10/4/2012 3:00:00 PM School sets intercession, enrichment classes
As the season changes from Summer to Autumn, signs of Fall are turning up everywhere in Switzerland County. Here, a project of the Switzerland County FFA and the high school agriculture program welcomes everyone to Vevay.
Because of the new balanced calendar that is being used here in the Switzerland County Schools this year, students will begin a two-week long Fall Break this Monday, October 8th.
But not all students will be off the entire two weeks.
School Superintendent Mike Jones said that beginning this Monday, as many as 300 of the corporation's students at all grade levels will be participating in a week of intercession and enrichment programs, before everyone getting the week of October 15th off.
"These are going to be remediation and enrichment programs," Mike Jones said. "Each building is doing it a little different. For example the high school is keying in on the students who have not yet passed the end of course assessments, which is basically sophomores, juniors, and seniors."
Mike Jones said that any senior who wants to qualify for a waiver in order to graduate must attend these intercession classes in order to meet the waiver requirements.
The superintendent said that both elementary schools are basing their programs on the Star Reading and Math programs; and also ISTEP scores.
"In the elementary, based on scores there is a determination of the top 25-percent and the bottom 25-percent; and I think the enrichment program will target the top 25-percent and try and do some enrichment-type things, hoping to increase their scores on the top side," the superintendent said.
The middle school will also be participating.
"In the middle school, they are basically focusing on remediation and those students who would have fallen into the bottom 25-percent on ISTEP," Mike Jones said.
Most of the students who will be attending these special classes next week will be going half-days, from 8-11 a.m.; with some of the juniors and seniors at the high school going all day.
"We're going to be running limited bus service, also," Mike Jones said. "Students will be picked up at their homes, but it may or may not be the same driver who picks them up on a daily basis because we're combining some routes. There will be letters going home detailing the transportation service. The bus service will also be available only for the students going a half day."
There will be no lunch service for the half-day attendees, but there will be snacks available for students, the superintendent said.
At this point, parents who have a student involved in the program should have already gotten a letter on the week of classes, but the superintendent said that it's important that the students attend.
"This is something new," he said. "It's something that we hope is going to be beneficial to the students and also to the corporation."
Any parent having any questions on the intercession and enrichment programs should contact the school that their child attends.