May 17, 2013

Logansport schools plan high-ability summer classes

Interactive classes planned for fourth- to eighth-graders.

by Caitlin Huston

LOGANSPORT — Logansport students will be solving mysteries, finding treasure and building roller coasters this summer.

In June, about 100 high-ability fourth- through eighth- grade students will be taking classes to enrich their summer learning.

School Curriculum Director Jackie Danhauser said teachers were invited to submit proposals for classes that would be interactive and applicable to students of all the age ranges.

They ended up with classes like a Pirates of the Caribbean class, where kids will learn about the buccaneers and treasure; “Crack the Case,” where students will read and write their own mysteries; and a roller coaster science class, where students will create their own miniature roller coasters and later take a road trip to an amusement park.

Superintendent Michele Starkey said the idea behind the classes was to challenge the high-ability learners to “think outside the box.”

“They’ll be engaging classes,” Starkey said.

The school is able to pay for the classes through a $45,000 grant which will also be used for materials and training for other programs.

Because of the grant, the classes are being offered free to the students, Danhauser said.

The school has offered classes in the past, but needed the grant to bring back them back.

“It’s not something we’ve been able to do because of lack of funding,” Danhauser said.  

The classes were also designed so that a fourth-grade student could be learning in the same classroom as older students, Starkey said. She said that experience should also help broaden their learning experience.

“It’s just great for learning,” Starkey said.

Starkey said they’ll be monitoring the success of the program to see if they’ll continue it in the future.

“Hopefully this will be the start of something that we can build on,” Starkey said.  

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or

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