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Summer Programs

Summer Programs Description

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Salem at SEA (High School, ELL)

The Salem at SEA program will strengthen – and put to use – ELL high school students’ developing English language skills as they research, identify, and work toward serving a need in the Salem community. The team will study local history and modern cultural issues in partnership with historical organizations such as the House of Seven Gables. They will learn how to become active citizens and be encouraged to use their bilingualism as they serve community needs. By the end of the summer students will learn about the community of Salem and better understand ways to effect change in their communities and work together to take action on the issues they identify.

Who: Salem High School and Salem Academy Charter School students entering grades 9-12 may apply. Students must be identified as English language learners (ELL), Limited English Proficiency (LEP) or Former LEP (still learning English). Students are also required to provide two references: one current or former school teacher and one current or former school guidance counselor or principal.

What: Salem State University, the House of Seven Gables, Salem Public Schools and LEAP for Education came together to offer this free university-based summer program specifically designed for ELL students who want to continue to improve their English through the summer. Students who complete a FirstJobs Application will be paid $400 upon successful participation and completion of the program. Space is very limited.

When: July 11th – August 11th, Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am -3:00 pm

Where: Salem State University (exact location TBD)

Transportation: Students will be provided with a pre-paid Student Charlie Card to take the MBTA bus to and from the program each day.

Cost: FREE for all Salem high school students.

To Apply: Fill out the online application. Accepted applicants will be notified.


Healthy Harbors (Middle School)

Healthy Harbors was created as a partnership between Salem Public Schools, LEAP for Education and Salem Sound Coastwatch. This service learning, STEAM based program engages middle school students in the understanding of our marine biodiversity on a global and local level. Students will explore the aquatic food chain from micro to macro and investigate how marine debris and other pollutants affect our local sea life. Students will discover through place-based research, exploration and experimentation how delicate marine life is and how human behavior impacts it. Working in teams, meaningful service learning projects will be developed and implemented that will address what they’ve learned and positively impact our community.

Students will be served breakfast and lunch and the program will include daily time for students to complete summer reading assignments and organized recreational activities.

Who: This summer program is open to all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Salem students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

When: July 11th-August 11th, Monday – Thursday from 8:30 AM -2:30 PM

Where: Salem High School (exact location TBD)

Transportation: Salem Public Schools will provide daily bus transportation to and from the program. Final bus schedules and bus stop locations will be announced in June.

Cost: FREE for all Salem middle school students.

To Apply: Fill out the online application. Accepted applicants will be notified.


Zero Robotics (Middle School)

Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition for middle school students where the robots are miniature satellites (called SPHERES) inside the International Space Station. Teams program a satellite to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship in which their program is run against competitors aboard the actual ISS.

Over the 5 week program, students will learn about robotics and how to write programming code for their satellite. The team’s goal is to come up with a winning strategy to compete against Zero Robotics teams from all across Massachusetts.

Students will participate in a field day and competition day at MIT and take field trips to local robotics and engineering organizations such as iRobot.

Lunch will be provided daily.

Who: This summer program is open to all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Salem students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

When: July 5th – August 5th, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: LEAP for Education (35 Congress Street, Suite 102, Salem, MA 01970)

Transportation: No transportation will be provided.

Cost: FREE for all Salem middle school students.

To Apply: Fill out the online application. Accepted applicants will be notified.