What’s happening in the Optimal Learning Center?
As summer nears, we pause and revel in the accomplishments of our students. We have many reasons to celebrate this year, and here are a few of them:
- 4 of our students made the Honor Roll in Middle and High School.
- 7 of our students met the criteria to exit our Resource services.
- 3 of our students exited the Literacy Skills Program midyear.
- 13 students met the criteria to exit our ELL Services
- All Elementary school teachers participated in a SIOP Workshop facilitated by some of our very own-- Melissa Dimitracopoulos (Grade 3-5 ELL teacher); Ms. Erin Thomas (Early Childhood Coordinator/Interventionist); Ms. Sofia Udner (Grade K-2)
In lower elementary, students who began the school year reading at a level 5 have reached a level 13. In Upper elementary and Middle School, many of our students have increased their MAP RIT score in reading by at least 4 points. In High School, most of our seniors completed their Extended Essay with great success!! Our teachers have been actively engaged in planning and collaborating with teachers to differentiate instruction in the classroom for students with learning challenges or to modify teaching practices to accommodate the needs of all ELL students.
The Optimal Learning Center remains committed to helping all children at Carol Morgan School.
Thinking Ahead to the Next School Year….
This school year is about to end, now is an optimal time to plan for the next one. The summer is a good time to learn a little bit more about how to keep your children intellectually and emotionally engaged. We recommend you read the following book:
In Raising Resilient Children, clinical psychologists Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein provide ways that parents can boost their kid's self-esteem and resilience. In this practical handbook for parents, clinical psychologists Brooks and Goldstein draw on their considerable experience working with children and families to demonstrate that parents' core goal should be to instill in their children a sense of inner recourse. "A resilient child is an emotionally healthy child, equipped to successfully confront challenges and bounce back from setbacks," they contend, and to this end they provide 10 parenting "guideposts" for nurturing the kind of resilience that helps children thrive.
Special Thanks and Farewell!!!
On behalf of the OLC staff and students, I would like to thank Ms. Bee and Ms. Udner for their work and constant dedication to their students.
Please remember to turn in the consent form to the OLC if you wish to register your child in our resource program for the academic year 2012-2013.
SAVE THE DATE!
3rd, 4th and 5th grade
Students and parents…
Don’t miss the
Authors’ Café & Book-Signing Event at 6:45pm on May 31st in the MS/HS Library. This spectacular event will showcase Carol Morgan School’s talented authors.