Wood County has 350 summer school students

PARKERSBURG – For most kids school is out for the summer. For approximately 350 Wood County schools students, Monday marked the start of summer school.

Judy Johnson, director of curriculum and instruction for Wood County Schools, said classes are being held at Parkersburg and Williamstown high schools, VanDevender Middle School and Mineral Wells, Gihon and McKinley elementary schools.

“There are 100 more enrolled than we normally have in middle and elementary school programs,” Johnson said. Approximately 30 teachers are being utilized to handle the summer school duties.

Johnson said summer school (critical skills classes) for the middle and elementary schools programs provide extra work in reading, math and English. Those classes (for grades 3-8) will run through July 19.

There are approximately 140 high school students enrolled in summer classes. PHS?Principal Pam Goots said there were 122 students enrolled for classes at Parkersburg High School. Some students are there completing work to graduate, others are repeating work to graduate on time and others are taking classes to clear their schedule for additional course work.

Goots said summer school classes are sometimes needed by underclassmen to graduate on time. For instance, students must pass math I to proceed to math 2 classes. Incoming sophomores will retake the math 1 class in summer school to catch up.

Johnson said some high school students opt to take physical education in summer class so they can pick up additional class during the regular school year.

Aside from physical education classes, Goots said much of the classwork is available online and can be done from home. Depending on how motivated students are school work can be completed in two or three weeks.

Students “have to come to school everyday, but they can go home and continue to work from home,” she said.