Welcome back Bulldogs! I hope all of you had an exciting and relaxing summer break. We have been preparing all summer, for your return and look forward to seeing you August 25.
The 2014/2015 school year will be an exciting year to be a Bulldog. This school year a number of exciting new programs will begin. At the top of the list of exciting programs, is the introduction of our "1:To the World" laptop computer initiative. Beginning this Fall all students in grades eight and nine will be issued a laptop to utilize for the entire school year. These students will also be the first, in our district, to utilize a blended electronic and traditional educational experience. Over the next three years, the program will be expanded so that laptop devices will be issued yearly to all students in grades eight through twelve.
Keeping with new technology initiatives, this year we will also begin a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot program for our students in grades ten through twelve. This program will allow students to bring their own mobile computer devices (Ipads, Iphones, Android Devices, Laptops, etc) to school to utilize throughout the day, for educational purposes.
Lastly, our district was part of a consortium of Columbiana County Schools that successfully applied and was granted a Straight A Grant through the Ohio Department of Education. This million dollar plus grant will provide for a collaborative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program to be implemented throughout the consortium of schools. STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)
This is the start of an exciting era for East Palestine Schools. I personally invite you to visit our district to see our amazing children in action and become an active partner in our growth.
Our entire EP Team firmly believes in “Excellence for All – Excellence from All” and are dedicated to the process that will make East Palestine THE district of choice in Columbiana County.
George E. Fisk