Congratulations to the following faculty and staff:
Penn State Behrend Engineering Field Trip, Ms. Ashley Church (EVES)
The entire fourth-grade class (120 students) from Elk Valley Elementary School will visit Behrend’s School of Engineering to learn about what engineers do and what type of education they need, and to participate in hands-on problem-solving activities. This field trip closely aligns with the “Engineers’ Journals” classroom curriculum that the students will be working on throughout the school year. The students are exploring civil, mechanical, biomedical, aerospace, and environmental engineering, and the May trip to Behrend will demonstrate real-world examples of those types of engineering principles. It will also expose the students to a highly ranked regional college and learn more about higher education opportunities that are available.
Classroom Set of TI-84 Plus CE Calculators, Mr. Mark Andrews (GHS)
Thirty old and outdated graphing calculators will be replaced with the latest technology at Girard High School. Classes involved are trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. The previous calculators were 10 – 20 years old, and were no longer a useful tool for these math courses (but will still have use in lower level math classes). The new calculators will be used on a nearly daily basis by 100 – 150 students. The students will become skilled in the latest graphing calculator technology, which will be important to them as high school students and in the future at college.
Read-Along Listening Center: Mrs. Tricia McKenzie and Mrs. Leslye Durst (EVES)
Pre-kindergarten students (60) at Elk Valley will benefit from the purchase of additional Read-Along sets for the existing reading/listening center, which includes headphones and book CD sets. Pre-kindergarten curriculum focuses on listening skills, and the center increases their listening comprehension level. The Read-Along sets will promote: critical comprehension skills; reinforcement of listening skills; and depth and interest in students’ reading experience. These Read-Along sets will become an asset to the school by creating a fun way for the students to see how the words on the page can come alive in a fluid, expressive way. Another important benefit to reading/listening centers for young children is that by following along visually while listening, the students’ word-recognition ability is enhanced and vocabulary is increased.