A newsletter for the Kimball Jr/Sr High School Community
October 2, 2020
Spotlight on the Classroom
Mr. Mekelburg - Physical Science
Mrs. Wheeler - Junior High Ag Class
Mrs. Heidemann - Freshmen English
In English 9, students are working on a project called 20Time. The idea was first developed by large corporations like Google and 3M. Their philosophy was that their workers were more productive when they got to spend 20% of their time working on things that suited their passions (that's how we got GMail and Post-It Notes!) In class, every other Wednesday is dedicated to the development of the students' projects. Unlike a normal school project, this is completely student run. Students make the decisions, they put together the requirements, and they decide how they are going to be graded. This allows a lot of room for choice, growth, and failure (in fact, they are encouraged to fail and fail often!) By doing this, students are working on problem solving skills, being better citizens, and opening their minds to a world much larger than Kimball.
Some of the projects are big, others are less extravagant. Some projects range from a suicide awareness campaign and a social media app made for Kimball students, to youtube videos explaining how to fix your car on a budget and a cookbook that will be published and made available to the community.
You might be asking yourself, "How is my student getting graded?" and "What does this have to do with English?" Students are graded on the process, not the final product. Throughout the process, students will be learning how to write and speak professionally as they create and present their projects. Each student will keep a blog of their journey. Here they will turn in various assignments that help continue project development. They will work with their peers and ask for help on frustrations and celebrate their successes. At the end of the semester, or the end of the year depending on the complexity of the project, they will then give a speech about their project to their class where they walk them through the process and reflect on how their final project turned out. Many English academic standards will be met throughout the process. They are not required to complete work outside of class but are always encouraged to do so. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's project, or if you would like to be a parent mentor to a project, feel free to e-mail their teacher, Ashley Heidemann, at aheidemann@kpslonghorns,org.
Two students, Jasmine Gawith and Aspyn Kiefer, volunteered to discuss their 20Time projects in the video below.
New Foreign Exchange Student
- Friday October 2 - Varsity Football at home at 6 pm (Senior Parent Night for Football, Girls Golf and Cross Country)
- Monday, October 5 - Junior High Volleyball at Bridgeport at 4 pm
- Monday, October 5 - District Girls Golf at Ogallala
- Tuesday, October 6 - Varsity Triangular at Potter/Dix at 4 pm
- Thursday, October 8 - JV/V Volleyball at Morrill at 4 pm
- Thursday, October 8 - Junior High Volleyball at home at 4 pm
- Thursday, October 8 - Cross Country at Grant (SPVA) at 4 pm
- Friday, October 9 - Noon Dismissal (Junior High Quiz Bowl)
- Friday, October 9 - Cross Country at Bridgeport (WTC) at 11 am
- Friday, October 9 - Varsity Football at Hyannis at 7 pm
- Saturday, October 10 - ACT Test