In an effort to provide additional academic support and learning time for students, the North Bergen Board of Education is offering a free Saturday Morning Enrichment Program at the high school for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade.
Students engage in “fun and exciting” educational activities to develop their skills and knowledge, and better prepare them for the school year.
“This program has been a spectacular success for students who need to enhance their education, as well as for parents seeking strategies so they can support their children at home,” touted North Bergen Superintendent Dr. George Solter.
“I’m very happy to see how this program has grown over the years, which is a testament to its popularity and genuine importance to so many families in our community,” he said.
Beginning as a Targeted Assistance Program around ten years ago, its Title I federal funding originally mandated it exist only for students who were struggling and in need of academic support. However it is now school-wide and all students are eligible to receive services.
Since then, it has substantially grown in size and this school year, over 450 students have signed up to attend. Students are divided into small class groups of around 10 or 12, who are then supported by teachers who have the flexibility to be creative and use fun, hands-on activities to foster and promote learning.
Additionally, twice a month parents are invited to attend a workshop that teaches them tutoring strategies and provides them learning materials so they can assist their children at home. This reinforces the knowledge the students have gained and ensures new learning takes place throughout the week even while they are not at school.
The subjects covered include traditional reading, writing, and mathematics, however to make it more enthralling they also provide a rotating curriculum of subjects such as robotics, art, theater, and more.
“One of the biggest challenges facing educators is achieving buy-in from your students, and this program is so successful because the children who attend are genuinely passionate about participating in our fun and exciting learning activities,” beamed Eugenia Ramos, Program Director.
“If you don’t provide programs the kids will love, they’re not going to get up early on a Saturday morning ready to engage!,” she said.
Offered almost every Saturday throughout the school year, the program is held at North Bergen High School from 9 to 11 am Parents can come and sign students up at the High School on any Saturday they are open.
The remaining dates for the originally 16 session program are on January 7, 21, and 28; February 4, 11, and 25; March 11, 18, and 25; and April 1. The classes have been offered since October 22, with six already having passed by.
Upcoming Parent Workshop dates for ELA including January 21 for parents of students in Grades 4 to 6, February 11 for parents of students in Kindergarten to 3rd Grade, and on March 18 for parents of Grades 4 to 6. Upcoming Parent Workshop dates for Math include January 28 for parents of Grades 3 to 6, February 25 for parents of Kindergarten to 2nd Grade, and March 25 for parents of 3rd to 6th Grade.
The North Bergen School District is a neighborhood based school system serving students from Pre-Kindergarten to High School. The curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards and State Assessment Program, and class offerings include required academic subjects as well as physical education, art, instrumental and vocal music and research and study skills for elementary students.
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