February 22, 2016—Fifteen students in Cohoes High School’s PAGE program earned a trip to the New York State Museum earlier this month, for demonstrating improvement in school attendance and positive classroom behavior.
The day began with an involved scavenger hunt in the museum orchestrated by PAGE teachers and staff. Students found specific items in and around exhibits, and wrote a fact about each of the items.
“It was great to see the students so excited and intrigued about our state’s history and background,” said Teaching Assistant Dominic Bondi. “Some of them really enjoyed seeing and learning more about the Cohoes Mastodon, the New York Rocks and Minerals Exhibit, and a private art collection.”
Students also had lunch on the concourse, and viewed the Albany skyline and surrounding Capital Region from a new perspective—atop the Corning Tower Observation Deck.
“Many of them were astonished at how far they
could see, and how different things look from such a high vantage
point,” added Bondi.
The trip was organized specifically to acknowledge and reward those PAGE students who’ve been working hard. The educational experience proved to be a valuable and memorable one.
PAGE students are in grades 10-12, considered the most at-risk of not graduating, and referred by a teacher, counselor, social worker, school psychologist or principal.
The students in the program learn the same curriculum as their peers and are held to the same standards, but their learning is done in a small classroom setting with a tightknit support system.