Elementary Summer Enrichment Through LAUNCH
All current K-4 students can take online courses this summer through LAUNCH, a KSD partner based out of Springfield Public Schools. There is no cost to families OR the Kirkwood School District for these courses, with funding allocated to Springfield Public Schools through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
LAUNCH courses are offered in June and July. Students can potentially take up to two courses per month or four courses per summer, if desired.
Interested families should enroll students directly through LAUNCH and Springfield Public Schools, using this link: https://www.sps.org/explore. We also ask our families to complete a brief KSD Google Form to let us know for which classes you have registered.
All courses work on iPads issued by KSD, which students will be keeping at home this summer.
Students who do not log in and participate within the first two days of each session will be automatically dropped by the LAUNCH office.
Elementary course options include:Attention, adventure seekers—this class is for you! This engaging month-long course invites students in grades 1–5 to lace up their (virtual) hiking boots and head out to explore four of America’s most-popular national parks. Visits to Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Grand Canyon and Hawaii Volcanoes are in store, and virtual field trips, engaging readings, hands-on projects and riveting research will ensue. The action-packed content is designed to allow students to work their way through targeted, grade-level science, social studies, math and reading instruction as well as fine arts and physical education activities. Ready to trek your way through the most scenic spots in the country? Enroll now, and get excited for a month of touring, exploring and learning from home.On your marks, get set, go! It’s off to the races in this month-long course, which invites students in grades 1–5 to explore the contents and construction of the world’s most-popular sporting competition. Students will investigate the intellectual aspects of athleticism as they examine Olympic history, learn about the event’s wide world of cultures and study both individual and team Olympic sports.The course’s entertaining, engaging content is designed to allow students to work their way through targeted, grade-level science, social studies, math and reading instruction as well as fine arts and physical education activities. Want to join in on the competition? Enroll now for a month of touring, exploring and learning from home.This course allows students to explore how they can use photography to express themselves. Multiple avenues provide photography and writing inspiration, and students utilize a variety of tech tools to research as well as write and illustrate their own book. This course does a great job at expanding the classroom beyond its traditional sense, all while giving students an opportunity to expand their communication skills.This academy was created for all computer-loving kiddos. Students are assessed at their learning level and learn how apps and games are created, and they even have a chance to make their own video game! This academy is offered at both the elementary and middle school levels.Dreambox is an online mathematics program for grades K-5. Dreambox assess a student's current level in mathematics, then provides individualized instruction at the learner's level. This personalized instruction builds tremendous learning momentum, helping students achieve success and confidence in their math abilities. Your student will continue to learn math online during the summer months. It is recommended that students spend 60 minutes per week in the program.Lexia supports students in grades K-5 by providing differentiated literacy instruction. Lexia's research-proven program provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they occur. Your student will continue to focus on foundational reading skills during the summer months. It is recommended that students spend 40-80 minutes in Lexia per week.