The first six-weeks at Llano Jr. High have been very exciting times for us. From teachers implementing technology into the classroom to having a mock Presidential Debate in our auditorium, our students are benefitting from a business-like atmosphere that is helping to improve the academic success of all students at LJHS.
To begin the year, Mr. Keele introduced the Positive Behavior Support Initiative which focuses on positive reinforcement of desired behavior and expectations. To put it simply, this initiative creates a positive environment of high expectations focusing on possibilities rather than rules and consequences. As proof that this initiative is working, discipline referrals are down 80.6% from last year allowing students to spend more time in class.
On the technology front, in Ms. Bailey’s 7th grade Science class, students used a computer microscope to view and identify various parts of a plant cell as the images were projected onto a screen allowing the entire class to participate in the activity. According to student Tyler Gann, “The new computer microscope made the old fashion microscope look….old fashion!”
Ms. Burchett’s CAD (Computer Aided Design) class is taking advantage of cutting-edge 3-Dimensional printer technology. Some of the student projects range from chair designs to smart phone covers. This class has inspired many LJHS students, including Heather Humphrey who says, “I might major in architecture someday because of this class!” LJHS students are also taking advantage of virtual field trips where they are able to participate in a field trip environment. Our students are able to watch presentations, ask questions, and converse with other students and classes across the state.
Technology is also indirectly affecting academic success of LJHS students through the computer program Eduphoria. Eduphoria enables teachers to more efficiently assess student achievement and progress, allowing teachers, such as Ms. Ball, to focus on critical areas of her students’ needs. “This makes everything so much easier to know where my students need the most help”, states Ms. Ball.
As many already know, LJHS students made headline news in hosting a mock Presidential debate. Ms. Gray and the Social Studies department asked their students to brainstorm and choose questions based on current political issues. On October 10th, Jaden Napolez, Caroline Puryear, and Molly Lindner had the opportunity to ask their questions to representatives of the Obama and Romney campaigns. This exciting event not only stirred the minds of LJHS students, but sparked the interest of primetime news media.
Considering all that is happening at LJHS, ‘exciting’ may be an understatement. The future of LJHS students is extremely bright, and we are all looking forward to the possibilities it beholds.