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The continued safety, well-being, and success of our students, teachers, staff, and community has always been our top priority as we navigate the complex and evolving coronavirus crisis. To this end, we are updating our reopening plan to begin the school year in a fully online-learning model for all students which will continue through the last week of September. All students in grades 1-12 will begin on August 18, kindergarten students will begin on August 20.
La seguridad continúa, el bienestar, y el éxito de nuestros estudiantes, maestros, empleados, y la comunidad siempre ha sido nuestra prioridad más importante a manera que enfrentamos la compleja y evolucionante crisis del coronavirus. Con este fin, estamos actualizando nuestro plan de reapertura para comenzar este año escolar en un modelo de instrucción completamente en línea para estudiantes hasta finales de septiembre. Hemos actualizado el calendario para que todos los estudiantes en los grados 1-12 comiencen el 18 de agosto, los estudiantes de jardin de infantes comenzarán el 20 de agosto.
For the 2015-2016 school year, 6th-8th grade students have 3 new choices for their quarterly STEM enrichment classes: video production, bridge design, and programming. The video production course focuses on using technology and apps to create daily video announcements and other school- and community-related videos. Students have really been enjoying taking advantage of green screen technology. Avery, a 7th grader, said, "I like this class because we get to stand in front of a green screen and try crazy things!"
In bridge design, individual students are using ModelSmart pre-engineering software to design and test balsa wood bridges prior to building the physical model and testing with weights. Students are also learning about all of the types of bridges and designing a bridge of their choice using K'Nex to span a 1 meter gap. Then, each student group tests their design using toy vehicles and other stress elements. "I like how you can be creative with your design and how everyone's design is different. Some may work, some might not," commented Lisette, a 7th grade student in the class.
Programming is being offered using the Inventor's Kit from SparkFun Electronics, a local company. Students are using Arduino programming interactions with hardware to complete tasks like making a light blink and driving a motor. "I like that when you grow up, you've learned about electrical stuff," said 6th grader, Trevon, "so if something with wires isn't working, you'll probably know how to fix it."