Feb 11, 2020 4:42 PM

Apollo programs approved for two USD 308 schools

Posted Feb 11, 2020 4:42 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson USD 308 School Board approved Lincoln Elementary School’s application to be an Apollo II redesign school in 2020-21 and Graber Elementary’s planning year to become an Apollo III redesign school in 2021-22.

Lincoln has spent 2019-20 planning for the process and will join Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen and Wiley Elementary School as Apollo redesign schools in the district. The approval came during Monday’s regular meeting.

The project requires schools to remodel their academic programs to create successful high school students. Schools chosen for the state’s redesign program spend one year planning what changes to carry out. They then apply the changes the following year.

The Kansans Can Project was initially announced in 2017 after the Kansas Department of Education got feedback that the community wanted more focus on the nonacademic skills of students.

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Feb 11, 2020 4:42 PM
USD 308 School Board gets special delivery during meeting
PHOTO COURTESY OF USD 308: Students from HMS-8 show off their Vex robots as they deliver water to board members during their Monday agenda session. The class is taught by Mike Nugent. 

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Members of the Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education received their evening water from a different source Monday.

Instead of Board members pouring the water for themselves at the table, bottled water was delivered to them by Hutchinson Middle School–8 students and their Vex robots. The robotics demonstration came from students in Mike Nugent’s robotics class. The students rolled bottled water to the Board.

Pre-and post-class surveys of students in Nugent’s classes were presented to the board. They showed students changed their attitudes positively toward STEM studies. Students also reported wanting to do more classes with robotics, engineering, and hands-on learning after the robotics class.