The traditional end of summer ‘welcome back’ notice for parents from the Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent has great news for the whole community! I’ve noted funding sources, like Applied Materials, when they were listed, and will add in any that were missed!
- Back to School / Open House dates
- JOHN BARRY, KURT LICHTENWALD, DAVID SCHNEIDER – amazing teachers’ program receives #1 state and national engineering awards and recognition
- BACH IS BACK Gregg Bach has returned to GPS, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
- JODIE GRENNODIE new Principal at Beeman
- GHS – FULL ROOF REPLACEMENT great details about the construction project and an earlier update from July
- DEADLINE INFO for BUS PASS applications and FREE/REDUCED LUNCH applications
- GHS ERIC LEIGH AND DAVID ENOS write and secure $109,154 biotechnology grant
- GHS $499,000 WORTH NEW FAB LAB AND EQUIPMENT – Grant awarded for a brand new Fabrication Lab/Maker space and state of the art, industry level equipment for advanced manufacturing and pre-engineering program in Career and Voc
- O’MALEY ACADEMY aka after school offerings, directed by the amazing counselor Allison Cousins, have been extended and funded for a 4th year as the program deemed exemplary ($140,250 grant )
- O’MALEY new BioLab space thanks to Applied Materials and MA Life Sciences Foundation
- O’MALEY band and chorus music room to be souped up acoustically thanks to $136,980 from Gloucester Education Foundation
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – BUILDING BLOCKS exciting new elementary science program
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS new teacher collaboration opportunities
Listen to sweet voices from Veterans school chorus, “Imagine”.
Gloucester High School chorus
More theater, bands and chorus coming up!
Kurt Lichtenwald and GHS robotics presented at 1pm. GHS has 11 engineering courses — teaching to the top! Showing us Propane furnaces, LADAR, magnetic Newton’s cradle (no sound), a hovercraft that can carry 60 pounds… Design. Build. Modify. (More than one kid behind me said “I can’t wait to go to high school.”) Displayed art by O’Maley Middle school artists throughout City Hall, Cape Ann Museum and Sawyer Free.
Woodwork display is amazing!
Well deserved. See wonderful story by Ray Lamont in today’s Gloucester Daily Times: GHS Engineering program wins national award, Photo by Mike Springer shows Kurt with students Austin Monnell and Conor Williamson.
NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION
TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD
It’s close to Kurt’s 20th anniversary at Gloucester High School. Here’s a throwback photo I took in February 2012 at East Gloucester Elementary. Kurt brought the high school students in to the elementary school to lead science and robotic stations for all the kids. He told me then about his approach:
“For too long; students who could memorize facts were considered highly intelligent. In my classes students must learn to apply the knowledge and prove that they learned the topics. This is a different kind of intelligence (kinesthetic – hands on intelligence) that for so long has gone unappreciated and unrecognized. Mixing the two types of intelligences (multi level) in a class just makes common sense and great products (student work).”-Kurt Lichtenwald
September 28, 2016
GHS Science and Engineering Teacher Kurt Lichtenwald
The Massachusetts Technology Education and Engineering Collaborative and its members have awarded Gloucester High School’s science and engineering teacher, Kurt Lichtenwald, with the 2016 “teacher of the year” award.
Along with his award, MassTEC deemed GHS’ STEM program, run by Lichtenwald, John Barry, and David Schneider, the 2016 “program of the year.” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Each year, MassTEC partners with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and chooses from schools across the state to recognize one program and teacher that excels in educating students about formal technology and engineering studies.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE
Catherine Ryan submits-
From: GMG posts calling out for batteries for Kurt Lichtenwald’s inventive Gloucester High School students
AND good egg and GMG reader Mike St. Arnauld, Manager, Tedeschi Food Shops on Washington Street , drumming up EIGHT!~
Delivered to: GHS successful high school designers – maybe the students will post some updates on the school website or set up a blog for fans.
Kurt Lichtenwald, AKA Coach L, has taught engineering, technology ,robotics and physics for the past 14 years at Gloucester High School . He has created, developed and implemented the curriculum for each of these subjects. Lichtenwald’s Robotics program is supported by Gloucester Education Foundation.
Mr. St. Arnauld
Vice Principal GHS Katherine DiNardo, receiving batteries
Gloucester High School students with batteries and work in progress