Enrichment Clusters provide all students at Wells Road Intermediate School and Granby Memorial Middle School the opportunity to choose an area of interest to explore at a deeper level. The process begins with all choosing a theme-based, authentic learning experience that students may select to engage in over a period of 6-8 weeks. Once students make their selection, they participate om a student led learning experience around an overachieving topic. The experience culminates with a project reflective of student learning in celebration of the experience that occurred during their time in the Cluster.
Clusters occur every C day at Wells Road from 2:20-3:05 p.m. All students and faculty participate with program oversight provided by our Enrichment Coach. Granby has made this commitment because of the many benefits to our students including:
- Choice – Students select a Cluster related to an area that peaks their personal interest.
- Voice – Learning during the Cluster recognizes the voice of each student and celebrates democracy in the instructional practices.
- Joy – Clusters provide a time where fun with learning takes center stage.
- Authentic Learning – While many areas of district curricula provided authentic learning opportunities, Clusters allow for participation in sustained learning where students are working toward solving a problem answered through exploring multiple paths.
Below are some Wells Road Cluster successes. These Clusters were well received by students and embodied authentic learning and engagement.
Design a miniature golf course
Students designed a nine hole golf course with different challenges and level of play. The entire school was invited to play their course with a $1 donation. The cluster group decided the donated money would go to CCMC.
Wizardry for muggles
Students were immersed in Harry Potter's world by reading selections from the books, making their own brooms, playing Quiddich, competing in Harry Potter trivia, and more. The cluster led to a successful summer programming class.
Wells Road's longest running cluster. Students work on community outreach and awareness. Outside speakers come to the cluster to introduce the students to different community services and then the students decide how they can help. There has been a game event for seniors from the Senior Center, baby blanket making for babies in the NICU, and more. An always popular and special cluster.