Below are links to the presentation slides presented and a video of the entire March 31st special Board meeting. I encourage you to watch the video as it contains additional information and explanation of the slides themselves along with community feedback and Board discussion.
I want to also thank everyone who has been following this process either by attending the Board regular and special meetings, watching them on CTV or on the District's website, and providing your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback. As I said at the meeting Monday night, an open process can be "messy" and frustrating, but it allows for the collective wisdom and experience of those involved to come to a better decision.
The Times Herald reporter/photographer Jeffrey Smith published some of the pictures he took of the East China School District Business Competition held March 21, 2014 at the district administrative offices. The images can be viewed <<here>>.
"I had a great time at this event. It was very nerve racking, but I loved the experience I was able to get from this. I have never presented anything in front of people I did not know, so this was very helpful. I may not be going in to business, but with college being right around the corner I will have to present many projects in front of people I do not know. This helped me with knowing the wrongs and rights when presenting. I will forever hold this amazing experience with me and I was so grateful i was chose to go." - Mallory K.
"I really enjoyed the business thing that we went to Friday. It was a great experience, and it was extremely interesting because it was unlike anything that I have been involved with in my past. I really loved that I got to use my public speaking abilities in a competition. Business and marketing weren't the only skills that could be used in the competition, and that was awesome!" - Cameron K.
Brenda Tenniswood, Assistant Superintendent ECSD, announced at last night’s board meeting that we are the recipient of a $35,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program, made possible by a generous donation from General Motors and a matching $35,000 grant from Cargill Salt, who is a corporate partner with PLTW. Funds from the grants will support the implementation of the PLTW Engineering curriculum, including the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based courses that are a distinguishing characteristic of PLTW’s curriculum.
“Implementing PLTW courses at the District’s high schools will allow those students who have begun their STEM education at the middle school to continue to pursue their interests in these critically important career fields.” Said Steve Skalka, Superintendent East China School District.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, ECSD will offer PLTW’s Engineering program at the District's high schools, a program in which students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and build strong teamwork, communication, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Throughout the Engineering courses, students use the same industry-leading technology and software as the world’s top companies. In many cases, students have the opportunity to earn college credit, further setting them up for postsecondary and career success.
We have reached and passed the one hundredth day of school. Students completed collections of 100 things to share, they also participated in many fun centers revolving around the number 100...including bouncing a ball or hula hooping 100 times, making a fruit loop necklace made from 100 fruit loops, 100 shaped eye glasses, and a snack of 100 things to eat, plus many more fun activities.
Each Wednesday morning after announcements, Ms. Jan Cornish, P.E. teacher, leads the students and staff in a short workout called “Workout Wednesday.” Ms. Cornish does a fabulous job of leading and motivating everyone with fun music, positive reinforcement, and good tips on how to stay healthy. In addition, the students are given a task that requires them to do some kind of active energetic activity while the workout music is playing over the P.A. system. These activities include hula hooping, running in place, crab walking, bear crawling, sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, etc… For many years now, “Workout Wednesday” has become an exciting part of the positive culture at Palms Elementary.
Lucas Francis, 6th grade, wins the overall Grand Prize with his Non-Fiction entry, titled Positive or Negative…You Choose.
Colby Walker, 6th grade, wins an Honorable Mention with his Fiction entry, titled Muted.
The St. Clair County Community Mental Health Middle School Writing Contest is in its 7th year. The Writing Contest helps promote May is Mental Health Month.
This year's theme, "A Positive Environment Leads to Recovery" was selected to help educate the public about mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorders.