An expanded Fifth Quarter finished up July 6, with an added week, a longer day and new partners, giving 1,594 students (grades 1-8) a head-start on next school year.
This was the fourth year for CPS’ nationally recognized Fifth Quarter program, which has garnered attention over the years for its innovative ways to help improve academic achievement.
“For the past four years, Fifth Quarter has given our students great opportunities for additional time to learn and to have fun doing it,” said Khalilah Slater-Harrington, CPS’ summer learning specialist. “Our dedicated principals, teachers, parents and partners all work together to ensure that every Fifth Quarter student is engaged in summer learning.”
Fifth Quarter 2012 ran five weeks at 17 school sites. Five hours were devoted to core academic lessons taught at accelerated levels to prepare for the coming school year. Three afternoon hours were spent with CPS’ after-school partners leading students in fun learning activities.
For example, students created their own nonfiction books, following a curriculum that taught them how to research a topic and craft a story. At Carson School, students learned music from a teacher provided by the May Festival, a new partner this year. NASA’s Summer of Innovation program was back again at all Fifth Quarter sites, giving students opportunities for hands-on science learning. And Fifth Quarter students again participated in the Kids Expo at Paddlefest.