On Thursday, November 12, 2015 members of the Marshall County Commission as well as the mayors of the cities of Marshall County, members of the Legislature along with the Sheriff and local business leaders gathered to sign the proclamation declaring November 16-20, 2015 as American Education Week in Marshall County.
The theme this year is,Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. Also attending the signing were members of the Marshall County Board of Education, administrators of Marshall County Schools, administrators from John Marshall High School and representatives of the West Virginia Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.
American Education Week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.
A short luncheon and brief tour of the facilities at John Marshall High School followed the signing.
The text of the proclamation signed is below.
Whereas, public education is the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and
Whereas, by equipping young Americans with both practical skill and broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to a productive future; and
Whereas, public education employees, be they educators, substitute educators, higher education faculty and staff, custodians, teachers, bus drivers, clerical workers, food service workers, security guards, technical employees, or librarians, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and
Whereas, public schools are the foundations of neighborhoods and communities, bringing together adults, and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common purpose,
Therefore, be it further resolved, that we proclaim November 16-20, 2015 as the 94thannual observance of American Education Week. Proclaimed this 12thday of November 2015.
Thanks to a grant of almost $46,000 from the Chevron Corporation, Marshall County Schools and Oglebay Institute (OI) are kicking off a multi-year partnership to implement a life science curriculum throughout the county for students in first through eighth grades. This is in addition to an already established collaborative program between the two for students in third, fourth and fifth grades.
The new curriculum, put together by OI nature educators and county teachers, features grade appropriate concepts that align with West Virginia Content Standard Objectives and both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. According to Marshall County Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction Woody Yoder a variety of instructional methods will be used to delivery each lesson including verbal instruction and hands-on activities along with connections to math, language arts and social studies.
“In years to come I hope to see a more coordinated progression of instruction that connects science closely with other subjects and resonates strongly with our students by establishing opportunities to study in the natural world,” Yoder said.
Field trips to the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Wheeling and Grand Vue Park in Moundsville will be used for outdoor classroom learning. Fifth graders will continue participation in the REACH program while sixth grade students will attend a day camp titled L.I.F.E, or Learning in Field Experiences, at Grand Vue Park.
After successfully completing requirements this year, an additional $105,000 will be made available through the Chevron Corporation to continue instruction, activities, and events during the following two academic years. The program will become self sustained after three years.
Once in full effect the new curriculum will help every Marshall County students, grades first through eighth, understand scientific concepts that build on one another year after year.