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School-Wide Improvement

Mobile Maker Space

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Eagle Point Middle School became the the first school in Jackson County to check out the SOESD Mobile Maker Space. The second Space will be set-up at Hidden Valley High School and a third is about to appear at Henley Middle and High School later in March.

“Eagle Point Middle School Students are getting some hands on experience with robotics thanks to the Mobile Maker Space on loan from the Southern Oregon ESD.  Students will put their newly learned coding skills to the test with Spheros and Lego Mindstorm kits that come with the MMS.  It’s one thing to talk about engineering and robotics, but it’s the experience of actually doing it where real connections are made.” – Jason Clark

Oregon Math Standards Revision Review hosted by Mark Freed of ODE

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Please join us for the Oregon Math Standards Revision Review that will be hosted by Mark Freed from the Oregon Department of Education. Mark will be sharing the work he has been doing in preparation for revising the math standards in the State of Oregon.  The goal of this review is to interact with, and gather math teacher’s feedback regarding this work before its goals are finalized.

This opportunity is available to math, and CTE teachers.  There will be two opportunities for you to connect, and interact with Mark regarding the upcoming changes to Oregon’s math standards.  The first revision review will be on Thursday, April 16th at Klamath Union High School from 3:30-5:00 pm.

The second review will be held on Friday, April 17th at Rogue River High School from 3:30-5:00 pm.  The Oregon Department of Education and the Southern Or ESD would love to have your insight, and feedback on Oregon’s upcoming math standards.  Please join us, and see the links below to register!

Oregon Math Standards Revision Review April 16th 2020 Klamath Union High School-  http://pdnetworks.soesd.k12.or.us/public/events/view-event/7485 

Oregon Math Standards Revision Review April 17th 2020 Rogue River High School – http://pdnetworks.soesd.k12.or.us/public/events/view-event/7486

 

Promising Practices Symposium

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Chief Science Officers (CSO’s) from Talent Middle School presented at the Promising Practices Symposium along with Hidden Valley High School CSO’s about their role, their individual and group leadership projects and the impact their projects will have on their schools and their communities. CSO’s role is to help inspire students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and to demonstrate leadership in these areas through a project that benefits those around them.

Intro to High Tech Tools for Schools

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

From the SOESD Lending Library

This FREE, student-centered, teacher-friendly professional development opportunity, which is being offered once a month through May, introduces educators to the SOESD STEAM Lending Library. Alli French of Talent Maker City will provide participants with an engaging, hands-on introduction to everything in the STEAM Lending Library–including SNAP circuit kits, Makey Makeys, laser engravers, 3D printers, green screens, and Lego robotics. Please join us for a day of play and learn how to incorporate some of these new and FREE educator tools into your classroom, courtesy of SOESD.

Monday Feb 10th, 2020 1 to 4 pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Talent Maker City

Monday March 16th, 2020 1 to 4pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Henley High School

Monday April 13th, 2020 1 to 4 pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Talent Maker City

Monday May 11th, 2020 1 to 4 pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Talent Maker City

PDUs: 3

Note: This class is being offered once a month through May in an effort to accommodate teachers’ busy schedules.

Register by clicking on one of the event dates above or

going to PD Networks and putting “High Tech Tools” in the search field

Career Highlights

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Josephine County Career Counselors are working collaboratively to connect with Industry to provide “Career Highlights” each month for their High School Students. Other places of business such as Valley Immediate Care and Kelly Automotive have also provided these Career Highlights.

Students had a informative “Career Highlight” on Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at the Josephine County Circuit Court.  We took a tour, met with the Law Librarian in the Public Law Library (yes, you can use it), met with JOCO County Commissioner, Darin Fowler, had a Q & A with a District Attorney in the jury deliberation quarters, observed today’s sentencing, and finished with a Q & A with presiding Judge Bain.

 

WMMS Winter STEAM Night

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Excerpt from White Mountain Middle School’s Newsletter

Wow!!! What an amazing winter family night!! We had 226 people total in attendance. They had a great time participating in our eight different STEAM stations around the school.

STEAM Stations included activities such as Tower Challenge, zSpace, Circus Balancers, AVID Presentations, Math Bingo, Cup Stacking, Water Ecosystem and Balloon Pop.

Gracias!!

A very special thank you to the staff members that helped plan and run the stations: Michaela, Daniel, Landon, Darlene, Kim, Ryan and Miriam. Also thank you to Jason Clark and Kevin Campbell for supporting our event and the Southern Oregon ESD for their participation.

First STEAM Night held in Shady Cove

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Shady Cove Elementary/Middle School held their first ever STEAM night on November 5th to kick off the start of their ‘Destination Imagination’ program with about 70 students and family members participating. Seven different STEM sessions were set up around the gym and students were split into groups who had about 8 minutes at each station. Each activity was hands on, involved problem solving, teamwork, communication, outside the box thinking, and real life application. Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to “engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.” According to Amy Isackson, the principal of Shady Cove Elementary/Middle School, Shady Cove Ele/Middle is only the 2nd school in our region to start Destination Imagination with the hopes that other schools will follow.

Chief Science Officer (CSO) Fall Convening

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement, College and Career (CC4A) / STEAM

21 CSOs from 8 different schools over Josephine, Jackson and Klamath County attended the Chief Science Officer (CSO) Fall Convening on Nov. 19. These motivated students are passionate about STEAM and have been elected by their peers to help share the excitement of STEAM education and careers. At the event they were welcomed by Quantum Innovations Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Medford to tour and learn about all the STEAM related work they do. Following Quantum’s tour, they met for lunch in Medford and worked on their Leadership Projects, sharing their ideas with each other and offering each other feedback. Some of the projects they’re working on on include problem solving food waste within their school with composting and putting on a STEAM event for their school and community.