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Intersession Offers Catch-up Time for Continuous Calendar Schools

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A traditional calendar school usually has several weeks of summer classes.

But since continuous calendar schools get started again during the summer, GIPS has worked out a way to spread that catch-up time throughout the year.

It's called "intersession," and schools like Starr Elementary have it three times a year.

Spring intersession wrapped up Friday, and around 100 students at Starr were invited to take part.

Starr Principal John Hauser says fewer students in the classroom means teachers can give extra help in catching up on reading, writing, or math.

"We're getting them built up so when we rejoin their classmates once the regular school session starts again they're right where they should be," says Hauser.

He says a brief change is good for student self-esteem.

"Those students are lacking some confidence, it builds during the intersession so they feel more comfortable working with their classmates and peers," says Hauser.

Teachers and students come for a half-day of class during intersession, which Hauser says make the learning time a little more rigorous.

"Our teachers make a point to be more active and provide those activities we can't always offer during the school year because of the large numbers, so, yeah, it's hard work, but the kids will tell you it's a lot of fun," he says.

Spring intersession is one week long and the continuous calendar schools also have a two-week intersession in September, then another week-long one just before Christmas.

That adds up to four weeks of extra help for kids, something administrators say equals what summer school would provide.  They say it falls in line with the attitude behind the continuous calendar, which is to keep kids learning throughout the year.


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