We would like to thank Superintendent Mike Nelson, his staff and Nancy Merrill of the Schools Foundation for facilitating a most interesting Focus on Education Week tour of some of our schools.
We joined other community members to learn of the huge advances in technology available to improve learning for our students. At the high school we observed a welding class that not only teaches the craft but also what the expectations are in the workplace. In another project, students run a coffee bar, doing everything necessary to run a business, including ordering supplies, making the product and reconciling the finances. At the middle school we observed students working on CAD on computers, learning 3-D design elements using their mathematical skills and then working in teams to build the product they designed. At the elementary school we observed students using technology in a math class that gave the teacher real time feedback on which students solved the problem correctly. Students then got up in front of the class to explain their results.
We were very excited to learn that the Enumclaw School District is responding very well to the STEM initiatives. By combining reading, math, computer skills, and sound business practices our district is doing an outstanding job preparing our students for the high-tech workplace.
Susan and Alan Reiter