Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Year Ahead

The Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District is gearing up for the start of another school year.  Our custodians have been working diligently in getting our facilities and grounds prepared for our students to return.  Technology staff members have completed preparation of our Chromebook deployment process.  Teachers are in their classrooms organizing their yearly lessons and administrators are formulating and finalizing plans for the 2015-2016 school year.  It is safe to say, all of us are ready to welcome our outstanding students back!

We will welcome the following new staff members:

High School Special Education - Kathleen Miller
Elementary Special Education - Lisa Schroeder
High School English - Colleen Crisera
High School English - Connor Meyers
High School and Elementary Physical Education - Evan Rosa
3rd Grade - Tammy Barnes
6th Grade - Sherry Urness
STEM Teacher - Rachel Pierson
High School Math - Erin Oakley

This school year also brings new changes for instructional offerings and technology tools.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will be a new class offering for our students in kindergarten through 6th grade.  All students in 4th through 12th grade will have Chromebooks assigned to them in a one to one environment.  Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade will have one to one access via Chromebook Carts assigned to classrooms.

STEM will provide our students with additional exposure to the skills and knowledge in each of the disciplines making up STEM Education.  STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.  Our students are going to be provided with an excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge and skill set in this area.

Our Chromebook deployment is new this year and is happening for the following reasons:

  1. To provide our students with the opportunity to access a variety of resources.
  2. To ensure our students enter the college or career platforms with technology literacy and are device agnostic.
  3. To set the state for flexibility in become 22nd Century ready.
  4. To make local and global connections.
  5. To connect, communicate, collaborate, create and recreate with local and global education partners.
The addition of STEM Education and Chromebook deployment is an excellent opportunity to take student learning to a whole new level.  This is an exciting time for the JWP School Community and an exceptional opportunity for students to be enrolled at JWP.  Should you be interested in learning more about JWP, please contact the District Office at 507.234.5181, Option 5.

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