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RCSD Summer Programs

Programing Plan in Response to: NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN (ARP) ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF (ESSER) STATE PLAN 

The Rye City School District is offering three programs to support learning to begin in the summer 2021.  The following is a description of each program, including process for student selection and program design:

Elementary Summer Learning Program

In addition to teacher recommendations, students were selected to attend this program based on running record and math assessment data. Approximately 100 elementary students in current grades K-5, across the district will participate in this half-day program supporting reading, mathematics, and social-emotional learning (SEL). Students will work with classroom teachers in specific skill areas of reading and math, and participate in SEL activities with our elementary school counselor and an ESS counselor. Additionally, an outdoor active learning component will be included. Students will attend one of two two-week sessions. 

Estimated Cost: $105,000

Elementary After School Support

In early fall of 2021, teachers in grades 1-5 will assess students in literacy and mathematics. Beginning in November, identified students will participate in after school support two days per week. Sessions will run for one hour for a total of two hours of additional small group instruction each week. Each grade level will have one after school section, dedicated to literacy and mathematics small group instruction. There will be a total of five after school sections at each elementary school and a total of fifteen across the school district. The program will run through the end of March in 2022. 

Estimated Cost: $48,000

Middle School After School Support

In early fall of 2021, teachers in grades 6-8 will assess students in core academic subjects. Beginning in November, identified students will participate in after school support two days per week. Sessions will run for one hour for a total of two hours of additional small group instruction each week. Each grade level will have one after school section, dedicated to targeted small group instruction. There will be three sections for after school  support school at the middle school. The program will run through the end of March in 2022. 

Estimated Cost: $9,600

Middle School Summer Learning Program

Students currently in grades 6-8 were selected for this program based on teacher recommendations, assessment data, and grades. Twenty-two students will attend this program, which will offer support in ELA, mathematics, and social-emotional learning (SEL). Classroom teachers and school counselors will work together to provide skill-based academic and social-emotional learning opportunities.

Estimated Cost: $75,000

Middle School Habits of Mind/Rye Youth Council 

The COVID pandemic has had a profound impact on early adolescents in every community. Middle School students have experienced months of isolation at the very time in their lives when their primary urge is to connect with peers.  Nationwide studies have shown higher incidents of uncertainty, anxiety, and depression.  One of our responses to this adolescent mental health challenge has been in the sixth-grade classrooms at RMS.  We have incorporated DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) skills into a year-long organizational curriculum course called Habits of Mind.  We use the DBT STEPS-A curriculum ((Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents.)  Jessica Lodato, the Rye Youth Council’s Youth Educator, and Peter Green, the RMS Social Worker, visit each class weekly to teach skills associated with Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students participate in the lessons and report that they are calmer and better equipped to deal with feelings of panic and uncertainty.  They also report having fewer conflicts with peers. In dealing with the adolescent emotional and cognitive difficulties caused by COVID, the Social Emotional Learning provided by the STEPS-A curriculum is an important component of Rye’s response.

Estimated Cost: $10,000

Rye High School Summer Learning Program

Although the majority of students attending this program are there for credit recovery in one or more required courses, many students were recommended to attend based on skill areas in need of improvement.  This program will combine skill-based supports, within course content curricula to ensure that students are successful with content specific standards and gain the credits needed for graduation. This program is open to students currently in grades 9-12.

Estimated cost: $90,000

Social Emotional Support:  Effective School Solutions Partnership

We are committed to providing increased mental health support in our school.  We are partnering with Effective School Solutions (ESS) in this important work in response to the growing need for mental health support as a result of the pandemic. They will be providing us with three clinicians that will be in our school buildings.  The clinical support being provided through ESS will support students across the District presenting with mild to moderate mental health challenges, and will also serve to reduce burgeoning caseloads for District teams.  ESS will also work on raising mental health awareness in the Rye City community through outreach and workshops designed for parents/caregivers.  In addition, ESS will implement ongoing, District-wide professional development for district educators on such topics as self-care/wellness and providing trauma-informed care for students. 

Estimated cost: $435,000

For questions and comments, please reach us at feedback@ryeschools.org.