Bowler School District
Summer School 2008 Fun

Bowler wraps up another successful Summer School!

Bowler wraps up another successful summer school

When the final bell rings for the school year to end, many students in the Bowler School District head right back to the classroom.

And they do it with smiles on their faces.

The reason is a wide variety of remedial and enrichment summer school classes offered by the district, which can appease even the most stubborn student.

Add to the mix that students attend the five-hour session at no charge in addition to receiving a free breakfast and lunch, and parents feel it is a very good educational bargain.

More than 200 students began in the summer school program, including 145 in the elementary, according to summer school coordinator Kathy DeLorme, who is also the school's elementary principal.

The diverse course offerings range from a prekindergarten class through a driver's education class in the high school. Most students are able to select a pair of two-hour classes, ranging from topics about animals, the Packers, cooking and sewing, and babysitting and home-alone activities.

For a hiking and biking class, the Stockbridge-Munsee, which is part of the Bowler School District, even donated helmets for the students.

Teacher Donna Miller said she was very appreciative by the tribe's generosity and its willingness to promote safety.

As an incentive, nearly 100 elementary students were rewarded with a field trip at the end of summer school for good attendance.

According to their classes, students were either able to go to Wild Air in Appleton, the NEW Zoo in Green Bay or Lambeau Field.

Students like Ezra Spencer, who will be in second grade next year, along with upcoming first-graders David Hahn and Dakota Pingel, all agreed their trip to Wild Air, a play area with inflatable equipment, was the highlight of the summer school.

The three boys were all enrolled in Fit 'n Fun along with Reading and Math Fun for the five-week sesssion.

“Can we go on the field trip again?” asked David Hahn the day following the field trip. “That was really fun.”

David's comments were similar to what other students were saying about the two other field trips.

This year's summer school, which concluded on July 17, also used a different format this year.

Classes ran from Mondays to Thursdays with Fridays off. This could help families schedule three-day weekends, vacations or appointments, said DeLorme. In the past, students came for four weeks from Mondays through Fridays.

This new schedule worked out better than expected for most, she said, and surveys revealed most parents want to keep this format for next year.

“In Bowler, now it's time for the real vacation to begin,” said DeLorme.

last updated: 07-17-08