Self-worth and a sense of belonging are very basic social and emotional needs of middle school students. The Homeroom Teacher/Advisor program provides a setting that strives to meet these needs. This program emphasizes the human relationship skills required for positive interactions.
In Homeroom, students have the opportunity to participate in activities designed to develop positive self-image, improve study skills, better peer relationships, and learn cooperative participation and other skills needed to be successful. Homeroom also provides a time for teachers, referred to as teacher/advisors, to be aware of the academic and social progress of their advisees and to interact with them individually. A contact card communication system keeps the teacher/advisor informed and profiles each student’s progress. In addition to advisement activities, Homeroom provides a time for student business, school elections, intramural activities, and other special events. Homeroom takes place each Monday from 8:20 – 8:40 a.m.
Homeroom Teacher/Advisor Program Objectives:
- To meet the social and emotional needs of students.
- To encourage student-involvement to develop a sense of dignity and worth.
At Summit Lakes, we continually work to provide the most effective programs that ensure your student’s success. Over the last few years, we studied the most current research and practices to design programs that best support our vision of nurturing our students’ progress toward becoming literate, life-long learners, and problem-solvers. As a result of our study of homework, we created a Learning Outside the Classroom Belief Statement. To support our belief statement, we have implemented a program called Catch-Up Corner.
Our goal is to ensure each student is learning all essential concepts. Catch-Up Corner will hold each student accountable for completing each assignment and provide an immediate intervention for those that choose not to complete an assignment. If a student does not complete an assignment, the student will be assigned a Catch-Up Corner for that day (or the next morning if there is an important conflict.) Catch-Up Corner will meet Monday – Friday 3:20 – 4:20 p.m. or 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. (8:30 – 9:15 a.m. late start Fridays).
If your child is assigned a Catch-Up Corner, you will receive a phone call from your child. The purpose of the call is to inform you that your child will need a ride home from school that day at 4:20. If it is impossible to provide transportation that day, you and your child will need to arrange transportation for the next morning. This phone call must be brief so that your child does not miss important time in class. In addition, the teacher will not be available to speak with you at that time as the teacher will be busy teaching class. If you want to speak to the teacher, please leave a message on voicemail or email.
During Catch-Up Corner, your child will have the opportunity to complete the assignment. The assignment will be accepted by the teacher at the next class for full credit. If a student does not complete the assignment during Catch-Up Corner, it will be the student’s responsibility to complete it on his/her own time. If the assignment is not turned in at the next class, your child will be assigned another Catch-Up Corner. At this point, the assignment may receive only partial credit.
Since we understand that everyone has a bad night, we are providing each student with two Catch-Up Corner passes each quarter. This does not excuse the student from completing the assignment, but does excuse them from Catch-Up Corner. The assignment will be due at the next class period. Students who do not use any passes will be rewarded at the end of each semester.
Each sponsor of an after-school activity or sport has developed a policy pertaining to Catch-Up Corner. Sponsors will provide written information to all participants.
We believe that our Catch-Up Corner intervention will provide for the needs of our students by giving them the extra time and help they need to complete their assignments and learn essential concepts.
FLIGHT (Falcon Literacy: Inspiring Great Habits Together) is the sustained silent reading program at SLMS. During FLIGHT, students select and read material that is interesting to them. FLIGHT activities permit teachers and students to discuss their reading interests as well as recommend books to each other.
In order to provide students with easy access to appealing, high-interest materials, each FLIGHT teacher has a well-stocked classroom library. Students may also read materials from home, the SLMS library, or the public library. Students are permitted to read eBooks. The Library Media Center offers a collection of eBooks via Sora and eMagazines via Flipster.
FLIGHT takes place Tuesday – Thursday from 8:20 – 8:40.
SOAR (Study, Organize, Achieve, Reward) at SLMS addresses our students’ needs and recognizes their successes. SOAR allows students time to begin their homework, make-up tests/projects, access computers/technologies for academic purposes, and access their teachers for questions, re-teaching, and help. SOAR takes place Monday – Thursday from 2:51 – 3:15 p.m.
Student Reward Time is provided every other Friday for students who are on track academically and who are meeting all expectations.
The Testing Center provides a proctored, centralized location for all students who want to make up missed tests and quizzes or retake assessments. Students should schedule Testing Center sessions with their classroom teachers and are able to take more than one assessment per session. The Testing Center is located in the Library Media Center after school and Room 510 before school.
- 7:15 – 8:15 a.m. (late-start Fridays, 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.)
- Students may arrive any time after the Testing Center has opened, while still ensuring they allow enough time to complete their assessments.
- Once students are finished with their assessments, they should remain in the Testing Center and read until 7:15 a.m., coinciding with the regular student entry time into the building.
- 3:20 – 4:20 p.m.
- Students are free to leave when their assessments are completed.
For questions or more information, please contact Student Administration at 986-1384.