Sulphur Springs District hosts two academies during winter break

By Christina Cox

Last update: Friday, January 5th, 2018

Sulphur Springs Union School District students brushed up their academic skills during two academies held at Canyon Springs Community School this winter break.

The two academies included 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 offered approximately 90 students in third grade to sixth with additional intervention and support before the spring semester began.

From 8 a.m. to noon, students worked with teachers in small groups to improve their academic skills in English Language Arts and mathematics with lessons specific to their learning needs.

Michael Lee helps students with their writing during the Winter Academy at Canyon Springs Community School on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The four-day Winter Academy offered approximately 90 students in third grade to sixth with additional intervention and support before the spring semester began. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

Also held at Canyon Springs Community School, the three-day GATE Academy focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education and encouraged students to create ideas, solve problems and think critically.

Students in the program created prosthetic beaks and legs and tested their creations at the end of the academy.

The winter program was also the first time the district offered the GATE Academy program to sixth grade students.

Usually, the GATE Academy is offered to the district’s incoming fourth, fifth and sixth grade students during the summer.

The district decided to expand the program to older students after it analyzed student responses from the annual student GATE surveys at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

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Sixth grade students do exercises in biomedical engineering by working on animal prosthetic at Canyon Springs Community School during the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The three-day GATE Academy focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education and encouraged students to create ideas, solve problems and think critically. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

From left to right, Uriel Prieto Hernandez, 8, and Marvin Vaguero, 8, play math games together during the Winter Academy at Canyon Springs Community School on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The four-day Winter Academy offered approximately 90 students in third grade to sixth with additional intervention and support before the spring semester began. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

Rishik Pulipaka, 11, demonstrates how his prosthetic eagle beaks works during the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy at Canyon Springs Community School on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The three-day GATE Academy focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education and encouraged students to create ideas, solve problems and think critically. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

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Sulphur Springs District hosts two academies during winter break

Daniela Sarabia, 11, and Diego Colindres, 11, work on making a prosthetic fish tail together during the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy at Canyon Springs Community School on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

Sulphur Springs Union School District students brushed up their academic skills during two academies held at Canyon Springs Community School this winter break.

The two academies included 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 offered approximately 90 students in third grade to sixth with additional intervention and support before the spring semester began.

From 8 a.m. to noon, students worked with teachers in small groups to improve their academic skills in English Language Arts and mathematics with lessons specific to their learning needs.

Michael Lee helps students with their writing during the Winter Academy at Canyon Springs Community School on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The four-day Winter Academy offered approximately 90 students in third grade to sixth with additional intervention and support before the spring semester began. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

Also held at Canyon Springs Community School, the three-day GATE Academy focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education and encouraged students to create ideas, solve problems and think critically.

Students in the program created prosthetic beaks and legs and tested their creations at the end of the academy.

The winter program was also the first time the district offered the GATE Academy program to sixth grade students.

Usually, the GATE Academy is offered to the district’s incoming fourth, fifth and sixth grade students during the summer.

The district decided to expand the program to older students after it analyzed student responses from the annual student GATE surveys at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

ccox@signalscv.com

661-287-5575

On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

Sixth grade students do exercises in biomedical engineering by working on animal prosthetic at Canyon Springs Community School during the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The three-day GATE Academy focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education and encouraged students to create ideas, solve problems and think critically. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

From left to right, Uriel Prieto Hernandez, 8, and Marvin Vaguero, 8, play math games together during the Winter Academy at Canyon Springs Community School on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The four-day Winter Academy offered approximately 90 students in third grade to sixth with additional intervention and support before the spring semester began. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

Rishik Pulipaka, 11, demonstrates how his prosthetic eagle beaks works during the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy at Canyon Springs Community School on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The three-day GATE Academy focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education and encouraged students to create ideas, solve problems and think critically. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.