• Middle School Summer Programming Through LAUNCH

    All current 5th-7th grade 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.

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  • Middle School Options Through LAUNCH

    Summer Enrichment: Escape

    See if you can create the best digital breakout and escape room to be the Escape! champion! During this course you will learn about Google suite applications, word games, challenges, create a digital breakout, and design an escape room. You will be provided with tips and tricks when building digital breakouts and escape rooms to create the most challenging games for participants.

    Summer Enrichment: Game On!

    Students will learn how to design their own video games; no prior experience necessary. Students will learn to write code using several different platforms and languages. There will also be an opportunity to visit an arcade.

    Summer Enrichment: Operation Innovation

    Are you ready to rise up and be the voice of innovation for a cause? Join us as we explore your leadership potential and take action to make a meaningful impact on our world.

    Summer Enrichment: Outdoor U

    Do you love the outdoors? Learn about different ways you can experience and enjoy nature and acquire the skills you need to thrive in the great outdoors as you experience archery, fly-fishing, hiking, survival skills, and more. Students will visit various outdoor recreation areas each week. Bring your hiking boots!

    Summer Academy: Launch into Coding

    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.
     
     
    Manga High is an online mathematics program for grades 6-12. Mangahigh’s games-based learning approach leverages the buzz and excitement of rewards and competition to engage students in their learning. Manga High uses artificial intelligence and adaptive questioning to assess a student’s knowledge in math and deliver individualized instruction based on what the student is most ready to learn. This personalized instruction builds tremendous learning momentum, helping students achieve success and confidence in their math abilities. Students entering 6th Grade Math through Trigonometry can continue to learn math online during the summer months.
     

    Reading Plus is an online reading program for grades 6-8. Reading Plus assesses a student's reading capacity, and then provides personalized instruction that encourages independence, broadens interests, and buildings knowledge. Your student can continue to increase reading skills online during the summer months. It is recommended that students spend 2 hours per week in the program.

    Extended Learning Program: Reading 1

    Extended Learning Program: Reading 1 is designed to provide summer learning opportunities for students needing additional support in the areas of reading, writing, and comprehension. Students will (1) read books based on interest, (2) write a fractured fairy tale, (3) work on reading comprehension skills, and (4) receive differentiated instruction through the use of Reading Plus, an adaptive literacy intervention program.

    Extended Learning Program: Reading 2

    Extended Learning Program: Reading 2 is designed to provide summer learning opportunities for students needing additional support in the areas of reading, writing, and comprehension. Students will (1) read books based on interest, (2) create a virtual amazing race adventure, (3) work on reading comprehension skills, and (4) receive differentiated instruction through the use of Reading Plus, an adaptive literacy intervention program.

    Extended Learning Program: Math 1

    Extended Learning Program: Math is designed to provide summer learning opportunities for middle school students needing additional support in math.  Students will strengthen their fundamental math skills through targeted instruction and purposeful practice, while participating in interactive activities.

    Extended Learning Program: Math 2

    Extended Learning Program: Math is designed to provide summer learning opportunities for middle school students needing additional support in math.  Students will strengthen their fundamental math skills through targeted instruction and purposeful practice, while participating in interactive activities.

    Several additional courses maybe available on the LAUNCH website.