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Pelham Students Continue Learning In Summer School Programs

PELHAM, N.Y. – School in Pelham is still in session for hundreds of students who are participating in various programs at Pelham Memorial High School and Middle School. The programs offered are for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

“The programs address a wide range of needs, some providing additional support for students who struggle academically while others prepare students who want to advance to higher levels of study,” said Angela Cox, Pelham schools public information officer, in a press release.

Summer Stars, a program that incorporates 50 students in first through third grade, helps strengthen English language arts and math skills, according to the release. The program, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, four days a week, started July 2 and ends Aug. 9.

Tamara Caraccio, who directs the course, said in the press release “some students will lose some of the skills and information that they acquire during the school year over the summer.” Summer Stars is “designed to minimize this loss for students who are struggling to achieve the standards for their grade.”

Summer Institute is a four-week program offered by Pelham Middle School to nearly 50 sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students who need support in math and English language arts.

“We want to spark the interest of the students as well as to focus on reading comprehension and listening skills,” said teacher, Patty Bellantoni, in the press release.

Pelham Memorial is also allowing students “who need to make up credits in order to fulfill grade level requirements” a chance to do so through “an online credit recovery program.”  The different courses offered are English, math, science and social studies.

Also, a combined 70 Pelham Memorial and Middle School students are taking part in honors preparation courses because they are interested in moving into honors or advanced placement courses, the release said.

“The goal of Honors Prep is to provide students with targeted strategies they need to succeed in these courses, including organizational skills as well as critical reading, thinking and writing skills,” said Cox.

There are several other programs students are taking part in, including the 500-student Summer Experience provided by the BEPT Center at Pelham Middle School.

“Forty different sessions offer a full range of topics of interest to students, including kitchen chemistry, secrets of the Titanic, Greek mythology, CSI chess, cooking classics, Italian, toy and movie-making, as well as mixed media, exploratory science, and the PB&J Writing Academy,” said Cox. The program runs July 9 to 23.

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