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Part of Spring Break Spent in School

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MEDFORD, Ore. — There’s about two months left before graduation in the Medford School District, and some students at South Medford High School are using this second week of spring break to make sure they’ll be ready to go.

The calendar says spring break, but seniors at South Medford high school are anxious to graduate.

“It’s very rigorous. I mean to graduate from high school now, you have to be at grade level in reading, writing and math. You have to meet your credit requirement, you have a capstone project and a senior paper and your senior project and your presentation,” said South Medford High School Principal Kevin Campbell.

With all those requirements, some students need to focus on finishing and 120 seniors were asked to come in during this second week of spring break to work on lingering assignments. Each student’s coursework for the week was designed specifically for them.

Principal Campbell said this is the first year this has been down at south Medford, but some students have voluntarily come in to work.

“It doesn’t mean that every kid here is behind, it  just means we all have work to do, we all have to  make sure it’s done by the end of the school year,  we want to make sure that they get it done,” said Campbell.

The interventions were not just for high school students. District officials said there are similar programs going on this week at middle and elementary schools as well.

“We’re focusing on what each student needs. So, we’re looking at all students and whatever it takes us to help you get there and to be successful, that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Medford School District Director of Secondary Education Dr. Todd Bloomquist.

North Medford students were the first to try this approach last year, and with more schools added this year, officials said the extra week of break could be here to stay.

“The possibility of extending into the future is high, we know this is what students need and they’re responding really well to these interventions and  we’re very excited about that,” said Dr. Bloomquist.