Tentative starting date is May 29

Summer school participants in Hannibal will have a shorter wait for the fun to begin this year. According to Assistant Superintendent Darin Powell, this year’s summer education program will kick off a week earlier.

A major reason for the change is to avoid a conflict with the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) plans to redo a large portion of McMaster’s Avenue (U.S. 61), including the section that runs past the high school/middle school campus.

“Summer school will be a week earlier due to the closing of the intersection at Pirate Pride Drive from June 18 through Aug. 6 for MoDOT construction on U.S. 61,” Powell reported to the board of education during its Feb. 21 meeting.

According to preliminary plans the school district’s’ summer school will begin Tuesday, May 29, and conclude on Friday, June 15. Because the summer session will commence the day after Memorial Day (Monday, May 28) a day of instruction would be lost. To compensate, classes during the 14-day session will be extended by 20 minutes. The tentative schedule is:

• Pre-K, Early Childhood Center, May 29 through June 15, 8 a.m. until 12:20 p.m.

• Grades K-4, Veterans Elementary, May 29 through June 15, 8 a.m. until 12:20 p.m.

• Grades 5-7 (8th grade for remediation only), middle school, May 29 through June 15, 7:45 a.m. until 12:05 p.m.

• Grades 9-12 (8th grade for enrichment only), high school, May 29 through June 15, 7:45 a.m. until 12:05 p.m.

• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Camp I (Grades 9-12), high school, June 18 through June 22, 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Camp II (Grades 9-12), high school, June 25 through June 29, 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

While a number of popular offerings will be returning, Powell added there will also be some new opportunities.

“We continue to focus our summer school on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) centered activities and instruction,” he said.

Cited by Powell as highlight offerings during summer school were:

• HHS – Online eight week dual-credit offerings through Hannibal-LaGrange University or Moberly Area Community College for juniors and seniors.

• HHS – Job Shadow and Service in Action opportunities.

• HHS – Two one week STEM Camps at local industries. Because of the popularity of the STEM Camps, Powell said it is possible that some students may have to be turned away.

Powell noted that the summer school offerings could be expanded further.

“We are continuing to explore opportunities for all grade levels, K-12,” he said. “We have been communicating with community agencies to explore ways to strengthen and expand our options.”

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com