Level-up is focused on meeting the unique needs of middle school students in order to facilitate a smooth transition to high school. The program implements a holistic approach to meeting student’s individual academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs. Through social-emotional learning, direct academic instruction and practical application of skills in their community, students are provided with the tools to be successful in and out of the classroom.

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When: July 9, 2019 through August 14, 2019.
Weeks 1-5: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 am to 2:45 pm
Week 6: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 9:00 am to 2:45 pm

Where: Pine Grove Middle School, 6318 Fremont Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Program Fees: $890.00

  • Deposit of 50% due at registration, with the remaining balance due Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
  • Partial scholarships are available. Deadline for applications is June 24, 2019.
  • 10% discount for each additional child in the family.
  • 20% processing fee to withdraw.
  • Register Online Here

Overview

Teachers: Bart Schibeci and Shaun Carter

Level Up students will participate in a variety of activities that address both academic and social emotional needs. Through social emotional learning, direct academic instruction, small group and partner work, and practical application of skills in their community, students are provided with the tools to be successful in and out of the classroom. Below is a summary of some the activities students will engage in throughout the summer.

Reading

  • Students will read, Survive of Savage Sea
  • Students will be exposed to informational non-fiction text through NewsELA
  • Students will be exposed to fictional text through an adapted form of Robinson Cruse
  • Students will be exposed to mythological text through research of Greek Gods
    • Students will create a shield depicting symbols and present
  • Students will be exposed to biography research through a self-selected piece
  • (ACE) writing strategies will be implemented: answer, site, explain

Math

  • Students will learn about the following geometry terms: perimeter, area, volume
  • Students will receive instruction on solving equations using decimals, fractions, equivalent fractions/ratios, and ordering fractions/decimals
  • Through Prodigy Math, students will be taught numeration/number sense, measurement, patterning and simple algebra

 

Social Emotional Learning

  • The Positivity Project will be utilized - a different character trait per day will be discussed
  • Students will engage in a variety of stories and games to build teamwork
  • Mindfulness and yoga activities will be embedded to facilitate self-regulation and provide instruction in coping strategies

Weekly field trips will reinforce skills and concepts learned during the week.

Teachers

Renee Berlucchi
Director of Education

Renee Berlucchi

Director of Education

Renee earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education as well as her Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education with a Reading Specialist Degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has over 10 years of experience within the special education realm as a Learning Support Teacher, Autistic Support Teacher, Teacher Mentor, and Classroom Coordinator. 

Renee is also a yoga instructor and an avid runner. During her free time she also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Shaun Carter
Bart Schibeci
Dianne Pennings
Associate Executive Director for Programs

Dianne Pennings

Associate Executive Director for Programs

Dianne has over 25 years of experience in the field of special education.  She began her teaching experience in a self-contained classroom and within a year was visiting schools to implement inclusion programs.  Her passion for educating youth has never wavered, even as she has stepped into an administrative role.

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