By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer
HUDSON — A prehistoric-themed camp for elementary students will be roaring into the Hudson Public Schools this summer.
It’s one of a number of summer activities that the Hudson Public Schools (HPS) will be offering students.
District leaders laid out their plans during the June 8 School Committee meeting. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning Kathy Provost said the prehistoric-themed camp will be held one week for elementary students, and the second week will be Olympic-themed.
“We have a lot of really neat things planned to really get kids engaged in learning over the summer and keep their skills up, too,” Provost said.
Middle school students will have a chance to “travel” the world with a travel-themed camp, where the kids will have a chance to read European folktales and play soccer in South America.
Provost said staff is working to balance the academics in the camps while also including opportunities for social emotional learning and for the kids to play outside.
“We don’t want it to be drill, drill all academics. We want it to be an engaging camp,” Provost said.
The programs are part of the student supports HPS has been offering its students in line with its academic and social, emotional learning action plan.
In the spring, Hudson offered a number of opportunities, including after-school workshops for English Learners, credit recovery for high school students, MCAS prep and services for students within Hudson’s autism program, according to Hudson’s plan.
With summer around the corner, Superintendent Marco Rodrigues said staff examined what HPS would be able to realistically offer and surveyed staff to see how many would want to work over the summer.
The elementary and middle school camps are just two of many summer opportunities Hudson will offer this summer.
Rodrigues said HPS is also interested in grant funding that would allow the district to offer an “intense” one-week “Acceleration Academies” focusing on math and literacy in the weeks leading up to the next school year.