“SVHS Transition Program is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment in which we adapt our means of instruction to meet every student’s unique obstacles and bolster every student’s talents. We are committed to assisting each student in finding success that is defined on an individual basis and to guiding them in the development and pursuit of their academic and vocational ambitions.”
In an effort to offer opportunities for students that meet both their personal and academic needs, the Transition Program has developed three distinct offerings. The tracks come in the form of Core Groups, Focus Groups, and the newly introduced Phoenix Academy. Our mission has always been to provide a safe and supportive environment in which we adapt our means of instruction to meet every student’s unique obstacles and bolster every student’s talents.
The three tracks in Transition give every student the ability to meet and exceed their goals. Core Groups, designed for students with limitations on the amount of time they can commit to attending school, completed two history projects this semester and students practiced research and presentation skills. Focus Groups, with an emphasis on collaboration and 21st century skills, completed project including computer programming that focused on technology today and in the future. The Phoenix Academy, building on the same curriculum as Focus Groups, also completed two hands-on projects; bridge building and Rube Goldberg machines.
In addition, the Phoenix Academy offers students the opportunity to attend two days per week, for the first time in our program history. The first semester was a tremendous success, and we are excited for what the rest of the 2016-2017 school year will bring.
Excursions! Getting Outside the Four Walls
Here in the Transition Program, we believe that getting students outside the four walls of our school is important not only for learning, but also for community engagement. The Phoenix Academy has taken students on two excursions so far this year, with at least two more planned for the coming semester. Our first excursion took students to Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park. We were joined by a civil engineer who taught students about the physics properties that the suspension bridge incorporates. Students used this information in the creation of their own, small scale, suspension bridges.
Our second excursion took students to the Mobius Science Center. At Mobius students interacted with several hands-on displays that incorporate various scientific principles. Students applied these principles in the creation of their own Rube Goldberg machines. (A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction…Wikipeida) In addition, at Mobius we had the unique opportunity to view the Bodies in Motion exhibit, and students were able to look at real human anatomy up close and personal.
Our goal in every excursion is to give students the opportunity to make real, lasting, memories that will enhance their academic experience.