For well over 200 kids and a couple dozen staff members, the regular school year is quickly followed with summer school. Both the elementary and middle schools offer summer learning and enrichment programs. The high school has expanded its offerings this summer, and around 20 students are earning credit through its programming. The elementary school also continues the GO program during this time.
Kids of all ages participating in athletics stay busy throughout the summer with various camps, clinics, and leagues. Many participate locally with their school coaches but also play and practice with travel teams. Weight training sessions for boys and girls, middle and high schoolers, are held four days per week, beginning as early as 6:00 a.m. As many as 90 high school kids are participating in a weight program this summer.
Around all of these school activities, kids have to fit in their other activities. Many have part-time jobs. They also attend or help with church camps, scouting, and other events such as the recent Maryville Young Players camp and production. MYP involved almost 200 local kids, our own Vanessa Parsons, and a few staff and student volunteers.
For staff, the summer months are busy, as well. Many utilize the time to prepare for the upcoming year: working on curriculum, developing units, creating bulletin boards, and more. Many administrators in the district have twelve month contracts and work year round. In fact, for a superintendent and central office staff, the month of June is possibly the busiest month of all, preparing to end one fiscal year and open another July 1. Many required final reports are due in June and the budget must be completed and Board approved, as well. Much of the office staff works all or most of the summer. Custodians and maintenance crew members work all summer to prepare buildings to reopen in August.
All of the opportunities for kids mentioned earlier (summer school, camps, leagues, GO) must be appropriately staffed so many teachers spend their summers working in the district. Others have part-time jobs in the community. Summer is also a good time for teachers to take graduate classes as they pursue an advanced degree, meet certification requirements, or train in new instructional techniques or content material.
With all of the above going on, summer “vacation” isn’t a very accurate description for many. However, we do look forward to it and take advantage of the summer weather to enjoy a change in responsibilities, relax and recharge as much as possible before summer slips away and we are back into the regular school year routine.