St. Edward's summer classes explore a variety of topics — including penguins, as these happy campers demonstrate.
St. Edward's camp draws pupils from region
At St. Edward School, summer is a great time to make new friends. As the only such summer program in its area, St. Edward welcomes, in addition to its own students, those from neighboring Catholic schools, said Shirlee Crockett.
Crockett, who directs the summer program, said the Newark school has hosted students from Holy Spirit and, St. Joseph and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Fremont, as well as St. Bede and St. Clement in Hayward, for the summer.
The program has drawn students mostly by word of mouth. Some students in the parish's faith formation program attend.
For the past 15 years, St. Edward School has offered enrichment and academic classes, as well as a dynamic sports program in the afternoon.
This summer, St. Edward School's summer program will run from June 17 to July 19. Before and after school care is provided for an additional fee. Sports programs are also being offered.
Students attend three classes between 8:30 a.m. and noon. They might have, for example, a cooking class, a math class and one on penguins or the rain forest. Different classes are offered in each of three sessions. The first session covers the first two weeks of summer; the second session is one week; the third session, which is two weeks, ends July 19.
One of the advantages of summer school, Crockett said, is smaller class size. A middle school math class, for example, might have just four students. Most classes are limited to 30 participants. The classes are mixed grade, with about seven of the school's nine classrooms seeing active duty.
Introduction to Writing for second- through fourth-graders and remedial math for grades five through eight are expected to be among the offerings.
Cooking is a popular activity, Crockett said. Students learn to set a table and write a recipe in their own handwriting. They cook a meal from start to finish. "They love to eat," Crockett said.
The teaching staff for the summer includes some veteran St. Edward teachers as well as teachers from other schools, Crockett said.
A sports program in the afternoon includes girls' basketball, boys' basketball and nontraditional sports. Students might spend some time racing on scooter boards — a great workout for the legs, Crockett said. Cricket is also a popular option.
Among the goals of the summer program, Crockett said, is to keep it affordable for families. Fee for a two-week session is $175; the fee for the one-week session is $80. There is an additional weekly fee for the sports program, which runs one and a half hours a day. Additional fees apply for before- and after-school care. See www.stedwardnewark.org for details and registration forms.
Crockett, who taught physical education for 20 years, has a special affinity for the sports program. The years of directing the summer school, she said, have "broadened my horizons."
While many of the students might see others from neighboring schools only on the sports courts, summer school offers them the opportunity to "see them in a different light. They're not the enemy anymore."
back to top