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Changes are afoot at Geyserville schools

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 | Posted by

Dog-2-300x189Geyserville students will notice a few changes when they start school on Wednesday.

The most visable addition to the Geyserville Elementary School is the large PVC dog sculpture on the front lawn. Auggie the Doggie, created by local artist Victoria Heiges, is part of the Geyserville Sculpture Trail. The piece was commissioned by the Geyserville Community Foundation specifically for the campus.

Geyserville Elementary School will use the Common Core Curriculum adopted last year, making changes as needed. New sheds have been added for storage in the back of the campus, facing the playground.

Kia Klaassen, with a background in metal construction, joins the Park Ed Campus, teaching art half time and industrial arts half time. That will make it possible to offer art classes to the Geyserville Middle School students for the first time. Joe Carnation, Geyserville Superintendent, feels this will offer female students with a positive role model.

Eileen Fenwick will  join the Buena Vista Continuation Program at the Park Ed campus as a teacher.

At Geyserville High School, administrators decided to move forward with the New Tech Network educational program. It is designed to help graduating students enter the workforce and keep pace educationally with jobs that have not yet been created.

Seven members of the GHS staff joined 1,400  New Tech educators in New Orleans over the summer to share, learn and adopt the New Tech Network, a “project based” approach to teaching that mirrors the workplace, with strategic thinking, collaboration and cooperative efforts.

The New Tech Network is offered in the U.S. and New Zealand, and President Obama highlighted it this year while visiting a New Tech High in Texas.

The Geyserville High School Student Council has begun to take part in the upcoming changes and was oriented to the New Tech Network over the summer break.

The Geyserville Unified School District keeps an online calender at gusd.com/calendar.html.




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