As we move through mid-winter and begin our second semester of the school year, we have had many exciting activities and experiences in the district throughout the first half of the year.
Academically, our Secondary Students and Faculty have seen progress and continued implementation of our 1:1 initiative. Teachers and students are utilizing the computer as a tool in many teaching/learning capacities. The initiative has provided an opportunity for students to complete in-depth research for classroom projects and assignments, as well as examining career exploration and post-secondary studies. The initiative has given teachers the ability to implement new instructional strategies designed to reach a variety of student learning styles. The initiative has also continued to increase communication, creativity and problem solving skills among students and faculty.
Elementary Students and Faculty have also been involved in many positive ventures throughout the first semester. Our fifth graders had the opportunity to attend Outdoor School held at Camp Blue Diamond. The overwhelming response from both teachers and students indicated an educational and successful camp experience. The Elementary and Jr. High students are also in the early stages of incorporating components of (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM allows students to understand how each academic area works in conjunction with one another and incorporates discovery, exploration, and requires students to be actively engaged in finding solutions. Several Elementary students will be participating in upcoming Lego and K’Nex competitions that relate directly to STEM concepts. The Elementary has also seen lots of after-school activity in Science, Reading and Art Clubs. Other activities include Chorus, Family Reading Nights and Fuel Up to Play 60.
Keeping with tradition, Juniata Valley Athletic Teams and Extra-Curricular Groups continue to excel in their respective sports seasons and events. Our Cross-Country, Volleyball, Football, Cheerleading and Band/Chorus all fared very well throughout the first semester. The Basketball and Wrestling Teams are experiencing growth and development as the seasons progress. Winter Athletic teams will soon be entering the district playoffs.