|Dr. Jill Pittman, Principal at JT Moore Middle School|
|Intersession should be differentiated according to student needs and interests. |
Examples of what we might offer at J.T. Moore would include opportunities for co-curricular travel, for example trips to our nation’s capital, a city with major cultural interests, or even for a stay at Camp Heifer in Arkansas, providing students an opportunity to experience what village life would be like in another country.
As an International Baccalaureate World School, the intersession periods could also provide activities for the students to complete on family trips to other countries as a means of trying their experiences to learning that happens during school.
Our students are all expected to earn Community Service hours and the intersession periods would be ideal for completing extended service projects in our community. We would partner with Hands on Nashville Youth Volunteer Corps and other not-for- profit agencies in our community to do this.
On campus activities could include extensions of the clubs that we offer – chess tournaments, book club discussions, table tennis tournaments, world language and culture activities, healthy lifestyle learning, working in our school garden, cooking and baking classes, etc…..
Any and all of these could be combined with academically focused enrichment and remediation that would allow students to work on project-based learning in core content areas.
|Mary Slow, Elementary English Learners Teacher & Parent of a Child with Autism|
|I see great potential to help my son get some extra things he needs. He has Autism and struggles academically. The smaller setting during intersession would be an opportunity for him to get more focused instruction. |
As an EL teacher, I would love to be able to focus on Language Acquisition with students who need the extra attention. I would also like to help students "catch up" academically.
I would especially like to see a sort of multiple intelligences/differentiated instruction driven intersession, where teacher actually have the time and small group size to do these effectively.
If there are any opportunities for teachers to help in development of intersession, I would be interested in that as well.
|Gini Pupo-Walker, Director of Family Involvement & Community Services|
Some of the ideas that I had for intercession were for high schools.
Weeklong workshop for juniors and seniors (parents are welcome) on filling out:
- FAFSA (Financial Aid Forms)
- Scholarship Forms
- College Applications
- College Essay writing
- ACT and SAT Prep
- ACT and PSAT/SAT prep
- Applications for summer internships and jobs
- Job readiness skills – interviews, resumes, and being a good employee
I think it would be ideal if we could have college and community volunteers to help with these programs in order to offer more one on one help to students.