Latest News – January 26
Meeting for Christian Education Home-School Model
There will be a Lake County community meeting for anyone interested in learning about the home school/formal classroom partnership for educating children in grades K through 12. Based on the National Association of University-Model Schools ® (NAUMS). NAUMS’ vision is to strengthen America’s families and values by helping parents prepare college-worthy, character-witnesses of Christ for the next generation.
The meeting will be held Monday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church, located at 117 E. 6th Street in Leadville. Attendees are encouraged to read the information available at the following websites prior to the meeting:
- National Assoc. of University-Model Schools®: http://naums.net
- The University School of Colorado Springs: http://www.weareuscs.com/
- Pagosa Valor Academy (Univ. Model School): http://pagosavaloracademy.org
- Venture Off!: http://www.ventureoff.com/about/
School District Provides Laptops to 7 – 12 Students
Last week, the Lake County School District (LCSD) announced a new technology initiative that will place a laptop computer in the hands of every Lake County High School (LCHS) student by the end of February. Each 7th-12th grade student will be issued a Samsung Chromebook for educational use at home and at school; the district’s Chromebook initiative is known as a “one-to-one” model because there is one device for every one student in the school.
A Chromebook is a simple laptop using a Google operating system that is mainly used for accessing data stored “in the cloud” and for other Internet-based applications. Data can be downloaded onto the laptop from the cloud so that students without an internet connection at home will still be able to work. Though it is optional, many teachers at the high school are already using Google Apps for Education in their teaching, and ensuring that each student has a Chromebook will support and accelerate the adoption of educational technology in the school.
The district’s BEST grant, which funded the new high school construction, is making this investment in technology possible. The grant will fund close to half of the startup cost for the initiative by providing funds for over 200 Chromebooks.
“The district has made its own significant investment in technology in recent years, but the BEST grant is simply an incredible opportunity,” said LCSD Director of Business Operations Kate Bartlett. “We would not have the ability to move to a one-to-one model so quickly without this grant.”
BEST funds were made available for additional Chromebook purchases in part because the high school construction project came in under budget in a number of areas.
In loaning a Chromebook to each student, the district is setting high expectations for personal responsibility on the part of students. Each high school parent will receive a letter explaining how the program will work, and each student and parent will need to sign an acknowledgement of the rules and expectations associated with the loan before receiving a Chromebook.
“We trust our students and their overall positive intent,” said LCHS Principal Christina Gosselin. “They consistently rise to the challenges we set for them. We are confident that our high school students will recognize this program as both a privilege and a responsibility.”
The district’s intent is to continue the one-to-one initiative for the foreseeable future. Students will turn in their Chromebook at the end of the school year for summer maintenance, but will be reissued one again when school starts in August. The district plans to replace the Chromebooks on a rotating three-year cycle.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for our district, our schools, our students and our families,” said LCSD Superintendent Wendy Wyman. “We are making powerful change on a relatively fast timeline, and our one-to-one initiative is a great example of this. Quite simply, our kids can’t wait. They need technology in their hands today in order to take advantage of all that we and the world have to offer them. We have no time to waste.”