Battery Creek leading the way via engineering

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Battery Creek leading the way via engineering

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Published Monday, January 19, 2009 in The Beaufort Gazette  |  565 Words  |  opinions/letters

Battery Creek High School, rich in its tradition of being an International Baccalaureate school and the home of one of the top Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs in the Southeast, continues to pursue the goal of ensuring that all students graduate with a clear path of action.
Driven by this conviction, we elected to participate in the engineering certification program of Project Lead the Way.
This is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. It forms partnerships with public schools and higher education institutions to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists. Its curriculum makes math and science relevant for students. It is all about teaching and learning, and its hands-on, project- and problem-based approach adds rigor to traditional instruction.
In December, we received a certification visit from a State Department of Education technical assistance team. At the conclusion of the site visit, an exit meeting with district officials, school administrators, and our Project Lead the Way teachers took place. Commendations were cited, and recommendations were made. Most importantly, Battery Creek High now is a certified Project Lead the Way school.
The greatest benefit of this certification is the fact that students can enroll in any of the courses that are part of the four-year engineering completer program and earn up to 12 college credits.
In addition to this, students can enroll in college preparatory or honors-level engineering courses. An IB engineering course has also been established, affording IB students the opportunity to pursue an IB diploma while enrolling in our engineering completer program.
Before the certification visit, a rigorous self-assessment had to be completed and a wide array of support and quality controls had to be proven.
Angela Dawson and Senfronia Smith, our Project Lead the Way teachers, deserve the majority of credit for this great news and success of our program. Ralph Lataille, school-to-careers coordinator, was also instrumental in the development of our engineering program. Students from middle school "Gateway To Technology" programs are entering our high school with a very solid foundation.
With continued support from our district office, school board and partnership team, our engineering program will become a flagship model throughout the Lowcountry.
This certification serves to further communicate and reinforce the commitment to students voiced in the vision, mission and beliefs of Battery Creek High to the community we serve. Our goal is to provide appropriately rigorous learning opportunities in a diverse, safe environment for all students that will allow them to keep pace in the changing world that we live in.
This program does this by affording students the opportunity to take an active part in their learning, demonstrate achievement through a variety of assessments, showcase and reflect on their individual growth, collaborate with and encourage fellow students, create positive self-concepts, prepare for two-year and four-year post-secondary education, and explore and create a clear plan of action to become productive citizens.
Our first priority is to provide an opportunity to learn to all of our students. We have made and will continue to make great strides in this endeavor. The addition of the Project Lead the Way program to our already prosperous learning community will serve as an additional beacon of success for our students.
Edmond Burnes
Principal
Battery Creek High School
Beaufort