Education Matters: Elmore County School (July 2024)

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Summertime brings a much-anticipated break for students and teachers, but it is also an incredibly busy time as we prepare for the start of a new school year.

Summer academic programs for students began on May 28. Literacy Camps for K-3rd graders and Numeracy Camps for 4th and 5th graders were held on all elementary campuses.Enrichment camps through the 21st Century Community Learning Center program were held on three middle school campuses, all during the month of June. Students especially enjoyed the hands-on activities and exciting educational field trips. Camp Discovery for rising 9th graders was held on the campus of the Elmore County Technical Center on May 28-31. Students had the opportunity to explore and learn about the 16 Career Technical Education programs offered on the ECTC campus in a fun, relaxed environment. Many participants go on to enroll in one or more ECTC courses, and over 65% of those students returned for a second and/or third year. Finally, credit recovery for middle and high school students began on May 28 on each campus and runs through mid-July.

Teachers and administrators are participating in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to equip them to better meet the needs of their students. Helping our youngest students become strong readers has always been critically important, and our lower elementary teachers continue to participate in professional development opportunities to strengthen their ability to teach students with reading issues. Professional development in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is occurring at all grade levels, with a particular focus on middle schools. Each middle school has a dedicated STEM teacher to provide additional instruction and opportunities for students to pursue their interests in these areas. Robotics teams have been established in elementary and middle schools, allowing students to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills in real-life situations.

We are thrilled to announce that the long-awaited renovation of the original Elmore County Technical Center facility, built in 1975, is underway, with completion anticipated by the time students return in August.

The start of the 2024-2025 school year is just around the corner, and we look forward to welcoming our new and returning students, faculty, and staff. Enjoy the rest of your summer! “Every Student Empowered—Every Student Succeeds!”

Richard Dennis is the Superintendent of Education for Elmore County Schools. He is a 1983 graduate of Holtville High School. He served 21 years as a high school principal at Holtville High, Wetumpka High and most recently, Prattville High. He and wife, Leslie (also an educator) have three sons and a daughter.

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