CSU – Pueblo offers writing camps for elementary, middle, and high school students


CSU – Pueblo offers writing camps for elementary, middle, and high school students

PUEBLO – The Southern Colorado Writing Project (SCWP) at Colorado State University – Pueblo is offering three free writing camps for students starting this week.  The camp for elementary and middle school students began today at Avondale Elementary School and runs through July 23.The camp for high school students will take place at CSU-Pueblo from      August 2-6.  The elementary and middle school camps are full.  The high school camp is limited to current or prospective students at Pueblo East High School.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is the major funding agency for these camps.  CSU-Pueblo, Pueblo School District 70, and the Southern Colorado Writing Project have provided additional funding and resources.

Each camp has been designed by a team of teachers who worked in study groups throughout the past academic year in consultation with SCWP Director and grant author, Dr. Katherine Frank, and will focus on writing issues most pertinent to their group of students.  All camps will work on strengthening writing across the content areas.  The elementary camp will focus on writing and the environment; the middle school camp will focus on communication and reporting; and the high school camp will focus on community and the social, one of the five “areas of interaction” that relate directly to the International Baccalaureate Program.

Frank said the camps were designed with regional standards and benchmarks in mind and in careful consultation with teachers who have considered the interests and needs of the students involved and goals of the participating schools. 

“The teacher-leaders involved with this project have worked extremely hard to design and deliver a quality and sustainable instructional model to help excite students about writing and encourage them to write across content areas and throughout their lives,” said Frank.

The elementary team is comprised of Tiffany Marmolejo and Patricia LeDoux from Avondale Elementary, Susan Russell from Bessemer Academy, and Anne Warren from Patriot Elementary.  The middle school team consists of Debbie Frank and Lynnette Chavez from Vineland Middle School, Chris Minard from Fremont Middle School, and Heather Domangue from Mann Middle School.  The high school team includes Janae Passalaqua and Joe Romero from East High School, and Constance Little from CSU-Pueblo.  Aiding with data collection and planning for the program is E.J. Earnest, a teacher at Fountain Fort-Carson High School.  Twelve of the 13 teacher-leaders have participated in SCWP’s intensive, five-week, summer institute for kindergarten through post-secondary educators.

For more information about the SCWP and these camps, please see http://www.scwponline.org, or contact the office at 719-549-2595 or scwponline@gmail.com

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