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April/May Letter

As we prepare for the end of this year, and start looking ahead to the next, I wanted to share some of the changes we foresee for next year and beyond.   Our biggest change is going to be affected through the addition of technology.  We will be classroom experiences of all our students beginning next year, to help them be successful in school, in college, and in career.

The first major change for our students is in the high school.  In the 2012-2013 school year, our junior class will be a part of our pilot program for a 1:1 computing initiative.  This means the students in this class will each be issued a laptop, and have access to use it throughout the school day, as well as away from school.  In conjunction with this, our teachers will begin incorporating more project-based learning.  This style of learning is focused on problem-solving and the development and use of real-world skills and tools.  In the 2013-2014 school year, all students in grades 7-12 will be a part of this initiative.

In order to prepare our students for this type environment in the junior high and high school, our elementary teachers are going to begin focusing on the development of the 21st Century Skills: Learning and Innovation skills, Life and Career skills, and Information, Media, and Technology skills.  For more information on the 21st Century Skills, please visit www.p21.org.  We have also make additions to the technology available to our students in the elementary school, and their teachers to help them prepare for success in the future.  We will be providing an addition 21 iPads to our students for use in the classroom, and our teachers in grades K-4 will being using iPads and projectors to help engage students.  We believe these changes will make a big difference in the way our students learn, and provide them additional opportunities for success.

Big things are happening at Shickley Public School, and even bigger things are coming.  As always, if you have any questions regarding the school, academics, activities, our expectations and policies, or to share in the process of preparing our students to be successful, please don’t hesitate to stop in and talk, or give us a call.


Derek Ippensen
K-12 Principal, Activities Director
Shickley Public School