Ms. Nancy Nelson is in "The Spotlight" for the month of April at The G.O.A.L. Program. Ms. Nelson is The G.O.A.L. program's school social worker. She has been with the program for six years, and prior to her arrival worked for the Kendall County Special Education Cooperative. Ms. Nelson is extremely dedicated to the students at G.O.A.L. She will often go above and beyond to make sure the students feel they are part of The G.O.A.L. community. She is a valuable resource to our students, parents and teachers. Her wisdom in mental health is an integral part of making the program successful. Ms. Nelson loves to spend her summers on her boat with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Thank you Ms. Nelson for making such a difference in all the lives you touch.
The G.O.A.L. Program will follow the footsteps of authors Dan Britton, Jimmy Page and Jon Gordon of the best selling book, "One Word." The G.O.A.L. staff will help students find simplicity and success in their school world by developing a discipline for school life.
One Word explains how to simplify your life by focusing on just ONE WORD for the entire year. The simplicity of choosing one word makes it a catalyst for life-change. Clutter and complexity lead to procrastination and paralysis, while simplicity and focus lead to success and clarity. Finding and living by your one word will impact the six dimensions of your life—mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Calling all parents, students and staff to choose your "ONE WORD."
The G.O.A.L. Program would like to welcome all new and returning students to the program. The G.O.A.L. Program is in its seventh year, and has helped over 200 students from Oswego High School and Oswego East High School graduate. Last year, The G.O.A.L. Program supported 48 students in reaching their academic goals of high school graduation! The staff look forward to another positive year, and hope to help even more SD 308 students reach their academic potential.
G.O.A.L. Friday Lunch Out~
Every Friday, students have the opportunity to order lunch out. Every student becomes eligible by attending school everyday, and arriving on time. Students must also meet their academic goals, and avoid being referred to administration for any behavioral concerns.
March 10- McDonalds
March 17- Jimmy Johns
April 7- Portillos
April 21- Chinese
April 28- Subway
May 5- Taco Bell
May 12- G.O.A.L.'s Annual End of the Year Lunch
School District 308 uses ALEKS as their mathematics intervention program. ALEKS is the acronym for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in Mathematics. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics they are most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.
ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.
Currently, Geometry Essentials students at The G.O.A.L. Program use ALEKS once weekly as an in-class intervention. Students are encouraged to log in weekly from home and work on their individualized learning targets.
School District 308 uses a reading intervention program called Achieve 3000. The goal of this intervention is to help students improve their literacy skills. Achieve3000, of Lakewood, N.J., delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension and fluency, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2 through 12. Through its proprietary software engine, the company uses the Internet to provide each student with an appropriate version of the same content based on his or her reading level. The company's products include KidBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 2 through 5), TeenBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 6 through 12) and Spark3000 (a reading and writing program for adult learners). For more information, visit http://www.achieve3000.com or phone 800-838-8771.
Currently, English 3 students at The G.O.A.L. Program work on TeenBiz 3000 once a week, as an in-class intervention. Students are encouraged to log in from home and complete one to two reading assignments weekly.
Students have the opportunity to order breakfast every morning at GOAL. Students can choose from a wide variety of healthy options. Parents just remember to put money on your student's account and/or give them a check/cash for breakfast.
The following teachers are highly qualified and certified to teach in the academic areas below. The G.O.A.L. Program offers these courses on an as needed basis dependent on the number of students enrolled in the program and credit requirements needed.
Kim Hubble - Mathematics
Nicholas Cherwin - English
Michael Kelley - Social Sciences
James Smith - Kinetic Wellness & Drivers Education