FCS reports success with virtual summer programs

FLUSHING — As Flushing Community Schools begins its 2020/2021 school year, the district is reporting successful results from its virtual programs that were held over the summer. During the summertime, high school, middle school and elementary students had the chance to recover class credits by taking online courses through FCS.

Around 50 FHS students enrolled in the district’s Raider Virtual Academy program, with some working to complete classes for graduation and most aiming to recover credits from the 2019/2020 school year. Altogether, the district picked up seven new high school graduates for the 2019/2020 academic year through the summer RVA program, and many students were able to catch back up with their grades.

Students who graduated this summer will be receiving an FHS diploma.

At the middle school level, 19 students recovered credits through online enrichment programs like MobyMax, which focused on math and ELA studies. Students had daily contact with instructors and watched many online lessons through Zoom. FCS Deputy Superintendent Andrew Schmidt said that students got the remediation they needed for their grades by participating in the summer enrichment courses.

About 60 FCS elementary students from grades 1-6 attended an online Raider Virtual Super Camp to enhance their ELA and math skills, as well as participate in physical fitness, art and Positivity Project enrichment activities.

“Even in an online setting, Raider Virtual Super Camp was an amazing success,” said Schmidt.

Camp participation was by invite-only and was intended for at-risk elementary students in the district. — B.G.