TONAWANDA IS STEAM ROLLING TO SUCCESS
As I begin my seventeenth year in the Tonawanda City School District, I am very excited to say that we are investing in an educational initiative called STEAM. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Our District will pilot a 1:1 initiative with educational technology by purchasing Acer Chromebooks for all entering sixth graders. This summer, sixth- grade teachers were provided staff development on how to effectively use the numerous apps for this touchscreen laptop that will be used in science and math, as well as English and social studies. Student engagement is the key to learning. When students are engaged in high-level activities in the classroom, this is when advanced learning takes place. Technology can be a catalyst for student engagement in the classroom.
The District is also purchasing Chromebook carts for the three elementary buildings. In the Arts area, two African Drums are being purchased for band as well as a laptop cart for the secondary art classrooms. Technology education courses are offered in the middle and high school. Our district has several high-level interdisciplinary courses for students who are interested in the fields of science, engineering and technology. To go along with our engineering courses, TCSD is purchasing a 3D plotter/printer. This high-tech piece of equipment will allow technology students to produce prototypes of what they are drawing in their STEAM classes.
Our secondary music department has been substantially enhanced with the construction of our new band and choral rooms. The band room is magnificent with 17’ ceilings, new instrument storage lockers and several private practice rooms. The choral room acoustics have been designed to take advantage of the spectacular male and female voices that are projected. Both the band and choral room are designed with acoustic sound wall panels and ceiling tiles, and they are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
It is an exciting time to be a student in the Tonawanda City School District. Children have tremendous opportunities to explore different programs of study as well as be exposed to STEAM learning that can help them be better prepared for our ever-advancing technological society.
I wish you and your child(ren) the very best during the 2014-15 school year. Thank you for your continued support of our school district.