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STAR Preschool Peer Screening April 4

The STAR Preschool Program of Regional School District 14 is conducting a screening for typically developing peers in order to be participants in our inclusive special education program for the 2017-2018 school year. Screenings will take place at the Woodbury Middle School on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

The program incorporates a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the State of Connecticut Early Learning Development Standards for cognitive, social - emotional, communication, adaptive and physical success. If interested in a screening appointment, please contact Deborah Kavanaugh, Lead Preschool Teacher, at the STAR preschool office at 203-263-0202. For additional information regarding our program Click Here.

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Digital Learning Day in Region 14

Students in Region 14 marked worldwide Digital Learning Day February 23, 2017 by showcasing the many innovative instructional technology programs that are helping to improve their learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Students in the district's four schools participated in different Digital Learning Day activities in their classrooms and Library Media Centers. Some of the areas showcased included virtual museum visits, designing games and apps on their chrome books and even students attempting to reconstruct a computer from the ground up.

Digital Learning Day, now in its fifth year, started in 2012 as a grassroots effort to highlight great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.

Digital learning encompasses many different facets, tools, and applications to support and empower teachers and students, including online courses, blended or hybrid learning, or digital content and resources. Additionally, digital learning can be used for professional learning opportunities for teachers and to provide personalized learning experiences for students. The DLD effort is now a world wide effort that has enhanced the role of the teacher in America's classrooms through a variety of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed for learners everywhere.

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Region 14 Students are Coding for a Cause

Region 14 students are Coding for a Cause. Groups of students started the planning and designing process of a smartphone app to assist the local Woodbury non-profit organizations during today's Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr. event at Woodbury Middle School.

Selected district students in grades 4-8 are working on teams with Nonnewaug High school students as their mentors to collaboratively plan and design appa that will address an identified need of the Glebe House Museum and Jekyll Garden, Futbol Friends International, Woodbury Scholarship Fund, The Denan Project, and ASAP- Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention. Members of the Woodbury non profit are working alongside the students and their mentors in this collaborative environment and watching the young members of the community use their coding skills or a good cause for their organization.

"Region 14 is the first school district to host its own all-day, school wide Hack a Thon event," said Abbe Waldron, Region 14's Instructional Leader for Technology. "This is a wonderful student-centered event. Our high school students run the groups for their younger peers and together they collaborate and use problem solving skills, mentoring, and critical thinking while learning about a community-based non-profit organization."

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. is a non-profit organization developed by Connecticut resident Patrice Gans in 2013 that provides school students an opportunity to collaborate with computer science mentors and community subject matter experts to prototype innovative technical solutions for local non-profit organizations' real-world challenges. The mission is to empower students to use technology to positively impact the challenges facing local nonprofits in their communities. Students who participate will use an MIT-developed coding tool to learn the basics of app design, as well as the ideation and brainstorming process required to build a successful prototype mobile application.

The second coding event will be held at Woodbury Middle School on November 1 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Garden Club Clean Up Day!

Science and Engineering Fair 2016

It was a great night of experimentation and discovery at the annual MES Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, February 9!

100th Day of School

What can you do with 100? To celebrate the 100th day of school February 3, MES students got creative with buttons, cotton balls, gold fish, glow sticks and more! Check these out!

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