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Inaugural Jalen White Regional Spelling Bee

Spelling Bees are a popular and effective way to have students become better spellers. It allows them to practice spelling words they might not ordinarily use while mixing in some fun and competition. This the High Road Schools of the Maryland South Region decided to create a regional spelling be that would comprise of the top 2 spellers from each program in the elementary, middle, and high schools.

Early in planning for the process, our schools were dealt a blow with the tragic passing of one of the Regional Spelling Bee participants, Jalan White. Jalan was an 11th grade student at High Road Academy of Prince George’s County. He was an eager learner and literary craftsman. He not only had a refined vocabulary, but also was able to skillfully express his unique perspective using the most colorful collection of words. He was a shining light who was undeniably noticed by both students and staff. He participated in all events that allowed him to exhibit his creativity and talents. The spelling bee was one such event. He won 2nd place in the high school division of his local school spelling bee last year and confidently entered, once again, during this school year where he won 1st place. He wore a sense of accomplishment as he looked forward to competing in our very first regional spelling bee. Due to his untimely passing he is not able to be physically present with us, however his memory will continue to live on through this display of hard work and dedication. With this tribute, that is a reflection of what Jalan so beautifully embodied, we have chosen to officially declare this ceremony: The Jalan White Regional Spelling Bee. Through this annual event his light will continue to shine forth as his memory will be cherished for years to come.

In its inaugural year, the spelling bee delivered suspense and competition in each division (elementary, middle, high). The elementary spelling bee kicked it off with amazing display of spelling and ended with a several round face-off between Zye’ J (High Road Academy – Laurel) and Evert A. (High Road Lower School – Lanham). Eventually, Evert edged Zye’ in a battle of middle school words that had the audience captivated.

The middle and high schools spelling competitions continued to provide the audience with anticipation and amazement as our older student competitors exchanged correct spelling with correct spelling. Ultimately, Mariella M. (High Road Academy – Lanham) outlasted the competition to win the Middle School Spelling Bee. Dashawn R. (High Road Academy – Lanham) scored a victory over Kendra R. and Wesley R. (tied for second).

It was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G display of academic skill and stellar sportsmanship both befitting the legacy of Jalen White

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS
Malik C. – High Road Academy (Laurel)
Zye’ J. – High Road Academy (Laurel) 2nd Place
Dayshawn K. – High Road Academy (Lanham)
Toryonna B. – High Road Academy (Lanham)
Anthony P. – High Road Lower School (Lanham)
Evert A. – High Road Lower School (Lanham) 1st Place

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS
Emma C. – High Road Academy (Laurel)
Rachel M. – High Road Academy (Laurel)
Charlie B. – High Road Academy (Laurel)
Mariella M. – High Road Academy (Lanham)
Faith W. – High Road Academy (Lanham)
Sean H. – High Road Lower School (Lanham)

HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPTANTS
Miracle S. – High Road Academy (Laurel)
Lily R. – High Road Academy (Laurel)
Wesley R. – High Road Academy (Lanham)
Deshawn C. – High Road Academy (Lanham)
Kendra R. – High Road Upper School (Lanham)
DeAsia W. – High Road Upper School (Lanham)
Dashawn R. – High Road Upper School (Lanham)

Stop, Drop, and Read!

Stop, Drop, and Read! is a recurring school initiative where students are encouraged to stop and drop everything that that were doing, pick up a book and begin reading. Once it is announce that all students must Stop, Drop, and Read, they are free to find a place of their choosing. This program emphasizes the importance of reading. Furthermore, it demonstrates that you can take a break from what you are doing and do a little reading without with little or no preparation. This year our theme was from Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Directors and other administrative staff then hand out raffle tickets to students who are reading quietly. Students can collect tickets for the prize raffle to be held at the end of the month. Often times trying to encourage students to read can be challenging. However, this program proves that reading is more enjoyable that students think. They just need a little encouragement!. The overall participation from staff and students was incredible.

 

How to Save a Life

As part of our Workforce Development Program students learn CPR that can be applied to several differen jobs such as life guarding. This lesson demonstrates the student’s ability to learn and properly perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). At the completion of the lesson, students will be able to utilize life- saving skills in an emergency situation. When someone in the workplace suddenly goes into cardiac arrest and there is no one around who knows how to perform CPR or use an AED (automated external defibrillator), then that person’s chances of survival decreases significantly. There is also the increased chance of significant damage being done to the person’s heart, brain, and other vital organs should they survive the ordeal.

However, if there is someone around who knows CPR and how to operate an AED when an employee goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing, then they have a chance of not only saving that person’s life, but they could also significantly reduce the risk of that person suffering damage to their heart, brain, and other vital organs since CPR helps keep the body oxygenated until professional help arrives. If the body is kept oxygenated until the paramedics arrive, then the victim is much less likely to suffer brain damage, heart damage, vital organ damage, or death. We may be sounding redundant, but the importance of CPR training, AED training, and first aid training cannot be stated strongly enough! Whether the workplace is an office or a construction site, it has two common traits; valuable employees who may be injured or become ill and the need to protect them with adequate first aid procedures.

 

Creating an Effective Resume

Today’s high school students must market their experiences, skills, achievements, and accolades to set them apart from others when applying to college or for a job. These students are quickly approaching graduation and both need and want to find a job and make money.  An accurate and functional resume will help them reach that goal. Prior to this lesson students have already been taught and practiced filling out a job application.  This is the basic information that will be added to the resume including objective, experiences (both paid and volunteer), skills, awards, and extra-curricular activities. Ms. Ike, created a lesson takes students through the steps of creating an effective resume and cover letter. 

The lesson started out by asking the students if they know what a resume is used for and what things should be included.  Using the SMART board examples were projected of resumes.  Some of these were model resumes and some demonstrated what not to do.  This helped point out the basic standards for effective resumes-typed, neat, one page, proper format, active voice, honest, etc. as well as common mistakes. 

 Next students began creating a resume using a template and grading rubric.The students were provided a chance to choose from a variety of templates so they could select the one that best fit their needs.  Once created, the students will have a chance to peer critique each others resumes.

 

High Road Schools Workforce Development Program: Customer Service Class 

Students at High Road Upper School of Lanham Maryland are enrolled in the Workforce Development Essentials Course Fall 2017. This course entails two classes, Customer Service and Microsoft 1. Students are taking the first class, Customer Service, where they are learning about providing Gold Level Customer Service. The Customer Service course was developed by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.

 

 

This year High Road Upper School, the staff showed off their Halloween Spirit by dressing up in some of their favorite story characters. The Upper School also had a great time in the door decorating contest.  This got their classrooms ready for the  elementary school students to do some trick or treating. The younger students had a great time seeing the different decorations, showing that education can be fun and creative. Everyone loved the entire High Road Community enjoying Halloween together.

 

Our New Career Preparation Instructor: Lillian Ike 

 Welcome, my name is Lillian Ike and I am the Career preparation instructor here High Road Upper School at Highroad Upper School in Lanham, MD. Career Prep is an elective course designed to help students identify and develop the skills needed for success in college, career, and life. This course will be used to develop entry-level skills for post-secondary education, training, and future careers. These skills will be learned through instruction, research, class discussion, projects, and hands-on activities. Topics of study will include, but are not limited to: personal analysis, personal and professional goals, decision making, problem solving, career pathways, college prep, relationship skills, personal finance, job and college applications, resume building, preparing for the job interview, and essential life skills. The students are ecstatic to explore the exciting world that awaits them after high school.

 

 

 

Grand Opening: November 10, 2017

 

Class of 2017 Graduates

On June 15, 2017, the High Road Upper School will be graduating 11 students this year. The students have participated in a well-rounded educational experience—incorporating academics, career planning, vocational training/internship opportunities, music, art, and sports activities—that has laid a foundation to support each student’s growth into adulthood.

Senior Aayonna Thompson shares her thoughts: “Though the work was tough at times, I know that it has better prepared me for the future.” Aayonna will be attending a culinary program at the Workforce Development Training Center in Baltimore and plans to work as a chef.

Norman Tillman-Williams, who will enter the workforce after graduation, speaks of his experience: “I am glad that I put forth the effort because it made me a better person, but I am also glad it is over and I can begin the next phase.” Norman plans to attend a training program at Prince George’s Community College to earn his commercial driver’s license.

Each graduating senior has participated in their own postsecondary education or employment plan as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as part of High Road’s school-to-work program and transition planning process.

Most of the graduating seniors will be enrolling in vocational training programs to pursue employment in such areas as nursing, child care, and the building trades.

Mike Coker, who will be attending Prince George’s Community College or Capitol College in Laurel to study engineering, had this to say about his time at High Road: “At first, I really did not appreciate all that the staff have done to support me, but during my time here at High Road, I realized that the staff really care and want me to succeed and now I can look forward to beginning the next part of my life.”

Good luck to all the graduates of the class of 2017:

  • Mike Coker: Prince George’s Community College/Capitol College
  • Aayonna Thompson: Maryland Workforce Development Training Center, Culinary Arts Program
  • Norman Tillman-Williams: Prince George’s Community College, Workforce Development Program, CDL Training
  • Natayia Jackson: Entering the workforce with Service Source
  • Shane Green: Prince George’s Community College, Graphic Design
  • Dashawn Spruell: U.S. Military
  • Aaron Weatherly: EBED Community Improvement Inc.
  • David Gist: EBED Community Improvement Inc.
  • Cameron Carr: EBED Community Improvement Inc.
  • Angela Pryor: Undecided
  • Saeed Bockerie: Undecided

Great News for High Road Schools

Check out the latest edition of “Stepping Stones,” the MANSEF newsletter. In this issue, students from the High Road Academy (Laurel ) are featured (page 5). Also, the 2017 Michael Cardin Scholarship recipients have been announced, including several High Road students (pages 1 and 12).

March 2017

Annual Book Fair

The High Road Upper School held its eighth annual Scholastic Book Fair on March 13–21, an event that coincided with National Reading Month.

Book fair committee chair Sean Hicks had this to say: “Putting together this book fair was a challenge, but all the committee members made it seem like I was reading a good book … each day, like a page, just got better and better.”

Over the past two years, the school was able to raise more than $2,000, and the hope this year was to break the $3,000 mark.

“The students seem really excited and really enjoyed the opportunity to buy books for themselves and family members,” commented Ms. Aguiao, a committee member and English teacher at the school.

As one student exited the fair area, he turned to school staff, smiled, and said, “Now I am ready for spring break!” That student, Royce Spencer, purchased books each day of the fair and is a student in Ms. Aguiao’s class. Her classroom also won the school-wide competition to see which class could raise the most money.

“It has been an awesome week. Seeing the kids take the time to look for their books, to find something that would interest and excite them to read was just fantastic!” she added.

 

 
 

  

  

  

  

 

Student Spotlight: Aayonna T.

Student Spotlight: Marcquel P.

Student Spotlight: Michael C.

High Road Students in MD Prepare for the World of Work

The High Road Workforce Development Program (WDP) provides training for students to prepare them for the real-world workplace. Students begin the program by taking the Professional Essentials Skills Course, which includes Customer Service and Basic Microsoft Word training. Since the inception of WDP, more than 30 of our students have completed this initial phase and have received the corresponding certifications in Customer Service and Basic Microsoft Word, awarded at the annual ceremony we hold to recognize and celebrate the students’ new skills and accomplishments.

Throughout the training, students demonstrate their leadership qualities and commitment to learning critical work skills. This year, for example, Brianna Ford, a student from the High Road Academy of Prince George’s County (Lanham), became the instructor’s assistant. And Siddiq Abdullahi, a High Road Academy (Laurel) student, displayed his knowledge of computers by assisting in troubleshooting issues that came up during the Microsoft Word class. Another standout pupil, Zakirah Turnage of the High Road School of Prince George’s County (Largo), consistently modeled exemplary performance, helping her classmates stay on task and earning the role of group leader in the process.

The end goal of the Workforce Development Program is to empower our students with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to be competitive as they pursue their career goals in the workforce. Their participation in the program evidences their dedication to their education and to developing job skills that they will be able to apply to all future endeavors. Part-time employment is the next logical step for many of our students. At the same time, many will be furthering their training with upcoming courses, including Intermediate Microsoft Skills and ServSafe® (a certification program for food handlers).

HRUS Completes Workforce Development Course at PGCC

Students at Beltsville’s High Road Upper School (HRUS) of Prince George’s County have completed their initial course at the Workforce Development Institutes (WDI) at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC).

For several years now, HRUS and WDI have been teaming up to present industry-certified training opportunities to our students. Those who participate in the program increase their employability by developing skills, receive vocation-specific training, and chose their own occupational track from those available through PGCC. (To read more about our Workforce Development Program, see the Program Information tab.)

At the recognition ceremony for this year’s cohort, remarks were given by Keith White, Regional Vice President, followed by Denise Ware, Program Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Institute at the college. Howard Axelrod, Director of Community Outreach, served as the host and MC.

The initial course consisted of 44 hours of customer service and Microsoft Office training, sponsored by WDI’s Hospitality & Tourism Division. 

Students of the Workforce Development Class of 2016 have demonstrated that they can overcome challenges by working in small groups or teams to brainstorm solutions to real-world problems. J’Quan Jackson, one of the four Beltsville graduates, discovered that his input was very important in the decision-making process while in the program: “I know I can make an impact if I think things through, listen to all the key parts, and be sure of myself.”

Amar Harris showed positive leadership skills. He would set a positive tone that made others feel comfortable in the class. “I wasn’t trying to take over the class or anything, but when we got stuck or needed to get something going, I took it as a sign to just lead,” he said.

Ja’Quante McDuffie displayed a passion to excel, often asking for additional assignments so he could have a better understanding of the course content. This was a journey he worked extra hard to complete.

Carlos Trail was organized and prepared each week for class. He remained focused and many times took on the role of leader for different topics that were given to the group to solve.

Congratulations WFD Class of 2016! We look forward to seeing how you’ll put your newly earned skills to work.

Math Bingo

The students in classroom 4 have been learning about the many challenges of daily living. Over the last several weeks, we’ve been covering the importance of critical mathematical skills—including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—in fun and engaging ways, like using a Bingo game as a learning aid. Click here to watch a short video clip showing one of our students in action demonstrating his math skills.

 

The Brain Hat Project

Currently, students are learning about the structure and functions of the human brain, which is extremely complicated with many aspects. To help students understand more about the brain, classroom 4 created real-life brain hats to bring a hands-on experience to the study of the many brain parts and their functions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teamwork Decorating

A positive, inviting, and warm school environment is necessary for students and staff alike as it increases the success of our students. With that in mind, throughout the year, we decorate the school for specific themes and holidays, which not only promotes school pride and creativity, but provides students with the opportunity to practice their team-building and social skills as they decide as a group how to decorate their bulletin boards and classrooms. Christmastime afforded a wonderful opportunity to decorate our classrooms for the holiday season. See more pictures of our students’ creations in the Photos tab!

 

 

Celebrating Together

Each year, the Thanksgiving luncheon is time for students and their families to enjoy fellowship with their peers and staff. It is an opportunity for the High Road School family to celebrate this important holiday together. The staff add their personal touch to holiday favorites such as turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and more for the students and their families to enjoy! It is a grand get-together to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving from the High Road Upper School!
 
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In what has become an annual tradition at the High Road Upper School, we all come together every year for a worthy cause, promoting breast cancer awareness. Both students and staff wore pink to show their support for the cause, as well as bringing in monetary donations for the Shades of Pink Foundation to further awareness of a disease that has affected so many. See Photos tab for more pictures.

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October 2016

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Spirit Week is an annual High Road tradition during which students and staff come together to show off their school spirit! This year, each day carried a different theme, such as Jersey Day and Wacky Tacky Day, meaning that students who participated came to school dressed up throughout the week wearing their favorite Ravens jersey or the wackiest outfit they own. This annual event adds so much fun, energy, and school spirit to our campus! In addition to the dress-up days, Spirit Week featured a caricaturist who visited the school and provided animated portraits. See pictures in the Photos tab.

September 16, 2014

Science Experiment: Let’s See Our DNAgenetics

Do you know how to see your DNA? Well, our students recently found out through an in-class experiment. When you gargle saltwater and spit it back out, some of your cheek cells become suspended in the saltwater. Then, dishwashing liquid breaks down the cheek cell membranes. This causes the DNA to be released into the saltwater. DNA is not soluble in alcohol, so it forms a solid in which the alcohol and saltwater layers meet. Most other substances from the cheek cells stay dissolved in the saltwater layer. The white strings and clumps you see are thousands of DNA molecules clumped together. Pretty cool, huh?

September 14, 2016

Food & Nutrition Class: The Making of a Sweet Snackchef-hat-tools

Students applied the lessons learned in their food and nutrition class to handle utensils and measuring supplies to make a great snack! No-bake strawberry cheesecake bites make a great finger food for dessert. Each student contributed to making the dessert, whether it was mixing or reading the recipe to their group members. This dessert is quick and easy to make with only four ingredients: powdered sugar, vanilla, cream cheese, and strawberries. And, by the way, it was delicious!

A Great Start

back to schoolThe High Road Upper School of Prince George’s County once again celebrated a successful start of the school year. With enthusiasm and high expectations, both students and staff started the new school year right! The students were ready to learn from day one, as they were engaged in interactive learning and discussions. We look forward to a productive 2016–2017 school year! Go, Bulldogs!

 

 

May 18, 2016

Graduation 2016: High Road Upper School Class of 2016 Graduates

grad 2016The High Road Upper School of Prince George’s County in Beltsville, MD, will be graduating seven students this year on June 14, 2016. The students have participated in academics, career planning, work experience/internship opportunities, music, art, and sports activities that have laid a foundation that will support each student’s growth into adulthood.

Senior Chaise Grady shares her thoughts on her experience: “Though the work was tough at times, I know that it has better prepared me for the future.” Chaise will be attending a local cosmetology program and plans to work as a hairstylist.

Malik Hicks, who will enter the workforce after graduation, speaks of his experience: “I am glad that I put forth the effort because it made me a better person, but I am also glad it is over and I can begin the next phase.” Malik plans to attend the Workforce Development Program at Prince George’s Community College.

Each graduating senior has been connected to their postsecondary education or employment plan as outlined in the student’s transition plan as part of the High Road School school-to-work program and transition planning process.

Most of the graduating seniors will be enrolling in vocational programs to train for such industries as nursing, child care, and building.

Rayshawn Robinson, who will be attending the Prince George’s Community College Workforce Development Center and will be taking Information Technology classes, had this to say about his time at High Road: “At first, I really did not appreciate all that the staff have done to support me, but during my time here at High Road, I realized that that staff really care and want me to succeed, and now I can look forward to beginning the next part of my life.”

Good Luck to all the graduates of the Class of 2016:

  • Chaise F. Grady – Academy of Hair
  • Alexander Gross – Prince George’s Community College, ProStart Culinary Arts Program
  • Malik Hicks – Prince George’s Community College, Workforce Development Program, TeamBuilders Academy
  • Cassandra Hines – Prince George’s Community College, Workforce Development Program, 90-Hour Child Care Certification
  • Tanisha Jones – Prince George’s Community College, Early Childhood Education
  • Kavontae Lee – Alleghany Community College, Information Technology
  • Kentrell Herres – EPIC, Southern Maryland Vocational Institute
  • Rayshawn Robinson – Prince George’s Community College

May 18, 2016

Workforce Development Program: Recognition Ceremony

workfornce development logoOn Friday, May 6, 2016, the High Road Schools & Academies of Washington, DC, and Southern Maryland celebrated students who participated in the first Workforce Development Program for the South MD region. Staff and parents came together on our Lanham campus to see the first cohort of students receive their certificates in Customer Service and Microsoft Basic Word from the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) Workforce Development Program. This is the first program of its kind in the area—in which nonpublic schools partner with a community college to develop a customized Workforce Development Program specifically for our upperclassmen—and we couldn’t be prouder of this offering.

Howard Axelrod, Director of Community Outreach for High Road in Maryland and DC, and Barbara McCreary, Workforce Development Continuing Education Program Coordinator at PGCC, presented students with their “Certified Guest Service Professional” certificate from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Also, students received a “Certificate of Completion” in Microsoft Word. Students who participated in the program will be able to put their newly acquired skills to the test as they pursue their postsecondary programs and the world of work.

The celebration went off without a hitch due to the planning and hospitality of the staff at the High Road Academy of Prince George’s County in Lanham—namely, School Directors Annette Mercer and Corrine Anyanwu. Other staffers who attended the ceremony include: Dean Weeks, Executive Director; Ellen Gaske, Executive Director; Shanon Redman, Director; Russell Waller, Director; Denise Akers, Education Director; Kelcey Ostrusky, Associate Program Director; and David Clarke, Associate Director.

Each year, MANSEF offers scholarship opportunities for students in nonpublic special education across the state of Maryland. Throughout the years, these scholarships have helped a number High Road students explore educational and growth experiences outside the classroom. This year, seven students throughout High Road Schools in Maryland have earned scholarships to support their future endeavors. We are all so proud of their accomplishments!

Michael Cardin Scholarship Winners 2016

congratulationsEach year, MANSEF offers scholarship opportunities for students in nonpublic special education across the state of Maryland. Throughout the years, these scholarships have helped a number High Road students explore educational and growth experiences outside the classroom. This year, seven students throughout High Road Schools in Maryland have earned scholarships to support their future endeavors. We are all so proud of their accomplishments!

  • William Allen, a Montgomery County Public Schools student attending High Road Academy, will use his scholarship for tuition at Montgomery College.
  • Micah Breeden, a Prince George’s County Public Schools student attending High Road Academy, will use his scholarship to attend Howard Community College, where he will pursue his associate’s degree in human services.
  • Chaise Grady, a Prince George’s County Public Schools student attending the High Road School, will use her scholarship to attend Prince George’s Community College, where she will pursue a degree in business management.
  • Briana Hedgpeth, a Washington, DC, Public Schools student attending the High Road Academy, will use her scholarship for tuition to attend UDC Community College, where she will pursue her AA degree.
  • Aaron Kenon, a Prince George’s County Public Schools student attending High Road Academy, will use his scholarship to attend drawing and sketching classes at Prince George’s Community College.
  • Dajah Nwachukwu, a previous Cardin Scholar from Prince George’s County Public Schools who attends High Road School of Southern Maryland, will use her scholarship to attend UMUC’s Lift Program.
  • Thomas Rouse, a Prince George’s County Public Schools student attending High Road School of Prince George’s County, will use his scholarship for tuition to attend Allegany College of Maryland to pursue his degree in hospitality.

Click here to read MANSEF’s press release.

April 21, 2016

Scholastic Book Fair 2016

High Road Hosts Annual Book Fair

On March 21, 2016, the High Road Upper School of Prince George’s County in Beltsville, MD, launched its seventh annual Scholastic Book Fair. The event, which was held through March 24, concluded the school’s celebration of National Reading Month.

Book Fair committee chair Sean Hicks had this to say: “Putting together this fair was a challenge, but all the committee members made it seem like I was reading a good book—each day, like a page, just got better and better, making you want to come back for more.”

The school raised $2,547.49 during the four-day fair. Of that amount, reported Mr. Hicks, about $700 will go “back to the school so that we can purchase additional books for the library.”

“The students seem really excited and really enjoyed the opportunity to buy books for themselves and family members,” said Ms. Aguiao, a committee member and English teacher at the school.

As one student exited the fair area, he turned to a staff person and smiled, saying, “Now I’m ready for spring break!” That student, Amar Harris, in Ms. Jefferson’s classroom, purchased books each day of the fair. Ms. Jefferson’s classroom won the schoolwide competition to see which class could raise the most money. “It was an awesome week,” she said. “Seeing the kids take the time to look for their own books and help their classmates find something good to read was just fantastic!”

March 24, 2016

Learning Exponents

Our students have recently learned how to use exponents (powers of tens) to make counting a quicker experience. Using pinto beans as a learning prop, students counted five bags to arrive at a total. At the start of the lesson, they used whatever method they wanted to count, but they soon learned that grouping them into groups of 10 saves a lot of time and helps to verify the number counted.

March 15, 2016

High Road Reads!

Keep calm and love readingEach March, schoolchildren across the country kick off National Reading Month, to celebrate the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss; and this March, High Road Upper School (HRUS) Director Michelle Anderson initiated a schoolwide incentive program called “High Road Reads” to commemorate the occasion in a very special way.

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Educational experts unanimously agree that there is a direct correlation between one’s ability to read and his or her scholastic aptitude—the better one’s reading skills, the higher that student will likely advance through school and into postsecondary education, while the student who struggles to read is far less likely to achieve academic success, and, in many instances, will not complete high school.

For these reasons, it is imperative that students cultivate an intrinsic love for reading at as early an age as possible. While our students at HRUS have already reached their teenage years, many of them have not been exposed to or have not participated in an educational environment that creatively encourages recreational reading and comprehension skills. As such, Mrs. Anderson created High Road Reads to not only observe National Reading Month, but to nurture an appreciation of reading in our entire student body.

“This program will use a variety of individual and group activities to motivate students to read books in exchange for monetary-based incentives while repeatedly reinforcing the many long-term benefits of reading (like a better chance of attending college, rewarding employment opportunities, and personal fulfillment),” she says. “Through these collective actions, we hope to ignite the desire to read in each of our students so that their lives can be enriched academically, socially, and professionally.”

The reading program consists of one ongoing individual activity that culminates at the end of each week and two class competitions that culminate at the end of the first and third weeks. The individual activity is called “I Caught You Reading,” and the two class competitions consist of reading projects and participation in book report presentations. The month of events also includes “Stop, Drop, and Read” (a spontaneous 10-minute reading activity), a pep rally, a book club meeting, a “Battle of the Books” competition, and, finally, the annual HRUS Book Fair.

When asked about the impact the reading program has on the students, Jalecia Jefferson, a special education teacher at the school, says, “The reading program gives students an opportunity to expand their horizons and travel outside the realms of their realty.”

One student says this about the reading program: “This program and the help of the teachers have encouraged me to read outside of school and not just for school.”

Sean Hicks, Book Fair coordinator, sums it up: “As Thomas Jefferson said, ‘I cannot live without books’!”

February 17, 2016

Workforce Development Program with Prince George’s Community College Kicks Off

High Road Upper School and Prince George’s Community College Team Up to Prepare Students for Work

workfornce development logoThe High Road Upper School of Prince George’s County and the Workforce Development Institutes at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) have teamed up to present industry-certified training opportunities to students of the regional school.

Denise Ware, Program Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Institute (HTI) at PGCC, and her staff presented to the students of High Road information about opportunities that would enable them to achieve their post-secondary educational and employment goals. The initial training the students will undertake is the 44-hour Customer Service and Microsoft Office training.

HTI meets the ever-increasing worldwide demand for well-trained hospitality and tourism professionals and offers customized, specially developed, comprehensive training programs that benefit businesses by lowering in-house recruitment and training costs, reducing workforce turnover, and increasing employee productivity.

Yvonne Ward-Manson, Regional Transition Director at High Road, stated, “This program is the first of its kind in Prince George’s County. This is the type of training opportunity that will assist our non–college bound students in achieving their post-secondary goals.”

Students participating in the program increase their employability by gaining vocational skills in a shared-learning model. HTI staff have industry experience and will provide employability training as well as technical training specific to the occupational track selected by each participant. This unique program training model was designed to be a national benchmark and to support achievement of professional credentials and industry-specific certifications. Additionally, each occupational training track is directly aligned with local employment opportunities.

Developing a partnership with High Road Schools in the region will not only assist HTI with its mission, but will also support High Road as it assists students with achieving their goals by providing them with the tools needed to be successful contributing members of their community.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, please call Howard Axelrod or Yvonne Ward-Manson at 301-429-6191.

For further Information about HTI and other workforce development programs at Prince George’s Community College, please call 301-546-7596.

February 4, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

MLK postThe Maximizing Your Potential (MYPO) young men’s group took a field trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday. The focus of the field trip was to compare the current race issues in America to those of the civil rights era. The gentlemen also visited the Lincoln Memorial. There, they spoke about moving forward as young minority men and how they plan to combat the issues in diplomatic ways. Mr. Byron Adams, MYPO’s founder, spoke very highly of the boys and was very impressed by their participation. “I learned more about the Lincoln Memorial because the guys were asking such great questions!” he said.