The definition of “dog days of summer” as per Merriam-Webster is:
1. The period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere. 2. A period of stagnation or inactivity.
Well, here at Phoenix Academy, the first definition is true, it is hot and sultry, but the second definition is definitely not true. Things here are anything but stagnate or inactive! And speaking of dogs, we had five handlers and six dogs participating in our READ Dog program this summer. Each dog came to school once a week and the students had the opportunity to read to them. It is a wonderful program for students who are reluctant to read out loud or to read at all. It is a great way to get students of all ages interested in reading or interested in a specific book or series. And lets face it, it is just plain fun!
A special thank you goes to: Miss Linda and Sammie (a Collie/St Bernard); Miss Dawn and Mr. Glitch & Lizzie B (both Jack Russell Terriers); Miss Joanne and Barney (a Poodle Bichon); Miss Ro and Suki (a Westie); and Miss Mary and Mr. Gizzy (a Muggin). Thanks for sharing your time with us.
Summer School 2013 was a wonderful mix of old and new faces both for students and staff. We saw great progress in reading and math in all grade levels. Again, parents told us how much their kids enjoyed the program. We appreciated the opportunity to work with children of all ability levels, helping some students get caught up, helping some get a jump start on next year and helping some stay current on their skills. It was a great summer and we wish everyone the best in the upcoming school year.