A new school year starts Wednesday at Haskell, and the year-round elementary school is shifting focus to become a STEAM academy. (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.) The STEAM Academy at Haskell is a K-5 special program that integrates science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements. Haskell will keep its modified calendar for the 2017-18 school year.
This school year will focus on a new, integrated science curriculum designed to engage students and increase student achievement. “We are excited to use our new materials to teach the Next Generation Science Standards. The program comes with amazing opportunities for hands-on learning for our students,” said Haskell Principal Loree Leathers. The student-driven learning environment fosters inquiry, problem-solving, innovation and growth mindset. STEAM additions are not just add-ons – they’re integrated, deeper learning experiences. The model is ideal for students who have a strong love for science and math. Each year the curriculum will have a greater emphasis on science, math and engineering that includes hands-on learning.
Implementation: Haskell staff overwhelmingly supported the idea to move to a STEAM model with a goal to add an academic focus and boost student engagement. This year, staff will pilot STEAM-focused ideas, curriculum and professional development. A three-year plan and rollout includes STEAM school site visits, and implementing more technology, engineering and arts.
Implementing a STEAM focus is similar to the high school academy model, where traditional curriculum is taught in the context of a specific academy or pathway. In a STEAM program, traditional elementary curriculum is taught within a STEAM context.
The program is open to students all over the district, and a few seats are still available for the 2017-18 school year. Call the Welcome Center for more information: 815-967-8070.