2017 Parent Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Beginning Thursday, January 19th, CUES region will be administering online school surveys. All parents or guardians of current students are invited to participate. The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback about teachers, principals, and schools based on interactions during the 2016-2017 school year. Responses are anonymous and no personal information is collected. Please include productive respectful, and helpful input. We seek to improve our school and make it a positive place for all students, parents and community members. Results will be given to teachers and administrators and used to improve classrooms and schools. The surveys take about 10 minutes. 

You may take the survey on any computer or device that has web access. You are also welcome take the survey on a school computer. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

You can access the survey by following either of these links:

http://bit.ly/CUESParentSurvey2017

https://uepc.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_41p6cfUJKNILVad

This survey will be open from Thursday, January 19th through Monday, February 6th.  You may receive more than one invitation or reminder to take the survey, but please take the survey only once per school at which your student attends. 

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Wayne School District Administration

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Loa Elementary STEAM Fridays

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On the second Friday of every month Loa Elementary changes its routine and has special day in which the students complete a series of STEAM activities. STEAM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in five specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the five disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEAM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

Over the past few months the students at Loa Elementary have experienced many fun and exciting activities. By learning about an integrated STEAM topic and then emphasizing the instruction through hands on activities, the students learn the topics and become excited about STEAM careers. Some of the activities during the Loa Elementary STEAM days include:

· Using household chemicals to create reactions that change the state of matter

· Designing and building catapults with spoons and other common items

· Using common items to build structures like towers and bridges

· Building and programming robotic machines

Though the United States has historically been a leader in the STEAM fields, fewer students have been focusing on these topics recently. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEAM career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics. Currently, nearly 28 percent of high school freshmen declare an interest in a STEAM-related field, but 57 percent of these students will lose interest by the time they graduate from high school. The emphasis of STEAM activities at Loa Elementary is designed to change these numbers and have an increased participation rate in STEAM classes in the middle and high school, which would translate into more students entering STEAM careers.

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