Neighborhood Tutoring Program, Scholars Program, Student Spotlight

Meet Niya

Niya 2Niya is a sixth grader, who participates in both the Neighborhood Tutoring and Scholars programs here at FLOC. Niya’s favorite subjects in school are math and science, because of their real life applications. When asked what she likes the most about FLOC, she grinned and replied, “My math tutor, Nick! He always laughs at my jokes and encourages me to keep trying, even if I don’t get the answer right the first time.” FLOC’s tutoring program has also helped Niya to become more confident in the classroom; she’s often one of the first to raise her hand and try to answer a question.

The middle school Scholars program just completed a drama unit, which Niya also loved. “I’d like to become an actor, or singer… or a pianist!” she said. All of the sixth grade students wrote skits, and Niya created a story about a girl who was both a popstar and an undercover superhero. “I love everything about FLOC,” she said. “I hope I can come back every year, because I know it will help me get into college one day!”

(Samantha Bailey is the Bilingual Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator.)

Scholars Program

New Year, New 6th Grade Scholars!

“What’s a New Year’s resolution? Anyone know?” I asked our animated 6th grade Scholars.

“Um…a goal!”

“But it’s a fake goal! My mom says they always get broken,” another Scholar offered.

A debate about what a New Year’s resolution is quickly ensued, and we decided a New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit, and is generally meant to last for the whole year. One Scholar shared it’s important to think about what you want 2015 to be so you’ll have a better chance of achieving it. Building upon this, our Scholars brainstormed academic, athletic and/or extra-curricular, and personal goals for 2015. Through dialoging and journaling, Scholars decided what is most important for them to work on this year and shared with their peers.

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Each Scholar received a paper “brick” to artistically portray their New Year’s resolutions. Next, we collaboratively created a “6th Grade Scholars Wall of Resolve.” Our community of Scholars proudly taped their resolutions on the Wall of Resolve, squealing with delight as they read each other’s goals. One Scholar resolved to learn more in Robotics Club while another vowed to help out more at home and “shine bright like a diamond” in 2015. Each Scholar’s unique brick was pieced together with the others to make a giant puzzle of goals and dreams. Happy New Year from our Scholars community!

(Kayla Blau is the Scholars Program Instructor for the 6th and 9th grades.)