Schools seek to connect with business, community leaders

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 06:18 PM.

Mills mentioned that the schools of today are changing.

"The schools don’t look like what we are used to," he said. "But, it’s what we need to do for our schools and our students. We want to have your input, and we want to have your collaboration."

Those attending the meeting toured the Early College East classrooms on the Havelock Middle School campus. Students gave a presentation on the Holocaust and also displayed small roller coasters they constructed. Each coaster had a theme that allowed the students to learn about history while putting their math and engineering skills to the test. Those attending the meeting took turns dropping marbles on the coasters, which featured channels that took the marbles on a series of loops, twists and turns until reaching the bottom.

The Early College was short a few students, six to be exact, who were in Germany at a trade show displaying their underwater remote-controlled rover that won a national engineering competition in February.

The attendees also toured the Havelock Middle School STEM lab and watched as students worked on everything from bridge designs to miniature pinewood derby cars.

"This is amazing," said Pat Smith, a former Havelock Middle School assistant principal who retired in 2007 before the lab was built. "It’s a big change. It’s amazing what they are doing."

After the tour, Annette Brown, assistant superintendent for instruction, discussed the Common Core State Standards, saying that the new standards were not federally mandated but came from a joint effort of governors and state school officers.

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