Extended school program to launch this fall offering additional academic support, enrichment to students
In October, the Watervliet City School District will roll out a new program that will extend the school day for elementary and junior high school students who are struggling academically. The new program is made possible by a New York State Education Department Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention grant that the district applied for and was awarded in June 2016.
Called the Watervliet Extended Time Raises Achievement (ExTRA) program, it will extend the school day by providing after-school academic support and enrichment opportunities during the school year and summer months to build upon and reinforce classroom instruction, improve student learning and raise academic achievement in literacy and math through project-based activities featuring robotics, Odyssey of the Mind, drama, art and intramural sports, as well as homework support.
There is no cost to families of Watervliet students who are selected to participate. It is important to note that student participation in ExTRA programs and enrichment opportunities is on a first-come first-served basis with priority given to students who are at-risk academically. All students must have the approval of parents to participate in Watervliet ExTRA programs. Enrollment for the program is governed by fiscal parameters determined by the state.
Download the ExTRA flyer for details about the program.
New blog to highlight ExTRA program activities
Watervliet High School senior Jaydin Cowan is interning with the district's curriculum office and will be writing a blog featuring the district's ExTRA program. Read Jaydin's debut blog post