Introducing Science Seminar – A Personalized Approach to Science

 

This year two science teachers, Molly Heath and Gretchen Muller, collaborated to develop a new course, Science Seminar.  This class provides students the opportunity to independently explore personal interests and how those interests connect to science and the broader world.  We have been working on refining skills in the areas of research and communication, problem-solving, collaboration with peers and the community, goal-setting, and time management.  Each student developed a research question to explore deeply and learn concepts by reading scientific journals, watching videos, (including great TED talks), talking to faculty, and interviewing community members.  Students have been working diligently for the first semester to prepare for their first presentation day.  On December 5th, each student presented their research and personal connection to their learning to a group of peers, teachers, and community partners.  The topics students researched were diverse, intriguing, and challenging. Read more.

An Open Letter to our 9th Grade Students

 

Dear 9th Graders,

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, Ms. Bech and I came into class exhausted.  We had spent the night before staying up late to hear the non-indictment announcement in Ferguson.  We knew Tuesday’s lesson was about the justice system and conversations about race in America, but we had to figure out how to incorporate this latest news. Read more.

Winooski Students Explore WCAX

On November 11th the ELL Newcomer class travelled to the WCAX news channel in South Burlington as part of our weather unit. 14 students took a tour of the station. The producer explained the process of preparing for a live newscast. Read more.

Classrooms of the Future

 

The Winooski jiLab: Classrooms of the Future

This academic year the Winooski School District, in correlation with the Partnership for Change is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of student-centered learning, innovation and technological integration within the school day.  Team Journey (encompassing approximately half of the middle school student body) is underway with a unique focus to change the way learning happens. Read more.

Student Consultants: A Student Reflection

As first quarter comes to an end, the pilot Student Consultant program is off and running. As a cumulative presentation on the work and learning that has been done during first quarter, all the Student Consultants put together a brief Presentation of Learning to share with the rest of us what their goals for the year are, who they’ve connected with, and what they’ve accomplished for first quarter.

Winooski Science Welcomes All

Over 300 people showed up to the Winooski STEM Family Fun night to explore what it’s like to learn science by doing science. Starting with a free dinner and culminating with a much anticipated Egg Drop competition, Family Fun Night was a local version of a mini-hands-on-science museum for our community.

Jack-O-Lanterns

Winooski Middle School students carved up some pumpkins to donate to the Winooski Senior Center. For many middle school students, this was their first time dissecting a pumpkin and carving a design of their own creation. Carving ideas ranged from school mascots and logos to middle school slang and pop music.

What’s new in the iLab?

Happy first birthday to the Winooski iLab! As we enter our second year of offering students personalized and proficiency-based learning, we are building on our strengths from last year and making adjustments to increase the value of independently-driven learning.

Introductions and Updates

My name is Madeleine K. Clark. I am a student at Burlington High School. I am currently a senior that has participated in School Innovations Seminar and The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council. I am now a member of the Student Consultancy Program