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Northside School Transforms into a STEAM-focused School

Northside is rolling full STEAM ahead in preparation for the new school year. Staff have been working tirelessly all summer transforming Northside into a STEAM focused school.  Students will experience several new classroom spaces as part of our transition this year. A new science lab has been created to house our 4-6th grade science elective, replacing our technology/PE/Music elective. STEAM coordinator, Amy McComb, has been prepping all summer transforming this space into a functional and high-tech lab space. Our new lab has been designed with project-based learning in mind. The classroom has space for instruction and project-based, hands on learning. Equipped with a new interactive whiteboard and new science equipment, our students are ready to experience a first-rate science program. 


Our garden program also received a generous boost from Teichert, when they awarded our school a $4,000 grant.  This money has funded a much needed greenhouse slated for installation this fall in the lower garden.  This will provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to harvest and grow year-round.  The greenhouse will also provide an outdoor extension to our science lab.


What other changes can Northside students and families expect to see?  New classroom space has been designated for an Art Lab to support our visual arts program. The space boasts a new kiln purchased by our amazing PTA.  Students will also see a new Performing Arts room which was created to support our theater, music and dance STEAM rotations.  Students will continue to receive technology instruction both in the classroom and utilizing our Tech Lab. The Tech Lab will now be open for group instruction for all our classes.  We will be expanding our morning multi-age, cooperative physical education program to include all 2nd graders. Students in grades 2-6 work together in multi-age, cooperative teams to lead stretching and calisthenics and jogging around the track. This opportunity is more than physical education, it promotes our commitment to teaching kindness and fostering our positive school climate through our continued implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) program.


We have a few staffing announcements. We are happy to announce that Mrs. Aquino will be returning to Northside as a teacher in our upper primary.  Other staffing changes include a new office staff. Christina Kay will be filling the school secretary position vacated by Bonnie Orris, and Gina Wiser will be joining her as the office assistant and part-time reading support aide.  Resource specialist, Evelyn Todd, has taken a job outside the district and we are currently searching for her replacement.


Along with visible changes on site, our web presence will be increased as we kick off our new and improved school website on August 1st.  Northside STEAM School can also be found on Twitter (@NSSteamSchool) and Instagram (northsidesteam) and Facebook.  Class supply lists as well as other important information will be provided via these social media outlets. We encourage all our social media users to check us out. The office will reopen on August 1st.


Our 2018-19 school year will be kicked off on August 21st with our PTA sponsored Ice Cream Social at 5:00pm in the primary quad. At this time, class lists will be posted and staff will be here to answer questions and welcome our families back for another amazing year! We are all looking forward to these fantastic changes and opportunities for our students, and a successful 2018-19 school year.