September 2015 District News

Posted on July 24, 2015




The IAPSS Communications Committee has made a decision to feature one of our eight districts during this school year using the following schedule:

September–District 1
October–District 2
November–District 3
January–District 4
February–District 5
March–District 6
April–District 7
May–District 8

During the month that a IAPSS District is featured, stories about new or continuing programs that school corporations in that District are proud of and feel have been successful for either students or staff will be found in this section of the Newsletter.

This new feature will not preclude the running of a news story from any of our 8 Districts that is timely and is appropriate to feature on an immediate basis.  These types of stories will be run in a special section entitled:  District News Highlights

We hope that when your district is featured you’ll submit a short story about a program that you feel has been a success and always remember that a timely or special story that needs to be told now can always be submitted.

Our thanks to the members of the Communications Committee:  Greg Briles, Terry Sargent, Nikki Woodson, Rob Mahon, Bill Hochgesang and Jim Roberts for their work on behalf of IAPSS.

District 1

Oregon-Davis Elementary and Jr. High Adopts

Project Lead The Way STEM Education Program

Oregon-Davis Elementary announced recently that it will

begin offering hands-on, project-based science, technology,

engineering and math (STEM) curriculum to students in grades

K-6, 7/8 and 9-12 as part of its implementation of the Project

Lead The Way into the elementary and Jr High school programs.

PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs to

students in grades K-12, and Oregon-Davis Elementary and Jr.

high joins more than 6,500 schools across the U.S. in offering

PLTW Launch programs to their students. The new curriculum

will start with the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

Studies show students decide as early as elementary school

whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science.

Engaging them at a young age builds confidence, grows interest,

and puts them on course for strong accomplishments in middle

school, high school and beyond. Through the PLTW Launch,

Oregon-Davis Elementary’s students will become problem

solvers. They’ll engage in design problems that encourage

collaboration and use touch technology, robotics and everyday

materials to explore topics such as energy, light, sound, motion,

stability and gravity.

“PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students

in STEM subjects,” said William Bennett, principal of Oregon-

Davis Elementary School. “We are excited to offer PLTW Launch

to our students, giving them a chance to get excited about math,

science and STEM concepts and pursue these subjects as they

continue their educational careers.”

Amy Borkholder and Allison Stone will be the Lead Teachers

for PLTW in the elementary and Brian Pillar will guide the Jr. High.

Borkholder and Stone will be working with students in second

through sixth grades on a regular basis and Pillar will be working

with the 7/8 grade students. In addition to working with students,

Lead Teachers will be training other teachers to implement PLTW

in the future.

“Project Lead The Way is proud to partner with Oregon-

Davis Elementary to excite and engage students in math and

science from the earliest ages,” said PLTW President and Chief

Executive Officer, Dr. Vince Bertram. “Together, we’re helping

students make connections, understand how the world works,

and develop a strong foundation that will prepare them for

success in their education, and ultimately, their careers.”

In addition to providing world-class K-12 STEM programs,

PLTW provides high-quality professional development training

that equips teachers with the content, skills, and pedagogy

required to teach each PLTW course. PLTW schools also

benefit from the organization’s engaged network of Fortune

500 companies, educators and partners. School-based PLTW

Partnership Teams complement the curriculum by recruiting

local business and industry professionals to serve as mentors

and share their real-world experience with students.