Diversity and inclusion is the mantra that drives each member of our school's staff. Our students' ethnic roots span the globe; Turkish, Russian, Ukraine, Spanish, African American, and many more. Here we see every skin color and many dialects and yet we all come together to work for common understanding. This marriage of backgrounds expands into our curriculum. While we emphasize a strong scientific base we also integrate this with the arts and humanities. The artists become scientists and the scientists discover creativity through the arts. Many of my students struggle with learning, social and emotional disabilities. The economic background is wide and includes many students on the free and reduced-price lunch program.
At our school students strive to develop the intellectual, linguistic, cultural, interpersonal, and advocacy skills needed to succeed in a global future.
They nurture each other through clubs, after school projects, activities and a hope squad whose student members are trained to intervene for a peer in crisis.
They win awards in Robotics, host a yearly STEM fest, win art contests, display great musical abilities and last year our 6th graders beat out Juniors and Seniors in H.S. Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.
We are a Science and Technology school and our students are encouraged to delve into learning new technologies as they become available. My students are curious and creative and I want to provide a new way for them to explore and express.
Cricut is a programable cutter that can handle paper, cloth, vinyl and even leather and can challenge my students to think beyond the pencil and paper.
The more I can offer to them, the wider their experience becomes and they come to realize that their imaginations are not limited by traditional methods.
The traditional will always be a part of my curriculum but I want my students to open up their minds to more. The more media I have available for my students to be exposed to, the more their confidence grows in the creative process. When they come to me with some wild idea they want to make I want to be able to say "Let's do it!" This Cricut device can make it happen.
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