Celebration to shine spotlight on Schenectady school programs
Work from most city schools to be displayed
SCHENECTADY Talented students and innovative teachers from nearly every school in the Schenectady City School District will put on programs today at a free public event at Schenectady High School.
Celebration 2013 will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school, 1445 The Plaza.
“What we’re trying to do is share our educational program,” said supervisor Teresa Brown. “There’s so many wonderful things that go on in our district. Our school district is huge.”
Teachers are looking forward to the event as a way of seeing what other teachers are doing, she added.
“We don’t see each other because we’re in our own building,” she said. “It’s a way of bringing a very large district together.”
Community groups that work with the schools will also showcase their programs.
Students from Mont Pleasant Middle School who participate in the Future City Competition will show off last year’s city design. They spend the first half of the school year studying engineering to build a city that resolves a problem.
Last year’s problem was stormwater runoff pollution, which students had to research, solve and then demonstrate with an essay, an electronic version of their city and a hand-built model. The district didn’t win the competition, but the students impressed judges with their design and won the award for most-walkable city, coach Jolina Kerr said.
Students from Steinmetz Career and Leadership Academy will demonstrate many of the technical programs available at that high school. Culinary arts students will teach spectators how to make apple wontons, while also giving out free samples of pumpkin mousse and pumpkin crunch.
“It’s like an upside-down pumpkin pie,” said teacher Laura Macey.
A teacher in the Computer-Aided Design program will bring a 3-D printer to the event. Students taking a manufacturing class will also bring their button machine and help children make their own buttons.
Science teachers will take over the cafeteria. At the biology table, teachers will put a water flea under a microscope and project it onto a screen for viewers. They’ll also offer it food.
“Hopefully it will eat while people are there,” said teacher Danielle Budlong.
Chemistry teachers will make bubbles with dry ice, among other experiments.
Students in the high school’s highly praised fine arts program will also perform. A jazz dance team will teach dance moves, while another group will play jazz elsewhere in the building. Groups of students will sing. The Junior ROTC drill team will perform, too.
But it won’t just be high school programs. Almost every elementary school will be represented, from art displays to radio shows. Students from Lincoln Elementary School will be recording for their school radio show, while Van Corlaer will show off its library collection of comic books.
Outside, Pop Warner will run football games all day and the fire department will bring a fire truck for students to explore.
The YMCA will open the pool for swimming and will run Zumba classes.
And there’s much more, Brown said.
Students will greet visitors and explain the many programs offered. They will also guide visitors to the events.
“The students are our ambassadors,” she said.