Students Shine Through Summer in Extended School Year Program

Students Shine Through Summer in Extended School Year Program
For the 33rd year, the Sachem Extended School Year program is supporting the diverse needs of special education students throughout the district with an expansive collection of activities that reinforce curriculum concepts covered during the school year. 

As part of the program, more than 72 of the district’s most dedicated and caring professionals deliver an enriching educational experience to the 250 students enrolled this summer. In addition, a number of student volunteers from both the middle school and high school level lend their time throughout the summer to assist the teachers and staff. 

The creative SESY staff has chosen STEAM to be the theme for this summer’s program. As part of the full instructional program, which includes traditional art, physical education and music components, the program also incorporates a plethora of challenging STEAM activities to align with this year’s theme. Adding to the comprehensive program, students also participate in water safety instruction once a week at the Sachem High School East pool and visit numerous community establishments for education that aims to enhance consumerism, social and work skills.

“This is a program designed for heroes and staffed by champions,” SESY Principal Trish Auletta said. “Our students work so hard on academic, social, physical and management skills. They humble and amaze us daily with their efforts, tenacity and smiles.”

At the culmination of the program, students across grade levels deliver a vibrant production to an audience of family and friends that sharpens their art, music, movement and speech articulation skills.