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Grade 1 Students Start AMPed Program
Posted 12/07/2016 08:50AM
"Is it Day 3 today? YAY!" - This is what I heard as I entered the 1st grade building one week ago. Everywhere I looked students were excitedly running about forming lines for their chosen activity. The groups for the Chinese Fan Dance and Taking Apart were particularly jubilant; they all gave me high fives as I walked by their lines and up the staircase to find the classroom where my group of Music & Science would be held. For the next forty minutes, the 1st graders embarked on a self-chosen, alternative learning journey, one that differs from the traditional classroom experience. It is well documented that students learn better when they are truly engaged, and are given a say in the process of what they are learning. From only this first meeting with my group of excited learners I can definitely see how this conclusion may, in fact, be true.

Students in 1st grade began their journey within the AMPed program at SIS this past Wednesday. Every Day 3 these students get to experience an alternative learning experience to what is common in a traditional classroom. Led by LI Coach Martin Ruthai and facilitated by multiple SIS staff members, these opportunities range from learning how to draw, to designing the perfect egg drop mechanism. Although there was an initial menu of AMPed activities to choose from, students were given the opportunity to choose based on their own interest.

Follow #sisrocks to keep up to date with how these 1st graders progress in their AMPed learning journey. For more on the AMPed program at SIS, visit

Mark McElroy, Director of Learning Innovation

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