|COA Middle School Enrichment/Intervention sessions|
This year, COA Middle School has implemented an intervention and enrichment period into the schedule. This allows us to work with students who need more support, but be able to offer something extra to enrich those students who don’t need the intervention time. Below is the list of our enrichment sessions as well as some key points about what we address with our intervention groups.
Computer Literacy (grades 7&8) In this session students are learning more about computers, programs related to Computers such as elements of Powerpoint, Word, and Excel and also about ways to have technology help them in school and with their classes. The session will also begin to work on the school newsletter, with the guidance and structure of Mrs. Koerner.
Music (Grades 7&8) Students will work with a Music teacher to learn fundamentals of music with the possibility to play recorders, and perform in assemblies. Rhythms (Whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note, dotted notes)
Correct singing posture
A variety of songs from different cultures
Musical Vocabulary (rest, repeat, coda, sign, sharp, flat, major, minor)
Musical History (song origins, composers, musicians)
Recorders (playing recorders)
Russian Drama (Grades 7&8) Students in this session are working in the element of Russian Drama with Mrs. Ivanko. They get an opportunity to learn more about theater, and perform at assemblies or parent nights/events. They also are learning more about the elements of literature and theater, and ways that it has had prominence in the development of people’s interests in different countries.
Intervention List of Sessions
In this session, our 7th grade students are working through the support class with McDougal Littell Algebra Readiness. They are working on requisite skills needed to help them be more successful in their Pre-Algebra home class as well as advancing to the next level for Algebra I next year. Students also get an opportunity to ask questions, work with the educator to get specific help and are assessed on a regular basis to see how they are doing.
7&8 grade ELA Support
With Mr. Donahue, kids know what to expect as he is their regular ELA teacher. Mr. Donahue works on spelling, day to day reading, getting kids reading with more fluency and comprehension and working through stories that are high interest, but that kids can understand and work through with him. Mr. Donahue also focuses on decoding and vocabulary building with students as they read through stories together.
8th Grade Math Support
Mr. Gallagher, Math teacher for 7th and 8th grade works with kids to pre-teach and at times reteach concepts in Algebra I so that students have a better knowledge of what they are learning in their home classes. Through examples, student’s trying problems themselves, and checking for understanding, students are better able to know what to expect in their home Math class and be prepared for it. They also get the benefit of getting instruction twice or having the ability to practice problems in a comfortable setting. With less than 20 students, it’s a manageable group with good teacher to student ratio for instruction.
Vocabulary and Language Skills Development (7th and 8th Grades)
This session was set up for newcomer students who may not have had as much exposure to English with having been in the states for a limited time. Mrs.Choban works with a small group of students on basics in conversational English, and they have the opportunity to practice these skills in oral and written language. Students also spent time reading leveled books that build their fluency and overall reading development. With a limited number of students, and the fact that these students also have Hipoint ELD instruction, these readers tie into their two hour pullout time. Students in this class have exposure to essential ELD instruction 40 additional minutes and 21/2 hours each day.