Franconia Ski Club: Winterm Academics

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In this uniquely challenging year, students need the gift of the mountains and the healthy environment of training outdoors. By working together, Knower Academics and Franconia Ski Club offer intensive training and quality academic programming that helps students push their potential – both on and off the ski slopes.

— Catherine Knower, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Knower Academics

Educational Programming
for Snow Sports Athletes

Stay up to speed on and off the slopes

Together with our partners at Franconia Ski Club, Knower Academics offers instruction that empowers our snow sport athletes to maintain academic excellence while they train and compete at Cannon Mountain. Our academic winterm programs for 2020-2021 have been designed with FSC families and board members to dovetail with training schedules, manage diverse curriculum models, and provide academic structure. Families will also have options to customize their program to fit each student’s learning needs.

Win•term (n): contraction /ˈwinˌtərm/

  1. winter term
  2. an academic period that runs congruent with the ski season
  3. alternative academic options used by snow sport athletes to accommodate rigorous training and competition

Every student in this program will have a custom learning plan, developed together with their families and schools and guided by the student’s own goals and input. Knower will spearhead communications with schools to align curriculum or coordinate work exchange and keep families updated with session logbooks and frequent reports. Knower educators, in addition to their expertise in teaching specific subject material, are experienced in supporting students with executive functioning, study and organizational skills, and standardized test preparation.

 

Winterm Timeline

Winterm Academic Programming Options
for Franconia Ski Club Athletes

WINTERM AT
CANNON MOUNTAIN

for Middle School

For the winter months, replace your current school with class on the mountain
 CUSTOM ONE-TO-ONE ACADEMICS
for All Grade Levels

Receive extra support or coaching for the classes in which you are currently enrolled, or for test prep
 ONE-TO-ONE
WINTERM

for High School

For the winter months, replace your current school with 1:1 Knower Academics classes

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Winterm at Cannon Mountain

Attend school on the mountain, all winter long.

Our winter curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to integrate with sending schools, and the schedule of weekly classes dovetails perfectly with FSC training and competitions. Knower Academics will connect with each student’s current school to determine the best approach to curriculum, teach all material, and develop a transition plan to return to school back home in the spring.

Program Details

Duration
of Middle School Winterm

The Middle School Winterm program will run from early December to the end of March. The specific dates will be finalized as the details of competition and training schedule solidify. There will be a total of fourteen weeks of class, with some time off for holidays, training camps and competitions.

Classes, Curricula & Coursework
for Middle School Winterm

The Zoom question…

Knower Academics began using online interactive sessions to support snow sport athletes back in 2005. Due to competition and training schedules, we needed a way to continue to support students while they were traveling. With 10+ years of teaching one-to-one in our online classrooms, first by Skype, then Web-Ex, and now Zoom, our instructors have found ways to teach effectively through interactive online instruction. Knower instructors establish guidelines and expectations for students using Zoom. Yes, you need to get dressed and out of bed! We also use screen sharing, annotation tools, recording tools, as well as interactive documents and whiteboards such that students and instructors can both actively discuss and workshop problems and topics together. Knower Academics teachers are experienced in using interactive teaching tools and screen sharing to create an engaging and effective learning experience for students. If you would like to see a demo of how we use Zoom in a way that actively engages our students, please contact our office.

Students will complete class together for science and humanities, with instruction differentiated by grade according to Knower’s own curricula. Math instruction will be fully individualized and taught in a one-to-one instructional format. Middle school coursework will engage students with project based learning and nurturing small-group classes. Students will complete assessments, both formative and summative, as well as additional independent assignments, exercises and activities to demonstrate their learning.

Science & Humanities Curricula
With the understanding that students will join our program from diverse academic backgrounds, our humanities and science coursework will focus on standards, concepts and skills. Students will receive six hours of small-group classroom instruction each week in humanities and science, as well as additional applications, projects, assignments and assessments. Instruction for these classes is slated to occur in-person.

Mathematics Curricula
Each student in the winterm program will receive fully individualized math instruction. Knower Academics will establish a work exchange with the sending school and teach each week’s material in three intensive 30 minute 1:1 classes. In between instructional time, students will complete a mix of flipped classroom assignments, active retrieval practice, projects, applications, and homework assignments. The instructional format of math class may be in-person or interactive online.

Additional Classes & Supports
for Middle School Winterm

Families may fully customize their winterm program with additional one-to-one classes. For example, students might add more rigor to their schedule, such as a foreign language or special tutorial to bring their coursework to an advanced level. Additional one-to-one sessions are also the perfect opportunity to add focus on developing study and organizational skills at a foundational or advanced level, or to receive extra support in a challenging subject. Knower Academics instructors also specialize in standardized test preparation, so families looking for a jump start of SSAT, PSAT, SAT or ACT preparation can find that here as well.

Weekly schedule
for Middle School Winterm

IMPORTANT: This is a TENTATIVE schedule, still under construction. The specific hours when students are required to be on the mountain and in the classroom are still to be determined. Work from home options will likely be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Though this schedule is still subject to change, on Mondays we will likely divide into groups where some students will have math in the mornings and other students will have math in the afternoons. On Wednesdays, both math groups will have sessions in the afternoon. Friday lesson plans will remain flexible so students can focus on completing all required work before becoming thoroughly distracted by their weekend races.

 MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
9:00am
to
12pm
Morning Math Group
Individualized Curriculum

Intensive 1:1 sessions & applications
FSC TrainingFSC TrainingFSC TrainingFSC Training
12:00pm
to
12:30pm
Lunch
12:30pm
to
3:30pm
Afternoon Math Group
Individualized Curriculum

Intensive 1:1 sessions and applications
Science & Humanities
5th-8th Grade Skills & Project-based Learning

Small group model
Math groups combined
Individualized Curriculum

Intensive 1:1 sessions & applications
Science & Humanities
5th-8th Grade Skills & Project-based Learning

Small group model
Flex Days
NO CLASS

1:1 add on sessions,
weekly wrap up,
reflection,
portfolio building

 

Focus on Math

Our winterm students join us from many different schools, and need to stay up to speed in their school’s own curriculum in order to align with their classmates when they return. Knower will connect with each student’s school to organize the best math curriculum, typically by way of a parallel work exchange. This curriculum will provide the substance for the one-to-one sessions, and often the problem sets and assessments as well. Knower’s approach to math is versatile; employing a variety teaching methods to engage our student’s unique learning styles. In their one-to-one sessions, students will cover new material and also go over corrections. Between sessions, teachers will integrate systematic review, as well as project based, flipped classroom, and Khan Academy activities to address math concepts through a range of teaching strategies and learning activities.

Example integration of intensive thirty-minute math lessons, one-to-one, with practice and applications.

12:30-1:00pmOne-to-one session
1:00-1:25pmPractice problem set
1:30-2:00pmDaily ARC review
2:00-2:25pmOne-to-one session
2:30-3:00Assessment/Application
3:00-3:25pmFlip classroom/ Khan Contest

Features & Tuition

Includes

  • School on the mountain, with Knower Academics, from early December to late February or early March
  • 14 weeks of total programming
  • School outreach and curriculum
  • Individualized math instruction: 3 intensive 30-minute sessions, paired with approximately 4 hours weekly coursework
  • Student Google login and learning management system
  • Graded summative assessment and portfolio creation
  • 6 hours weekly small-classroom humanities and science instruction
  • Coordinated transition plan into the program in December and back to school in the spring
  • Integrated communications with family and schools
  • Schedule dovetails with FSC training and competitions
  • Support for additional subjects and other Knower 1:1 offerings available at added cost

Tuition

  • $5,000 per student
  • Non-refundable $500 deposit
  • Commitment deadline of November 16th

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