SCHOOL WIDE ENRICHMENT MODEL
What is SEM?
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Laurel Mountain Elementary (LME) cultivates the individual gifts and talents of every child through the implementation of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM). This enrichment program is embedded in all classrooms and practiced every day by every student.
SEM provides teachers with tools and methods that support their ability to:
- discover your child’s preferred learning style,
- focus on each child’s individual strengths,
- emphasize self-esteem, and
- encourage independent critical thinking.
Using this innovative educational philosophy, our teachers and staff create learning experiences that engage our children in challenging, meaningful and appealing instruction based on their strengths, interests and talents.
Our children thrive in this environment. Achievement levels grow, motivation increases, and self confidence is enhanced. This results in children who are excited about learning and have confidence to make a positive difference in our world. This is what sets Laurel Mountain and our students apart.
Our adoption of and commitment to these practices has won our school numerous recognitions and awards. Click here to download our 2016-17 SEM brochure for more information.
The SEM components that affect your child in the classroom every day include:
- Outdoor learning in the 3rd Grade Longhorn Garden, LME Edible Garden and the LME Nature Preserve
- Independent Investigative Method (IIM): Research model utilized in all grade levels with individuals, small groups and/or whole classes.
- Compacting Math Enrichment: When students demonstrate a level of proficiency on a pre-assessment focusing on a specific math concept, they are allowed to exchange instructional time for accelerated and/or enriched work relating to the math concept being taught in class. (Grade level varies.)
- KIDS Kits: A collection of resources organized by students’ interests – 25 different topics available for check-out by teacher.
- PRIDE Portfolio: Includes Interest Survey, Learning Style Survey, Enrichment Cluster Reflections, PRIDE Pieces and Student Talent Development Action Record which is updated every school year.
- Service Learning Projects: A teaching strategy through which students apply what they’re learning in school to identify, research and address community needs.
- Special Speakers and Community Resources: Invited professionals that share world experiences with students and staff on a variety of topics in specific areas of interests.
- Professional Development for Staff: Includes training, workshops and resources for all teachers.
- Collaboration Resource for Teachers and Students: Our Enrichment Coordinator partners with staff and teaches on a regular basis in the classroom.
- Enrichment Clusters: Small, student-driven groups which focus on specific interests offered in all grade levels for 6-8 weeks at a time. About fifty different clusters were offered in the 2014-2015 school year.
- Enrichment Slot (E-Slot): Special topics or projects, based on student interests, occur every Friday from 8:00-9:00 am for all students.
Contact Our Enrichment Specialist: