Four Norristown Area School District teachers have created lessons that will be used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to help other teachers around the world teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) topics (published Feb. 23, 2016)
These four teachers and their project titles are:
• Eric Handschumacher, 6th grade teacher at Stewart Middle School, Physical Science – Waves.
• Alyssa Gravinese, 6th grade teacher at Stewart Middle School, History of Winter – Temperature and Ice Data.
• Natasha Bovenkerk and Jason Bentman, Norristown High School, The Big Bang.
Their lessons are part of a larger portfolio that includes the lesson plans with video tape analysis and reflections and a lesson rubric for evaluating students’ inquiry-based projects in science.
The portfolio was created as the teachers participate in a three year Math/Science Partnership grant. Teachers in the grant receive on-going professional development, college courses at Immaculata University, and a summer week at the Goddard Space Center where they work with Goddard’s Scientists & Engineers.
The teachers created the winning lessons as their culminating project after two years of hard work and tremendous learning.
Congratulations to our NASD teachers!
The Norristown Area School District Art Department’s Fall/Winter Newsletter is ready for viewing? (Published Feb. 10th) In it, you will see Cole Manor artists created a Radial Design using warm colors and crafting a stencil to repeat the shape; Musselman students created original sun flower paintings after viewing the work of Vincent van Gogh and reading the book Camille and the Sunflower; Hancock artists created their own prehistoric pictures in response to studying ancient Cave Art; and Paul Fly 1st graders created large-scale paintings of horses in response to their virtual exploration and discussion of the Lascaux Caves; Gotwals children worked on their own Aztec sun gods, focusing on patterns common in Aztec art, while Whitehall children recycled dictionary pages into Wise Old Owls!
PLUS MUCH MORE! Please visit the Art Department webpage and witness the talent for yourself at http://www.nasd.k12.pa.us/domain/400.
The Student Artwork Gallery is also available at this location. It features artwork from throughout the district over the past 2 years. Please check back often as the current year’s gallery fills with new and exciting work.
Each year our students experience the Art Goes to School (AGTS) program? (Published Dec. 2015) The program brings a different portfolio of fine art prints to each of the art classrooms, which run the gamut from cave to modern art. They include European, American, African-American, Native-American, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African works in their presentations. This year’s portfolio will include prints from the following artists: Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo and many others. Our Norristown Area School District students learn about and connect to pieces from all around the world.
Norristown Area High School senior Lydia Haggard was recognized with a Letter of Commendation from the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test National Merit Scholarship Program? (Published Dec. 2015) Commended students are recognized as placing among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Lydia is leaning toward attending Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia after graduation to focus on the study of math and science.
Norristown Area School District Food Service staff features local produce in each of its schools? (Published Dec. 2015) While we offer a wide range of fruits and vegetables each day on our serving lines, by offering the local goods our students can taste new items and learn about Farm to School. Throughout the fall months, our children had locally grown apples, pears, green beans, and a variety of squashes, including butternut, spaghetti, and acorn squash with their school lunches. They also had red and golden beets, sweet potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, and roasted brussel sprouts on all of the serving lines. Students were pleasantly surprised at how good the veggies tasted and are excited for upcoming selections throughout the rest of the school year.
Norristown Area School District is committed to: Healthy Body…Healthy Minds…
Midshipmen Amanda Assenmacher, NAHS Class of 2012
Valedictorian and PSAT National Merit Scholar, returned to Norristown Area High
School in November to speak to our students about the US Naval Academy (Published 12/2/2015). She
shared information about its exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular
activities and leadership training programs.
Midshipmen Assenmacher will graduate from the US Naval Academy in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree and then commissioned as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps.
The partnership with Quaker Chemical was launched last year at Norristown Area High School where Quaker Chemical engineers and scientists began hosting a monthly hands-on laboratory series in the high school using various lessons, labs, and materials similar to what they experience in the professional setting.
We would like to extend a thank you to all the Quaker Chemical volunteers working with our middle and high school students.
CCATE's 21st CCLC Arts’ Camp theme was based on historian Miguel León Portilla's book, Los antiguos mexicanos [The Ancient Mexicans]. Classes revolved around Aztec cultures and gave students the opportunity to learn about Mexican and Central American cultural roots. Classes included: Aztec dance, drama, muralism, and Aztec artesanía [arts and crafts] and costume design.
On Friday, July 10, students exhibited their artwork while drama and dance students performed a theater piece based on an Aztec creation myth. Students wore costumes designed by Diana Lugo and Diego Ledesma, and made by students and parent volunteers. The exhibition opened and closed with a special dance performance and ceremony by Tlalteolli del Palacio's Aztec dance group.
Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy was selected to participate in the PA Hybrid Initiative? (Published May 5, 2015)
Eisenhower will implement hybrid learning into 4 math classrooms this coming fall. Hybrid
learning is an educational system that creates dynamic classrooms and customized instruction.
The program is designed to improve academic performance by increasing student engagement and
motivating students to succeed. Students have the opportunity to rotate among
3 learning stations: Small group instruction with the teacher; Project-based learning with 1-3 peers;
and computer-based instruction for practice, re-teaching or enriching students at their level.
Each classroom will be equipped with 10 new computers and our math teachers will receive
technical coaching to aid in the successful implementation of the program.
ESTLA should be commended for volunteering to pilot the program in Norristown Area
The Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to Norristown Area School District on June 1st? (Published April 10, 2015)
The 65 piece orchestra will focus on providing our students in grades 3 - 8 with an interactive music education symphony featuring works by Greig, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Bernstein, Berlioz and more. This opportunity will be made available to our children twice annually for years to come through this wonderful partnership.
On Tuesday, April 14, members of Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra will meet with all our music teachers district-wide to discuss the event and introduce the study guide and learning CD they created to help our students prepare for the concert.
Stay tuned! We know this special experience can be life-changing for the listeners.
This is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a lawyer and we are very proud that he has always been part of the Liberty and the Law program in our school district.
CCATE Movie Camp production - honorable mention Bucks County Film Fest (Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014)
Students in Ms. AnneMarie McDonald’s Class at Whitehall Elementary, working in pairs, launched helicopters using infrared remote controls?
The helicopters are a resource provided on a rotating basis to teachers in school districts involved in the Multi-Region Math Science Partnership, federally funded through a competitive grant. Ms. McDonald, is one of our teachers in this program. The resource sharing is similar to the Geodome that came to Stewart, ESTLA, Marshall Street and Whitehall last year, and will come again this year. Teachers receive training on the use of some very cool science stuff during summer Professional Development at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
More good things will come to our District as a result of our teachers’ involvement in the Math/Science Partnership including Star Labs, Sun Spotters, Infrared cameras, and more. Some other benefits include access to:
· Scientists & Engineers from Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland
· 10 Math and 10 Science Instructors representing Immaculata University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Bucknell University, University of Scranton, Lycoming College and Albright College.
· Five (5) STEM Content and Pedagogy projects: University of Maryland’s “B.E.S.T.” engineering program for students in grades 3 – 12; Real World In World Virtual Engineering Challenge Project; Space Telescope Institute – Baltimore, MD and the NASA Globe Project.
· NASA – Summer of Innovation (SoI) that allows students to attend a one week, 30 hour, FREE Science camp.
· An opportunity to earn six (6) graduate credits per year in math or science, and up to four (4) courses toward a STEM Master’s program.
NAHS students accepted on-the-spot! (Published Friday, October 31, 2014)
On October 10, twenty-eight seniors were accepted on the spot to attend East Stroudsburg University in the fall. The students will major in a range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Biology, Pre-Med, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Accounting, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, and English/Journalism/Communications.
Lauren Michelle Biscombe, a 2005 graduate of NASD, completed her BS in Civil Engineering at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., class of 2009 and her MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, in Stanford, Calif., class of 2011. She is employed by ARUP of San Francisco, CA, a global firm of consulting engineers (http://www.arup.com/), which allows her to travel and work in other countries. Norristown Area School District is very proud of her hard work and accomplishments.
Our 9th graders were competing with upper classmen nation-wide and still managed to rank in the top quartile of the USA!
Never underestimate the ability of Norristown Area School District students. Simply outstanding!
Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. For more information about this program, visit http://www.pltw.org.
Our students have been awarded more than $3.2 million dollars in scholarship money in the upcoming year, which translates into more than $11,000,000 over four years!
Congratulations to the more than 400 students that graduated!
Please check out this story on our website: NASD– Top of the class of 2014
East Norriton Middle School students placed 1st in the 2014 SeaPerch Challenge Oral Presentation category. (Published Thursday June 5, 2014)
As a result of the students' first place finish during the Sea Perch Challenge hosted at Drexel University on April 25 and 26, our students received a trophy and participated in the American Society of Naval Engineers, Delaware Valley section (ASNE-DV) Electric Machines Technology Symposium (EMTS) held at Villanova University, Villanova PA, on May 28, 2014.
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