Sulphur Springs District to host student academies during winter break

FILE ART: Leona Cox Elementary students test out rockets they built as part of a GATE Academy project on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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Students in the Sulphur Springs Union School District will have a chance to attend two academies during the district’s winter break.

These include a Winter Academy for additional school support and a GATE Academy for sixth grade students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.

The four-day Winter Academy, from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, will provide intervention support for approximately 90 students in third grade to sixth grade at the district’s Title One sites.

From 8 a.m. to noon at Canyon Springs Community School, students will work with a teacher in a small group setting to improve their academic skills in English Language Arts and mathematics with lessons specific to their learning needs.

Students will also be offered breakfast during recess and have access to the district’s regular bus services.

In addition, sixth grade students in the district’s GATE program will have the opportunity to attend a three-day GATE Academy focused on STEAM.

This is the first time the district will offer the GATE Academy to sixth grade students.  The Sulphur Springs District decided to offer the program to older students after it analyzed responses from the annual student GATE surveys at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

The Academy, from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, will encourage students to create, solve problems and think critically.

Enrollment to the program is limited and students chosen for the program will be selected by lottery.

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