Comfort Dog on Campus

at Holy Cross Lutheran Church & School

a Calming friend to all

Naomi

Naomi is a specially trained Golden Retriever from Lutheran Church Charities. She provides comfort to those in need. The Comfort Dog Ministry at Holy Cross brings joy, and shows mercy and compassion to those in our congregation, school and community.

Naomi Fast Facts

  • Naomi is a trained Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dog for Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Indianapolis.
  • Naomi visits people at school, churches, hospitals, nursing homes, events and in disaster relief situations.
  • Naomi was deployed to Kokomo, Indiana to comfort those affected by a tornado that swept through the city.
  • Naomi attended the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Community Rally, which was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago.
  • Naomi went to a 9/11 ceremony in Carmel to remember those that lost their lives 15 years ago and to honor the bravery of the first responders.

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Holy Cross Lutheran School
8115 Oaklandon Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46236
317.826.1234

High Ability Program at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Holy Cross is committed to meet the needs of high ability students whose performance is consistent with nationally-recognized criteria for giftedness. We provide them with advanced experiences beyond grade-level curriculum through acceleration and/or enrichment of the curriculum.

High Ability students perform at or show the potential for performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain (areas of aptitude and talent) compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment and is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interest.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

 

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