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It has been our intention to return to some form of in-person learning as soon as it was determined by our health departments that it is both safer and feasible to do so. On September 21, during our virtual town hall with county health department officials, we reviewed the current coronavirus data for our community. To this end, our county health agency partners have made the recommendation that it is now appropriate for us to return to a hybrid learning model. Click here to watch the virtual town hall discussion about the data guiding our decisions and current levels in our community. Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. LaunchED student’s schedules will not be impacted by this change.
Cómo usted sabe, nuestra intención ha sido volver a alguna forma de aprendizaje en persona tan pronto cómo nuestros departamentos de salud determinen que es más seguro y factible hacerlo. Anoche, durante nuestra junta virtual con los funcionarios del departamento de salud del condado, revisamos los datos actuales del coronavirus para nuestra comunidad. Con esto, nuestros asociados de las agencias de salud pública del condado han recomendado que ahora es apropiado que regresemos a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. Haga clic aquí para ver la discusión de la junta virtual sobre los datos que guían nuestras decisiones y los niveles actuales en nuestra comunidad. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Los horarios de estudiantes LaunchED no serán impactados por este cambio.
On Saturday, February 6th, Northridge had the honor of hosting its very first VEX IQ Challenge. Students from schools both withing St. Vrain and outside the district convened to put their teamwork, innovation, and design thinking skills on display. There were thirty-three teams who participated in the challenge, and our hallways, gym, and cafeteria were bursting at the seams with approximately 400 people!
In the gym, students worked with coaches to plan and practice their robot designs. They learned from previous matches and made changes to both their robots and their strategies to maximize the points they recieved in their upcoming matches. As they planned, students in the cafeteria collaborated with their "alliances" (other VEX IQ teams that they teamed up with for each match) to plan strategies as to how they can work together to obtain the most points. Parents and staff members watched as students competed in matches and skills competitions throughout the day.
Those who were not participating or spectating could be found in the Innovation Lab, where they were able to explore various Design Thinking and technology resources at Northridge. Some were working with Laser Mazes to develop their critical thinking skills. Others experimented with robots, including Blue Bots, to pracitce their logic and basic coding ability. Some simply "drew" on the wall to experiment with the school's new interactive projector.
At the end of the day, students and parents reconvened in the cafeteria for the awards ceremony. Trophies were awarded to teams for categories such as teamwork, design, and excellence. While these students were celebrated, all who attended left with a sense of wonder, joy, and accomplishment regardless of how teams placed. The dedication, teamwork, and innovation of the participating teams was a cause for all to celebrate--and reason to look forward to next year's VEX IQ Challenge!