After School Tutoring Program
The After School Tutoring Program is offered to students in grades 2-6 who demonstrate academic difficulty in the areas of mathematics and English Language Arts. The purpose of the program is to improve a student's individual performance in his/her studies and improve self-confidence. Students are referred to this program based upon individual data and teacher recommendation. To learn more about the program, please contact your child's teacher or the school principal.
After School Homework Room
The After School Homework Room is offered to students in grades 2-6 who struggle or have not succeeded in completing homework assignments. Referrals for the program are from teachers and through our Elementary Student Assistance Program/Academic and Behavioral Support. Staff and faculty monitor the students as they complete the assignments on a daily basis, three days a week. To learn more about the program, please contact the Elementary Office.
Membership to the band is for students in grades 4-6 who wish to learn to play a musical instrument. Chorus is open to students in grades 5 and 6. Both activities are held after school at certain times of the year to prepare for upcoming programs. To learn more about these programs, please contact Mrs. Vuckovich.
The Fitness Club was created to give students a place to meet socially while they improve their overall confidence and physical ability. Tools for fitness were attained through a grant offered by Highmark. Appropriate behavior and teacher recommendation are required for membership. To learn more about this program, please contact Mrs. Babik.
The Lego League team's conception was in 2015. Students in grades 5 and 6 are chosen based upon teacher/principal recommendation and his/her desire to code and create. The team competes one time a year via the Intermediate Unit 8 competition.
The Ferndale Area Elementary Reading Team is comprised of students in grades 5 and 6 who have a love for reading. Teams compete twice a year against other schools within the region. To learn more about this program, please contact Mrs. Shorto.
Peer Tutoring Program
Peer tutoring is an educational approach that joins students from grades K-5 with older students from Grade 6. Peer Tutoring is a leadership training program. Older students assume the role of tutor to develop academic skills and confidence in reading, math facts, spelling and study reviews. Peer tutors are assigned to the tutoring room or individual class room. Peer tutor referrals are made by teachers, the guidance counselor, the principal or by parent request. Peer tutors take on the role of helper as well as leader. Criterion for selection of Peer Helpers includes:
- The student must achieve the grade of 85% or higher in all subject areas.
- The student must have demonstrated qualities of leadership within the school.
- The student must have shown responsibility through good work habits, promptness, dependability and homework completion.
- The student must have demonstrated good conduct including the following qualities: self-control, showing respect, being courteous and polite to others.
- The student must have demonstrated empathy and the concern for others.
- The student MUST NOT have excessive absenteeism or tardiness from school or this program.
The research literature on peer tutoring is extensive and international studies have clearly shown that peer interaction is conducive to a host of important early achievements, such as:
- children's understanding of fairness
- their self-esteem
- habits towards sharing and kindness
- their acquisition of role-taking and communication skills
- their development of creative and critical thinking