Classes begin this week, run through June 29

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

For many students in Alice ISD, there will be no rest from the rigors of education, at least not for the next month.

More than 500 students from the six elementary schools will participate in the summer school program and Alice High School is also offering courses.

Saenz Elementary school is hosting 313 students from Mary R. and Salazar elementary schools who will review math and reading lessons.

Schallert Elementary School will have 220 students, including those from Noonan and Hillcrest elementary schools.

Students from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade will participate, with bilingual students beginning Tuesday, and the remaining students starting today.

Students are allowed to wear either their uniforms or regular attire. Parents are encouraged to get their children to school by 7:30 a.m., in time for breakfast before classes start at 8 a.m.

The classes are by recommendation only and are for students in need of more math and reading attention, or those who suffered from poor attendance numbers during the school year.

There will be retesting during the last week of June.

Students at Dubose and Memorial will have summer school from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting today and running until June 29. The lessons this summer will also focus on math and reading, with end of term testing the last week of June.

William Adams Middle School is holding a Summer Academy this month, to assist students in not only improving their performance in math, reading and science, but also gaining enrichment in social and study skills.

"For some of these students, whether they move on or not will depend on their attendance and performance," WAMS principal Noel Estrada said. "For other students, this summer is an opportunity for enrichment."

The school does not have an exact count on the number of students who will participate in the academy, but several students were recommended to attend before the end of the school year.

At Alice High School, some students decided to attend summer classes to get a jump on later courses, while others are attending because they will not graduate. AHS offers two course periods this summer, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. for students who have failed or lost credit due to absences. Students can take courses in English, math, science, social studies and TAKS Exit Level review classes.

Courses for advanced credit include keyboarding, health, P.E., Marketing Yourself and communication application.

AHS also offers business computer information systems and Spanish I and II. The first day of summer school for AHS students is Thursday.

The last day to withdraw is June 8, with the last day of class June 29. TAKS Exit Level students will retest July 10 to 13, with AHS summer graduation Aug. 23.