Students got a jumpstart on the school year during fun sessions aimed at reviewing concepts and gearing up for the new academic year.
IMS once again offered the Fast Start Program for day students entering grades 5 through 9 over the two weeks from August 19 to 30. The program ran from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. each weekday, taking place on our Upper Campus.
The curriculum included a review of past concepts and an introduction to new concepts as preparation for the coming school year, tailored as much as possible to the individual needs and interests of the attendees.
There were more than 30 students who took advantage of this year’s Fast Start program. There were several fifth graders who enrolled in the program to help familiarize themselves with the Upper Campus, as well as to brush up on their academic skills, meet some of their teachers and classmates, and begin the transition to the Middle School.
Curriculum offerings for all grades included reading, writing, and mathematical support, organizational preparation, study skills enhancement, and Latin review. Our tutors for the two-week program represented a cross-section of the Indian Mountain faculty, each specializing in a particular subject area. Sarah Bonk and Becky Lachaine provided math support in skill-based groups. Julianna Pecchia, Liz Kelly, Cecelia Marshall, and Jess Wolf covered different levels of reading, writing, organizational, and study skills support. Natalie Holland provided one-on-one ESL support, and Jay Barillaro helped strengthen students’ Latin and math skills.
In between the two academic sessions, students got to enjoy the late summer air out on Stockton Field and the playground. Both students and teachers reported that the program was just what they needed to enter the new school year enthusiastically and well prepared!