Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
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Summer learning opportunities


ELEMENTARY

eLearning POWER Camp

  • WHEN: June 1-July 31
  • LOCATION: eLearning; Content available virtually any time
  • WHAT IS IT: Opportunities to participate in one of eight enrichment focuses and a grade-level band; Art, Music/Theater, Movement, Engineering, Coding, Nutrition, SEL/Mindfulness, and Project-Based Learning
  • WHO IS IT FOR: K-5 Students from all GIPS elementary schools invited.
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students can access POWER Camp by SIGNING IN HERE (accessible with GIPS account only). Contact Whitney Flower () or Breanna McDonald ().

Every Day a Reader Camp

  • WHEN: June 1-25
  • LOCATION: Virtual and Hands-on experiences
  • WHAT IS IT: This is an opportunity for students to extend and enrich their love for reading through virtual and hands-on experiences
  • WHO IS IT FOR: K-3 grade students
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Click the link to access the site. Parents can access the reading plans for hands-on learning or engage in a variety of activities through the remote offerings. Contact Angela Harder () with any additional questions.

Title I Summer School

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday
  • LOCATION: eLearning
  • WHAT IS IT: Expected daily requirements, minimum of:
    • 20 minutes reading
    • 20 minutes math
    • 20 minutes exploratory activities 
    • Attend 2 live zoom sessions weekly (academic activity)
  • WHO IS IT FOR: For students of any GIPS Title I elementary: Dodge, Howard, Jefferson, Knickrehm, Lincoln, Starr, Wasmer, West Lawn. 
  • CONTACT: Angie Eberle (), Cassie Blase () or Alison Zitterkopf (
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Register with this form.

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

Thriving Minds Summer Offerings 6-12

  • WHEN: June 1-July 31, Coordinators Office Hours Mon-Thur 8-12;
    Recommended 20-60 minutes a day, may depend on the grade, content and program
  • LOCATION: Virtual, accessed through the district website
  • WHAT IS IT: An opportunity for students to engage in fun, exploratory, enriching and engaging experiences that will improve critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and deepen understanding of essential skills. Challenges and a variety of virtual experiences will be promoted throughout the summer to support all ages and interest areas. Learn more with this video.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: All 6-12 Students
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students enroll/participate based on interest. Sign in with this link. Contact coordinators: Jolene Zigler () and Taylor Graves ().

GEAR UP Transition Camp

  • WHEN: July 27-31; 1-2:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Virtual and Hands-on experiences
  • WHAT IS IT: This camp is designed for rising freshman students to help with the transition from middle school to high school. This will be an opportunity to explore the opportunities that wait for you at Grand Island Senior High School. With the help of CoolSpeak, we will have conversations that will prepare you for the next step. The camp will close with a fun drive-in at GISH that will give you a chance to take a fun picture and pick up materials for your freshman year.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: Class of 2024 students (incoming freshmen)
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Register online in the Google Classroom for Class 2024 (Class Code - w36qz2c) OR fill out the Google form

Barr Summer Academy

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The Barr Summer Academy is an opportunity for students to stay engaged throughout the summer with their learning. They will focus on Mathematics and Language Arts along with learning about College and Career Readiness. We have some other exciting activities and challenges planned for the summer that your child will not want to miss out on! Please join us starting June 1 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: 60 Students who received an invite (qualified via MAP scores, teacher recommendation, and virtual engagement)
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Email Kylee Rhamy () or register with the Google Form. Students will be put on a waiting list if seats are filled

Walnut Summer Academy

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The Walnut Summer Academy is an opportunity for students to stay engaged throughout the summer with their learning. They will focus on Mathematics and Language Arts along with learning about College and Career Readiness. We have some other exciting activities and challenges planned for the summer that your child will not want to miss out on! Please join us starting June 1 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: 60 Students who received an invite (qualified via MAP scores, teacher recommendation, and virtual engagement)
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Email Ms. Kimbrough () or register with the Google Form. Students will be put on a waiting list if seats are filled

Westridge Summer Academy

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The Westridge Summer Academy is an opportunity for 6-8 grade students to stay engaged throughout the summer with their learning. They will focus on Mathematics and Language Arts along with learning about College and Career Readiness. We have some other exciting activities and challenges planned for the summer that your child will not want to miss out on! Please join us starting June 1 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: Students who received an invite (qualified via MAP scores, teacher recommendation, and virtual engagement) 30 seats available.
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Email Mr. Carlson () or register with the Google Form. Students will be put on a waiting list if seats are filled

GEAR UP Pre-Algebra Virtual Summer Bridge Camp 

  • WHEN: June 15 - July 2; Up to 45 minutes a day on Zoom, Monday-Thursday, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • LOCATION: Virtual, accessed through Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: An opportunity for students to engage in fun, exploratory, enriching and engaging experiences to improve critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and deepen understanding of essential Pre-Algebra skills to set students up for success as they prepare to join the Academy of Freshman Exploration. This summer offering will promote a positive math and growth mindset for all students and provide the opportunity to get to know two of the math teachers they may have at GISH this fall. 
  • WHO IS IT FOR: Students entering 9th grade 
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students enroll/participate by completing this form. Contact coordinators: Alexis Stockton () or Lucy Geweke () with questions. 

Grand Island Senior High Summer School

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom; content available anytime.  
    Teacher office hours will be between 7:30 a.m. and noon.
  • WHAT IS IT: For students who need to recover credit in math and English. EL newcomers (immigrant qualified) who need additional learning in the areas of reading and math
  • WHO IS IT FOR: 9-12 students that are credit deficient in core classes required to be on-track to graduate. Students that need to personalized coursework to meet academic goals and be on-track to graduate
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students enroll through his/her assigned counselor or contact Meredy Ernstmeyer ()

ALL AGES

Extended School Year

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon
  • LOCATION: eLearning, via zoom or google classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The purpose of an extended school year is to prevent or slow severe skill regression caused by an interruption of special education services during extended periods when school is not in session. It is not to enhance the present levels of educational performance exhibited by children with disabilities at the end of the regular school year. 
  • WHO IS IT FOR: For students on an IEP as needed and based on IEP team decision.
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: The IEP team determines the need for ESY services. Please contact your child’s special education case manager, Rachel Shiley () (K-5) or Molly Elge () (6-12)
Media Inquiries
Jennifer Worthington, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1124
Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.

Summer learning opportunities


ELEMENTARY

eLearning POWER Camp

  • WHEN: June 1-July 31
  • LOCATION: eLearning; Content available virtually any time
  • WHAT IS IT: Opportunities to participate in one of eight enrichment focuses and a grade-level band; Art, Music/Theater, Movement, Engineering, Coding, Nutrition, SEL/Mindfulness, and Project-Based Learning
  • WHO IS IT FOR: K-5 Students from all GIPS elementary schools invited.
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students can access POWER Camp by SIGNING IN HERE (accessible with GIPS account only). Contact Whitney Flower () or Breanna McDonald ().

Every Day a Reader Camp

  • WHEN: June 1-25
  • LOCATION: Virtual and Hands-on experiences
  • WHAT IS IT: This is an opportunity for students to extend and enrich their love for reading through virtual and hands-on experiences
  • WHO IS IT FOR: K-3 grade students
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Click the link to access the site. Parents can access the reading plans for hands-on learning or engage in a variety of activities through the remote offerings. Contact Angela Harder () with any additional questions.

Title I Summer School

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday
  • LOCATION: eLearning
  • WHAT IS IT: Expected daily requirements, minimum of:
    • 20 minutes reading
    • 20 minutes math
    • 20 minutes exploratory activities 
    • Attend 2 live zoom sessions weekly (academic activity)
  • WHO IS IT FOR: For students of any GIPS Title I elementary: Dodge, Howard, Jefferson, Knickrehm, Lincoln, Starr, Wasmer, West Lawn. 
  • CONTACT: Angie Eberle (), Cassie Blase () or Alison Zitterkopf (
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Register with this form.

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

Thriving Minds Summer Offerings 6-12

  • WHEN: June 1-July 31, Coordinators Office Hours Mon-Thur 8-12;
    Recommended 20-60 minutes a day, may depend on the grade, content and program
  • LOCATION: Virtual, accessed through the district website
  • WHAT IS IT: An opportunity for students to engage in fun, exploratory, enriching and engaging experiences that will improve critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and deepen understanding of essential skills. Challenges and a variety of virtual experiences will be promoted throughout the summer to support all ages and interest areas. Learn more with this video.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: All 6-12 Students
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students enroll/participate based on interest. Sign in with this link. Contact coordinators: Jolene Zigler () and Taylor Graves ().

GEAR UP Transition Camp

  • WHEN: July 27-31; 1-2:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Virtual and Hands-on experiences
  • WHAT IS IT: This camp is designed for rising freshman students to help with the transition from middle school to high school. This will be an opportunity to explore the opportunities that wait for you at Grand Island Senior High School. With the help of CoolSpeak, we will have conversations that will prepare you for the next step. The camp will close with a fun drive-in at GISH that will give you a chance to take a fun picture and pick up materials for your freshman year.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: Class of 2024 students (incoming freshmen)
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Register online in the Google Classroom for Class 2024 (Class Code - w36qz2c) OR fill out the Google form

Barr Summer Academy

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The Barr Summer Academy is an opportunity for students to stay engaged throughout the summer with their learning. They will focus on Mathematics and Language Arts along with learning about College and Career Readiness. We have some other exciting activities and challenges planned for the summer that your child will not want to miss out on! Please join us starting June 1 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: 60 Students who received an invite (qualified via MAP scores, teacher recommendation, and virtual engagement)
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Email Kylee Rhamy () or register with the Google Form. Students will be put on a waiting list if seats are filled

Walnut Summer Academy

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The Walnut Summer Academy is an opportunity for students to stay engaged throughout the summer with their learning. They will focus on Mathematics and Language Arts along with learning about College and Career Readiness. We have some other exciting activities and challenges planned for the summer that your child will not want to miss out on! Please join us starting June 1 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: 60 Students who received an invite (qualified via MAP scores, teacher recommendation, and virtual engagement)
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Email Ms. Kimbrough () or register with the Google Form. Students will be put on a waiting list if seats are filled

Westridge Summer Academy

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The Westridge Summer Academy is an opportunity for 6-8 grade students to stay engaged throughout the summer with their learning. They will focus on Mathematics and Language Arts along with learning about College and Career Readiness. We have some other exciting activities and challenges planned for the summer that your child will not want to miss out on! Please join us starting June 1 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
  • WHO IS IT FOR: Students who received an invite (qualified via MAP scores, teacher recommendation, and virtual engagement) 30 seats available.
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Email Mr. Carlson () or register with the Google Form. Students will be put on a waiting list if seats are filled

GEAR UP Pre-Algebra Virtual Summer Bridge Camp 

  • WHEN: June 15 - July 2; Up to 45 minutes a day on Zoom, Monday-Thursday, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • LOCATION: Virtual, accessed through Google Classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: An opportunity for students to engage in fun, exploratory, enriching and engaging experiences to improve critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and deepen understanding of essential Pre-Algebra skills to set students up for success as they prepare to join the Academy of Freshman Exploration. This summer offering will promote a positive math and growth mindset for all students and provide the opportunity to get to know two of the math teachers they may have at GISH this fall. 
  • WHO IS IT FOR: Students entering 9th grade 
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students enroll/participate by completing this form. Contact coordinators: Alexis Stockton () or Lucy Geweke () with questions. 

Grand Island Senior High Summer School

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday 
  • LOCATION: eLearning via Zoom, Google Classroom; content available anytime.  
    Teacher office hours will be between 7:30 a.m. and noon.
  • WHAT IS IT: For students who need to recover credit in math and English. EL newcomers (immigrant qualified) who need additional learning in the areas of reading and math
  • WHO IS IT FOR: 9-12 students that are credit deficient in core classes required to be on-track to graduate. Students that need to personalized coursework to meet academic goals and be on-track to graduate
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: Students enroll through his/her assigned counselor or contact Meredy Ernstmeyer ()

ALL AGES

Extended School Year

  • WHEN: June 1-25, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon
  • LOCATION: eLearning, via zoom or google classroom
  • WHAT IS IT: The purpose of an extended school year is to prevent or slow severe skill regression caused by an interruption of special education services during extended periods when school is not in session. It is not to enhance the present levels of educational performance exhibited by children with disabilities at the end of the regular school year. 
  • WHO IS IT FOR: For students on an IEP as needed and based on IEP team decision.
  • HOW TO SIGN UP: The IEP team determines the need for ESY services. Please contact your child’s special education case manager, Rachel Shiley () (K-5) or Molly Elge () (6-12)
Media Inquiries
Jennifer Worthington, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1124
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