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You’ve likely heard the common adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” more times than you can count. That saying is so common, though, because it’s true. And never has that become clearer than in these current times, when the mental wellness of so many, including our young students, has become a top of mind topic.

We’ve reached epidemic levels when it comes to the need for mental wellness for students of all age levels, and it’s not an area that can be tackled alone. It takes, as they say, a village. And school nurses are a critical member of that village. People have told me that school nurses aren’t mental health professionals, but I would challenge us to really think about the mental health supports in schools. Therapists provide the most intense level of support. Those who connect with students are part of mental health supports—and that falls solidly in the purview of the school nurse. Mental health, mental wellness, and the role of school nurses are interconnected.

On January 15, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced that GSSM alumna Amy Chang '12 will be joining the White House COVID-19 response team as Policy Advisor.

As stated in the press release, "She previously worked in the Obama-Biden administration as a Services. She has also served multiple federal health agencies in her time as a consultant at Deloitte Federal Consulting and Boston Consulting Group. Originally from South Carolina, Amy is a graduate of Yale University."

In her time at GSSM, Chang was a part of Student Council, Model UN, Mock Trial, and the National Honor Society. She was also a physics teaching assistant and a student ambassador, working with the admissions department to provide tours and information for prospective students. For her GSSM summer research experience, Chang conducted research at the German Cancer Research Center. At Yale, she received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in global affairs.

"The individuals announced today will bolster the White House's COVID-19 Response team and play important roles in carrying out our rescue plan and vaccination program," said President-Elect Joe Biden.

  1. Create a Clear Expectation of a virtual Day Schedule
    Students respond by structure in all scenarios. Your school template of a day should mimic your normal school day with an abbreviated schedule. For example, 80 minute classes, now 40 minutes each. Create the schedule period by period.
  2. Share Your Vision with your staff Through Expectations
    Set your expectations as a list. Giving your colleagues concise, clear directions is an easy way to set the tone for remote Learning. Any conversation and discussion can evolve once you’ve set the boundaries. Just as students, set a teacher schedule. For example, if a teacher has periods 1,2, 5 and 7 each day, then their resources or live meetings with students should be prepared and shared at those start times each day, remotely.
  3. Make Concessions and Agreements Instead of Arguments and Demands
    Teachers have the expertise, let them guide the glows and grows. Your job is to facilitate this content execution. Identify your experienced technology teachers and allow them to lead and offer advice. Support your teachers that feel uncomfortable and apprehensive by giving them small, short, easily attained goals. Offer support in their planning.
  4. Model Remote Learning Expectations
    Run your meetings with remote access and while addressing the new changes point out the facets of your Professional Development that are useful pedagogical tools in live teaching/streaming. Your teachers, after all, consistently prove their abilities to be flexible and adapt every year.
  5. Offer Your Availability and Require a Mode of Feedback and Positivity
    Ask your teachers reflect on positive moments in their remote learning in a google doc or google sheet accessible to an entire department or staff. Monitor the sheet with an admin column where once a day you give comments, positive feedback and highlight the work your staff is engaging in. This immediate feedback instills confidence that you are managing a new system, virtually, and want to actively support your community.

NCSSS, the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools, is pleased to announce it is partnering with the Society of American Military Engineers, or SAME. Our partnership with SAME gives NCSSS an additional pipeline of opportunity for the students at member schools.

Color w No Text JPEGThe Society of American Military Engineers leads collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges. Founded in 1920, SAME unites public and private sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and facility management, cyber security, project planning, contracting and acquisition, and related disciplines in support of national security. SAME develops STEM professionals for the nation through STEM outreach activities, Engineering & Construction Camps, scholarships and engagement of College Student Chapters.

"We are very pleased to welcome the Society of American Military Engineers as a partner of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools," said Todd Mann, executive director of NCSSS. "This partnership will help bring innovative, new and bold STEM curriculum into classrooms across the country."

“We are enthusiastic about working closely with NCSSS to widen STEM opportunities and motivation for America’s youth. Our partnership will enable both organizations to contribute to maintaining our nation’s place in the world," said Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), executive director, SAME.

Students across the U.S. dream of working for NASA one day, but for students in Wheeling High School's advanced engineering program, that dream is now a reality.

Since April, Wheeling students have been building brackets and handles that will soon be launched to the International Space Station.

(This blog post is sponsored content from MobileMakersEdu.)

At Mobile Makers, we have a strong belief, aligned with President Obama, Apple, Chicago Public Schools, and hundreds of thousands of others who have signed petitions for Congress to require computer science in our schools, so that everyone can learn to code. One specific value we hold is that of all people, the first and most ready to learn computer science are educators.


patrick lei 2017

Patrick Lei, a senior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science who lives in Holden, is one of 10 students nationwide selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2017 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. The competition takes place Jan. 7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Regency VII. 

You can watch the live webcast:

Patrick was selected for the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by high school math teachers nationwide using Maple TA, a product of Maplesoft.

Patrick's favorite thing about school is the pool tables there. He loves to play pranks on people, and he is the captain of the school’s math team. Last year’s captain finished second nationwide in the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

Monday, 18 July 2016 15:13

A meeting of the minds in a sports arena

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For the 22nd year, various secondary STEM schools throughout the southern United States gathered together this spring to bring a friendly athletic dimension to the experience they have to offer to their students.

Collaboration enhances opportunities for students at NCSSS member schools to master science, technology, engineering and math

Baltimore, MD (June 9, 2016) - Connections Learning by Pearson, a provider of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community, today announced a collaboration with the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS). The collaboration will offer NCSSS member schools science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs for students with proven-effective online STEM tools and courses, as well as expert teachers. 

Thirteen students from the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing Math Team participated in the Great Plains Math League Missouri State Championship, held on the Campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

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