A new unit in the multimedia arts classes at Huston Middle School was a big hit at the recent Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) held in Hershey, PA.
Four middle school students–Abigail Kelley, Chelsea Kristof, Sarah Usko, and Megan Zenglik– accompanied music teacher Mr. Brian Querry to the annual PETE&C in February to present their exciting new projects in the Student Showcase portion of the conference and to share information about their multimedia class.
Students in Huston Middle School are not only working towards academic success during the school day, but are also focused on discovering ways to grow as well-rounded, kind and caring individuals.
Team Huston!, a positive behavior intervention and support plan (PBIS), was piloted by eighth-graders last year and was such a success that it is now a school-wide initiative embraced by all Huston Middle School students and teachers.
Since opening its doors to tuition students in 2012, the Burrell School District has seen a positive impact on the community, as well as families living in surrounding areas.
Although census data for the area hasn’t drastically changed in recent years, more and more growing families are struggling to find homes within the district that can comfortably accommodate them. Because of this, there has been an increasing interest in and need for a tuition student program that would allow students of these families to remain in the same school without placing a burden on parents to find housing within the district.
High school students are embracing a creative take on learning, thanks to the new Makerspace library now available to all students and teachers in the building.
Makerspace is an interactive workshop to which all high school classrooms have access, much like a regular library. Whenever they see fit, teachers can sign out a class period for their students to visit the Makerspace library as a supplement to traditional lessons in a classroom setting.
The physical education curriculum throughout the district is getting a makeover of sorts, and, interestingly enough, these changes aren’t just limited to health and PE classes. Starting this year, teachers have begun to implement changes in their curriculum that not only make PE classes much more dynamic, but that also incorporate movement into more traditional, lecture-based courses.
To kick off a successful school year, Dr. John Hodge, president and co-founder of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center, addressed Burrell School District faculty as the opening-of-the-year keynote speaker on August 23.
A professional speaker and expert in helping schools create and sustain academic excellence, Dr. Hodge shared a powerful personal story to demonstrate that teachers have the unique ability to meet students where they’re at and to instill a passion to succeed within them.
Out with the Old, In with the New: Burrell Primary and Secondary Report Cards Are Getting a Makeover
Burrell primary and secondary students will no longer be receiving traditional report cards, and that’s a big step in the right direction, according to Dr. Gregory Egnor, Director of Special Education/LEA. “Schools that aren’t making the transition toward standards-based report cards are behind the times,” says Egnor.
Parents in the Burrell School District have a new online communication tool at their disposal this year. It’s called “Skyward,” and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matthew Conner is impressed, to say the least.
“It’s slick. We’re excited about it,” Conner says.
So what is it, exactly? Conner describes the online portal – which can be accessed through a mobile app – as a “one-stop shop” for parents.
There are some new faces around the Burrell School District this school year, with teachers joining the staffs at both the high school and Huston Middle School. Superintendent Dr. Shannon Wagner says the district uses the hiring process to identify teachers who raise curiosity, introduce new knowledge and encourage students to develop their own ideas.
“These candidates stood out from the rest,” Wagner says of the new hires. “I look forward to seeing the awesome work they will do with our children.”