WESTFIELD — Extended school year classes for special education students are underway at three locations through the end of July, said Fort Meadow Superintendent Jonathan Scagel, who oversees the program at the early childhood center. Fort Meadow childhood, Westfield Middle School and Central Baptist Church.

Scagel said the programs, which are available to some students who have individualized learning plans (IEPs), are all full this year, unlike last year when it was difficult to fill positions. In addition, high school students from Westfield High School and Westfield Technical Academy help Fort Meadow through the YouthWorks program.

Fifty-five preschoolers are enrolled in Fort Meadow, where on a rainy Monday morning this week, preschoolers rode tricycles and clapped to music in the gymnasium, and worked with occupational therapists and physical therapists in the classroom.

Occupational therapist Shannon Worley worked with Noah Paul and Jessica Elmer. Worley worked as a paraprofessional at Fort Meadow before continuing her studies and is back for the summer session.

At Westfield Middle School, 75 kindergarten through high school students who are eligible for extended year services in their IEP are attending summer school, including students in substantially separate programs that are divided into age levels primary and secondary.

Extended education courses at WMS range from language work, essential developmental and learning skills, RISE and QUEST programs, and courses for students with autism, to prevent learning loss during learning. ‘summer.

There are also courses for students who need academic support.

In one play, reading teacher Jen Cotto asked her students to write about the different ways to eat Oreo cookies. She gave them samples and wrote all the different ways they found on the board before asking them to write a few sentences about their favorite choices.

Next door, language learning teacher Sydney Liptak worked with Josie Gebelt to identify short and long vowel sounds in CVCs – three-letter “consonant, vowel, consonant” words.

At Central Baptist Church, Carolyn Busiere, a WHS special education teacher, works with Transition Services for the summer.

“The young adults in the Community Transition Program have been busy this summer,” Busière said. “Students learned the importance of IEPs and how important it is to identify their strengths and interests, which allows them to create their own vision for the future,” she added.

Transition Services students have created their own vision boards and are working on consumer skills, shopping and updating resumes, Busiere said. They are also working with Kevin Cavanaugh of the Stavros Center for Independent Living to apply for PIoneer Valley Transit Authority transportation. Busiere said they are looking forward to an upcoming trip to Kosinski Farms.

Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski said the summer extended learning programs are funded by special education grants the district applies for annually to prevent learning loss.