Upshur Schools to offer unique summer learning opportunities


BUCKHANNON — With COVID-19 preventing many learning opportunities for students during the past school year, Upshur County Schools announces an exciting summer program available for students in grades K-12. The goal of this program is to assist students in bridging the academic and social-emotional gaps caused by challenges from the complicated previous school year.

This Summer Student Opportunities for Learning and Engagement (SOLE) program will address instructional time loss in specific areas of mathematics, literacy, science, humanities, the arts, and wellness. High school students will even have the opportunity to recover credits needed for graduation through this unique opportunity that will span several weeks.

Each school in the county has established unique themes and activities based on their students’ needs and interests. The program will consist of two meals, hands-on learning experiences, and exciting field trips related to the weekly theme. Weekly field trips will include visits to places like Hovatter’s Zoo, Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, PNC Park, Carnegie Science Center, Kennywood, WV Botanical Gardens, States Parks, and so much more! 

Upshur County Schools will provide the five weeks of fun and educational programming beginning on June 14, 2021. The dates are as follows: June 14-17, June 21-24, June 28-July 1, July 6-9, and July 12-15. Learning sessions will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and transportation, in addition to breakfast and lunch meals, will be provided by The Upshur County Board of Education.

Students will not be required to attend all five weeks of the learning program, but with an exciting list of trips planned, your student won’t want to miss out. Elementary students will be required to participate in three on-site learning days in order to be eligible to attend the field trip for the given week. This program is funded by the Summer Student Opportunities for Learning and Engagement (SOLE), secured by the West Virginia Department of Education.

“We are looking forward to sharing these learning experiences with all students. Our district leaders, school administrators, teachers, and staff are continuing to plan for activities and events that will further support students’ academic development. The enriched, summer learning program will foster a love for learning that empowers everyone to be the best version of themselves,” expressed Kayla Yocum, Technology/Digital Communication Specialist for Upshur County Schools.

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