Nearly 1,500 students complete virtual summer school

Lincoln Public Schools served nearly 1,500 students through summer school over the past six weeks, including more than 90 students who were able to complete requirements for graduation.

The number of students served was on par with previous years. Students in grades nine through 12 were able to take courses, which were offered virtually this year with remote and eLearning options.

Jim Danson has taught summer school since 1994. The Lincoln Southwest High School social studies teacher said the experience he gained from teaching remotely at the end of last year was helpful this summer.

“Our building principal, Mike Gillotti, gave teachers a lot of flexibility to try new things and it paid off during summer school,” said Danson, who taught U.S. History 1 and 2 this summer.

Michael Hix, a social studies teacher at Schoo Middle School, taught Civics this summer. As with the end of last school year, Hix missed seeing students in person every day. But, Hix added, he was thankful for the technology that still made summer school possible.

“We are all working on trying to make the best of a tough situation,” he said. “I have been incredibly impressed by our students. They have been resilient and hardworking. I am very proud of them.”

Published: July 21, 2020, Updated: July 21, 2020

Michael Hix taught summer school virtually from a classroom at Northeast High School