Pattonville Heights Middle School students in sixth grade English language arts classes were invited to a “book tasting” last week to introduce them to different reading genres.
The teachers — Chelsea Bowles and Emily Weber along with teacher librarian Julie Harder — provided a fun and engaging way for students to explore new books.
The students rotated tables to explore a variety of genres before getting the opportunity to check out a book.
“They were able to choose where they started by filling out a reservation form last week for the genre they most wanted to look at,” Bowles said. “We didn't let them choose the second table because we wanted them to at least look at books that they may not look at normally.”
Senior Ashley Shaw pulled up the drink orders that were placed online this morning and senior Qua’Shaun Lawson removed the “Sorry, We’re Closed” signs from the front of the coffee machines in Room C212. Class was about to start and the students were already getting to work.
The students enrolled in the Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) program at Pattonville High School run a coffee shop for staff members who can place orders online and have it delivered every morning during second hour. Staff can choose the coffee, tea, hot chocolate or soda flavor they want and request any extras like creamer and sweetener. The cost is just $1 per item.
The coffee shop opened in 2017 and Special School District teacher Carrie Cobb said the students are learning important job skills.
Pattonville High School science teacher Jamie Jobe is one of 59 teachers selected across the U.S. to have earned the Outstanding Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Teacher award. PLTW is honoring Jobe for her work in the PLTW biomedical science program.
Each year, PLTW honors outstanding teachers and administrators across the network who play an immeasurable role to prepare students to thrive in college, careers and beyond. The award recognizes educators who demonstrate a strong record of delivering an inspiring and empowering student experience while expanding access to PLTW programs and transforming teaching.
Jobe has been a teacher at Pattonville High School for six years and teaches Principles of Biomedical Science, Biomedical Interventions and Medical Interventions. Students enrolled in each of those classes can earn college credit.
Sixth graders in Lauren Niewald’s class at Remington Traditional were challenged to build a zipline that provided tourists the longest tour over the mountains with only the materials provided. Each group was provided rubber bands, paperclips, straws, string, bucket, scissors and tape.
Using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, students incorporated the same process that engineers use on a job site: define the problem, brainstorm solutions, design a solution, build it, test it, evaluate it and then revise.
Fourteen Pattonville High School seniors spent a week before school began getting ready for college during the annual College Academy, a program that gives first-generation, college-bound students support and knowledge about the college planning and search process.
The Pattonville College Academy covered goal setting, college resume writing, how to compare colleges, how to start the college search, college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, letters of recommendation, essay-writing tips and ACT test-taking tips.
On the final day of the academy, students visited area college campuses.