• Frequently Asked Questions about the

    Warriors Explore Summer Program


    What is the focus of the Warriors Explore Summer Program?

    The Smithville School District is committed to educating and enriching students. The Warriors Explore Summer Program is a great way to offer an interdisciplinary, extended-learning opportunity for students of the district. The summer program enriches and advances topics and standards that are perhaps taught in the regular school year but explored and expanded upon more during the summer session.


    When and where will the program be held?

      The program will begin June 2nd, 2020 and end July 3rd, 2020.

    • Dates could be changed based on the number of days missed due to inclement weather. Changes will be announced if this occurs.
    • Grades K-3 will be housed at the Maple Elementary and will run from 8:45m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Grades 4-8 will be housed at Smithville Middle School and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    Will transportation be provided to and from the program?

    Yes, transportation will be provided for any student who qualifies for transportation during the regular school year. However, bus routes may be modified 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?

    The academic courses in each program are created to be interdisciplinary and theme-based. In Kindergarten, students will be enrolled in a self-contained classroom so they can get to know their teacher, the school, and procedures that will be expected when “real” school starts. The content learned will help students get a head start on literacy and math.


    In grades 1-4, students will have three hours of interdisciplinary learning that includes Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies in the morning. After lunch, these students will explore three fun-filled courses that are a little more relaxed in nature but still interdisciplinary and core or exploratory driven. Some classes will last 9 days and others will last the entire 18 days of the program.


    Students attending in grades 5-6 will have two classes that are 9 days and three classes for the full 18 days of summer school while 7-8 will have all four classes for the full 18 days. These are also theme-based and incorporate interdisciplinary learning including Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Career Exploration, Family and Consumer Science, and Physical Education.


    Will breakfast and lunch be served each day?

    Students will be served breakfast and lunch using the same system provided during the regular school year.                            

    Breakfast $1.75         Lunch $2.40         Milk $ 0.45



    Library Services

    We are happy to announce that this summer we will have a Library/Media Specialist in each of the summer program buildings. The Horizon Elementary, Maple Elementary and Middle School libraries will be open two or three afternoons a week for students attending summer school. The number of afternoons the library will be open depends upon the building.


    How do I enroll my child?

    Simply visit this website, https://goo.gl/forms/Qz1EfiFXNNB7WpJl1, and fill out and submit the electronic summer school application. The application link will also be available on the district website and as well as each of the building’s websites.


    What if I still have questions? Where can I call?

    If you still have questions regarding the Warriors Explore Summer Program please contact the Smithville R-II School District office at 816-532-0406 and they will transfer you to a district representative who can answer any question(s) you may still have.


    Here Are a Few New Ideas from You

     We interviewed students that attended the program in previous summers and read every parent and teacher survey.  We want you to know that we’ve heard your voices.

    • Students enjoyed having recess or break time every day. We will continue to offer this.
    • Students liked having access to the library and books to read! Our libraries will be open for check out.
    • We will offer smaller weekly prizes so more students can win when they have perfect attendance for the week. Students would like to enjoy pizza/movie parties, or popcorn parties, or even have the snow cone truck stop by one day and treat those students that had perfect attendance for the week.


    Student Incentives for Perfect Attendance

    Weekly Drawing:

    The Elementary and Middle Level programs will have weekly drawings or parties for perfect attendance. Students having perfect attendance for the week will be eligible for a drawing and great prizes.


    Innovation Learning Info

    Innovation Learning is excited to provide a variety of summer programs, held at Smithville School District for 2020. The program is available for all children ages 5 – 13 years old and brings the ultimate summer camp experience to each child by offering a variety of weekly opportunities to explore new or favorite interests. Innovation Learning will offer Before and After Programming during Summer School programs at Maple Elementary and Horizon Elementary (walking kids to and from Smithville Middle School for Summer School) June 2nd - July 3rd.


    After Summer School has concluded, our CAMP DISCOVERY will be offered at Horizon Elementary July 6th- August 21st from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm daily! Led by professionals in education, this camp offers a variety of exciting themes designed to foster growth and curiosity.  Each week is packed with a thoughtful balance of fun and relaxation. CAMP DISCOVERY will include on site programming like STEAM activities, sports & games, arts & crafts, team building, celebrations, and parties plus each group will go on 2-3 field trips each week that may include swimming, museums, visiting local parks and lakes, and much more to add to each week’s FUN in the SUN! Two snacks are provided daily. Campers will also receive a camp T-shirt. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and water bottle. Contact Andi Gilbertson at 816-532-5949 or agilbertson@innovationlearning.com to learn more about the program or go straight to our website at InnovationLearning.com to register.