junior high service hour program
In an effort to encourage our students to think of others, St. Mary of the Assumption School is beginning a service hours program for our junior high students. This service fits into our religion curriculum. The number of hours vary by grade level.
what is the 6th grade service requirement?
what is the 7th grade service requirement?
what is the 8th grade service requirement?
what are some examples of service that will work for earning hours?
SCHOOL/PARISH: Preschool Pals, Caring Angels, Faithbuilders, Student Council, Grace Notes, Knightly News, Altar Server, Festival, Helping Hands, and rosary making.
COMMUNITY: Parish Day of Service, St. Pat's Soup Kitchen, Safety Town, Project Hope, A community fundraiser, Shovel/rake for the elderly, Food banks, etc.
St. Mary’s Enrichment Program is designed to meet the needs of students who have demonstrated higher than average cognitive skills and achievement test scores. Gifted students have unique characteristics that require a modified curriculum and social and emotional support. The Enrichment Program curriculum encourages questioning, creativity, problem-solving, and higher level thinking skills.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM?
Students in grades 3-8 who meet the highest criteria based on standardized assessments.
HOW DOES THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM WORK?
Enrichment Program participants meet weekly in the Enrichment classroom for one hour. Students work collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects designed to encourage questions, problem solving, and higher-level thinking. Students are responsible for making up any work that they missed in their general education classes while they were pulled out for Enrichment.
who facilitates the ENRICHMENT program?
Mrs. Petsche facilitates the Enrichment Program. Mrs. Petsche brings years of classroom experience to the program and has a knack for motivating students to stretch themselves.
Does my child have to be re-evaluated each year?
No. Once a child is identified as gifted, they may continue with the Enrichment Program through the 8th grade, assuming that they are responsible about making up work missed in their general education classes. Students who do not qualify the first year of eligibility may be invited to participate in subsequent years if their test scores and classroom performance warrants it.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL ENRICHMENT PROJECTS?
Past projects have included designing Rube Goldberg machines, participating in mock trials, learning about engineering with Lego robotics, solving logic puzzles, a stock market competition, and creating student-produced videos. Each lesson is differentiated to meet the abilities of Enrichment participants and extend beyond the scope of grade level standards.
Through Ohio Auxiliary Services and federal funding, St. Mary’s is able to provide assistance for students with special needs, including an intervention specialist, a school psychologist, a speech and language therapist, a school health aide, and a remedial teacher. All of these services, with the exception of the health aide, are housed in the Learning Center near the Weaver Activity Center. Students are screened to determine if they qualify for special education services. In addition, parent and teacher referrals may also be made.
i can the way i am
I CAN the Way I AM is a school-wide disability awareness program that takes place throughout the month of October. The faculty, staff, parents, and students devote class time to study a specific disability with the goal being to raise awareness about all that people with disabilities can do. Students prepare for classroom simulations and guest speakers using resources funded by the PTU. This program partners with the Cleveland Sight Center, Cleveland Hearing and Speech, Deepwood, and many individuals with disabilities in our community who share their stories. Each year the program concludes with a school-wide celebration highlighting all that we have learned.
who participates in this program?
Students pre-K through 8th grade participate in the program.
HOW DOES THE "i can the way i am" program work?
Each grade level has a specific focus. The students are introduced to a specific disability-related topic, experience hands-on simulations, and meet with speakers who have first-hand experiences with disabilities. The website will highlight key topics addressed by grade level and feature pictures from previous years.
How Can I help?
Each year the program has approximately 40 volunteers. Volunteers can register with this link. Volunteers are typically contacted the summer before the program and provided with the details they need about dates and times. Each grade level needs parents to facilitate classroom experiences related to heightening students' awareness about those with special needs.