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Enrichment Summer Scholars Program (ESSP)

Enrichment Summer Scholars Program (ESSP)

Enrichment Summer Scholars Program (ESSP) 2017

The Enrichment Summer Scholars Program (ESSP) is a summer enrichment program designed especially for the exceptionally talented students who attend Hillsborough County Public Schools. Students who are eligible to apply for the program are those who were notified by their school that they qualified for the district’s Elementary Talent Search in 2016-2017.

Students attending the program have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a 4-day program focused on problem-based learning with other students who share the same talents and interests. The unique program includes minds-on experiences not typically offered through the regular school curriculum. Throughout the 4-day program students will be guided by top-notch Hillsborough County teachers through gifted learning experiences that will result in the creation of products that will be showcased at the end of the program.

Through the ESSP experience, students develop 21st Century Learning Skills that will help them to prepare for future success including;

  • Information and Communication Skills
  • Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills and Self-Directional Skills
  • Digital-Age Literacy Skills

ESSP Programs for 2017 include:

  • ESSP3: I’m a Tech-Searcher
    (For students who were enrolled in Grade 3 during the 2016-17 school year. Focus is on research methodology, reading, writing, & creativity using iPad technology)
  • ESSP4: VIP Kids: Voices Inspiring Purpose
    (For students who were enrolled in Grade 4 during the 2016-17 school year. Program focus is on technology, reading, writing, & creativity using iPad technology)
  • ESSP5: Ready Robots to the Rescue!
    (For students who were enrolled in Grade 5 during the 2016-17school year. Program focus is on computer coding, logical thinking, problem-solving, & creativity)

2017 Program Dates:

  • June 12-15, 2017
  • June 19-22, 2017

2017 Program Locations:

  • Boyette Springs Elementary
  • Deer Park Elementary
  • MacFarlane Park Magnet
  • Muller Magnet
  • Note: The number of spaces available at each location is LIMITED. Registration is on a first-come basis and is NOT complete until the online application has been submitted AND full payment has been received through the Dwolla payment system

Registration is now CLOSED

Payment for ESSP is through Dwolla, a district-approved electronic payment system. To apply for a Dwolla account, go to www.dwolla.com/register/
The button to send your one-time payment to ESSP will appear on your screen AFTER you do the ESSP online registration.

For program information, please contact ask.escholars@sdhc.k12.fl.us

For payment or scholarship information, please contact ask.efinscholars@sdhc.k12.fl.us


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Enrichment Summer Scholars Program (ESSP)?
The Enrichment Summer Scholars Program is a 4-day fee-based summer enrichment program for exceptionally talented students who attend Hillsborough County Public Schools.

  • ESSP 3 is for students who have completed grade 3 and will enter grade 4 during the coming school year.
  • ESSP 4 is for students who have completed grade 4 and will enter grade 5 during the coming school year.
  • ESSP 5 is for students who have completed grade 5 and will enter grade 6 during the coming school year.

The program is taught by certified Hillsborough County Public Schools teachers who have experience teaching gifted and talented students.

What is the curriculum focus for ESSP?

ESSP3: I’m a Tech-Searcher

iPad Tablet technology Collaborative learning
Research methodology Creativity development
Website & source validation E-book creation
Non-fiction reading & writing

ESSP4: VIP Kids: Voices Inspiring Purpose

iPad Tablet technology Script-writing
Creativity development Collaborative learning
Digital video and photography Celebration and Product Gallery
Animation and movie-making

ESSP5: Ready Robots to the Rescue!

iPad Tablet technology & SPRK+ Robotics Logical thinking
Intro to computer coding & programming Creativity development
Collaborative learning Real-world problem solving

Who may attend?

  • Only Hillsborough County Public School students who were notified by their school that they were qualified to participate in the district’s 2016-2017 Talent Search are eligible to attend ESSP.

When will ESSP be held?

  • Students may attend ONE of two sessions
Session 1: June 12-15, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Session 2: June 19-22, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where will the program be held?

  • Boyette Springs Elementary
  • Deer Park Elementary
  • MacFarlane Park Magnet
  • Muller Magnet
  • Note: The number of spaces available at each location is LIMITED. Registration is on a first-come basis and is NOT complete until the online application has been submitted AND full payment has been received through the Dwolla payment system

What is the cost?

  • The cost for the 4-day program is $153.
  • The cost includes the registration fee ($28) and all program materials.

How do I enroll my child in ESSP?

  • Registration for ESSP: Registration
  • Payment is through the district-approved Dwolla payments system.
  • To create a Dwolla account, go to www.dwolla.com/register/customers
  • To expedite the application process, you may create a Dwolla account BEFORE ESSP registration opens on March 22.
  • Note: Registration is NOT complete until payment is received through the electronic Dwolla payments system. The payment MUST be received within 3 days of filling out the online ESSP registration form.
  • Parents who do not have a bank account may pay by money-order. The money-order must be mailed so that it is received at the payment location within 3 days of completing the online registration.
  • If payment is not received within 3 days of completing the online registration form, the registration may be denied to open the spot for other interested families.
  • Registration opens on March 22, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

How do I pay for ESSP Program?

  • Payment is through the district-approved Dwolla payments system. The button to send your one-time payment to ESSP via Dwolla will appear on your screen AFTER you complete the ESSP online registration.
  • To create a Dwolla account, go to www.dwolla.com/register/customers
  • To expedite the payment process, create a Dwolla account BEFORE ESSP registration opens.
  • Acceptable forms of payment are: electronic payment through Dwolla or money order.
  • Credit cards are NOT accepted for payment.

Are scholarships available?

  • A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified students who attend a Title I school and are eligible to receive free/reduced priced meals.
  • The Scholarship application is built in to the online registration system. If the online application does not provide the option of requesting a scholarship, the student is NOT eligible to apply for a scholarship.
  • If your child qualifies for a scholarship, complete the online registration at http://escholars.mysdhc.org/ and submit the $28 registration fee through the district-approved Dwolla payments system. The button to send your one-time payment to ESSP via Dwolla will appear on your screen AFTER you complete the ESSP online registration.
  • To create a Dwolla account, go to www.dwolla.com/register/customers
  • If you have questions about scholarships, email ask.efinscholars@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Is transportation provided?

  • Transportation is NOT provided.
  • Drop off is from 7:50-8:00 a.m.
  • Pick up is at 2:30 p.m.
  • Caution: NO crossing guards are on duty during the summer months to assist students who walk to the school site.
  • Note: Students may NOT be dropped off before 7:50 a.m. as no ESSP supervision is available prior to 7:50 a.m. Students MUST be picked up at 2:30 p.m. as no ESSP supervision is available after program hours.

Is lunch provided?

  • Lunch is NOT provided. Snacks are NOT provided.
  • Each student MUST bring a snack, a bag-lunch, and drink daily.

Is daycare available beyond the program day?

  • Daycare is NOT offered as part of the ESSP program; however, some ESSP sites may offer the H.O.S.T. program for after-care.
  • Parents interested in daycare beyond the program day (8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) should contact the H.O.S.T. program directly to determine the availability and cost of care. H.O.S.T. may not be available at all sites.
  • For information about H.O.S.T. contact: Debbie Zenk, Supervisor, at 744-8941 ext. 305

Who may I contact for more information about ESSP?

Who may I contact for more information about scholarships or payment?

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