Eleventh graders throughout the state are taking the ACT test today. Twenty plus students at sites around YESS are also participating and taking advantage of this opportunity. Way to go YESS eleventh graders!
The Salt Lake City Library has graciously agreed to donate hundreds of old magazines to YESS! Carol, school counselor, and Dev, Special Ed teacher, plan to do vision boards with the YESS students to address a variety of social issues.
Carol and Lee, fellow YESS school counselor, picked up the donated materials from the Circulation Dept. of the Salt Lake City Library. A huge shout out to the Salt Lake City Library, THANK YOU!
Week four of a six week course on elements of glass and fiber optics, presented by a professor at the University of Utah and an assistant through the STEM Program for YIC, focused on elements that can have their atoms manipulated. This week’s experiment consisted of dipping copper wire into Borax and then burning it in a flame to create glass. The students look forward to these sessions each week and always ask great questions. What an awesome opportunity this is!
News from Todd’s math classes at Decker Lake Youth Center.
My class is participating in a stock market simulation. Each student has $100,000 to invest in a real time game updated as the market changes. The students have watched the big sell off from Friday and Monday, as well as the small bounce experienced on Tuesday. I’ve been teaching them investing strategies, places to find stock information, reading current events and finding clues to what might be the next big money maker. So far, one student has made $6,320 on his investments; his big winner this week is Snap Chat. I’m playing as well. I’m currently in 4th place. The student has become the master!
Youth who have been brought into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center receive full days of schooling during their stay. Youth Educational Support School (YESS) provides a strong educational program with a wide range of curricular areas taught, including ELL (English Language Learners), all addressing state and common core standards by highly qualified teachers with an average of 20 years of teaching experience. There is a strong focus on reading and literacy in all classes. YESS is also piloting a reading tutoring program, providing low and reluctant readers one-on-one tutoring designed to increase their reading skills, as well as their confidence levels. This is a popular program with the students.
English teacher, Dieter, addresses the learning objectives and engages his students using the interactive whiteboard, coupled with online resources.
The reading teacher, Sean, provides engaging reading lessons that often tie-in to current events. He also oversees the reading tutorial program and has two tutors, Kirt and Jen, that work one-on-one with the students.
Math teacher, Toni, utilizes the document camera in her instruction.
The Financial Literacy teacher, Julie, incorporates real-world experiences and games in the FL curriculum.
Cindy, Health teacher, utilizes online resources to enhance and bring reality, virtually, to her health classes.
Social Studies teacher, Steve, uses every space available in his classroom to enrich lessons and engage students in learning.
Dave, Social Studies teacher, often uses a document camera to enhance his lessons.
Technology teacher, Tom, provides students with digital media experiences using Adobe Illustrator, with some keyboarding, too.
ELL (English Language Learners, formerly ESL) teacher Cathleen, incorporates a wide-range of activities and experiences in her classes.
Carolee, Instructional Assistant, provides support for the teachers, as well as initiates the Child Find process to identify needs.
Cathy is the registrar for Detention, GTC UNI, and ARTEC. She is amazing at balancing all three!
Students at Genesis are not only learning to play the piano, guitar, ukulele, and a wide variety of percussion instruments, they are now adding spoons to their repertoire. Yup, spoons! Pamela, the music and English teacher, provides a wide scope of music awareness for her students. They watched a spoons tutorial online, as well as videos of “professional” spooners! They could create their own band with all this talent!