Augusta County

Mentorship Program

Categories: Augusta County | 2017

Augusta County School’s Mentorship Program is an exciting, unpaid, work-based learning experience available to highly motivated students during their senior year. The one semester course gives students the opportunity to work side by side with mentors who have chosen to share their knowledge, experience, and talents to help students begin to explore a career interest. Students go to a work site for two to three hours per day and participate in the daily routines and tasks related to that specific career. In addition to learning about the various technical skills related to the specific career, students also develop and improve their “soft skills” such as collaboration, communication, and problem solving which are transferable skills used in all careers. This valuable experience facilitates students making well-informed decisions regarding their future career and the skills, education, and training required.

Contact

Lisa M. Shifflett
Mentorship Coordinator
lshifflett@augusta.k12.va.us
540-245-5119


Middle School STEM Expo

Categories: Augusta County | 2017

In response to the recent trends for rapid employment growth in STEM-related careers, it is important for our school division to meet these demands by exposing our students to the 21st century learning skills necessary to be competitive in these areas.  As a result, Augusta County Public Schools holds a district-wide middle school STEM Expo to encourage students to think in a logical and systematic way that allows them to explore their world, work collaboratively with peers, and to interact with professionals in the community. The STEM Expo is an innovative alternative to the typical science fair. This year, we hosted 243 students, grades 6-8, presenting 166 projects in the areas of: Scientific Inquiry, Invention, and Reverse Engineering.  Students are judged by local STEM professionals from NIBCO, Shentel, JMU, Hershey, and Headwaters Soil & Conservation District. 

Contact

Angela Deitz
Curriculum Supervisor, Secondary STEM, K-12 Gifted Ed
deitz.al@augusta.k12.va.us
(540) 245-5117


Preschool and Infant Toddler Connection

Categories: Augusta County | 2017

Augusta County Public Schools, the Infant and Toddler Connection, and Community Child Care Centers are collaborating to impact the community through preparing children with risk factors for school success to learn and excel when they reach kindergarten.  Our goal is to create access to community preschool programs for children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend, thereby supporting a philosophy that all children have the right to learn and grow with their peers.  In order to achieve these goals Augusta County Schools and the Infant and Toddler Connection have established relationships with five community programs willing to serve identified two year olds.  Research shows that children learn through their experiences and opportunities; therefore, by collaborating with the community programs we are better able to meet the needs of children with disabilities while simultaneously supporting community partners and creating environments that benefit all children in those community placements.

Contact

Amy Taylor
Infant Toddler Coordinator
taylor.al@augusta.k12.va.us
(540) 245-5133