Ms. Gerardot and Ms. O'Brien are in The G.O.A.L. Program's staff spotlight. Ms. Gerardot is the district's Alternative Education Coordinator and The G.O.A.L. Programs onsite administrator. Ms. Gerardot believes every student has the potential to be successful; working closely with teachers, students, parents, and a the student's home school to meet the needs of The G.O.A.L. students. She enjoys spending time with her children, and is an Oswego High School alumni.
Ms. O'Brien is one of the districts great guidance counselors. She shares her time with Oswego East and The G.O.A.L. Program. Ms. O'Brien is always available to the students of the program, and will work closely with them in pursuing any post-secondary goals students would like support with. She has been with the program for the past two years, and will be missed as this is her last year with the program. Ms. O'Brien has three children and enjoys spending lots of time traveling with them. Thanks, Ms. Gerardot and Ms. O'Brien for everything you do for The G.O.A.L. Program.
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."
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.