Schools get back to business with classes opening Monday

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 05:25 PM.

“Thank you for the support you have given me and my staff,” he told them.

Graham A. Barden Elementary

Graham A. Barden Elementary School will welcome students back Monday with a new STEM lab, paid for through a grant.

About 60 percent of the school’s students are military-connected, making it one of 14 Craven County schools to split the $2.4 million grant. For Barden, it meant the school received seven new Dell computers, associated work station furniture and educational materials. Students in third through fifth grades will be using the lab.

“We are just excited about our STEM lab,” said Principal Marilyn Brown, who is in her fourth year as head of the school. “The students will be learning hands on.

“Every station has a computer. It will also teach the students to work together as a team and collaborate. They will be sitting as a group and they will have to come up with decisions and they will have to analyze and dig deep as far as science and technology is concerned.”

One change for kindergarten to second grade is the switch to three grading periods from four. The change is in line with the new Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills assessment being implemented.

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