Page County

Elementary STEM / Children’s Engineering

Categories: Page County | 2017

The school environment has seen a big change over the years from hands-on learning to seatwork and preparing for the SOL tests.  Students spend their days at desks completing worksheets and taking tests.  Many students are being pushed to do things that are developmentally inappropriate.  To change this problem, Page County Schools hired a Division-Wide Elementary STEM teacher.  Miss Davis has created a STEM Lab at each of the 4 elementary schools filled with tools, supplies, and challenges.  Each month, students in grades preschool through 5th are given the opportunity to visit their STEM Lab and desgin, create, and build.  In the past, only gifted students were given these types of challenges.  What we discovered is that ALL students benefit from hands-on, engineering projects.  These challenges teach things that are relevant to their lives, promote teamwork and compromise, and show students how to accept and learn from failure.

Contact

Kelley Davis
STEM Coach
kdavis@pagecounty.k12.va.us
5407436533


Empty Bowls

Categories: Page County | 2017

Page County Public Schools believes in giving back to the surrounding community. Page County Public School’s “Empty Bowls” program is a fundraising event held to help feed the surrounding community and fight hunger. This event is hosted by the Page County art teachers. Throughout the school year, elementary, middle and high school students, potters, and educators create hundreds of one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowls. Guests purchase tickets and in exchange enjoy a night of soup and music. Event-goers choose a handmade bowl to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. A silent auction at the event also features creations crafted by teachers, and local artists. Money raised at this annual event is donated to a local food pantry. 

Contact

Kayla Koslow
Luray High School Art Teacher
kkoslow@pagecounty.k12.va.us
5407433800