summer  Adventures program, and a similar arrangement is being considered for winter recreation programs.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763