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Welcome to the Learning Center.  I am pleased to be able to work with students, parents and staff as the Learning Consultant within this program.

The Crusader Nation Learning Center program provides learning support for students who need additional help in their academic classes. Students are scheduled into the Learning Center for one period a day to receive focused support in organization, math and /or reading, through the use of IXL Math software program, one-on-one academic support and small group support. IXL focus on individual targeted areas of difficulty from past years, while the individual one-on-one/group instruction (with some IXL) focus more on current concepts through reinforcing the lessons using a variety of learning strategies and thinking routines, test review and project support. Organization and planner use is also addressed during this period.

Additionally our AIMSweb  and IXL progress monitoring tools are used to determine instructional needs of students so that areas of difficulty can be identified and individualized lessons created. Rochester Community Schools is one of the few districts that offers this level of Tier III support for general education students because our mission is to ensure learning for ALL students.

The Learning Center is located in the 7th grade wing, room 117. The staff consists of wonderful paraprofessionals, Mrs. Masko and Mrs. Khan.

Midwest Talent Search

Please check the NUMATS website for up-to-date information and qualifications for online registration:  www.ctd.northwestern.edu/numats

NUMATS is a reasearch-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level testing to help you understand the educational needs of the top 10% of students in grades 3 through 9. They also help you interpret test results, facilitate effective placement, and support students with instructional resources and programs.

Your child may pick up a packet from Mrs. Chynoweth in Room 117.

Instructional Websites

Geo Bee Parent and Student ResourceEach year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works. Students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. With a top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship—plus other prizes—the contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee.

There are three levels of competition: school, state, and national. To compete for advancement from the school to the state level, the winning student at each school must take the online qualifying test. As many as 100 of the highest-scoring students in a state or territory advance to the state competition. The state Bee champion advances to the national championship in Washington, D.C.

Classroom Bees will take place in late December or early January.