Enrichment Classes for Grades 4-8
Enrichment classes are designed to offer our students who are excelling in their academic subjects additional opportunities to extend, enrich, and enhance their classroom learning.
Students will be asked to attend Enrichment classes based on a combination of high standardized test scores and consistently high grades in every subject.
Each subject teacher must agree that the student is working to the best of his or her ability, has handed in all work on time, is an active class participant, consistently exhibits positive classroom behavior, and is maintaining an A average.
What do we do in Enrichment class?
The students and I discuss topics that they are covering in their major subject areas and look for specific topics that they would be interested in exploring further. Each student will choose a specific aspect of that topic, research it, and create a presentation on it to teach it to his or her classmates.
For example, if the 8th Grade is studying WWII, one student might want to learn more about the weapons used in the war, another may focus on the French Resistance, a third might research concentration camps, a fourth might do a presentation the Japanese Internment Camps in the United States, and a fifth student might choose to focus on patriotic movies and music from the time period.
We will then discuss these topics in depth, explore them further, and make connections between them. We will also explore the connection between student topics and what is happening in our world today.
When will we start?
Enrichment classes begin immediately after Mid-Winter Recess in February.
This will give our students time to adjust to the increased work demands of their new grade level.
Students who meet our eligibility requirements will be receive a letter inviting them to join our Enrichment classes. Parents must sign and return the attached permission slip indicating whether or not they wish their child to participate.
When do students have Enrichment class?
To avoid removing students from important academic classes, we have set up a schedule that allows each class to come to Enrichment one day a week during the last half of their lunch period (instead of going to Juno Street).
The schedule is as follows:
What is expected of our Enrichment students?
- Students must come to Enrichment class each week and be active participants in our class discussions.
- Students must research their chosen topics and create detailed presentations about their topics at home. (Students in Grade 4 will write reports/summaries of their topics; students in Grades 5-8 will create Google Slides presentations on their topics unless otherwise instructed). On average, students will be required to work on a new presentation about every two to three weeks.
- All words must be paraphrased and all sources must be cited.
- If a student is absent from Enrichment class, it is his or her responsibility to find out the assignment that is due the following week, if any. Assignments for each grade will be posted on the Google Classroom that students will join for their Enrichment section on the first day of Enrichment class.
- Students must present their research in class and teach each other about their specific topics. Each student must be attentive and respectful to the student that is presenting. Presentations will be followed by class discussions expanding on and making connections between the chosen topics and their relationship with and impact on our world today . Students are expected to fully participate in these discussions, adding their own thought and ideas to those that were already presented.
In addition, in their other academic classes...
- Students are expected to maintain their high academic and behavioral standards and to submit all assignments on time.
Students who are not meeting any of these requirements will be asked to take a break from Enrichment until they get back on track.
If I don't make it into Enrichment in February, can I join later if I pull up my grades?
Absolutely! Anyone who meets our criteria is welcome at any time! I will have to speak to all of your subject teachers. If they agree, you're in!