Gifted/Enrichment

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Parents/ Students: You can find further information about all of the enrichment activities including dates and permission forms by clicking on Community Connections, Student, Zoom program.

ZOOM, Zeroing in On Opening Minds, is Gesu Catholic School’s Gifted/Enrichment Program. This child-centered, inclusive, academic program was designed to develop and enhance the life-long learning skills of communication, social interaction, creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, independent study and research.

Throughout the year,  all children in Grades K-8 come to the ZOOM Room and participate in lessons based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences, student learning styles, the 6 Traits of Writing, and the objectives of the Graded Courses of Study prescribed by the Diocese of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Education.

Kindergarten ABC class: Students meet for enrichment once a week for a half hour during the second semester.  Students extend their writing and reading skills.

First Grade ABC class: Students meet for enrichment once a week for a half hour throughout the school year.  Poetry is examined and students attempt to write their own poems.

Second Grade ABC class: Students meet for enrichment once a week for a half hour throughout the school year.  Students continue to enhance their writing and reading skills.  The students are involved in a five week Junior Achievement simulation about how a community works.

Third Grade ABC class: Students meet for enrichment once a week for a half hour throughout the school year.  This course examines economics and further exploration into how a community works.  Poetry is examined in more detail, and students are required to memorize a poem to be recited during the Poetry Celebration in April.

Fourth Grade TBS class:  Students meet for enrichment every Friday for forty minutes throughout the school year.  Students discover the multiple intelligences and examine their own strengths.  Study skills are explored and practiced.

Fourth Grade ZOOM class:  Zoom class is a pullout course for students who meet the requirements set forth by the gifted curriculum.  Students are invited to take part in Zoom class an hour a week throughout the school year.  Problem solving, cooperative activities, further multiple intelligence study are just a few of the items touched on in this course.

Fifth Grade Communications class:  Students meet for communications class with their homerooms on a ten week rotation.  Proper communication skills are examined and practiced.  Students also explore immigration and their own ancestry.

Sixth Grade Language Arts Seminar class:  Students meet in their reading groups once a week for forty-five minutes during the second semester.  The course is based on the readings from the Great Books Series.  Students learn the Socratic Seminar method and put it into practice during class.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Humanities classes:  Students in the 7th and 8th grade meet three days a week for an hour each day during a six week rotation.  Works by William Shakespeare are read and examined.  This is a graded course of study.

The gifted/enrichment program also includes a wide variety of experiences such as assemblies, residencies, and many clubs/competitions.

The program is directed by Mrs. Regan Kazel, rkazel@gesu.com.  216.932.0620 XT 122.