• Middle School Summer Options

    Algebra JumpStart - Online Only

    • Algebra JumpStart will be open to rising eighth graders who would benefit from additional pre-algebra skills before taking algebra in the fall.
    • Students will work independently throughout the summer, using a custom-built ALEKS course that integrates aspects of Algebra Readiness and Essentials for Algebra courses.  Student learning will be monitored weekly by the KSD JumpStart teacher.  
      • Algebra Readiness provides robust coverage of the basic concepts of algebra, algebra prerequisites, and related math curriculum standards.
      • Essentials for Algebra provides necessary prerequisite topics that are central for success in Algebra, including standards-based geometry, probability, and statistics concepts.
    • Students will meet via Zoom with a teacher roughly once per week, from June 16-August 4, scheduled on an individual basis.  There may be an option to meet in person on July 28 and August 3, as necessary.

    Middle School JumpStart - In Person Only

    • Classes will meet in person, from 8:00-11:30 each Monday-Thursday, during the weeks of July 26-29 and August 2-5. 
    • Participants will be rising sixth, seventh, and eight grade students who would most benefit from structured exploration time to “jumpstart” success in their coming school year.
    • Each school will host its own students and teachers.
    • Students invited to JumpStart will be notified no later than May 1. Preference will be given to those who can attend in person for eight days of class.

    Enrichment and/or Adaptive Academies via Launch - Online Only - REGISTER HERE

    • 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 through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
    • Launch courses are offered from June 7-30 and July 7-30.  Students can potentially take up to two courses per month or four courses per summer, if desired.
    • Live, synchronous teacher support will be available daily; one-on-one and small group support is also an option.
    • Students who do not log in and participate at once per week will be automatically dropped after two weeks.

    LAUNCH Course Information

    Daily academy schedules for Launch (Grades 1-8) can be viewed HERE.

    Enrichment & Adaptive   Remediation & ELP

    Student & Teacher Interaction

    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.

    Summer Academy: Launch into Math

    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.

    Summer Academy: Launch into Reading

    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.