• METCO Program Office
    Mrs. Barbara J. Hamilton, M.Ed., LICSW, Academic Director
    Ms. Felicia Grullon, Admin Assistant METCO works

    LHS Room 145 (Main Bldg. )

    781-861-2320 x 69122

     
     From left:  Cheryl Crowder, Lisa Powell, Habiba Davis, Gretchen Segars and Barbara Nobles
     at the National Educators Conference in Maryland. 
     

    Elementary Programs

    MELP METCO Extended Learning Program

    MELP is designed to enhance the education of our
    Boston students and to further meet their individual learning needs. The
    goal is to provide targeted specific instruction in the areas of mathematics
    and language arts. Students from all six elementary schools come together
    on 21 Thursday afternoons throughout the school year to work on mathematics
    and language arts skills. The program is taught by Mathematics Specialists,
    currently working in the elementary schools, as well as various reading
    teachers and specialists. Selected students work in small groups (six students

    to one teacher and one assistant) for approximately two hours per session.
     

    Lunch Group Programs

    The primary purpose of METCO Lunch Bunch groups has been, and continues to be, to provide time and a safe space for children of like affinities from different classrooms to come together in an environment where they make up the majority. This lunch group is particularly helpful to students who are in classes where they are one of only a few students of color. 

    Having our special lunch is not an act of intentional exclusion. Instead, the groups provide a positive environment for students to explore their affinity experience and discuss topics pertinent to them. Students may work on activities or engage in discussions that reinforce positive self-image, reaffirm identity, or address issues of diversity at school. We might also explore feelings, peer relationship issues, or problem solving. Generally, our agenda is driven by the needs of the group of students. At times, our groups are more informal and fun.

    Our overall goal in our work with our students is to ensure that all Boston-resident students  are being encouraged, motivated, and supported in their academics and social-emotional development. 

     EFFICACY
    The goal of this program is to promote the understanding
    that intelligence is developmental and “Smart is not something you are.
    Smart is something you get.” We seek to instill in our students feelings
    of competence, purpose and identity so they will recognize their capabilities
    and strive to reach their full potential. We also want them to see themselves
    as learners, and enable them to turn data into feedback to develop strategies
    to overcome academic and emotional challenges.
     
    FAMILY FRIENDS
    The METCO Family Friends Program is another supportive aspect of the METCO partnership wherein Lexington families volunteer to become "partners" with Boston families. When a child enters one of our schools via the METCO Program, she/he is paired with a volunteer Lexington family (preferably a family with a child in the same classroom or grade level as the Boston child). The Family Friends Program provides opportunities for Lexington and Boston children and their parents to broaden relationships through the sharing of family, cultural and social experiences in their respective communities. At the elementary level, Family Friend students participate in METCO Friends Visiting Days which are scheduled in advance on specified Thursday afternoons. Overnight visitations may occur (individually arranged, if desired) both in Lexington and in Boston. Open and regular communication between families in Lexington and Boston is encouraged throughout the year to help nurture the mutual development of relationships.
     
    Middle School Programs
    ACADEMICA COACHING (Extended Day)
    Academic Coaching provides middle school METCO students the opportunity to remain after school for one hour to work on homework with supervision and teacher support.
    Extended Day meets after school Tuesday - Thursday 3:00-4:00PM throughout the academic year, supervised by  METCO Extended Day staff. Extended Day is an opportunity for METCO students to seek out extra help from teachers and work on homework assignments and projects with support if needed.  Students are required to set a goal/s for each homework session. The importance of good study skills, time management, and discussions around college and career planning are also included as part of the Extended Day activities .
     
    METCO LHS ACADEMIC SUPPORT
     
     
     
    AFRICAN AMERICAN & LATINO SCHOLARS
    The AAL Scholars Program is a recognition program that identifies African American and Latino students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade at LHS who are exceptional in their achievement and their potential for leadership. It drives these students to stretch and reach for even higher goals and set even higher standards for themselves. Finally, it rewards them through access to supports and knowledge resources and, most of all, personal relationships that will help them be successful now and in the future. It does this through field trips, seminars, weekly meetings, academic competitions, and mentoring relationships with strong, successful adults and with other students. The LHS AAL Scholars Program honors academic commitment and fosters a culture of high scholastic achievement by students at Lexington High School.
     
    THE CALCULUS PROJECT
    Unlike any initiative in public education to close the achievement gap in mathematics,
    the Calculus Project is designed to increase the number of students of color who enroll in
    AP Calculus.

    The importance of enrolling in high level math classes cannot be underestimated. Not
    only does the rigor of an honors or AP math class prepare students to excel on
    standardized tests (e.g. MCAS and SAT); but more importantly, those students who are
    capable of advanced mathematical thinking have more post-secondary educational
    opportunities available.

    Students who engage in the Calculus Project participate in a variety of opportunities to
    strengthen their math skills. They
    Attend challenging yet fun enrichment courses in the summer where highly
    qualified instructors pre-teach core mathematical concepts prior to enrollment in
    high level math classes during the school year. Become members of a “cohort” in order to provide support to each other.

    Are taught that success in mathematics stems from hard work and not an innate
    ability established at birth, as well as learn how to work collaboratively in groups
    in- and outside of the classroom. Discover how mathematics is applied in the real world through classroom
    activities and field trips (this experience is enhanced when they have an
    opportunity to meet African American and Latinos who work in STEM
    professions during a speaker series that takes place during the summer)

    All of these supports as well as the challenges of rigorous mathematics curricula lead
    Calculus Project students to achieve at the highest levels in high school and beyond.

    CALCULUS PROJECT
    Will meet in room 201 from 9AM to 2PM in the Photonics Building located on BU's campus at 8 St. Mary's Street. 
     
    2017 Saturday Fall Sessions  
    Grade                    September                  October                   November               December
    8                               16th                         7th, 28th                    18th                        9th             
    9                               23rd                       14th                             4th                        16th
    10                             30th                       21st                            11th                         2nd

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