Good Afternoon! As many of you are preparing your children for that transition to secondary schools next year, I wanted to share a few tidbits about the district junior high and senior high school for which Woodland is a "feeder" school. Our scholars are lucky to be able to attend them both as they move to college and career readiness.
- BJH has developed several partnerships in the past two years that have catapulted their STEAM program.
- Boston Scientific along with St. Catherine’s University have not only donated funds and training to the STEAM program, they have been instrumental in sharing their knowledge and expertise with teachers and students.
- Scholars have had several opportunities to work directly with professors, scientists and engineers throughout the school year from various organizations and businesses.
- Students have been working with the Cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, and DreamWorks Engineering and Design team for the past two years in designing the Shingle Creek Parkway project, which will break ground this summer.
- Brooklyn Junior scholars designed the learning areas that will be positioned outside their school along the creek for the community and local schools to use.
- The STEAM program at Brooklyn Junior High delivers all services required to provide students with a quality education and a consistent foundation in academics with challenging programs.
- Brooklyn Junior High’s STEAM program will support scholars as they (a) engage in a seamless inquiry-based learning experience dedicated to using STEAM to solve problems (b) set goals and work to obtain the skills, knowledge and experiences that will position them for future success, particularly in the STEAM disciplines (c) participate in authentic real-world experiences with practicing scientists, engineers and technical professionals (d) participate in challenging and accelerated opportunities to demonstrate content mastery.
- Since BJH has extended their STEAM program implementation from cohort to school-wide, the program has grown in popularity. They, currently, have a waiting list of sixth grade scholars wanting to enroll and participate in this program.
Park Center Senior High School:
- A school where great things are happening! Park Center is the only senior high school in ISD 279 offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate curriculum, and they have a dedicated and passionate staff who are committed to equitable student achievement and supporting ALL scholars in reaching their academic potential.
- Park Center’s graduation rate for Black scholars has had the highest increase in the entire state of Minnesota over the past six years.
- The school has successfully closed the opportunity gap between their White students and their Asian scholars.
- PCSH has virtually eliminated the achievement gap between White students and Black scholars.
- 80% of the IB Diploma Candidates are students of color.
- Over 50% of the senior Class of 2014, more than 220 scholars, took at least one IB course and the accompanying exam.
- Approximately $3.5 million in scholarships was earned for the Class of 2014.
- This past season, the PC girls’ basketball team won the State 3A championship for the first time in school history.
Woodland sends most of our scholars to these two secondary schools. Like Woodland, Brooklyn Junior High and Park Center Senior High are proud of their achievements; which demonstrate that we work to inspire and prepare all scholars with the confidence, courage, and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.
It is very rewarding to see our Woodland scholars SOAR in junior high and high school.
Have a great weekend!