June 1, 2023
Hello MPS Families,
Summer vacation is almost here, and I hope you are looking forward to some time off for fun and relaxation. I continue to be very proud of the work of our students, staff, and families.
I want to encourage our students to read and practice their math skills throughout the summer months. The Governor's Summer Reading Challenge and Commissioner's Summer Math Challenge are engaging ways to keep our students learning over the summer break.
The Meriden Public Library is also an excellent resource for summer reading opportunities. Their grand opening at 105 Miller Street will be on July 14th. Also, many free reading and math practice resources are available online.
I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy summer break.
Thank you for all of your support!
All the best,
Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D.
Camp Invention®️ June 19-23, 2023
Current 4th-grade students were selected to participate in Meriden Public Schools’ exciting summer virtual STEM camp through Camp Invention®️. Participants for this enrichment opportunity were selected from all eight elementary schools based on performance on the most recent SBA and iReady assessments.
Summer Reading Program for Exiting K-4 Students July 10-28, 2023
Selected students from exiting Grades K-4 who need extra support in reading will participate in a summer school program five days a week. Each week, one grade level will be transported off-site to the YMCA. The Boys & Girls Club will join our program this year at the school. The District Summer School on-site program will be held at Israel Putnam Elementary School from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Extended School Year (ESY) July 5-Varied end dates
Elementary Pride ESY. July 5-27, 2023- Week 1 W, T, F; Weeks 2-4, M-Th. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Traditional ESY, STEP, STEPS, Secondary SOAR. July 5-27, 2023- Week 1 W, T, F; rest M-Th. 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Elementary SOAR. July 5-27, 2023- Week 1 W, T, F; rest M-Th. 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Elementary STARS. July 5-7, 2023- W, T, F. July 10- Aug 4, 2023- M, F. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Middle/High STARS. July 5-Aug 3, 2023- Week 1 W, T, F; rest M-Th. 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Students identified for ESY services will participate in person at Lincoln Middle School. If you have questions, please contact the ESY Directors, Beth Jones or Hanna Jazwicz, (203) 238-2381.
Beyond the Bell Summer Academy June 19-July 7, 2023
Beyond the Bell Summer Academy will provide academic and enrichment opportunities for incoming middle school students for three weeks, from June 19th to July 7th. The program will meet Monday through Friday from 7:30-11:20 a.m. at Platt High School; lunch provided. Students will participate in reading, math, STEM opportunities, and other fun, hands-on activities, including arts and crafts, slime lab, karate, fitness, ice cream making, and swimming.
Platt High School AP Boot Camp June 19-23, 2023
Students enrolled in AP US History, AP Government and Politics, or AP Modern World History will have the opportunity to better prepare for the rigorous coursework involved in advanced placement from June 19-23, 1:00 p.m.-to 3:00 p.m. at Platt High School. Students will work on developing the necessary note-taking, reading, research, and study skills. They will also work on developing content-specific skills like analyzing documents, reading maps/charts/graphs, and improving their writing skills, as well as, addressing early components of the curriculum.
Online Summer Learning Opportunities
High School Online Summer Learning Opportunities Current high school students may participate in online summer learning opportunities. Courses are self-paced and include Child Development and Conspiracy Theories.
Summer Bridge Program June 13-28, 2023
Incoming 9th-grade students will participate in a twelve-day program at Maloney and Platt High Schools. Students will have the opportunity to earn 1/2 high school credit, learn about their new school, meet staff, participate in team-building activities and learn more about themselves as they set goals for their high school years and beyond. Students enrolled will receive all materials and resources needed for the program and to start this important high school year.
The program will run Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Platt High School and Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Maloney High School. Lunch and breakfast will be provided daily. Students will attend the program at the high school they are attending.
High School Credit Recovery June 19-July 20, 2023
Current grade 9-12 students can participate in High School Credit Recovery through Apex Learning from June 19th-July 20th, Monday through Thursday. There are two sessions, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to noon. There is no class on July 4th.
Meriden Public Schools Career Express June 19-23, 2023
This career exploration program will run daily from 8:00 a.m.-to 1:00 p.m. on June 19th and end on June 23rd. Each day our Meriden Public School students will be hosted in-person or virtually on field trips by our career partners and participate in in-depth informational sessions.
Middle School Music Camp July 10-21, 2023
Summer Middle School Music Camp is for students entering grades 5-8 from July 10th-21st, 2023, at Edison Middle School from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are two sessions, and students are welcome to take one or both. Band, Choral, and Orchestra ensembles will be offered. Registration, general information, and staff contact can be found here.
GEAR UP Summer Program June 28-August 2, 2023
GEAR UP Summer Transition Program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) offers students four college credit-earning courses through a partnership with Middlesex Community College. The three-credit courses include Color Theory, Music History, Careers in Media, and Intro to Human Services, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. In addition to taking a college credit-earning course, students will work closely with an academic advisor one-on-one and in small groups to enhance their study and time management skills. Students will participate in a dual credit opportunity, earning one credit from Meriden Public Schools through a PLE and 3 MxCC credits. Each week will include additional fun activities to students, including Battle of the Classes and mediation.
Maloney High School AP Boot Camp TBD*
Students enrolled in AP US History or AP Modern World History will have the opportunity to better prepare for the rigorous coursework involved in advanced placement from August 15th-19th, 1:15 p.m.-to 3:15 p.m. at Maloney High School. Students will work on developing the necessary note-taking, reading, research, and study skills. They will also work on developing content-specific skills like analyzing documents, reading maps/charts/graphs, and improving their writing skills, as well as, addressing early components of the curriculum.
College Prep Academy August 14-18, 2023
Program for incoming seniors looking to get a head start on their college application process. College Prep Academy will run at both Maloney and Platt High Schools from August 14th to 18th. The program will be held in person on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Students will learn tips for FAFSA and scholarship applications, receive essay support, meet college admission representatives and receive support with completing their Common Application. Please contact College and Career Coordinators Stephanie Cruz (PHS) or Jodi Nero (MHS) for more information.
High School Band Camp - August 14-25, 2023
High school band members take part in a two-week summer camp to prepare them for the fall competitive marching band season. Camp sessions are a mandatory component of the programs and have been an integral part of the high school programs for decades. Click on the links for more information about Maloney Band Camp and Platt Band Camp.
Entering Kindergarten Kickoff Summer Program
August 21-25, 2023
Students entering Kindergarten may participate in a one-week on-site summer school program. This program is at the students’ neighborhood elementary school from 8:45 a.m.to 11:45 a.m.