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Summer Programs

Summer 2021 Program Offerings

Waltham Public Schools is fortunate to offer a variety of summer programs for its students. Please note, some programs are geared towards specific grade levels, student needs, and/or teacher referral. Read all information carefully: Summer Programs 2021

Health and Safety: Waltham Public Schools plans to hold in-person summer programming for the summer of 2021. Summer programming at all sites will follow health and safety protocols.

 


 

New This Year: Summer Fun in 2021! (All levels)

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WPS is excited to offer a variety of opportunities for students at varying grade levels, throughout the summer, across numerous disciplines. This plans to be an enriching educational experience that affords opportunities for academic growth and creative expression for students.

Please see our Summer Fun in 2021 flyer for important Programming Information.

Classes Offered 

For classes offered, schedules, and registration or referral information, refer to our Summer Fun in 2021 website. 

Referral/Registration Process

Registration begins May 3rd.

Contact Information

Gen Ed Recovery/SummerFun! Program Coordinator: Jennifer Ostayan

JenniferOstayan@walthampublicschools.org

Special Education (All Levels)

WPS’ Extended Year Services are designed to support eligible students with disabilities who demonstrate regression in previously mastered skills that are included on students’ Individual Education Programs (IEPs). Instruction in academics, communication, socialization and related services are provided in a variety of programs that are designed to meet students’ needs.

Grade Levels

Programming is available to students with disabilities in grades Pre-K through Grade 12+. 

Referral Process

Extended Year Services are only available to students on IEPs and are discussed at annual IEP Team meetings. If your child qualifies, please reach out to their special education liaison. 

Contact Information

Assistant Director of Special Education, Julie DiMatteo, juliedimatteo@walthampublicschools.org 

Special Education Summer Coordinator, Elementary: Matt Hunt matthewhunt@walthampublicschools.org

Special Education Summer Coordinator, Secondary: Kristyn Bonnyman kristynbonnyman@walthampublicschools.org


 

ESL Summer Institute (All Levels)

Supports English Language development for students at entering and emerging levels. Curriculum is designed to promote academic language for the purposes of reading, writing and conversing. Instruction will be anti-racist and culturally responsive.

Grade Levels

ESL students at the emerging and entering levels entering Grades 1-5 (Elementary Summer Institute), Grades 6 - 8 (Middle School Summer Institute), and Grades 9 - 12  (High School Summer Institute) as of September 2021

Referral Process

Students are recommended by classroom teacher or ESL teacher, based on academic need and WIDA ACCESS scores.   If you have a question about your child’s eligibility, reach out to their classroom or ESL teacher.

Contact Information

ESL Summer Institute Coordinator, Elementary: Cindy Sherman cindysherman@walthampublicschools.org

ESL Summer Institute Program Coordinator, Middle School: Matt Sims MatthewSims@walthampublicschools.org 

ESL Summer Institute Program Coordinator, High School: Nick Kaempf  nicholaskaempf@walthampublicschools.org 

 


 

Elementary Literacy & Math Camp (Elementary)

Aims to minimize summer loss in the areas of literacy and math and review concepts in skills from the previous school year, for elementary students. Components of art, drama, science, and physical education offered as part of the program.

Grade Levels

Students entering Grades 1 - 5 as of September 2021

Referral Process

Students are referred by classroom teacher.  Limited capacity is available.  If you have a question about your child’s eligibility, reach out to their classroom teacher.

Contact Information

Title One Summer Literacy & Math Camp Coordinator: Lynn Caissie lynncaissie@walthampublicschools.org 


 

Middle School STEP - UP (Middle)

A collaboration between Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools, the STEP UP program provides students with the opportunity to participate in an engaging academic experience while building relationships with classmates and teachers. 

The program will be held in-person at Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools. STEP UP runs for four weeks from July 12 - August 5. Students will meet with teachers and classmates Tuesday - Friday of each week from 8:00am - 12:00pm.

It is important that students are able to attend for the duration of the program. There is no fee to register and lunches and limited transportation will be provided free of charge.

Step Up Flyer in English

Step Up Flyer en Español

Grade Levels

Students entering Grades 6 - 8 as of September 2021.

Registration Process

Interested families can apply to participate here: Middle School Summer (STEP UP) Application Form

Contact Information

Middle School STEP - UP Coordinator: Jason Ciccariello jasonciccariello@walthampublicschools.org


 

Summer Robotics and Coding Program

Interested in playing with robots?  Interested in learning how to make a robot work?  Want to learn how to program a robot?  You will learn how to do these and much more at the Waltham Summer Robotics Program.  

Did you know that robotics engineering is one of the fastest growing science fields with about 55,000 projected job openings over the next few years?  This summer program is an exciting way to start on this career path!

Grade Levels

Students entering Grades 7 - 9 as of September 2021

Referral/Registration Process

An application form is required for all interested students.  Prior to applying, please review the robotics program information and expectations. (Please note: Translation will be posted ASAP.) To apply, print the program information and expectations, fill out pages 5 - 7 and send it to Mr. Rooney or fill the application out digitally using the Robotics and Coding Program Student Application.

Contact Information

Robotics and Coding Instructor: Connor Rooney

connorrooney@walthampublicschools.org


 

August Math Academy (Middle)

McDevitt and Kennedy Middle Schools are excited to announce a one week in-person math program for rising 6th graders during the week of August 9th - 13th.

This free math program will help prepare your student for 6th grade math in fun and engaging ways. Your student will be taught by their future middle school math teachers.

The program will run at McDevitt Middle School from 8:00am - 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided.

 

Grade Level

Students entering Grade 6, of September 2021. (Limited capacity)

Referral Process

Students are recommended by their fifth grade classroom/math teachers and/or math coach. 

Contact Information

August Math Academy Instructor: Rachael Turkington rachaelturkington@walthampublicschools.org


 

Credit Recovery (High School)

WHS’ Credit Recovery Summer School offers standard level courses designed to allow students to make up classes or review work not successfully completed or proved  difficult during the year. 

Credit Recovery Information Coming Soon.

Grade Levels

Waltham High School students

Classes Offered 

  • English: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th ESL
  • Math: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SEI 
  • History: US History 1, US History 2, World Geography
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

Registration Process

Online registration (thru June 20th): Credit Recovery Summer School Registration or In person registration at Kennedy Middle School June 23 9am - 12pm, June 24 12pm - 2pm, and June 25 2 - 4pm 

Contact Information

Credit Recovery Coordinator: Jason Ciccariello jasonciccariello@walthampublicschools.org


 

 

For more information or general questions about WPS Summer Program Offerings, contact Kelly McAvoy, District Summer Program Coordinator, at summerprograms@walthampublicschools.org


 

  

 

  Don’t Forget:  Children in Waltham eat free at various locations       

  throughout the summer!  Check out https://walthambgc.org/ for more

  information and site locations.

 


 

For information on recreational summer activities offered in the Waltham community, reach out directly to the contacts below:

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham Recreation Department

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham Partnership for Youth Summer Internship Program

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham Police Department

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham Public Library

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham Fire Department Summer Camps with L.E.A.P.

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham Boys & Girls’ Club Watch City Summer Camp

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham YMCA

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngWaltham Fields Community Farms

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngCity of Waltham Summer Works Program

Screen_Shot_2021-02-26_at_1.44.30_PM.pngReagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston             

Please note: the Waltham Community resources listed above are provided for informational purposes only. These programs are separate from Waltham Public Schools. Some may not be suitable for all students, and some programs have associated fees.

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