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A New Vision of Education

The following resolution from the Patchogue-Medford school board on Long Island, New York was reported by Diane Ravitch and is well worth a read through.

A New Vision of Education:  A Resolution Passed by the Patchogue-Medford School Board in New York

I will include the resolution as well in case you can not access the link.

WHEREAS, Learning standards must serve as a guide to what all children should develop toward and be based on developmental norms rather than systematic back-mapping of any given college and career readiness benchmark; and that such standards should be created by New York State classroom educators and content area specialists experienced in the grade level for which they are creating standards, with feedback from parents, community members, and where appropriate, students; and that such standards must specify at what level of difficulty a student is expected to demonstrate proficiency on state tests; and that such standards should be based on peer reviewed and evidence based research for each grade level, including lexile benchmarks; and that such standards should serve as a guide to what skills to what skills and concepts are taught at each grade level; and that such standards must be broad enough to allow local teachers, as professionals, to determine methodology, content, and instructional practices and assessments that will best suit the needs of the communities and students they serve; and that such standards must include fine and gross motor skills, including handwriting; and that such standards must broadly address play skills, a well researched and critical aspect of learning for students, to ensure that schools allocate instructional time for self-selected and guided play, particularly in the early grades; and that such standards in all grades must address cultural competencies;

AND
WHEREAS, School districts must be given adequate funding to create or purchase culturally relevant curriculum that meets the needs of the communities and students they serve; and that all schools must have dedicated funding for curriculum-based field trips and project-based, experiential learning; and that music, art, physical education, and technology should be integrated into the curriculum for all students in grades K-12; and that all schools must offer at least one consistent foreign language in grades K-12; and that any state-wide digital learning platforms must be evidence based, piloted, and studied for both efficacy and safety before being implemented; and that all high schools must offer advanced mathematics and science courses as well as advanced electives in all disciplines; and that all schools’ curricula should offer significant opportunities for students to exercise choice and direct aspects of their own learning;

AND
WHEREAS, Any federally mandated statewide assessments must be created by New York State classroom educators, including test question construction and reading passage selection; and that in a system that includes local assessment, classroom educators must have the primary role in constructing or selecting the assessments; and that tests must be criterion referenced rather than norm referenced and results must be given back within 4 weeks of administration; and that College and Career readiness benchmarks aligned with test proficiency must be aligned with strong indicators of post-high school success that have been vetted for racial, cultural, and socioeconomic bias; and that any federally mandated statewide assessments must be no longer than one day per subject with time limits established by a committee of classroom educators experienced in the grade level for which the assessment has been developed; and that time limits must be based on grade level expectations for time on task; and that the misuse of assessment data must stop; and that statewide exams must be decoupled from any high stakes including but not limited to teacher and principal evaluations, grounds for school takeover or closure, use as admittance criteria to selective schools, promotion, programs, and retention; and that on any statewide test, all test content, reading passages, and questions must align to the grade level benchmarks and lexile levels for the grade in which it is being administered; and that test scores and high stakes exit exams must not be the only pathway to graduation; and that students must have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in other ways such as portfolios and interviews; and that Regents exams must be scheduled in such a way so as to ensure that no student must take more than one Regent exam per day; and that assessments must be subject to full transparency, including the annual release of comprehensive technical reports that provide transparency on specific items; and that all parents and guardians must be notified of their right to refuse standardized tests for their child(ren), with notification must be provided in the parent or guardian’s native language;

AND
WHEREAS, New York State must fully and equitably fund our public schools; and that reasonable class size caps (for example, 18 students in K-3, 23-25 in other grades) must be used in aid and funding formulas as the basis for school aid determination; and that all schools must have at least one full time nurse, social worker, and security guard/safety officer, with all security guard/safety officers receiving crisis intervention and cultural competency training; and that all schools must have a well-resourced library and a full time librarian; and that all schools must have adequate counseling support provided by a psychologist, as determined by the overall number of students, the number of students with special needs, and the level of poverty a school is experiencing; and that all schools must have up to date technological infrastructure and resources, where state aid and funds for these resources should not be contingent upon schools increasing their capacity to administer computer-based assessments; and that in conjunction with parents, educators, school board members, and community members, the Board of Regents should develop a framework for what every public school in NYS must have in order to ensure equity and student success, where this framework should help drive the State’s accountability system as well as its funding; and that in Pre-K and in grades K-6, all students must have at least 60 minutes of recess per day in addition to the federally mandated 120 minutes of physical education per week; and that all students must be guaranteed at least 30 minutes for lunch, and this time may not be used for instructional purposes; and that all teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals must receive training in cultural competency, crisis intervention, and restorative justice practices; and that mandatory common planning time should be provided for general education, special education and ENL teachers, and intervention specialists who share students; and that New York State must prioritize the recruitment and retention of teachers from diverse backgrounds that reflect the students they serve, are trained in a fully accredited education program, and have completed a full course of student teaching with a trained mentor; and that all school districts must offer a strong teacher mentoring program to help new teachers navigate their first few years of service; and that schools must provide access to medical and dental services as well as high quality nutrition for ALL students who need them; and that all families must have access to fully funded, high quality Pre-Kindergarten;

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WHEREAS, The role of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) must be restored and allowed to drive instruction for the individual student and should be guided by the needs, interests & development of each student; and that the needs of the student must inform IEP goals rather than alignment to learning standards that are currently in flux; and that all special education teachers must receive training in evidence-based methodologies for teaching math and reading to struggling learners; and that all co-taught models must have a full time special education teacher; and that students with disabilities must have access to pathways that lead to a diploma and provide access to vocational training that is aligned with student interest and strengths; and that special education teachers must have time set aside on a weekly or daily basis to engage in differentiated curriculum work, intervention planning, communication with parents, and fulfillment of IEP and special education mandates;

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WHEREAS, The following five principles should be incorporated in any law or policy regarding the protection of personal student data in grades preK-12, and after students reach age 18, all these rights, including those related to notification and consent, should devolve to them:

Transparency: Parents must be notified by their children’s school or district in advance of any disclosure of personal student information to any persons, companies or organizations outside of the school or district. Once notified, parents to must be able to opt out of the disclosure of their child’s personal data. All disclosures to third parties should also require publicly available contracts and privacy policies that specify what types of data are to be disclosed for what purposes, and provide a date certain when the data will be destroyed.

No commercial uses: Selling of personal student data and/or use for marketing purposes should be banned. No advertising should be allowed on instructional software or websites assigned to students by their schools, since ads are a distraction from learning and serve no legitimate educational purpose.

Security protections: At minimum, there must be encryption of personal data at motion and at rest, required training for all individuals with access to personal student data, audit logs, and security audits by an independent auditor. Passwords should be protected in the same manner as all other personal student information. There must be notification to parents of all breaches, and indemnification of the same. No “anonymized” or “de-identified” student information should be disclosed without verifiable safeguards to ensure data cannot be easily re-identified.

Parental/ student rights: No re-disclosures by vendors or any other third parties to additional individuals, sub-contractors, or organizations should be allowed without parental notification and consent (or students, if they are 18 or older). Parents must be allowed to see any data collected directly from their child by a school or a vendor given access through the school, delete the data if it is in error or is nonessential to the child’s transcript, and opt out of further collection, unless that data is part of their child’s educational records at school. Any data-mining for purpose of creating student profiles, even for educational purposes, must be done with full parental knowledge. Parental consent must be required for disclosure of personal data, especially for highly sensitive information such as their child’s disabilities, health and disciplinary information.

Enforcement: The law should specify fines if the school, district or third party violates the law, their contracts and/or privacy policies; with parents able to sue on behalf of their children’s rights as well.

THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Patchogue-Medford School District, in agreement with the New York State Allies for Public Education, calls upon the Governor of New York State, the New York State Legislature, the New York State Commissioner of Education, and the New York State Board of Regents, to consider this outline as a new framework for public education in New York State, a framework that serves all students; an equitable public education system in which ALL students can succeed; a vision of public education that prioritizes child-centered and developmentally appropriate learning standards and assessments, research and evidence based practices and policies, equitable resources and opportunities, and an accountability system that supports rather than punishes; what all schools must have in order to foster creative, critically thinking, confident, well-rounded, independent, self-motivated, culturally competent, and well-prepared students who can work cooperatively and excel post-high school, whether they choose to attend college or pursue a vocation. Further, we call on all aspects of public education to be rooted in ethical practices and democratic decision making.

Meetings and events for KCSD parents this week – February 22, 2015

Below are meetings/events that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Ulster County Defends Public Education forum – Monday February 23, 2015 6:30pm Miller Middle School
  • KHS Parents Association meeting – Tuesday February 24, 2015 6:30pm Kingston High School Room 107
  • Miller 7-8 grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra Pops Concert – Tuesday February 24, 2015 6:30pm
  • KHS Choral Pops Concert – Thursday February 26, 2015 7pm at Kingston High School
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities

 

Next week:

  • Miller PTO meeting – Tuesday March 3, 2015 6pm
  • Challenging the Attack on Public Education presentation – Tuesday March 3, 2015 7pm  SUNY New Paltz
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday March 4, 2015 public comments begins at 7pm Cioni Building
  • District Wide Parents’ Council meeting – Thursday March 5, 2015 9:30 – 11:30am  Cioni Building
  • KCSD Board of Education Policy Committee meeting – Friday March 6, 2015 9-11am  Cioni Building
Challenging the Attack on Public Education - Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
Challenging the Attack on Public Education – Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

 

Save the Date:

  • KHS Play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” – March 19-21, 2015
  • KHS Winter Carnival – Saturday March 21, 2015 11am-4pm
  • Centennial Celebration Weekend – KHS 100th Anniversary – April 17-19, 2015 – weekend events here
  • Kindergarten Registration – March, April or May 2015 depending upon the school – details here

Meetings and events for KCSD parents this week – February 15, 2015

Below are meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Presidents’ Day weekend – No School – February 13-16, 2015
  • J.W. Bailey PTO meeting – Tuesday February 17, 2015 7pm
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 18, 2015 public comment begins at 7pm Robert Graves elementary school
  • KCSD Budget Forum – Thursday February 19, 2015 6pm Cioni building (rescheduled from January 29, 2015)
  • Bailey Middle School play “Legally Blonde” February 20 and 21, 2015 7pm; snow date February 22

Next week:

  • Ulster County Defends Public Education forum – Monday February 23, 2015 6:30pm at Miller Middle School
  • KHS Parents Association meeting – Tuesday February 24, 2015 6:30pm Kingston High School Room 107
  • Miller 7-8 grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra Pops Concert February 24, 2015 6:30pm at Miller Middle School
  • KHS Choral Pops Concert February 26, 2015 7pm at Kingston High School
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities

Save the Date:

  • Challenging the Attack on Public Education – Tuesday March 3, 2015 7pm SUNY New Paltz
  • KHS Play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” – March 19-21, 2015
  • Centennial Celebration Weekend – KHS 100th Anniversary – April 17-19, 2015 – weekend events here
  • Kindergarten Registration – March, April or May 2015 depending upon the school – details here
Challenging the Attack on Public Education - Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
Challenging the Attack on Public Education – Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Meetings and events for KCSD parents – week of February 8, 2015

Below are meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this coming week:

  • Board of Education Coffee & Conversation – Monday February 9, 2015 7:30am Quick Chek Albany Avenue  *event canceled if snow day or 2-hour delay
  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm Chambers Elementary School – details here
  • Robert Graves PTO meeting – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm
  • Parent Education Night hosted by KCSD – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30-8pm Chambers Elementary School – Learn about how data-driven instruction is shaping education in Kingston.
  • IEP Development with Dorothy Richards of RCAL presented by Kingston Special Education Parent Group and KCSD – Wednesday February 11, 2015 6pm Cioni Building (see flyer below)
  • Reclaiming Public Education hosted by Bennett School PTA – Wednesday February 11, 2015 6:30pm Bennett Intermediate School, Boiceville NY – Forum to learn more about high stakes testing and the impact it has on our children, our schools and our teachers (see flyer below)
  • District Wide Parents’ Council (DWPC) monthly meeting – Thursday February 12, 2015 9:30am Cioni Building (rescheduled from Feb 5)
  • Presidents’ Day weekend – No School – February 13-16, 2015 *assuming no snow days this week – read details here

IEPflyer Feb 11 2015Reclaiming Public Education Bennett PTA

Next week:

  • J.W. Bailey PTO meeting – Tuesday February 17, 2015 7pm
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 18, 2015 public comment generally begins at 7pm Robert Graves elementary school
  • KCSD Budget Forum – Thursday February 19, 2015 6pm Cioni building (rescheduled from January 29, 2015)
  • Bailey Middle School play “Legally Blonde” February 20 and 21, 2015 7pm

 

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.

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Meetings and events for KCSD parents this week – February 1, 2015

Below are meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Miller PTO meeting – Tuesday February 3, 2015 6pm
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 4, 2015 public comment generally begins at 7pm Cioni Building
  • District Wide Parents’ Council (DWPC) monthly meeting – Thursday February 5, 2015 9:30am Cioni Building CANCELLED due to 2-hour delay – Rescheduled for Feb 12
  • Board of Education Policy Committee meeting – Friday February 6, 2015 9am Cioni Building

Next week:

IEPflyer Feb 11 2015Reclaiming Public Education Bennett PTA

Save the Date:

  • Bailey Middle School play “Legally Blonde” February 20 and 21, 2015 7pm
  • Miller 7-8 grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra Pops Concert February 24, 2015 6:30pm
  • KHS Choral Pops Concert February 26, 2015 7pm at Kingston High School

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.

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Meetings and events for KCSD Parents this week – November 17, 2014

Below are some meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday November 18 6:30pm Chambers
  • Ulster County Legislature Session – Tuesday November 18 7pm – 6th floor County Office Building – discussion/vote on Resolution 350 supporting repeal of Common Core
  • Board of Education Meeting – Wednesday November 19 7pm JFK – agenda here
  • Budget Forum – Thursday November 20 6pm Cioni
  • Financial Aid Night – Thursday November 20 6pm KHS auditorium
  • Parent Education Night – KCSD Curriculum Changes (grades K-8) – Monday November 24 6:30-8pm Miller

There are a number of PTO/PTA meetings this week as well as special events for parents in many of the elementary schools in celebration of American Education week.  Check the district calendar or your school calendar for specific dates.

The first KCSD concert of the season is tonight (Tuesday November 18), a Pops Concert at KHS (click here) and the full winter concert schedule is available here.  Miller Middle School is performing Hairspray Jr. this weekend – click here for times and ticket information.

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.  Also send me a message or call me if you find this sort of list helpful and you would like to see it be a weekly feature on Jolyn’s Education Corner.

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A New Paradigm For Accountability

Those who are proponents of Common Core often argue that we can not get rid of it because “what would we do instead?”

I have heard a number of good suggestions and this one particularly caught my imagination today so I would like to share Diane Ravitch’s suggestion with you.

She begins with a quick explanation of what utter failures No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top have been (click here if you wish to read about the failures) but then moves to imagining how things could be with this new accountability system.

I have an idea for a new accountability system that relies on different metrics. We begin by dropping standardized test scores as measures of quality or effectiveness. We stop labeling, ranking, and rating children, teachers, snd schools. We use tests only when needed for diagnostic purposes, not for comparing children to their peers, not to find winners and losers. We rely on teachers to test their students, not corporations.

The new accountability system would be called No Child Left Out. The measures would be these:

How many children had the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument?

How many children had the chance to play in the school band or orchestra?

How many children participated in singing, either individually or in the chorus or a glee club or other group?

How many public performances did the school offer?

How many children participated in dramatics?

How many children produced documentaries or videos?

How many children engaged in science experiments? How many started a project in science and completed it?

How many children learned robotics?

How many children wrote stories of more than five pages, whether fiction or nonfiction?

How often did children have the chance to draw, paint, make videos, or sculpt?

How many children wrote poetry? Short stories? Novels? History research papers?

How many children performed service in their community to help others?

How many children were encouraged to design an invention or to redesign a common item?

How many students wrote research papers on historical topics?

Can you imagine an accountability system whose purpose is to encourage and recognize creativity, imagination, originality, and innovation? Isn’t this what we need more of?

Well, you can make up your own metrics, but you get the idea. Setting expectations in the arts, in literature, in science, in history, and in civics can change the nature of schooling. It would require far more work and self-discipline than test prep for a test that is soon forgotten.

My paradigm would dramatically change schools from Gradgrind academies to halls of joy and inspiration, where creativity, self-discipline, and inspiration are nurtured, honored, and valued.

– from “My New Paradigm For Accountability”, Diane Ravitch’s blog, November 12, 2014

The thought of this new system makes me want to dance – I can just imagine the joy and excitement that would fill the school halls!  What do you think?  Would your student be excited to attend a school using this accountability system?

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Highlights from KCSD Board of Education meeting – September 3, 2014

Here are highlights from the KCSD Board of Education meeting this evening.

Mr. Gerald Celente and several people he brought with him spoke during public comment about his bid to purchase the Cioni building and convert it to boutique apartments. Board President Mrs. Scherer stated that the Cioni building was not on the meeting agenda and that the board lawyer was looking into the triple-net lease issue and a report was expected at the October BOE meeting.

Class size concerns were raised during public comment as several schools saw large classes (27-28 students) on the first day of school. Dr. Padalino reported in the superintendent’s report that the average class size across the district is: kindergarten – 19 students, grade 1 – 22 students, grade 2 – 22 students, grade 3 – 22 students, grade 4 – 22.5 students. There are bubbles in some buildings and after registrations/withdrawals settle down (about a week into school), administration will look at where adjustments need to be made – possibly adding aides or new sections. There are 124 elementary sections grades K-4 in the district and only 10 have over 24 students.  Dr. Padalino also told that board that special permissions is one of the practices he would like to talk about this year with the intention of getting rid of it as it is ‘a nightmare’ and causes problems with class size.

A parent spoke during public comment about their special education student who had been successfully mainstreamed last year and benefited from instrumental and vocal music ensembles.  However upon moving up to Bailey and getting the 5th grade schedule last week, there was no ensemble music included in the schedule even though the student had indicated a desire to continue at the end of last year.  When inquiries were made, the family was told that inclusion students can not participate in music ensembles at Bailey because they conflict with the reteach period.  This denial of an opportunity to participate in music ensembles is unfair at best, discriminatory at worst and needs to be addressed.

Dr. Padalino reported that the JFK playground is delayed while the city makes an environmental report.  Once this part of the process is complete, the district is ready to move forward and the contractors can build the playground in about a week.  The hope is that the playground will be up before it snows.

Dr. Jacobowitz asked about KALP for this school year and an organization chart for the administration. Dr. Padalino said he could give a KALP report at the next board meeting and a presentation with the organization chart for administration could be posted on the district website.

5 boys from Rondout Valley Central School District will be merged with the Kingston boys swim & diving team for this school year.  UPDATE 9/4/14:  article with details about the swim/diving team merger as well as a gymnastics merger approved a few weeks ago from the Daily Freeman.  This article reports on how the Kingston football team is doing including the Onteora students who merged with the Kingston team.

The School Comprehensive Education Plans and the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan were approved by the BOE and are available on the district website – here.

Board goals from the agenda with the addition of a goal to hold a referendum for a new capital fund (current fund has been depleted) were approved.

A resolution to hire a professional trainer service for the district was passed as new business.

Future meetings:

  • Next BOE meeting – September 17, 2014 at Myer Elementary school.
  • Coffee & Conversation – September 10, 2014 8am at Dominick’s Dreamweaver Cafe. Dr. Padalino and board member Jim Shaughnessey will host.
  • BOE Audit & Finance Committee meeting – Tuesday September 28, 2014
  • BOE Curriculum & Instruction Committee meeting – Thursday September 18, 2014 9:30-11am

What kind of education do mothers want for their children?

A recent blog post asks the question “What kind of education do mothers want for their children?” and proposes two possible answers:

A.  A well rounded education that meets the needs of all of their children – including reading, science, math, nutrition/health, music and all of the arts.

or

B.  Charter Schools dedicated to preparing today’s children for today’s job market. High stakes testing determines the proof of success for deserving children.

The post is arguing against charter schools, however a reference to the National Association for Music Education NAfME caught my eye and led me down a different path regarding the education I want for my children or more specifically WHO I want providing that education.

I have written about the importance of music in children’s lives and the All-County Music festivals here in Ulster County so it was with interest that I found an article on the NAfME website highlighting the valedictorian and salutatorian from the University of Maine who “both hope to be teachers despite changes in education system”.

I expected to read of two students who were receiving their teacher certification and were excited about beginning careers of educating students.  Instead I read of one young lady who has been a student teacher and will pursue a master’s degree in education:

Next year, she hopes to pursue a master’s in music education and eventually become a music teacher.

This semester, Ventura has worked as a student teacher, helping instruct the school bands at Orono Middle School and Orono High School.  “It’s almost like performing yourself when you’re up in front of a group,” said Steve Hodgdon, the music teacher who has supervised Ventura. “And in that performance, you’re trying to draw out the best in the kids. She does very well at going after the best of the students.”

 

and then I read of a young lady who has no teaching experience but will begin teaching in August for two years.

… is also going into teaching. The history and English double major has signed on with Teach for America, a teacher training program that puts recent college graduates in schools with socio-economically disadvantaged student populations. Come August, she will be teaching English language arts to special education students in New Jersey.

After Teach for America, Chalmers hopes to go into either the business or policy side of education.

While I am sure this second young lady has very pure motives and truly desires to “pass her love of school on to others” as she states, as a parent I would much rather have a trained teacher who has spent additional time investing in a master’s degree and really knows how to teach my student than someone who has very limited training and only plans to teach for 2 years as a stepping stone to another aspect of an education-related career.  And yes, I know that I will have to pay more to hire such a teacher but my child is worth it and so are all of the children in Kingston!  Our children are our future!    We must invest in them now.

And to answer the original blog post question, I definitely select answer A!

Summer Camps and Activities in the Kingston area UPDATED 5/22/14

Summer is just around the corner and the kids will be out of school.  Do you have plans for your kids?  Will they hang out at home and just relax all summer or do you prefer to keep them occupied with activities?  Does your work schedule require that they attend camps in the summer?

Let’s share ideas about various activities, camps, etc. for our kids.  I have received some information from various organizations and I am sure that many of you have camps/activities that your kids have loved that you can share.  Please post camp/event names, descriptions, links, why your kids loved a particular camp/activity/etc. in the comments.

Personal recommendations from the Safron family:

  • Summer Strings – a day camp for those who love to play violin, viola, cello or bass and want to study classical string orchestra and traditional fiddle music while having a ton of fun!  What the kids learned in five days was unbelievable as demonstrated by the amazing concerts performed at the end of the camp week.
  • Wayfinder Experience – day camps and overnight camps including acting (improv), sports, fantasy, making new friends and the outdoors that are way better than video games!  You will have to read about it to truly understand the Wayfinder Experience but suffice it to say everyone is made to feel a part and everyone leaves changed.  The kids can’t wait to return the next year.
  • Rec Rats (at the Hurley Rec) – the Hurley Recreation Association is a local recreational facility offering members access to a pool, playground, pavilions, baseball field, tennis courts/lessons and an ice skating rink in the winter.  The Hurley Rec is accepting new members.  A new Rec Rats summer camp program is being offered for members ages 5 and up.  The new Rec Rats program has some nice sounding enhancements but since it is new, I can’t give personal experience on what will be offered this year.  My kids did enjoy the times they participated in years past.
  • Children’s Swimming Lessons/Children’s Tennis Lessons (at the Hurley Rec) - the Hurley Recreation Association offers swimming lessons and tennis lessons for members and non-members.  Check out the link for prices and schedules.  We have always found the lessons to be a great value for the money.

 

I just discovered the Kingston Happenings website and it indicates that City of Kingston Summer Program Registration has begun (as of 5/6/14).

 

Here are some links that I have received although I do not have personal experience with the programs:

  • Poughkeepsie Day School Summer Camps – Camp info session on May 7, details in newsletter
  • Hudson Valley Writing Project – Young Writer’s Programs at SUNY New Paltz
  • ADDED 5/15/14 Project STEAM Adventure Camp – July 7-18, 2014 at Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Center – technological exploration of Video Game Design, Rocketry, and Robotics plus new Gizmo Building  Call 331-6680 ext. 2238 to inquire about possible extension of 5/16/14 registration deadline.
  • ADDED 5/22/14 Kathy’s Korner Summer Camps – summer camps with a musical focus
  • Dutchess Arts Camp – children ages 4-14 spend a week, 9:00am-4:30pm, creating visual, literary, and performance art with a staff of professional artist-educators

*Disclaimer:  Information is presented personally by Jolyn Safron for the benefit of  the parents of Kingston.  No organization or business listed here requested to be included in this list nor was permission sought to include them.  No benefit (monetary or otherwise) was received by Jolyn Safron for including any organization or business in this list.