Teachers train for new science program


By Kitsey E. Burns - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Teachers are back in the classroom to learn about a new science program that will be used by area middle- and high-schoolers this year.


Kitsey E. Burns | Yadkin Ripple

In just a few short days it will be back to school time for area youth. Yadkin County teachers have already been back in the classroom getting prepared for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“I love this time of year when the buses are getting ready to roll, fall sports are kicking off, and students are coming back to school,” said Yadkin County Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin. “The year ahead always holds great opportunities for us to positively impact our students and communities.”

A group of middle school and high school students were in the classroom doing some learning of their own on Monday with a new science program that will be used by students. The Yadkin County school district was recently awarded a grant by ExploreLearning for the Gizmos Science program which will enable teachers to implement a technology-based, interactive inquiry-based computer program for students, said Jill Logan, curriculum instructional coach.

Logan called the teachers in the group “lifelong learners” and said they all seemed eager to learn the new program so they could share it with their students this coming year.

“They’re working very hard, they’re very excited about it,” Logan said.

Rhonda Newton of ExploreLearning who facilitated the teacher training said the Science Gizmos program is an “online simulation to allow students to do multiple practices or multiple runs and trials of their science experiments.”

Forbush High School science teacher Burl Love said the program was another way to allow students to do science lab work without a lot of additional equipment.

“It’s just another tool we can use with kids using technology exploring and different topics that are in our curriculum concerning different areas of science,” he said.

As teachers continue to prepare their classrooms and get ready for the new year, Martin said he saw great promise for the district in large part thanks to the support the school system receives.

“As we begin the 2015-16 school year, I am excited and encouraged by the support I see for public education in Yadkin County,” Martin said. “I am thankful for the support our schools receive from their respective communities. I am appreciative to our county commissioners and manager for working with me and for their support of our school system. I also appreciate the work of our members of the Yadkin County Board of Education and for their advocacy on behalf of our schools. I am thankful that we have such a talented and dedicated staff. They are the ones who make things happen for our students on a daily basis and they are the reason behind the successes we have experienced. Most importantly, I am thankful for our students. They are the greatest resource we have.”

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Teachers are back in the classroom to learn about a new science program that will be used by area middle- and high-schoolers this year.
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