BREAKTHROUGH HOUSTON (BTH) SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM (SYP) APPLICATION '17-'18
SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM CALENDAR OF DATES
- All applications must be complete by 5pm on Friday, September 15th, 2017.
- Please email a copy of your latest report card/transcript to mnwogwugwu@sjs.org by September 15th, 2017.
- There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 for ALL School Year Program Teachers/TAs. The orientation will begin at 10am and end at 4pm. Lunch will be provided. Location: At EHS in Anderson Hall (more details to come).

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 - Episcopal HS - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: Breakthrough Shirt Day

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 - Episcopal HS - 8:15am – 12:00pm - Theme: Dress for Success

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 - Episcopal HS - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: Halloween Costume Day

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - Episcopal HS - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: Family Color Day

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - Episcopal HS - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: School Spirit Day

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 - Episcopal HS - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: Crazy Hair Day

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 - Episcopal HS - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: Silly Sock Day

Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - St. John's School - 8:15am – 1:30pm - Theme: “Inner Weird” Day *Teacher Appreciation Day

Saturday, March 24th, 2018 - St. John's School - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: Nerd Day

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 - St. John's School - 8:15am – 12:30pm - Theme: Crazy Hat Day

Saturday, April 7th, 2018 - St. John's School - 8:15am – 1:30pm - Closing Ceremony; EHS Cafeteria (12:45am-1:30pm) - Theme: Dress for Success


BACKGROUND INFORMATION; TWO-FOLD MISSION
Breakthrough aims to prepare students who possess high academic potential, but limited educational resources, for competitive high-school programs and college admission. In addition, we train talented college and high-school students for careers in education.

OUR VISION
At Breakthrough Houston, we envision a day when all children will have equal access to quality education and teachers committed to their academic success.

- BTH is a tuition-free, year-round academic program.
- BTH focuses its attention on academically talented students with limited educational
opportunities.
- Our students primarily attend Houston public schools (HISD).
- Our students make a six-year commitment to our program: two years in middle school; four in high school.
- Students begin the program in their summer following 6th grade. The program consists of a three rigorous six-week summer
session, a School Year Program, and a College Bound Program.

A BTH SYP STUDENT TEACHER VOLUNTEER'S COMMITMENT

As a Breakthrough Houston SYP volunteer teacher, please understand that you will be committing to the following:
- Attend all scheduled School Year Program sessions (must have own transportation) unless there’s an emergency and/or you communicate potential conflicts with Mrs. Collins.
- Come to the mandatory orientation on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2017 from 10am – 4pm at EHS in Anderson Hall (more details to come).
- Arrive and depart SYP sessions at the times designated (as listed on the School Year Teacher Application 2017-2018).
- Plan and coordinate all Saturday SYP lessons with your team teacher and your Instructional Coach. This is to be done prior to
arriving to teach on the SYP Saturday.
- Arrive for each Saturday session with materials and lessons prepared.
- To the best of your ability, productively use all time on Saturdays for the purposes of teaching and advising BTH students.
- Hold your students and yourself to the highest reasonable expectations.
- Act toward your students, your fellow volunteers, and your Directors in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner, and
expect the same from them.
- Give at least a 48 hour notice to Ms. Collins if an emergency arises and you anticipate having to miss a Saturday session.


If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Mrs. Ganesa Collins at gcollins@sjs.org .


School Year Program Coordinator - Breakthrough Houston
St. John’s School
2401 Claremont Lane
Houston, TX 77019
gcollins@sjs.org
Office: 713-850-0222
www.breakthroughhouston.org
www.breakthroughcollaborative.org

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