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Monsanto Fund Grant Supports Elementary STEAM
1 day ago
The School District of University City has been awarded a $55,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s K-12 Math & Science program to support STEAM initiatives in kindergarten, third and fifth grades. The initiative, titled U-Design Primary, provides students with authentic STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) experiences through the use of Motorized Mechanisms, We Do, and EV3 Lego Education modules. The modules, in collaboration with district’s Elementary Science Curriculum, will strengthen STEAM confidence and aptitude.
U-Design will enhance students’ abilities to engage in the engineering design process (ask, imagine, plan, create, improve) to program and design robots during the school day connected to their Forces and Interactions science unit.
“We believe that integrating STEAM experiences through the teaching of the design process, leads to 21st century career-ready and innovative citizens who demonstrate the ability, confidence and inclination to deepen problem solving skills,” said Beverly Velloff, math and science curriculum coordinator.
The Monsanto Fund’s Math & Science Education K-12 grant program is designed to support programs in the St. Louis region that inspire and nurture students’ interest in math and/or science, offer innovative approaches to teaching or learning in math and science, and foster student achievement in math and/or science. Priority is given given to programs using evidence-based methodology.
The Summer Jobs Program Provides Work Experience
5 days ago
By Brooklyn Bass, UCHS Class of 2015
Do you remember your first job? Students in The School District of University City have a unique opportunity to learn valuable job skills and earn money through a special partnership with the City of University City and the District. The Summer Jobs Program, coordinated by former school board member Ellen Bern and Christine Woodward, a social worker at University City High School, helps the District fulfill its mission of graduating students who are college and career ready.
Summer Jobs offers rebates to local businesses that hire young adults. This year, 24 students found employment with 21 businesses in the University City area through this program.
“I’m really delighted,” Bern said. “We’ve gotten fabulous reviews from our business community. They are delighted with our students. And it’s a great opportunity for our students to get that first-job experience—which they may not get as easily on their own."
Students ended the 2016 summer session with tours at four local businesses in the Delmar Loop: the headquarters of Answers.com, OSO: A Style Lab, Meshuggah’s Café and Doughocracy.
The first stop at Answers.com included an extensive tour led by UCHS alumna, Cat Simpson. Students learned about the innovative Answers.com platform and potential careers in the technology industry.
From Answers.com, students trekked in light rain to OSO: A Style Lab, a new clothing boutique targeting quirky millennials. Students were awed by the artsy presentation of boutique items while listening to co-owner Jen Rieger explain her experiences as a new entrepreneur. Afterwards, many students expressed interest in finding employment there in the near future.
“I actually have employed a U City student in the past,” said Rieger. “She did very well.”
At Meshuggah’s Café, coordinators, Woodward and Bern facilitated a group discussion about student experiences with the program. Students discussed the importance of customer service and reflected on career-based lectures they attended. UCHS senior Gillian Blount believes the program has positively affected her future by teaching her how to navigate the employment process.
“I feel like I will be more prepared for interviews,” said Blount. “I know to dress nicely, have questions prepared, and to be comfortable—to be myself when I get interviewed.”
Blount and other program participants ended their morning at the posh pizza eatery, Doughocracy. While dining on specialty pizza, the students were noticing and buzzing about customer service practices they observed.
“They now have a better appreciation for the world of work and a little money in their pockets” Bern said.
"Under the Big Top" Theme for Oct. 1 Homecoming
1 day ago
Students, families, friends and alumni are anxiously anticipating homecoming festivities set for October 1, 2016. This year's theme is "Under the Big Top." The homecoming parade steps off at 10am in the Delmar Loop and proceeds along the traditional route along Delmar to Hanley Road and into the stadium. Parade entry applications are now available. (Click here for Parade Entry Form.)
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