Enrichment

Welcome to the Alpine Enrichment Program! The Alpine School's philosophy is that every child should have the opportunity to be enriched.The enrichment program brings specialized services to the brightest of children as well as innovative programs that serve to enhance the educational experience for all students. It meets the needs of all learners through differentiated instruction. This program will provide in-class skill and process training, as well as enrichment opportunities for the lower elementary and upper elementary population. Such opportunities will focus upon critical thinking and creative problem solving. There are three components to this program:

Philosophy - The goal of the Enrichment Program is to maximize student learning by fostering critical thinking skills, encouraging problem solving and discovery, and promoting higher level thinking skills. Enrichment programs are a way for the Alpine School to implement instructional strategies and structures that promote high engagement and challenging learning opportunities for all students. The Alpine School recognizes the importance of providing a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students so that they engage in investigations grounded in talent, interest or ability and are enjoyed by all. Each grade K-4 will have its own individual program that will meet once a week. In grades 5-8 the students will have many differentiated offerings within their regular curriculum and extended enrichment clusters at different times throughout the year. The students in the upper elementary school will have choices in what they choose to participate in whenever possible.. They will have two classes for the year.There will also be various pull-out programs for children in various grades as the needs of the children are identified. Children who participate in these programs will have met school and Board of Education approved criteria.

K-4 Whole Class Programs

Kindergarten :The students will be engaged in author studies throughout the year to enhance their newly acquired literacy skills and love of reading ( Eric Carle is such an author). They will listen to, read, retell, act out, and eventually create their own stories based on the author's style of writing and unique illustrations.

Third Grade: This year the third grade will be exploring simple and mechanical machines by using LEGO to follow and construct various levers, wheels and axles, gears, pulleys, and other mechanisms and structures. The students will use their knowledge of simple machines to build a car and then program the car through the use of computers.

They will also be introduced to forensic science. They will learn to conduct some basic forensic experiments and solve some simple cases( Case of the Missing Dog, Case of the Missing Lunch).

Fourth Grade: The students in the 4th grade will explore the legal system and become experts in the many roles and terms involved in our legal system through conducting mock trials and writing one of their own.

The 4th graders will also experience a unit on Electricity and Magnetism. In this unit they will experiment with magnets of varying sizes and shapes to discover the Law of Magnetic Attraction, create an electromagnet, explore open and closed circuits, construct parallel and series circuits, and solve a real world problem using electricity.

A group of 4th graders will be exploring Flight and Rocketry. To begin they will explore the properties of air, especially air pressure, in their quest for understanding the fundamentals of flight. They will create many different forms of flying machines including parachutes, kites, and hot air balloons to explore the principles of flight and eventually will build their own gliders.

Artists-in- Residence - Elementary Enrichment - K-4

Students will participate in at least one multi-week enrichment opportunity offered by an artist in residence and at least one interactive curriculum based field trip.

Grades 3-4 Pull-out Program:

Architecture, Engineering, and Design

Middle School Group Offerings:

Artists-in- Residence - Upper Elementary Enrichment - Grades 5-8

Once again the Middle School will have a 5 day enrichment period after midterm exams and another after final exams. The students will be able to choose from a series of electives that will be offered by outside artists and instructors as well as in-house staff.

This group of students will explore force, work, effort, and all of Newton's Laws of Motion. After exploring these laws they will put what they have learned into creating objects that demonstrate these principles. They might even get to create their own Amusement Park Rides.

Word Masters

Word Masters is a vocabulary competition based on completing analogies.

Improving vocabulary skills using analogies.

  • Develops verbal reasoning abilities.
  • Addresses higher-order thinking skills (HOTS).
  • Emphasizes logic and reading comprehension.

Improving vocabulary skills using analogies.

  • Develops verbal reasoning abilities.
  • Addresses higher-order thinking skills (HOTS).
  • Emphasizes logic and reading comprehension.

Law Fair - Grades 5-6

Through mock trial programs the students are immersed in the law by allowing them to portray

traditional courtroom roles. The students will eventually submit an original mock trial case to the Law Fair 2014 Competition.The

purpose is to promote understanding of the law and our justice system, and to educate students about their rights and

responsibilities under the law.

Law Adventure - 7-8

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation invites seventh- and eighth-graders and their teachers to

submit original mock trial cases to the Law Adventure 2014 Competition. The cases must be suitable for use in the

classroom as a tool to teach students about legal issues. In these grade levels, students must develop a case on

one of two themes.

Mini Model Congress-

This program helps students understand the American political, legislative and legal processes. The students are introduced to the need for law, levels of government, citizenship, and the basic legislative process. The program requires students to use research and debating skills; to understand parliamentary procedure and use bylaws; to write legislative bill; and, at one-day simulation of Congress, to adopt the role of a legislator by debating bills first in a committee and then in a full House or Senate debate.

Math Counts -

Voice -

Is a an elective class open to all middle school students which is a combination of chorus and show choir. The class meets once a week on a rotating basis. The students preform in the Winter and Spring Concerts.

The students learn how to correctly produce a healthy vocal tone, which is age appropriate, as

a result of understanding vocal pedagogy

• Develop and demonstrate a basic knowledge of musical fundamentals and tools

(solfege, sight-reading, balance, phrasing, rhythm, dynamics, ear training, aural

training)

• Prepare and perform a wide variety of vocal music repertoire in two - three parts

• Participate in weekly individual and large group rehearsals and performances

• Learn appropriate vocal music rehearsal techniques through teamwork

• Interpret the ideas of musical composers and make connections through personal

application

Musical Theater Production-

All students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in the annual school musical. They may be part of the acting, set design, lightning, stage, or sound crews. Tryouts are usually in the fall for the Spring Musical.

1) Classroom Lower Elementary Enrichment Opportunities: each grade will have general exploratory activities aimed at allowing students to explore new and interesting topics. Enrichment may be the outgrowth of curriculum units that are creative and develop critical thinking.

2) Independent and Small Group Investigations: an opportunity for students to go beyond the academic curriculum in school to synthesize information in order to become an expert in the area we are exploring. They are designed to offer the students an opportunity for challenging, self-selected , real-world learning experiences.

3) Group Enrichment Activities at the Lower and Upper Elementary Level: each semester the students in the lower and upper elementary school will experience either an artist-in-residence workshop or an interactive field trip. These programs are aimed at allowing students to explore new and interesting areas of study.

First Grade: The students will be discovering the many wonders of "Our Ocean Worlds". They will be involved in hands-on activities, research, simulations, and crafts that will explore everything from why the sea is salty to every type of animal that lives in or near the ocean. This enrichment program will be linked this year to a new first grade science unit: " Shoreline Science". The students will become immersed in concepts related to shoreline ecosystems, earth materials, erosion, and human impact on the environment. They will gain experience with making explanations based on first hand evidence through investigations and secondhand evidence from a unit of coordinated topic books. The teachers will be uniting strong literacy skills with engaging science content. The unit of study will culminate with a trip to the Aquarium.

Second Grade: The students will be listening to, reading, and enjoying both original fairy tales as well as fractured fairy tales. They will also try out their authoring abilities by composing their own fractured fairy tales. At times the students will perform some of these tales. The students will adapt a play to meet the needs of the class, will participate in set design and will perform that participate s the year moves on they will also get to have the experience of exploring the worlds of color and sound. The students will focus on learning about light, light's interactions with materials, light as energy, energy transformers, and related physical science concepts. With sound the students will discover that they cannot create silence, use tuning forks to create vibrations, learn about sound waves, pitch and volume. All of this will culminate in the students making their own musical instruments and conducting a concert.

The group will be involved in various investigations of real world problems and will use their problem solving skills and newly acquired knowledge of the design process to solve these problems. They will assist a child in another country to solve a problem and will get to have an expert engineer in that field of engineering give them advice and knowledge. For example they will help Jose( from Mexico) build a bridge across a river. In the process they will learn about different types of bridges and how to construct them.

Newton's Toy Box

Math Counts is a middle school mathematics competition held every year in the winter. The competition is designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders only.The contest emphasizes problem solving skill within traditional middle-school mathematics. The students meet one afternoon a week to prepare for the contest.