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North County to use Newton Learning for summer school

The North County School District will use Newton Learning curriculum for summer school again this year.

Enrollment increased last year with the new program, which uses incentives like $100 gift cards to boost enrollment and daily attendance.

About 1,000 students district-wide participated.

Last year, North St. Francois R-I summer school students posted a 87.5 percent increase in math scores and a 53.2 percent increase in reading scores.

About 90 percent of surveyed parents indicated they were happy with the Newton-assisted program.

Newton Learning developed the curriculum, and the classes will be taught by North County district teachers. The summer school courses are designed to provide both educational opportunities, as well as an enjoyable learning experience.

Classes, with hands-on activities that enrich student learning and match state objectives, will be offered through June. Classes range from math to the arts.

On a Scale from 1 to 1,000 is a primary math measurement course that outweighs all the others. This math course combines literature, technology, cooperative learning and hands-on activities to encourage students to take a closer look at measurement.

Zome Zone is an elementary games/brain teasers course where students will enjoy building natural structures and creating geometric designs using Zomes. Activities, such as the science of bubble-ology and construction challenges involving bridges, domes and pyramids, will be offered.

Newton Learning is a private firm that specializes in conducting summer school and after-school learning programs. Last year, more than 48,000 Missouri students participated in Newton-assisted summer school programs.

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