Teachers and organizers of a 14-day summer school at Hawthorne Elementary are hoping a new rotation schedule is giving students the chance to focus more on their greatest needs.
The elementary summer school program at Hastings Public Schools is divided into two groups. Hawthorne, Morton and Watson students, who are individually invited to participate based on needs in math and science, are at Hawthorne for the summer school program.
Students from Longfellow, Alcott and Lincoln schools all attend a similar program at Lincoln Elementary.
Hawthorne is hosting about 100 students entering grades one through six this summer.
In the past, the students were all in one room with a teacher for much of the three-hour block, and each teacher was responsible for almost the entire set of session plans for the day.
This summer, Hawthorne principal Ann Auten changed the program and created a rotation schedule that allows students to move from session to session every 30 minutes during the three-hour-a-day class.
They focus on everything from reading and math to improving their fine motor and gross motor skills.