Summer Learning Academies
Each summer the Oxford Area School District offers students the opportunity to participate in free learning academies, providing a fun way to enhance the skills developed during the past school year and prepare for their lessons in the fall. This summer over 200 students were enrolled in the seven academies.
Students in the Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) taught by Hopewell Elementary School teacher Mark Neff learned problem-solving skills in all the STEM disciplines through a variety of activities, including building moon rovers to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Pictured above with Mr. Neff are Hopewell rising sixth graders Sean Latsch and Kara Koehler. Pictured below with Mr. Neff (holding son Mason) are, front from left, Hopewell rising fifth grader Mason Shafer, Nottingham Elementary School rising fourth graders Autumn Stockton and Ethan Paul, rising fifth graders Evan Yacka and Abby Gehm and rising fourth graders Brianna Bulfaro and Riley Buck. Standing from left are rising fifth graders Wyatt Stockton and Ethan Cook and rising fourth graders Lucia Moschetto, Brooke Ermol and Kathryn Iadicicco.
Students in the Summer Art Academy taught by Penn State 2018 graduate Claire Placky created batik pillowcases, clay tic-tac-toe boards, mobiles based on the work of Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky, yarn paintings, and more.
Pictured with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Margaret Billings-Jones (left) and Ms. Placky are, from left, Nottingham Elementary School rising fourth grader Autumn Stockton, Hopewell Elementary School rising fifth grader Tessa Williston, rising fourth grader Brooke Ermol, rising fifth graders Mason Shafer, Maguire Deutsch and Wyatt Stockton and rising fourth grader Kathryn Iadicicco.
Art Academy students creating yarn paintings were, front from left, Nottingham Elementary School rising fourth grader Charlotte Donell and Hopewell Elementary School rising fifth graders Molly Lewis and Evan Yacka. Standing from left are rising fourth graders Riley Buck, Alysandra Roche and Brianna Bulfaro, and rising fifth grader Charlotte Harrison, with Ms. Placky.
Ms. Placky with, from left, rising Hopewell Elementary School sixth graders MacKenzie Taylor, Kendall Bulfaro-Boyd and Samantha Kiernan, who built and painted "dream houses."
Above, from left, tenor saxophonist Elliana Gentile, who will enter seventh grade at Penn’s Grove School, and clarinetists Natalia Gentile and Safirah Negron, who will enter fifth grade at Hopewell Elementary School, honed their skills with Hopewell band director Ryan Maule during the Summer Music Academy. Below are rising seventh graders Dakota Summers and Erik Samsonov, with Nottingham Elementary School band director Lisa Ann Summers.
Students in the Summer Computer Programming and Coding Academy are pictured with instructor Jason McLead, business education teacher at Oxford Area High School. Front from left are Nottingham Elementary School rising fourth grader Kathryn Iadicicco and Hopewell Elementary School rising fifth grader Maguire Deutsch. Standing from left are rising fourth grader Luke Spano, rising fifth graders Mason Shafer and Ethan Cook and rising fourth graders Ethan Paul and Brooke Ermol.
Students in the Youth Fitness Academy enjoyed activities including volleyball, basketball, tennis and bowling during the four-day session, which also featured a classroom component on nutritional education. Pictured with instructor Karly Belford, health and physical education teacher at Oxford Area High School, are, from left, Nottingham Elementary School rising fourth grader Alysandra Roche, Hopewell Elementary School rising fifth grader Alexa Robinson, rising fourth grader DeSean Dorzuk, rising fith grader Molly Lewis, rising fourth grader Luke Spano and rising fifth grader Charlotte Harrison.
Students in the Summer Math Academy taught by Oxford Area High School mathematics teacher Kristy Spano had fun playing a variety of games involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. Pictured from left are Nottingham Elementary School rising third graders Molly Obenchain, Cameron Gentile and Caralynn Beam, Mrs. Spano, and Nottingham rising fourth graders Brianna Bulfaro, Gavin Koehler and Ricky Cimino.
In just four days the students in the Young Authors Academy each wrote and illustrated a hardback book. Instructor Karen Gregan, reading specialist at Hopewell Elementary School, also helped the students sharpen their grammar and compositional skills in both prose and poetry. Seated from left are Hopewell rising fifth grader Alexa Robinson and Hopewell rising sixth grader Kendall Bulfaro-Boyd; standing from left are rising fifth graders Wyatt Stockton and Ashley Sampson, rising sixth grader Dante Franco and Mrs. Gregan.