What is Making the Grade?
“Making the Grade Conferencing” is a way for the members of the community to reach out to our young people and to inspire them to pursue academic excellence.
How does Making the Grade Conferencing work?
During the event, community volunteers visit the school to meet with students for one-on-one sessions to review their most recent progress report. During a 10-15-minute session with each student, volunteers discuss grades with students, cover topics such as homework, absenteeism, referrals, experience in school, and planning for the future.
Why is Making the Grade Conferencing important?
This provides students with a way to help them reflect on their academic performance and to motivate them for the rest of the semester. This personalized attention assists students in getting the help they need, if necessary. Past conferences have helped identify students who may need enrichment, tutoring, social support, or other types of assistance to help them reach their utmost potential. Our goal is to make sure that no student gets left behind in his or her schoolwork or “falls through the cracks” of Peoria’s support systems.
How can I help?
Please consider participating! Volunteers typically meet with 8-12 students in a two-hour time. This event takes place at the respective schools during normal school hours.
For more information please contact Adopt-a-School Coordinator, Sarah Oakford, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (309) 369-0386.
The Peoria Public Schools Foundation’s Horizons program is a lunchtime educational opportunity for middle school students in Peoria Public Schools. The intent of this program is to facilitate opportunities for students to investigate various industries and occupations which will allow them to make more informed choices during middle school, high school class selection, and beyond. Additionally, the students learn goal-setting techniques, study skills, as well as career and education information.
How it began
In the Fall of 2013, the idea for Horizons was born through collaboration between the Peoria Public Schools Foundation and the Peoria Public Schools district leaders. Both organizations recognized the need to help middle school students find their path to success by providing the following:
How It works
Horizons meets with students during their lunch period once a week for an entire semester. During this time students are introduced to different career areas by using a variety of exploration techniques. No two meetings are the same, thus providing a unique experience for the students as they learn more about themselves and their own career opportunities.
Horizons Meetings include:
Trish O’Shaughnessy - Director, Community Engagement and Horizons Program
A special video highlighting Trish O'Shaughnessy - Director, Community Engagement and Horizons Program.