Principal Makela’s Message – March 2014

Join Principal Makela For Principal Tea –
Friday, March 7th at 8:30am in the Library

“… Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”
— President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010

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Dear Madera friends and families:

We head into this month moving full “STEAM” ahead! STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Education in America is once again turning to creativity as a focus and viewed as way to ensure a prosperous future. Innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. Art and Design are valued as essential, moving the forefront of workplace skills needed in the 21st century. Last spring, we began to think and dream about what might be at Madera and as a result now have very active committees for technology and arts to add to those for science and garden.

The staff and I are excited about the possibilities! Teachers have been attending workshops around the Bay Area such one hosted by the California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum, and, last weekend, an inspiring workshop put on by programs out of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS). We’re inspired to find ways to make learning more hands-on, cross-curricular and based upon student exploration.

Our third grade team has been partnering with LHS for the past year and a half, piloting the new version of their curriculum, Full Option Science System (FOSS), which is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Recently, our staff had the opportunity to try out some of what the children have experienced and hear about the NGSS.

We would love for you to have the same opportunity! Join us on Monday, at the PTA meeting. Brian Campbell, the lead teacher/curriculum developer from LHS who has been working with us at Madera, will be presenting. It’s going to be such an informative night – good food for thought.

To all who have partnered with us to move forward, a big thank you!

~Alison