The goal of the enrichment program is two fold:
Small Group Instruction
At the elementary schools, Math Apps is a pull-out program for grades 2, 3, and 4. This group meets weekly to extend and challenge participating students in the area of mathematics. We explore problem solving techniques, visual spatial activities, logical reasoning and participate in the Continental Math League (CML) Competition. Annual screening takes place in the spring for grades 3 and 4, and during the fall for students in grade 2 or new to the district. Second grade Math Apps begins second quarter. Requirements for inclusion are based on a variety of criteria, such as high levels of success on standardized academic assessments, current performance, and teacher recommendation. All recommended students are screened on an annual basis. Current participants are automatically included in this process.
At McKelvie, Math Apps students are selected for the program in the spring of 4th grade by several tests that include core skills, concepts and word problems. Math Apps students meet during their enrichment period once during every six day rotation. Students are expected to complete homework each week, participate actively in class and to maintain at least an A- on their report card each quarter. Topics that are covered include logic, problem-solving strategies, inductive and deductive reasoning, patterns and functions, and variables.
This math class is offered to fourth grade students who meet district criteria based on their Grade 3 Math Apps screening results. New students to the district may be tested in the fall. The class covers the 4th grade curriculum and provides additional math enrichment activities for participating students.
At McKelvie, this class is offered to fifth grade students who meet district criteria for participation. Screening occurs in the spring of 4th grade. The class covers the 5th grade curriculum and provides additional math enrichment activities for participating students.
This weekly pull-out class for grades 2 (last half of the year), 3 and 4 focuses on extending and deepening student's love of literature. Participation requires high levels of success on standardized academic assessments, current performance, and teacher recommendations. Students may enter this program at any time throughout the year if they meet these expectations. Continued inclusion requires participation, student motivation and preparedness.
This weekly pull-out program is for students in grade 3 and 4 who demonstrate above average writing skills, creativity, and a high level of commitment to working on writing projects of their own choice. Students may enter this program at any time throughout the year if they meet these expectations. Continued inclusion requires participation, student motivation and preparedness.
At McKelvie, Writers' Group highly motivated students are recommended by their Language Arts teacher. These students are looking for any opportunity to do more writing and many keep journals at home on their own. Some examples of the genres covered are mysteries, poetry and fiction. Students are expected to work on assignments outside of class and share their writing with the whole class or a small group. Students meet during their enrichment period once during every six day rotation.