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Summer Exploration 2020

Summer Exploration 2020
Posted on 07/02/2020

This summer, all Springfield Public Schools students have an opportunity to continue their learning and development through Summer Exploration 2020.

Completing up to 3 projects, students can reflect on who they are, plan for realizing their hopes and dreams, or design their ideal school. Projects are open to all students in preschool through 12th grade and teachers at every Springfield school will be available through virtual office hours and messaging to support students in completing the work.

Students work on these projects at their own pace and choose which activities to complete and what to create to show their learning. Students will complete two final products, one written and one entirely of the students choosing, for each project. For every completed project they will be entered in an end-of-summer drawing for prizes that will include technology devices, gift cards, and more.

SPS will hold a virtual showcase, sharing with the community the student work created for each project.


What are the projects?

Who am I? My History – An autobiographical project, students will explore and tell their own story: their experiences, their interests, their family, their community, and their history. Student-created projects might include writing a short memoir, a self-documentary video, or a visual timeline of their life and history.


Who do I want to become?  My Future – An aspirational project, students will think about what they want in the future and research the necessary steps to realize their goals. Student-created products might include a personal learning plan, a presentation on their goals and steps to achieve them, or photo collage depicting their desired future.


How will school help me realize my dreams? My Pathway – A design project, students will research and envision the kind of school and learning experience that would best support them to realize their dreams.  Student-created products might include a sample school schedule, a visual depiction of their ideal school, or a newspaper opinion piece on how school be designed.


How do I get started?

Projects launch on July 6th and students have until the first day of school to submit final products. To begin, head over to PowerSchool Unified Classroom as all project materials will be posted there.

Students can log into Unified Classroom from any device, select their Summer Exploration 2020 course, and get started. Teacher Guides will post messages and virtual office hours times within Unified Classroom for students needing support.

Scroll down below to the "Project Overview" section for instructions and important details for each project. Remember, you will need to log into into Unified Classroom and select the Summer Exploration course to access the actual work and materials to get started.

Lastly, small packets with print materials to support students in completing projects will be available for pickup at every SPS school.

CLICK HERE for assistance with SPS issued laptops. 

PROJECT OVERVIEW DETAILS BY GRADE:

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