Parent Teacher Magazine Rowan-Salisbury Schools September 2017 - Page 5

Ranked "Top 10" Nationally for technology RSS recognized as a Leader in the uses of technology Exciting news for the Rowan- Salisbury Schools as the school board and district are ranked among the Top 10 Nationally as a leader in the uses of technology for student success. The top-ranked school districts were announced through the annual ‘Digital School Districts Survey’ awards that honor and recognize districts for their exemplary use of technology. The awards are presented by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). School Board Member Dr. Richard Miller and the district’s Chief Legal Officer April Kuhn accepted the award at the National School Boards Association annual conference held in Denver, Colorado. This award recognizes an innovative approach to instruction that allows students to use 1:1 devices at school and at home, while providing educators with cutting edge technologies to personalize instruction for students. Totally cool, y fun! totall Birthday Parties are BIG TIME at Woodleaf Lanes! Kids say we have the best party in town! It’s a 2 hr package for only $13.95 a person. Includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza or hot dog, soft drink, all paper products, a hostess AND a real bowling pin for the birthday guest! Contact us to set up your party! COUPON ALERT 10% off a birthday party by bringing in the coupon and making reservations for your party Expires 11/01/2017 1811 Jake Alexander Blvd W, Salisbury, NC 28147 Jordan’s Hope--Nature’s Children By Angelia Fleming North Rowan Middle Language Arts Teacher What do teachers do in the summer? Ashley Holshouser, North Rowan Elementary School teacher, and Angelia Fleming, North Rowan Middle School teacher, recently hiked Pilot Mountain State Park to explore possibilities for their upcoming joint field trip. Holshouser an d Fleming met with Park Ranger Jesse Anderson to plan the details for their students’ programs. Who inspired the idea for this field trip? North Rowan Middle School student, Jordan Feaster. While writing an essay challenge from DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) about National Parks, Jordan took the narrative prompt to a deeper level. “I hope to one day have at least 2 full schools and maybe more going to parks and learning about nature and maybe one day when they grow up start traditions,” says Jordan. “I continue to be impressed with how our students can take an article and a writing assignment taught in class and grow it into a vision to reach out to other students to make a positive difference in their lives,” states Dr. Lynn Moody, Superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Based on her research and our readings of Achieve3000 articles, Jordan formed a vision, Nature’s Children, where students would be given the opportunity to visit national parks and experience nature firsthand. But Jordan’s vision transcended beyond just individual student experiences. Jordan also wanted her class to pair up with an elementary school class for the experience. She wanted to give other students the opportunity to visit parks as well, and she wanted her middle school class to mentor a younger class. “In Jordan’s mind, her dream will truly be successful if her program grows from our first year visit to a state park to future visits to national parks that involve even more classes,” says Fleming. “Jordan’s vision is for many children to work together to learn about and experience nature.” Jordan states that many of today’s students don’t have an opportunity to go on field trips; many students don’t even have the chance to visit parks. She wants to change that. Jordan has made a change. Thanks to Rowan Partners for Education and Achieve3000 for providing funds for this field trip, Jordan’s dream can come true. Along with the field trip, Holshouser and Fleming are planning rich collaborative opportunities for their students that include research, planning, writing, and the creation of an exciting project. When their students start school in the fall, they will dive right into their adventure. Tune in for future updates on their activities as they travel on their journey! LtoR: Jesse Anderson/Pilot Mt. State Park Ranger; Angie Fleming/NRMS Teacher; and Ashley Holshouser/NRES Teacher Parent Teacher Magazine • Sept/Oct 2017 • 3