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Fast Track Scholars





JUNE 15, 2020 - JULY 23, 2020

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM


Fast Track Scholars is a high school readiness program helping students going into 9th grade to develop the skills necessary to transition into high school. This program is free to any student who qualifies, and runs during our summer session. This program will be culturally relevant, and allow students to gain elective credit as they explore topics in math, science, social studies and English. 


Each day a student will have three 60-Minute classes, Monday-Thursday. As with all MPLS Summer Programs, the Fast Track Scholar Program will be taught through distance learning.  Teachers will have interactive digital classrooms where students can collaborate and share thoughts.  They will also be encouraged to share videos and resources for students to gain skills to be successful in high school and beyond. The program runs Monday through Thursday.


Period 1:  9:00 - 10:00                                                                             

Period 2: 10:00 - 11:00                                                                     

Period 3: 11:15 – 12:15


 High School Transition & Readiness-Preparing for High School and Beyond:

Welcome to the Fast Track Program! This program is designed to help you make a smooth transition from middle school to high school. This specific course is designed to ensure that each and every student is prepared and has the tools to reach all your goals and succeed in both high school and college.  Each week we will focus on a specific concept and complete daily assignments that help us learn new skills based around the concept. We will be learning a multitude of AVID strategies and methodologies that can help support you in all your academic classes as you move into high school.  These methodologies include: writing as a tool for learning, the inquiry method of instruction, collaborative learning, organization strategies, and reading-to-learn strategies.  Students will be using daily journaling as a way to work on the skill of writing, and being reflective learners. As we are doing our work online we will be using different types of online tools to support our learning. We will be using Google Classroom as our main academic page, and this will be where you find all of your daily assignments. Some of the tools we’ll use are Google Docs, Padlet, Flipgrid, discussion posts, etc.  It is essential for students to practice and develop these academic and social-emotional learning skills as they will prepare them to become life-long learners and help them excel in their post-secondary aspirations.

Summertime Science:

How can bacteria help forensic scientists solve a crime? How can creatures use light and sound to fool nearby predators?  What makes COVID-19 different from other viruses?  In this Fast Track class, we’ll let our scientific curiosity come to life as we explore these and other topics!  We may be distance learning, but we’ll use video resources as virtual field trips and collect and present data from our own backyards in a virtual science fair. 

ESL Fast Track: 

This ESL Fast Track program is designed for English Learners. Students will learn the language and skills needed to be successful in high school. Each week will have a theme to cover core concepts and language to help students transition to high school. Students will develop their reading and writing skills, become familiar with Google Classroom, Docs, and Slides, create a digital book, go on virtual field trips, and play fun games like Kahoot with their classmates on Google Meets. 

History of Hip Hop:


This course will explore major topics in the history of Hip Hop. Hip Hop culture consists of at least four main elements: Disc jockeying (DJing), break dancing, graffiti art, and rapping. Since its emergence in the South Bronx and throughout the northeast during the early and mid-1970s, Hip Hop has encompassed not just a musical genre, but also a style of dress, dialect/language and way of looking at the world. This class will look at the History of Hip Hop and how it has impacted our society. Students will be expected to write, research, analyze lyrics, watch documentaries and create their own piece of art related to the Hip Hop culture.  

H.S. Social Studies Skills:


This Fast Track course will seek to expand students’ analytical skills, writing skills as well as classroom discourse.  Students will read and analyze short articles or watch videos on current events and then be asked to write journal reflections on them, using google classroom.  The class will meet a few times a week at set times to discuss the assignments and have the opportunity to engage the teacher and each other regarding the content of the assignments.  Anticipated topics, the Coronavirus and the accompanying crisis, examples of social strife in society as of late and community efforts to address those social issues, as well as the associated historical roots related to these same social issues.

Architectural Engineering:

Integrated engineering and design that answers affordability and sustainability needed for the 21st century. Everything you need in less than 200 square feet: learn the basics of architecture, design, construction, and community planning. Are you interested in collaborating with local Minnesota Architects, as mentors on an architectural project you design? Students have an opportunity to choose an area of focus that includes: (1) Architect: Zero Net Energy Design; (2) Architect: Using Ancient Design Principles; (3) Aviary: Designing a Geodesic Dome; (4) Green Design & Construction; or (5) Explore City Planning.




For more information, please contact Randy Naughton at Randy.Naughton@mpls.k12.mn.us or call 612-806-8159.



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