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APS board to consider new courses & curriculum

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 16, 2018 – 12:44 amNo Comment

Administrators at Alpena Public Schools are asking the board of education to support new courses and curriculum that would be rolled out in the 2018-19 academic year.

That includes a new science curriculum for grades 6-8.

A pilot class used the new curriculum this year and according to Meaghan Gauthier, Director of Curriculum for APS, teachers said they had a very positive outcome from the course, and that students were very engaged.

New science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM courses will also greet 6th through 8th grade students next year.  Tech Essentials and Beyond Google elective courses will basically enhance student technology skills.

A pilot for a Second Step course would be expanded in 2018-19.  It’s designed to help students with social and emotional needs.   Gauthier says a pilot at Hinks Elementary School proved successful this year, and the course is needed at all elementary schools and at the junior high.

The board of education Monday, will also be asked to support the purchase of needed materials for a new Mechatronics CTE course.  The cost of the materials is over $241,000, but will be covered by a $400,000 grant the district received in January for the new course.  More items for the class will be purchased at a later date.

APS will be the first district in Michigan to offer mechatronics, which is basically a technology course combining electronics and mechanical engineering.

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