New Program at Reynaud Middle to help struggling eighth graders

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Starting its first year at Reynaud Middle School, the Connections Program is designed to help students in the eighth grade pass the LEAP test and catch up academically with the rest of their classmates.

Gwen Pollard is a teacher and the program director at Reynaud Middle. She said the Connections Program will help students prepare for their futures.

Pollard said the program is helping students to attain a high school diploma, a GED or a state approved school certificate. Students working toward a high school diploma or GED can also work for an industry based certification.

But first it's about passing the LEAP test.

"They go to summer school, they retest and then ultimately they move on," Pollard said.

Pollard said they keep a close watch on the academic performance of the percentage of students in the program by making a student profile for each child, keeping track of their behavior, academic process, attendance and a parent meeting log.

"Parents are required to come to a meeting," she said. "We meet every two weeks and then we meet again at the end of every nine weeks on that student."

Making sure the student improves academically to move on to the next level of their education.

"Every time they reach or they pass that level, they move up to the next level," Pollard said.

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