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needs. That is much more powerful than
the academic piece.
Q. In this time that you're spending
preparing students, what role do
summer learning and after-school
programming play?
Templeman: In our summer program we
have a rotation schedule for all grades, but
with the middle schoolers we do different
types of things. For example, we do some
college-bound activities where we look
at colleges and we even take the students
on a college campus visit. We took them
this summer to the State Capitol because

our legislature was still in session. Prior to
going down there, we had them do some
background work on their representatives;
we took them down there and we did
some meet-and-greet; we had them dress
appropriately. Those are things that we
plan for our middle schoolers, and so
including the fifth-graders in on that, it
just gives them a different view of school
than what they're used to. There's more
freedom in the secondary level than they
have in elementary, but with freedom
come responsibilities, so they have to
learn to manage themselves in those types
of situations.

Partin: So, I mentioned the jump-start
program that we do. I would say probably
about 80 percent of the students will
participate. We also have a very large
performing arts department, and many of
the incoming sixth-graders participate in
either our orchestra or band program, so
we've started some summer combined band
opportunities as well, where incoming students are getting to meet the band director.
They'll be able to come in and start
working, they'll have some prep classes,
learning some of those expectations.
Our string camp is an area where we
pull in a lot of partnerships that really

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