Our Enrichment activities are hands-on, creative, collaborative, and fun ways for Vertus students to explore their talents and interests. Read on to learn more about our 2016-17 Enrichment lineup.
This classic activity is popular with students who want to begin to master one of the most popular and difficult games in human history. Learning the moves each piece can make is fairly simple, but the skills involved in beating an opponent are complicated enough to study for a lifetime. The Rochester Chess Center supplies Vertus with two excellent instructors and hosts a competitive league in which our students can play against other local schools.
This new activity, taught by professional drummer and music producer (and Vertus Preceptor) Levi Bennett, allows students to play together on a regular basis while also learning the basics of music theory and percussion performance. We look forward to a first-ever performance from this ensemble in the spring.
EMS / FIRST RESPONDER
Thanks to a partnership with the Boy Scouts' Explorers program, Vertus students are receiving first-aid and basic EMT training from local paramedics and other first responders. This program is a great introduction to the world of medicine for students who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.
THE MAN PROGRAM
Developed by Vertus Preceptor Jerome Wright and taught in the tri-city area for more than 20 years, The MAN (Mentoring and Nurturing) Program is designed to build socio-emotional skills and strong relationships. Young men participate in "real talk" about issues of importance in their lives and learn to handle and support each other through the complicated experiences of being a young person in Rochester in 2017.
Students in our Photography program learn to shoot on DSLR cameras, edit their images in post-production software, and study the basics of composition, lighting, focus, framing, and more. Field trips to The Eastman House and a Vertus gallery show are in the works for spring and summer.
Through a partnership with Roc Bottom Slam Team, directed by Lu Highsmith, Vertus' beloved Chi the Realist (third from left) comes to work with our young men every day. Chi is a phenomenal artist and writer, and our students are growing by leaps and bounds under his tutelage. Regular performance and writing opportunities abound in this popular activity.
TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS (TPS)
Conceived and taught by Vertus' own Preceptors Keniel Ferguson and Gary Mandell, TPS is a hybrid of introductory engineering and automotive activities. Students in this activity have changed tires, put together working engine models, and built cell phone chargers out of Altoids tins and 9-volt batteries; thanks to a new partnership with Dream Bikes, they will also learn the basics of bicycle repair and maintenance this spring.