The Alex Foundation is partnering with Drury University Hammons School of Architecture professors, Nancy Chikaraishi and Marshall Arne, to bring McGehee students ‘STE+AM’ on October 5-7 2016 as part of World Architecture Day.
STE+AM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Architecture and Math) enables students to make real-world connections to the many ways architecture is allied with careers in demand.
The McGehee School District is one of five Alex Foundation sponsored STE+AM school districts in the State of Arkansas.
Offered to 8th and 9th grade students, the primary objective of the Alex Foundation’s STE+AM initiative is to introduce students to key ways science, technology, engineering, art and math are incorporated into an architectural career. The initiative is intended to raise awareness among students and educators on the interdisciplinary connections that link technical and creative skills with architecture.
Chikaraishi, whose parents where interned between 1942 and 1945 in Desha County at the Rohwer Internment Camp (http://rohwer.astate.edu/) during World War II, will co-teach STE+AM with Arne.
STE+AM is being held this year to coincide with World Architecture Day. Created in 2005 by the Union International des Architects (UIA), World Architecture Day 2016 theme is Design a Better World, to show appreciation for the work architects do and to celebrate some of the great global architectural works.
Funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, STE+AM offers an opportunity to directly immerse and mentor students in the design of built environments; connect architecture professors with students for real-time experiential learning; and give students exposure to 21st careers in demand to support their educational attainment for college and career readiness.
About the Alex Foundation
The Alex Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization mission is to engage, engender and enlighten students to pursue careers and entrepreneurial opportunities in architecture and design through mentoring, strengthening their capacity, and supporting their educational attainment and continued advancement to meet domestic and global challenges. The Foundation’s efforts are collaborated through a multiple intelligence approach that includes cooperative learning, experiential learning, project-based learning and multidisciplinary learning.
Ms. Bryant's English Enrichment students created their own "Cultural Cookbooks" for their first project of the school year. This project was grounded in teaching students to show respect and tolerance for cultural diversity and to take pride in their own heritage. These cookbooks were filled with recipes students felt defined them as individuals and spoke to their own specific backgrounds.
After presenting their final products to a class of their peers, students voted on their favorites in a host of categories. The winners are pictured:
(Left to right): Jada - Most Personal
Zach - Best Design
Aaliyah - Most Touching Dedication
Ayden - Best Title
Hannah - Favorite Presentation of the Day
Matt - Most Wanted Recipe
Students at Conner Junior High attended a presentation explaining a new Mentoring Program that will begin this school year. Every student at the Junior High has been paired with a Faculty Mentor. Students will meet with their advisory weekly and will receive academic, social, and emotional support. This opportunity will allow students to have a specific person in the school they know is there to help ensure their success. Mentors will help students develop short and long term goals for the future. Community and business leaders are invited to participate in the mentoring program in order to ensure the program helps students create a path for success in school and after.--
Conner Junior High Counselor
All enrolled students of McGehee School District are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2016-2017 school year. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.
McGehee Elementary Gifted and Talented Quiz Bowl Team attended the SEARK Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday May 10, 2016. The team came in 2nd place - missing 1st place by only 30 points!
Front Row: Brooks Bowman - score keeper, Grayson Morphis - captain, Alex Heard, Joseph Murphy.
Back Row: Logan Cessor, Joseph Martin, Katie Rose Henson, Sam Somervell, Matt Irion.
Coach: Christy Binns (Not pictured)
A special thank you to Paige Morphis for filling in for me on the day of the tournament and to Kelly Dunn for attending as McGehee's judge!
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