How SHINE works

Every SHINE student is unique. SHINE offers programming to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are referred to SHINE for a variety of reasons. The program runs Monday through Thursday following the regular school day and SHINE students are strongly encouraged to attend all SHINE days.

Becoming a part of SHINE

Students in the elementary SHINE program are referred by their classroom teacher, guidance counselor or principal. The typical SHINE student needs a jump start in reading and/or math, and perhaps does not learn in the traditional way.

SHINE offers visits for Kindergarten students who need support in reading and math readiness skills. Kindergarten visits may be scheduled during regular SHINE programming or at another time as determined by the teacher and family. Through one-on-one instruction and close communication with families, SHINE Kindergarten visitors provide creative strategies for working with students.

The SHINE Career Academy (Carbon County) and middle and high school programs in the Shenandoah Valley School District are open to all students in participating districts without referral.

“My daughter loves SHINE! The students were allowed to experiment and rationalize with concepts. They were not just taught information. They used playful and informative techniques to teach and expand ways of thinking. BRAVO!”

Parent of Jim THorpe 3rd grader

Building strong characters

SHINE wants all students to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. To help students effectively engage with one another and their communities, SHINE has adopted the Second Step social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum.

Social-emotional lessons helps students develop techniques to:

  • Gain confidence
  • Set goals
  • Make better decisions
  • Collaborate with others in work and play
  • Navigate the world more effectively

Bringing it home

SHINE places the highest priority on bringing together schools and homes to achieve a holistic social and academic foundation for students’ development. All SHINE staff are fully committed to making sure that home life is healthy and supportive for all students.

SHINE regularly schedules family engagement nights to introduce families to the exciting adventures available to students at SHINE. These events, which may be in person or virtual as conditions permit, allow students to show off their new knowledge, skills and projects.

SHINE also encourages regular communication between families and staff. Most SHINE centers have a dedicated cell phone for SHINE business. Teachers send home newsletters and bulletins at least monthly, keeping families up to date on SHINE activities. In addition, many centers have dedicated Facebook pages, Google Classrooms, Class Dojos, etc.

Contact SHINE at 570-225-7243 for more information.