The Snohomish Education Foundation announced that through fundraising and community donations it has recently awarded 21,230 to the Snohomish School District’s Summer Science & Arts Academy. SEF also gave $22,000 to the Snohomish School District Career and Technical Education Program.
Summer Science & Arts Academy
“We are so grateful to the Snohomish Education Foundation and the many people who have contributed to the success of the Science and Arts Academy. This program has supported thousands of students in summer learning, and has shown measurable growth for students, particularly those from low income and second language learning homes. Instead of ‘summer slide’ a phenomenon in which students lose growth over the summer, our students are showing gains. Students choose from hands-on, vocabulary rich learning in areas such as arts, literature, science, outdoor learning and more. Summer Academy is a learning rich environment for both teacher and students, and from the smiles we see all day, everyone is happy to be a part of the Snohomish Science and Arts Academy,” said Academy Director, Philippa Farrell.
The Summer Academy recently concluded its 10th year at Snohomish High School with over 510 students enrolled from kindergarten through 8th grade. With 35 teachers, 28 para-educators, 20 volunteers, and two student interns, the staff focused on sparking student interest in learning, and “opening doors” that they may not have known existed.
Students with special needs are encouraged and welcomed. Trained para-educators team with teachers to ensure that special needs students experiences are bolstering their academic skills. For more information about the Summer Science and Arts Academy, visit the Snohomish School District’s website at www.sno.wednet.edu.
The Snohomish Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting student success through scholarships, classroom grants, District grants, and the Hansen Shoe Fund. As a community-based organization, the Foundation relies on private donors and volunteers to carry out their mission of fostering learning by expanding opportunities for Snohomish School District students.
Snohomish School District Career & Technical Education
The $22,000 donation focused on AP Computer Science, Tech X, and training six teachers for TEALS Computer Science instruction. The donation has been part of a two-year annual fund goal totaling $42,000 to benefit the Computer Science Programs at Centennial Middle School, Valley View Middle School, Glacier Peak and Snohomish High School.
SEF awards the Snohomish School District’s Computer Science Program with a $22,000 donation
“We have been so fortunate to partner with the Snohomish Education Foundation to provide the TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program and computer science training to our teachers and students. The skills learned in coding and computer science courses will translate into many careers in the workplace, even if the student does not pursue a computer science program,” said Deb Koenig, Director of Career and Technical Education for the Snohomish School District.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for life and a career after they graduate from high school. Apprenticeships, technical schools, community colleges, 4-year universities, and military service are options that can be discovered in these courses. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) concepts are taught, including a blend of technical, academic and trade skills. CTE courses offer college credit through tech-prep programs, college in the high school, or AP (advanced placement) courses. CTE blends STEM concepts and hands-on projects for students.
The Snohomish School District offers 18 different pathways in their CTE programs. These different pathways to success can lead to college credit and/or industry certification. The pathway programs include: Agriculture & Science, Business & Marketing, Design & Manufacturing (Pre-Engineering), Family Consumer Science, Health Sciences, Information Technology (IT), and Visual Communications. For more information on the Snohomish School District CTE Program, click to www.sno.wednet.edu or call 360-563-7317.