This summer we have various community partners supporting the District's efforts to bring quality summer learning to students in Franklin-McKinley Schools. This past Friday, June 30th, we hosted a special event to commemorate the STEM with Mayor Sam program at Shirakawa. STEM with Mayor Sam is a partnership between the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, Franklin-McKinley School District, and the Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo. We have teamed up to provide over 130 students with a STEM enrichment program this summer. During the event, students showcased their projects, listened to various guest speakers, and participated in hands-on activities with their parents. Some of our special guests included Mayor Sam Liccardo, representatives from NASA, Verizon, Lockheed Martin. Students in the STEM with Mayor Sam program also had the opportunity to attend a San Jose Giants game, running the basis and taking pictures with Gigante.
Across the way at Los Arboles Literacy & Technology Academy over 100 students participated in the Summer Bridge program focused on language development and literacy skills. Based on the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) model, teachers utilized thematic units of instruction as they implemented Common Core and English Language Development standards to develop the students’ language and literacy skills. The culminating event was a gallery walk where students showcased their projects and learning as their parents visited the classrooms.