• Summer Journey: Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Summer Journey program?
    The St. Joseph Summer Journey is the extended learning summer program operated by St. Joseph School District to provide a world-class educational experience to district students.

    What does the program cost to parents?
    The programming is free to all students.

    When will the program be held?
    The St. Joseph Summer Journey operates daily beginning on May 27 and ending on June 26, 2020. Middle school hours are 7:25 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Carden Park, Coleman, Edison, Field, Hosea, Lindbergh, Mark Twain, and Skaith Elementary hours are 7:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Ellison, Hyde, Oak Grove, Parkway, Pershing, and Pickett Elementary hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (Dates could be changed based on the number of days missed due to inclement weather. Changes will be announced.)

    Must my child be in attendance every hour of the program in order to receive credit for the Summer Journey program?
    No. It is assumed that students may have vacations or camps planned. While prizes for good attendance are available to students, a child’s occasional absence should not deter parents from enrolling their children in the program.

    Will transportation be provided to and from the program?
    Yes, transportation will be provided for those student families who qualify for transportation during the regular school year. However, bus routes will be limited and may vary from routes during the regular school year. Transportation information will be sent to those families who require transportation as soon as the plan becomes available.

    What will my child(ren) do each day?
    In the morning, Elementary and Middle School Summer Journey students will attend exciting academic classes where they may read interesting adventure stories, play language arts games, and/or use technology to solve math mysteries. A typical schedule would include four morning classes of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science or Social Studies. After lunch, students will explore fun-filled courses for the first 12 days enrolled in the program, followed by different courses in the last 11 days.

    How does the incentive program work?
    Many students will win daily incentives for their efforts through a daily drawing or some similar format established by the summer site. All gift cards and incentives are provided by Catapult Learning and are not purchased by the SJSD. Your student is eligible to receive one of the following incentives for their Summer Journey attendance:

    0 hours missed = $100 gift card
    0.1 – 6.5 hours missed = $75 gift card
    Over 6.5 – 13 hours missed = $50 gift card
    Arriving late to school = 1 hour of absence

    Will breakfast and lunch be served each day?
    Community eligibility schools and schools qualifying for seamless summer will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch. Other sites will require students to pay in the same manner they have during the school year.

    How do I enroll my child for Summer Journey?
    Simply fill out the enrollment form found on the Summer Journey web page and return it to your child’s school.