Bobcat University offers high-quality virtual summer learning

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Bobcat University third graders count on their fingers during a fractions lesson.

This year’s Bobcat University program continues to bring summer learning to hundreds of MCSD students, despite challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

For the past five weeks, Bobcat U students in grades K-8 have been learning in a virtual setting through video conferencing with teachers. While teachers and students may not meet face-to-face, crucial learning is still happening every day.

“The Bobcat U teachers have done a great job implementing classroom routines, engaging students in content, and exploring new technology resources,” said Hoglan fourth grade teacher Clare Wing, one of this year’s Bobcat U elementary coordinators. “While Bobcat U is different from previous years, this opportunity has allowed us to engage with students and provide meaningful learning opportunities.”

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Bobcat University students get some practice with the digital education tool during class this week.

She said students focus on several areas of learning each day in class. For example, elementary students focus on essential math standards, hone their reading skills with Really Great Reading lessons, and advance their literary prowess with Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) exercises.

In previous summers, Bobcat U students came to in-person learning at District school buildings for four weeks, with academic learning in the morning and educational enrichment activities with several community partners in the afternoon.

Students not enrolled in Bobcat University can still access high-quality summer learning resources through the MCSD Learn from Home website, where new PK-8 lessons will continue to be uploaded  weekly until July 31.