“My son, Matthew talks about much he enjoys his classes and his teachers. This is such an amazing turnaround from his difficult 7th grade year. The THINK program is really making Matthew Think differently about school and his future. Thank you to all the teachers and administrators who encourage the students with a positive attitude and positive reinforcement. Thank you to all the teachers who make those nice compliments. Matthew is so proud that his art teacher stopped to look at his art project and told him how great it is. Matthew will take that comment with him the rest of his life. This is just one example of many. Thank you everyone for doing such an excellent job!”
Elk Grove Parent
Summer Learning at Elk Grove Unified School District
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A successful transition to middle school has been identified as a predictor of future academic achievement. For many of the students we serve, the middle school years are filled with anything but positive experiences; school safety, discipline and behavioral issues present serious impediments to learning. The Search Institute has identified 40 developmental assets that adolescents need to grow up healthy and become caring, responsible adults. These building blocks include connections to caring adults outside the family, engagement with learning opportunities outside the school, self-esteem and a sense of belonging to your school and or community.
THINK Together’s summer program helps keep middle school youth engaged in their education at a time when many students are beginning to disengage from school. With the use tools and curriculum such as Fulcrum C.R.A.T.E. our staff have been trained to empower students, enhance their confidence and build math, literacy and leadership skills. Throughout the day, they provide developmentally appropriate activities and incentives and build peer-leadership opportunities. At Harriet, one group of students took the lead in organizing a contest to see which team can learn the most words in the academic vocabulary list.
One of key measurable objectives of the THINK summer learning program is help students develop a sense of belonging, a connection to their school, a feeling of optimism about their place in the world. A few days into the program we received this parent testimonial as evidence that we are making progress towards our goal.