A high 93% of the 110 participants of Kagman Elementary School’s summer program were able to improve their reading and math skills, which KagES principle Dr. Ignacia Demapan described as impressive results.
Demapan said the participants were each provided with Kindle Fire devices that allowed them to access applications such as Achieve3000 and a backpack of books to further step up their reading skills. A total of 100 students focused on math and reading, while 10 others participated in the extended school year program for special education.
Eight students who had problems with transportation issues, however, were unable to complete the program.
The participating students ranged from Kindergarten to fifth grade and were selected by teachers. “At the end of our third quarter, the teachers had data on where the students were,” said Demapan. “These teachers recommended the students who needed additional instructions.”
Demapan also stated that the summer school program, which started last June 22, “road-tested” the Public School System’s plan to carry out their hybrid learning approach—face-to-face instruction and remote learning—once classes resume this new school year come September.
Demapan assured that KagES will follow the recommendations of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force to prevent the spread of the virus. This will also include limiting the number of students in a classroom, regularly checking their temperatures, requiring face masks, and the use of sanitation.
In preparation for the school’s opening, Demapan said they are familiarizing themselves with the new platform that they will use for remote learning.
Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada expressed appreciation to KagES and Demapan for “conducting the summer school program despite the uncertainty in order to serve the students who needed additional support.” (Justine Nauta)