Staunton City

BETA Learning Academy

Categories: Staunton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The BETA Learning Academy at Shelburne Middle School is for 8th grade students. BETA stands for Build, Explore, Tinker, and Apply. BETA combines 8th grade science with the Project Lead the Way Gateway program in a two hour block. BETA’s curriculum is technology infused and built around hands-on, projectbased learning in all subjects where students learn through inquiry and application. Students are expected to document and reflect on their work, and apply new knowledge and skills in all classes. Eighth grade SOL pass rate data for 2014-15 shows that BETA students’ pass rates were higher than non-Beta students on the Science 8 SOL (+23%), the Math 8 SOL (+17%), and the Reading 8 SOL (+27%). This program prepares students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields by teaching students critical job skills in a workplace environment where collaboration, hard work, and creativity are essential.

Contact:

Mrs. Jennifer Morris
Principal, Shelburne Middle School
jmorris@staunton.k12.va.us
(540) 332-3930


BMX Restoration

Categories: Staunton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Our group of students receive bikes that are in need of repairs and new parts. We work to clean, fix, rebuild these bikes to make them rideable and donate them to community events. Our focus is to encourage the skill trades programs through the bmx restoration program.

Contact:

Brett Peters
Career Coach
bpeters@staunton.k12.va.us
540-448-3979


Project SEARCH

Categories: Staunton City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Augusta Health Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort among three school divisions: Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro, the Virginia Department of Education, Augusta Health, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and Career Support Services. An imbedded teacher and job coach work alongside 18-21 year old students with active IEPS in multiple internship sites within the hospital with an end goal of competitive employment for every student. Students are responsible for the same duties as full-time hospital employees, including completing employee orientation and background checks. This is our first year, with 9 students enrolled. After the first internship, one student has been competitively employed by the hospital. Students have demonstrated consistent gains in self advocacy, communication, working independently and as part of a group, and organizational skills. Students begin and end each day with classroom instruction covering topics such as money management, selfadvocacy, and how to interact with co-workers.

Contact:

Dr. Jelisa Coltrane Wolfe
Executive Director of Student Services
jwolfe@staunton.k12.va.us
(540) 332-3934