Students select a SEM cluster to participate in during the fall semester and a second SEM cluster to participate in during the spring semester. SEM clusters meet once a week for two periods. The SEM program gives students the ability to create something while working with teachers in a non-academic arena. Every SEM program is linked to a charity giving students the opportunity to give back to the community.
Students choose from the following SEM options:
I.S. 78 Master Chef
Do you love to cook? Do you watch cooking shows on TV? Do you want to learn how to use a kitchen and to create foods that can be sold to raise money for charity? This cluster is designed to allow students to learn about the kitchen and basic cooking skills. You will learn about healthy eating and about following a recipe. This cluster will be led by our MASTER CHEF Ms. Katz, who has taught cooking at Roy H. Mann for over 25 years.
I.S. 78 Wood Design Team
Are you one of those people that are always fixing things? Is architecture and working with hand tools something that excites you? This cluster is designed to teach students how to use hand tools and to create something that will make our school building a better place. You will learn basic carpentry skills. Imagine being the only member of your family that knows how to fix something. Members of this cluster will volunteer for the Brush with Kindness project sites through Habitat for Humanity.
Architectural Bridge Design/Building
Have you ever dreamed of designing and building bridges? Through our architectural bridge building SEM students will design and build bridges using Balsa wood. The culminating event is a design and weight bridge building competition.
Have you ever dreamed of making your own robot? So far, no such luck? There have been some amazing advancements in the field of engineering and robotics. This cluster will use Lego Mindstorms and WeDo robot engineering automated machines like Lego brick vehicles or motorized coffee cans. This SEM will take a field trip to the Brooklyn Robotics Foundry. The culminating event is a Robotics expo in the spring.
Are you stressed? Would you like to learn techniques to lower your stress levels? This cluster explores the ability to train the mind to be present in the world, improving both our physical and mental well-being. Mindful Fitness is the act of linking breath to movement, balancing our flow of energy. Combining these practices can greatly improve the quality of our lives in a multitude of ways. The culminating event will be an interactive meditation demonstration held for parents.
Are you a natural performer? Do you like to act? If so, the Drama Team is for you! Drama Team is for students who enjoy singing, acting, dancing or being involved in lights or sound. You will learn acting skills, play production, teamwork and have experience with lighting and sound in a production. Drama team members will perform with Mr. Collins at our local feeder schools. Members of this team will learn skills that might land you a part in our school production of ‘Aladdin’ in the spring of 2017.
Restorative Discipline Peer Mediation
Do you love to help others and resolve issues? Restorative discipline peer mediation is problem solving by students with students. It is a process by which two or more students involved in a dispute meet in a private, safe and confidential setting to work out problems with the assistance of a trained student mediator.
Do you love to paint, draw and create artwork? This cluster is designed to allow students to learn about different art disciplines (drawing, painting, calligraphy, & sculpture). You will learn the skills for each art discipline and create pieces of art. This SEM will take a field trip to the Museum of Modern Art. The culminating event is to create the first ever Roy H. Mann art gallery.
Do you love music? Success in music performance doesn’t only indicate your child’s music talent. It shows a willingness to spend a significant amount of time, energy and effort over a long period of time to reach a high level of performance. Success in musical performance is an indicator of good work habits, persistence and tenaciousness. Our standards are understood and recognized by specialized high school, colleges and university admissions officers. The culminating event is the winter and spring band concert.
Ronald McDonald House
On Friday, January 8th, members of the I.S. 78 Culinary Arts SEM (Schoolwide Enrichment Model) took a trip to the Ronald McDonald House on Long Island. The students chose to support the Ronald McDonald House as the charity for their SEM. After arriving at the Ronald McDonald House, the students received a tour of the facility and were given background information about the house by a volunteer, Mr. Tom.
After hearing the story of how the Ronald McDonald House had evolved, the students were very inspired, and immediately rolled up their sleeves and began to bake cookies for the residents of the house. Led by their teacher, Ms. Katz, and assisted by staff members, Ms. Koon and Ms. D’Aleo, the students baked over 200 cookies.
On their ride home, the students reflected on their experience, and the general feeling was that giving back is “A great and rewarding feeling.” The students also asked if they could go to the Ronald McDonald House again in the Spring, which we will certainly arrange. It was a day we will all remember.
Schoolwide Enrichment Model
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