Curiosity, Flexibility, and openness to explore new things, are some of the things that Superintendent, Scott Dutey wants his staff to project to their students so they too, will learn to do the same.
The Portsmouth City Schools held its third Education Forum Wednesday featuring their Dare to Dream project and discipline plan in the elementary schools. Featured speakers for the day, were Nate Kline PHS, Jon Born, East Portsmouth and Portsmouth Elementary and Kevin Downey Portsmouth Elementary. The forum started with Dutey passing out a handout that was titled: Portrait of a Portsmouth Trojan and its concept being so important for the Portsmouth City Schools’ students.
Contained in the portrait was a list of competencies such as critical thinking/problem-solving and where the curiosity, flexibility and openness to exploring new ideas come in. Another competency was that of communication and within this one there was the ability to articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using various types of communication. One of the other competencies was that of confidence, mentioning the ability to accept challenges face fear and believing in the strength of one’s ability.
Some of the others listed were that of technology literacy, character- showing empathy, demonstrating resilience and showing integrity that is evidenced in behavior, trust and respect. The final list of these competencies was that of collaboration – the ability to work effectively with teams, adaptability to achieve a common goal, working collaboratively and being able to incorporate mutual accountability with everyone’s ideas and perspectives.
All of these things were elaborately listed within the handout and seemed to describe a well-rounded student, who would be able to achieve success in school and after. Dutey had mentioned at an earlier meeting about attending a conference that central’s focus is that of what the workforce of the future will look like for students in school now. Dutey appears to feel very strongly about making sure the students of today can make it tomorrow and he wants his staff to prepare them to do just that.
It was with this thought in mind that the high school teacher to speak was Kline, who talked mainly about the Dare to Dream Competition that his students compete in and do both inside and outside of the classroom. Kline said that Feb. 11, his students from Personal Finance/Business Class participated in the 2020 Glockner Dare to Dream Pitch Competition. Here students “pitched” new business concepts and ideas to judges from our local business community. The visiting judges evaluated the teams based on their presentation skills and their creative idea, and then four teams were selected from PHS to represent the school at the Glockner Dare to Dream Ohio Semi-Final Competition Feb. 25, 2020, at Shawnee State University. The advancing teams will compete in the Tristate Competition at Shawnee State March 3 in an effort to win a variety of cash prizes.
Kline said that the teams who introduced a new business of a Volleyball Complex and another team that introduced their new business that is based on their creative app called Clique Closet will be competing on the March 3 Competition. Kline not only has teams compete but this a requirement for his class, so they spend a large amount of time preparing for this, while at the same time learning in a different way that may have been done in the past.
Born, the Assistant Principal for East Portsmouth and Portsmouth Elementary gave a discussion on their continual work with their PBIS-Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. Born said that things were going well and that they know that this is not just a one year fix, but it will take three or four years before they can truly see it come to fruition.
Born brought up that they have seen a decrease in students that have been sent to the principal’s office compared to that of last year. He also spoke about the Trojan Buck Store and how that students get the bucks for many good things they are seen doing and that they can save up the ‘bucks’ and they have the store opened on Thursdays and that through fundraisers they were able to purchase much nicer things for the store and the students are really working hard to earn ‘bucks’ to buy at the store. He said that one student worked so hard helping Mr. Lute the art teacher cleans out the art closet.
The final speaker for this forum, was Downey, Assistant Principal at Portsmouth Elementary. Downey’s presentation was an overview of the elementary schools’ Atomic Credit Union Branch. Downey stated that they have sixth graders that are the tellers and that any student K-6 can have an account and be able to deposit money into their account. He said that they open the ‘bank’ Friday mornings and that the students are then able to watch their money grow. He also said that they are a real branch of Atomic Credit Union and that at this time, they have 45 active members. This set-up allows the students to see their money grow, while at the same time, teaches them how to save their money. This also give those sixth-grade tellers what a real job might look like. This too, shows that teaching in the classroom can be different from what most would think and is yet another way for students to learn so much.
Dutey closed out this forum mentioning an upcoming ‘Adulting Day’ that will be used in this manner also. The final Portsmouth City Educational Forum for this school year, will be toward the end of this school year May 14, 2020.
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