Green Bay Area Public School District Introduces New Programs and Opportunities for the 2012-13 School Year

The Green Bay Area Public School District has many new and exciting programs and opportunities planned for the 2012-13 school year to ensure parents can customize their child’s education, and that all students graduate college, career and community ready:

  • Spanish Immersion Program: Kindergarten students at Jackson and Wilder elementary schools will start the year saying “hola amigo” in a Spanish immersion program. Students in grades 1-5 will receive Spanish World Language instruction. The immersion program will grow with this year’s kindergarten class leading the way. Danz Elementary has had an immersion program for more than 10 years, with many of its current high school students placing into Spanish 4 and Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish.
  • School for Academically Gifted Learners at Langlade Elementary School: This year, 71 students in grades 2-6 are enrolled in the School for Academically Gifted Learners. Students were admitted based on school assessment and how they fared on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Students will rise to the challenge at their own pace and depth of learning. This year’s theme is “Change Over Time.”
  • National Automotive Technician Certification at East High School: High school students taking Vehicle Service 2 and 3 at East High School can now graduate with NWTC credit and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification.
  • 1:1 Netbook Program: In November, district 6th and 9th grade students will receive a netbook (mini laptop) to use at school and home in a 1:1 technology initiative. Students will turn in their computer at the end of each school year. The 1:1 initiative is part of the implementation of Common Core State Standards in mathematics and language arts in ensuring our students are college, career and community ready. The district is working with families who do not have Internet access.
  • NWTC Partnership at Southwest High School: Students can take newly added welding and blueprint classes at Southwest High School and earn NWTC credit. Students will learn welding on state-of-the-art equipment, enabling students to leave high school career-ready. This is the beginning of an NWTC/Southwest High School engineering and technology partnership. 
  • Washington Middle School AVID program expands to 6th grade:  Washington Middle School is preparing all students to be college, career, and community-based learners.  Three elements are new to Washington: 
    • All 6th grade students and staff are participating in Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) principles of organization, high-level thinking and college level skill development, which supports the existing 7th and 8th grade AVID program.
    • In addition to the advanced language arts curriculum, advanced math and science classes have been added.
    • Students will be involved in helping the Green Bay community through Community Club, where students give back to the east side of Green Bay via volunteering.
  • New Business Education Computer Labs: Students in the four district high schools can now take web design classes for college credit, and a new mobile app development and design class on brand new dual-platform Apple computers. The computers can alternate between Windows and Apple to meet the needs of all business classes.
  • Concussion Testing: Bellin Health is offering baseline concussion testing for all athletes before the start of their season. This will help athletic trainers monitor athletes who receive a concussion during a school sport, preventing long-term damage if an athlete returned to their sport before fully recovered.
  • iLearn Green Bay: The Green Bay School District was recently awarded a $200,000 planning grant by the Department of Public Instruction to develop iLearnGreenBay, the district’s second charter school. The school will utilize personal learning plans to individualize self-directed students’ accomplishment of graduation requirements through instructional methods including, but not limited to, online and blended courses, academically focused internships, project-based learning, and traditional face-to-face instruction. iLearnGreenBay will open for the 2013-14 school year and initially serve students in grades 9-12, but expects to expand to offer innovative educational opportunities to younger students. 
  • Pathways: The Pathways Program is an alternative education program offered during regular school hours for credit deficient students. Students also have the option to enroll in elective courses during the regular school day or during a special 9th hour Pathways period, and interact with their peers. The program emphasizes bringing a sense of community, as well as providing students with 21st century skills to ensure students are college, career, and community ready.
  • IB Primary Years Programme at Chappell: Chappell Elementary School will be submitting their application to become an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years School. IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The school is currently operating using the IB principles and is a technology-rich school with a 1:1 technology program in grades 2-5, iPod Touches, Nooks, flip video cameras, iPads, green screen video, and other digital media.
  • IB Middle Years Programme at Franklin Middle School: Franklin Middle School will be submitting their application to become an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years School. The school is currently operating using the IB principles, and offers Spanish at 6th grade. Franklin students can enter high school with 2.5 high school credits. Students can earn additional credit in math, music and world language. Franklin provides students unique, rigorous instruction wrapped in global awareness and authentic learning opportunities. Students successful in the completion of the MYP (Middle Years Programme) are well prepared for high school, advanced coursework and have a solid foundation for post-secondary education.  As an IB MYP candidate school, the programme is fully implemented in grades 6 and 7. Grade 8 has unique advanced opportunities this year and will have full implementation of the programme in 2013-14.
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    • cynthia sicilia
    • October 6th, 2012

    I have no comment, I have a question. What is the best 1:1 management software for a teacher as they move to a wireless classroom?

  1. From our technology department: We are using LearningSpace from ePals. It allows us to centrally create online collaborative classroom work spaces that automatically match teachers with assigned students. It is updated daily and allows a variety of online tools for teacher management in a secure environment.

    There are others out there that are geared more for an individual teacher to manage all by themselves such as http://www.mybigcampus.com/.

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