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BCSD Set to Kick Off Summer Programs

The Blaine County School District is getting ready to welcome students of all ages for a wide range of summer programs. 

The district’s summer programming kicks off June 15 and will run through August 5. Students will have access to a variety of activities, camps, and learning opportunities, including those focused on math and literacy, science and technology, credit recovery, community and outdoor adventures, college essay writing, personal projects, and academic enrichment.

Additionally, the Wood River Community YMCA is bringing 18 college student interns and two staff members from the College of Idaho, along with two Teach for America educators, to help with their two collaborative programs: SummerBridge and Power Scholars. 

Below are all the programs available to BCSD students this summer:

Power Scholars Academy

June 28-July 30

Available through a partnership with the YMCA, this academy serves soon-to-be second- and third-grade students in BCSD. It includes morning academic sessions focused on math and literacy, along with an enrichment camp in the afternoons. Each Friday, students take a field trip to locations throughout the area. 

Transportation and lunch is provided through BCSD. The program is based at Bellevue Elementary. 

YMCA SummerBridge Program 

June 21-July 23

Serving students entering grades kindergarten through four, SummerBridge features morning sessions focused on math and literacy, guided by certified BCSD teachers as instructional coaches to the College of Idaho interns. The afternoons are reserved for enrichment sessions led by YMCA Camp staff.

Transportation and lunch is provided through BCSD. The program is based at Alturas Elementary. 

BCSD Rising 5-6 Go for the Gold Summer Camp

July 6-30

This program serves students who will enter grades 5-6 in fall 2021. Students take part in math and literacy instruction, led by BCSD certified teachers. The program is hosted at Alturas Elementary. The students will advance their academic skills while learning through a project-based unit of study with an Olympic theme. Transportation and lunch is provided through BCSD.

Ernest Hemingway STEAM Middle School Adventure Camp 

June 21-July 9

This camp focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) for students entering grades 7-8 this fall. Students will learn through a project-based approach on the topic of surviving in the Idaho wilderness, while infusing outdoor education throughout the summer. Transportation and lunch is provided through BCSD.

Wood River Middle School Find Your Element Camp 

June 29-August 5

This camp, held at the Silver Creek High School will serve students entering grades 7-8 next fall. It features project-based learning in reading and math academics two days per week, along with a field trip or community connection experiences each week. The Environmental Resource Center and other community partners will host these campers on many community and outdoor adventures to learn more about the elements of earth, wind, fire, and air. Certified teachers lead the program. Transportation and lunch is provided through BCSD. 

Summer Out-of-the-Box Preschool Program

This home-based learning experience serves about a dozen families of children who are about to enter kindergarten in fall 2021. Preschool teachers are meeting with families on a rotating basis throughout the summer. The preschool teachers showcase early learning experiences in math and literacy. Families receive a box of theme-based, hands-on materials and activities to take home after the teacher demonstrates them.

Waterford for Rising Kindergarten

Through this opportunity, families of students who will enter kindergarten this fall and who signed up for a free summer Waterford license will engage their children in early literacy and math online activities that track the progress of their readiness skill development. Students will have access to Chromebooks over the summer, allowing them to engage with Waterford’s Kindergarten Readiness platform

High School Credit Recovery or Advancement Support

High school students who need to recover credit or want to advance their credit earnings can take part in this experience. BCSD teachers provide support to students taking courses through IDLA or Plato. The program is available to students attending Wood River, Carey and Silver Creek high schools.

WRHS Credit Recovery Summer Seminar

Part of the I Have a Dream Partnership, this program provides small-group and one-on-one tutoring support for Wood River High School students who need to recover credits to remain on track toward graduation. The focus is on encouraging persistence, minimizing frustration, and understanding that every student reaches their goals differently. This program serves rising eighth-grade students and current high school students. It begins on June 15 and runs until July 1. Lunch is provided through the BCSD.

WRHS Personal Project/Senior Project Support

Students who elect to work or complete on their personal projects over the summer will receive assistance and support from the Personal Project Coordinator

College Essay Workshops & Support

The BCSD College & Career Advisor will offer two summer workshops on writing college essays, serving rising 12th graders who elect to sign up as they begin to plan and prepare for applying for postsecondary education opportunities.

Lee Pesky Learning Center Partnership

BCSD will partner with the Lee Pesky Learning Center to provide families of BCSD first-grade students additional explicit instruction in reading this summer to prepare them for their transition to second grade in the fall. The center will access Alturas Elementary School and the support of one of our BCSD reading specialists to serve the students whose parents registered them for this summer learning opportunity.