BAGUIO CITY – After a bunch of changes such as a new curriculum, a new grading system, and new lessons and a lot of coping up to do, the Special Science Elementary School Project (SSESP) is successfully on its fourth year this June 2016.
The SSESP was implemented last June 2013 by the Division of Baguio and the DepEd Regional Office and was initiated by the former ES1 Supervisor, Esther Y. Melecio. The main goal of the SSESP is to provide a learning environment to the gifted and talented students through Special Mathematics and Science curriculum, which recognizes multiple intelligences of individuals who are empowered through lifelong learning.
As the pilot adviser of this program throughout the past three years, I can say that it is visible that the goal is being achieved since pupils who are under the program are learning more than the usual lessons based on their level and age.
Aside from being advance in terms of subjects, students from the SSESP have been academically competitive through their participation in competitions that enhance their capabilities, especially in Science and Mathematics. Students from the program are competing in contests like MTAP, Math Quiz Bee, Science Quiz Bee and others. As students with advanced knowledge and skills, they have not failed to prove their worth being in the SSESP because they always bring home the bacon or at least, place second or runner up.
The teachers also play a big part in molding and helping the pupils to give their best in everything they do. Working as a team with Mrs. Cherry Ann Malecdan, the grade two adviser, and Mrs. Sarah Palicacad, the grade three adviser, we give our best in teaching and inculcating knowledge to these children.
We support them in their participation in contests outside the school and even in performances inside the four walls of the room. Aside from helping them grow intellectually, we also make sure that we teach them moral values to grow as good persons.
The parents’ participation in their children’s education through their full support not only to the SSESP, but to the school in general in various ways, further support their children’s learning. They help in improving the facilities of the school and provide materials needed to improve the welfare of their children and facilitate the teaching-learning process.
Since its pilot implementation, the SSESP has been producing high-performing students, hence, parents from different private schools such as YMCA, Four Square Heritage School, Baguio City Academy, Baguio Achievers, and other Christian schools bring their children to Baguio Central School, to test their luck and be one of the recipients of the SSESP.
The SSESP will not be able to reach its fourth year successfully without the cooperation of all the teachers, parents, talented pupils, the whole Baguio Central School, and the Division of Baguio. I am confident that this program will go a long way and will continue to produce globally competitive pupils that will surely continue their excellence in the next level of their learning.
By: Brenda Lee Aspiras De Guzman