Congratulations to the following faculty and staff:
PA Business Week, Ms. Antonella Spinelli (GHS)
With the support of community businesses, volunteer mentors, faculty advisors and a little help from the GSD Foundation, students embarked on a week-long business venture. Business Week is an in-school program that teaches students about the American Economic system. Students are divided into management teams that run their own companies through a computer simulation for the equivalent of 12 business quarters. They make all of the management decisions dealing with product pricing, investing, marketing and production, research and development, and human resources. Volunteer advisors from the local business community along with education advisors were on hand to offer guidance and assistance throughout the week. Simulating real-world business decision-making helps students learn leadership skills, teamwork, time management, analytical thinking, problem solving, and people skills.
Biography Studies, Ms. Erin Pizzo (EVES)
Fourth grade students (122 students) will use the requested Who Was…? biography series to read about a notable person and develop a written and oral report about that person. The books lend themselves to developing timelines as well as identifying school-appropriate events from early childhood to major events in that person’s life. The students have over 150 titles to choose from. The series of biographies are illustrated, age-appropriate, and feature significant historical figures and a myriad of careers, such as artists, scientists, musicians, writers and world leaders.
STeAM in The Outdoors, Mr. Scott Russell (GHS)
Outdoor Adventure is a Physical Education elective that has been in place at Girard High School for the past 12 years. This course allows students (40) to explore local and regional resources as they participate in a variety of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, backpacking and snowshoeing. Until now, STEAM has been only a byproduct of the Outdoor Adventure class. The STeAM in the Outdoors grant project will intentionally utilize Science, Technology and the Arts as part of the outdoor experiences in which students take part. For example, on the rock climbing trips, with the help of the GSD biology teacher, students will identify species of fungus, plants, invasive species and living organisms. Students will use GoPro equipment to capture and edit video and photos utilizing digital arts technology. The GSD Foundation was able to assist the District with sustaining this important initiative.