During the month of February, Timberline 8th graders who had met their first semester GPA goals got to attend a 9th grade Explorations in STEM class at Skyline High School. The class was in the middle of an architectural engineering home design project led by a Ph.D. student from CU-Boulder. Students were excited to see that Skyline High School also has engineering fellows from the CU TEAMS program. The project was interesting for students to see because it involved using many tools to do woodwork, drawing using Solidworks, and solving interesting math problems.
In Mr. Thesenga's 8th grade physics class, students experienced a new way of being assessed. Instead of walking in and being handed a paper and pencil or a computer to log into, they took their seats at independent lab stations. Each station had every tool and material they had used throughout their unit on density. Students were then given a task to complete, which only required some of the tools and materials. The performance task truly showed whether or not students had mastered the concepts addressed during their regular science lab sessions.
Six Timberline 8th grade students, their language arts teachers Ms. McIntyre and Ms. Hoelzer, and the college and career readiness counselor, Ms. March, led a session at the Colorado School Counselors Association conference on November 6, 2014. The session was titled "A Culture Imagined, Exploration Believed in, Pathway Achieved: Career Guidance in Middle School".