A celebration for FJHS Extended Year program


Hard work, perseverance and dedication recently paid off for several incoming, current and outgoing Fulton Junior High School students who participated in the FJHS Community School Extended Year program.
 
Held from July 10 to Aug. 4 at Granby Elementary School, the summer program engaged sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in project-based math, science and humanities classes to help them master grade-level standards. With the “Life Lab: Growing Minds, Building Community” program theme, students engaged in deeper connections to their peers, teachers and community.
 
“It’s not easy to come to school over summer vacation but they really persevered to be here,” said Gina Salerno, administrator of the summer program. “They really need to be celebrated.”
 
Sixth-graders were selected to join the program to continue growth in English Language Arts and math, while seventh- and eighth-graders were given the opportunity to stay on grade level for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
Students, teachers and guest speakers also utilized Sean Covey’s “Seven Habit of Highly Effective Teens” as the foundation for social-emotional learning and goal setting. During the program’s recent culmination showcase, student Paige Phillips said she chose to present on Covey’s “Think Win Win!” habit because remaining positive can help improve the way one thinks.
 
Salerno said 83 students completed the Extended Year program, which offered them academic advancement, social-emotional growth and a positive attitude. Teachers also reviewed with students the importance of attendance and related goal setting.
 
In celebration of the program’s success, several students received academic excellence in humanities, math, science, sixth-grade ELA and sixth-grade math awards during the showcase. Eighteen students received perfect attendance honors, while Haylie Hagan received the Synergy Award, Kayleigh Litcheson received the Proactive Award and both Jocelyn Polly and Aunna Metelsky received the Leadership Award.


Fulton Junior High School student Paige Phillips shows off her
“Think Win Win” poster she worked on as part of the Fulton Junior
High School Community School Extended Year program showcase,
a summer culmination activity recently held at Granby Elementary School.