We also are making a more significant investment into a program called Project Lead The Way. This is a nationally recognized program that offers students project-based learning opportunities in engineering and/or biomedicine. All seventh-graders will be introduced to the biomedical aspect of the program by taking a course called Medical Detectives, while all eighth graders will be introduced to the engineering component by taking a course called Gateway to Technology. High school students will have the opportunity to take coursework in the engineering and/or biomedical pathways.
Over the past year, our middle schools began the process of redesigning themselves to better meet the needs of our students, and those changes take effect this school year. In addition to the Project Lead The Way and careers courses, middle school students will have opportunities to take more advanced level math and will have more elective opportunities.
It is an exciting time to be part of the Greater Clark County Schools. We are dedicated to provide our students with the best education possible to assure they reach their potential and are accepted to post-secondary opportunities. Enjoy the rest of your summer break. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, Aug. 1, to begin the 2013-14 school year.
— Dr. Andrew Melin is superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools. Reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org