As the building project begins to wind down our focus has shifted to utilizing our new and updated facilities to maximize student learning and preparing our students for a competitive future. We have been able to add several new learning opportunities for our students as a result of the community’s commitment and support of the school district. These new classes will keep our district competitive as we are striving to provide the most innovative, relevant and rigorous learning experiences for our students.
Our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum has been significantly upgraded in the past two years. Many of our staff members at the K-12 level have spent the past two summers in training in the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum. We have several local partners and businesses that have provided a great deal of financial support and mentoring to be sure that our curriculum is relevant in preparing our students for future careers. As a result, every K-8 student in the Lomira School District will have consistent exposure to strategic and collaborative thinking in order to generate solutions to real-world problems and scenarios. Our 2016-17 STEM offerings have been expanded to include:
K - Structure and Functions (Pushes and Pulls) 1 - Light and Sound (Solar System Focus)
2 – Materials Science (Form and Function) 3 - Stability and Motion (Forces and Interaction)
4 – Energy (Collisions and Conversion) 5 – Robotics and Automation
6 – Science of Technology and Flight and Space 7 – Medical Detectives and Level II Robotics
8 – Design and Modeling
7/8 – Computer Science – (Programming and App Development), Rocketry, Electricity
High School – Introduction to Engineering Design High School 2017 – Principles of Engineering
It is important to note that these new offerings have not increased our staffing. In fact, several staff members volunteered to take on this extra responsibility in order to find new ways to increase student engagement and critical thinking skills for all learners. Also, due to the financial support of John Deere, Bemis Corporation, Jor-Mac, Empire Coating and the Lomira PTC, many of the supplies and much of the education of staff has been paid for through grants and donations. STEM education is growing and is offered in many districts; however, our school district’s commitment to incorporating it heavily into the core programming for all students in grades K-8 is innovative and forward-thinking in preparing our youth for the challenges they will face as adults. These new opportunities clearly assist our children in honoring the district mission statement by allowing our student to compete in the global community.
The support of the community has been vital in making these changes come to fruition. Abraham Lincoln once stated, “Commitment is what transforms a promise to reality.” I feel fortunate to work with communities that are committed to educating our youth.
Enjoy the day!
Superintendent/Middle School Principal