Focus on Learning: Don't "slide" this summer!

LAUNCH sail is an academically based program geared at maintaining and developing academic skills over the summer months in order to address summer regression; also known as the “summer slide”. Class sizes are small allowing teachers to target each individual student’s needs and provide a hands-on, multi-sensory approach to learning. This creates a fun and engaging experience for students.




  • Three or four classes in chosen subject areas

  • Either AM or PM


  • Seven classes

  • Lunch is from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm. Students are responsible for providing their own lunch.

Classes Offered

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Study Strategies/Written Language
  • Social Awareness
  • Technology
  • Art
  • Music


When: July 7, 2020 through August 13, 2020.
Weeks 1-6: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 am to 2:45 pm

Where: Pine Grove Middle School, 6318 Fremont Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Program Fees: three classes – $525.00; four classes – $625.00; seven classes – $930.00

  • Deposit of 50% due at registration, with remaining balance due Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
  • Partial scholarships are available. Deadline for applications is June 24, 2020.
  • 10% discount for each additional child in family.
  • 20% processing fee to withdraw.

SAIL Curriculum


  • Classes offered include reading, math, written language/study strategies, social awareness, technology, art, and music.

  • Class periods are 45 minutes in length.

  • Each child has an individual schedule based on class selection.

  • Students are grouped according to age.

  • Class size is no more than eight students per teacher.

  • Classes are taught by highly-qualified teachers who work in local school districts during the school year.

  • The teachers are responsible for designing their own curriculum to address the needs of the students, with the exception of reading class, in which the teachers are required to use the Orton-Gillingham/Wilson method.

  • The program strives to achieve the following outcomes for each student: 

    • learning

    • experience success

    • have fun

    • experience no regression

    • maintain academic growth

    • develop strategies

    • learn new skills

    • develop social skills

    • develop new friendships.

  • Students of varying abilities participate in the program, including, but not limited to, typical learners, students diagnosed with a learning disability and/or ADHD, and higher functioning students on the autism spectrum.


Staff Member Job Title
Kayla Gallipeau Math
Tamara LaVallee Teaching Assistant
Brandi Tourin-Finger Art
Dianne Pennings Associate Executive Director for Programs
Mara Yuzwak Reading
Lisa Bianchi Lead Career Educator