We kicked off our first day of our Academic Summer Intensive Program this week!
This science class learned about the layers of the Earth and created models from clay.
We have created our Academic Summer Intensive program to assist and prepare students in specific subjects to ensure they have met the grade-level standards to be successful going into the new school year this fall. These 3-week courses are divided by grade level and subject and will be taught by our award-winning Elementary and Middle School Teachers at our West Valley Middle School located atÂ 801 Hibiscus Lane in San Jose.
To learn more about the program please visit our Academic Summer Intensive page.
Our students in our Academic Summer Intensive science class learned about lab safety and participated in two labs.
The rainbow lab was the first lab, where students learned how to use graduated cylinders to measure liquids.
The second lab was a density lab, where we made different density levels by dissolving various amounts of sugar into color water.
Students then very carefully stacked them on top of one another! This lab was both challenging and exciting for every student!
Students learn sight words (or high-frequency words) throughout the year in our junior kindergarten program.Â Sight words are words that are used most often in reading and writing.Â Learning sight words has many benefits to our students, including promoting confidence in pre-reading and reading skills.Â
Students who have mastered their beginning sight words can often recognize at least half of a sentence!Â Once students begin to read, it will allow them to focus on the words they do not know if they can recognize their sight words. This helps with their reading comprehension skills.Â Students will begin to combine the words they can quickly identify with their ability to sound out words, and thus, they are reading!Â
To make learning sight words fun and exciting, our junior kindergartners play many sight word games and participate in hands-on activities with their sight words.Â In these pictures, our students are on a sight word scavenger hunt!Â
Look how they can recognize, read, and even write their sight words!Â Way to go, junior kindergarteners! We are so proud of you!Â