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 OVERVIEW ZOOM program brochure
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 receive enrichment 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.
The program is facilitated under the direction of two enrichment teachers. Ms. Kelly Kertis is the teacher for grades K-3, and Mrs. Regan Kazel is the teacher for grades 4-8.
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 Problem Solving #1 Class: Students meet for enrichment every Friday for thirty minutes throughout the school year. Students work on problem solving skills in a collaborative environment.
Fifth Grade Problem Solving #2 Class: Students meet for class with their homerooms on a ten week rotation. The Future Problem Solving model is used to help students identify global issues and think in a divergent manner in their creation of solutions.
Seventh Humanities classes: Students in the 7th 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
Eighth Grade classes :Students take one elective from the following list. Classes are three days a week for an hour each day during a six week rotation.
21st Century Memoirs with a Splash of Poetry
The gifted/enrichment program also includes pull-out advanced reading classes for grades 2-6. See the attached brochure for information on qualifications for these classes.
A wide variety of experiences such as assemblies, residencies, and many clubs/competitions enhance the quality and diverse offerings of the program.
The program is directed by Mrs. Regan Kazel, email@example.com. 216.932.0620 XT 122.