Marcia Spector, Executive Director - Seeds of Health, Inc.
Seeds of Health Schools implement summer enrichment program
Milwaukee (July 10, 2020) - Summer learning looks a little different this year for Seeds of Health (SOH) students. The SOH administration decided that online learning opportunities would be the best and safest option for its students this summer considering the COVID-19 situation. The goal of this type of summer instruction is to continue with the momentum established during the virtual school year and ensure that students remain engaged in learning throughout the summer.
Learning continues into summer
Just as Seeds of Health promptly unveiled its virtual instruction in the spring, they did not miss a beat in rolling out their summer learning curriculum. Families in each of the five SOH Schools – Veritas High School, Grandview High, MC2 High, Tenor High, and Seeds of Health Elementary School – were sent information with links to a variety of grade-appropriate learning materials in various subject areas. Seeds of Health teachers wanted their students to continue to receive access to enriching activities all summer long.
One such example is access for high school students to Khan Academy. This online portal offers free classes to students such as 9th grade English, Algebra I, biology and social studies for incoming 9th graders, enrichment art courses, physical education opportunities, and a variety of online resources from the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Elementary students are also offered a vast array of educational opportunities throughout the summer. Parents of elementary students in grades K4 - 8 were sent online opportunities with activities and lessons specifically designed for each grade level. Through the online portal, parents can view which skills their children are expected to satisfy according to grade level, and then proceed to guide their children through appropriate activities to build or reinforce those skills over the summer. In addition to grade-specific content, students are offered music, art, and physical education classes online.
Educational tips in the Spanish Journal
Seeds of Health is also trying something new this summer – offering families tips on keeping kids educationally engaged throughout the summer. “Fernando’s Fun Summer Learning Tips” will run for 8 weeks in the Spanish Journal during July and August. Topics will include organizational tips for high school students, at-home lesson ideas for elementary and middle school students, physical activity and nutritional information, as well as other helpful learning ideas.
Safety and innovation
Seeds of Health is a thought leader committed to continuous improvement and innovation. In this era of pandemic concerns and the need for social distancing, SOH again demonstrates forward thinking. Seeds of Health Schools continue to work adamantly to ensure their policies and procedures are in line with COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by the CDC and Wisconsin DPI. Since last April, SOH has been revamping its buildings, schools, and classrooms to comply with social distancing and safety protocols. The administration has been rewriting safety guidelines and equipping its facilities with hand sanitizer stations, face masks, and other safety protocols. SOH makes education and safety of its children and their families their absolute priority, and they will be prepared for students to return in the fall.
Enrollment is now underway for Seeds of Health Elementary and Tenor High School. For more information on how to become part of the Seeds of Health family, call Maria Gonzalez Hurtado at 414-385-5660.
About Seeds of Health, Inc.
Founded in 1983, Seeds of Health, Inc. is the only K4-12 charter school agency in the state of Wisconsin serving approximately 1,300 students in four high schools and a K4-8 elementary program. The five individual and unique education programs serve a broad range of student needs – from at-risk to the college bound. Seeds of Health is Milwaukee’s innovative “home grown” answer to imaginative, collaborative and cutting-edge education options, with the vision to positively impact the growth and development of urban children. For more information, please visit www.seedsofhealth.org.