Forest Lake NASA Explorer School

2022-2023 Magnet Information

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Magnet Schools of America Certified Demonstration School!

We have been awarded this prestigious certification. We are so proud of our families, students, staff, and the community. It takes all of us working together to achieve!
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State Report Card

Ratings - Forest Lake Elementary earned an Excellent overall rating for the 2021-2022 school year.


Forest Lake Elementary's Report Card



Awards - Elementary schools receive these state awards if they meet the criteria based on two indicators: Academic Achievement and Student Progress

Forest Lake Elementary NASA Explorer School

Forest Lake is a dual magnet school.


NASA Explorer School (NES) - “Full School” Magnet


All students - both those that are zoned for FLE and those that apply and are accepted through the Choice program participate in the NASA Explorer School (NES) magnet.


NASA educational resources, video conferencing with NASA, and an emphasis on STEM curriculum in the classroom, in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and the NASA Lab support the goals of a NASA Explorer School. Together, we work to increase students’ interest and participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) with an emphasis on strengthening their ability to apply these STEM concepts and skills in meaningful ways. NASA activities are integrated into all areas of the school throughout the year culminating in an exciting school-wide NASA-themed unit at the end of each year.


Elementary Learning Collaborative (eLc) - “School within a School” Magnet


There are two eLc classes in each grade level (K - 5th). Classes accept up to 22 students. This program builds its foundation upon Joyce VanTassel-Baska’s Integrated Curriculum Model as developed by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education and uses their curriculum for ELA and to supplement Math and Science instruction. It is designed to meet the needs of, and challenge students that are highly motivated and able to work on grade level and above grade level material. The advanced and rigorous curriculum is delivered at an accelerated pace.


A random lottery is used to select ALL magnet students (eLc and NES).


Families may apply for any of the District’s magnet or choice programs during either Choice I or II. These are usually held in December/January and May respectively.


Forest Lake Elementary NASA Explorer School and the Elementary Learning Collaborative …

just around the corner but a world apart!


School Webpage

2022-2023 R2 Choice Timeline

CHOICE I

  • Tuesday, November 29 - District Magnet Fair for Elementary Schools at R2i2 (a virtual option will be available as well)

The actual dates for the following are TBD and will be added

  • December & January - Online Application Window Open
  • January - School Magnet Program Information Night
  • March - Families Check Application Status & Accept/Decline



CHOICE II

  • May - Online Applications
  • June - Families Check Application Status & Accept/Decline



Richland 2 Online Application Website

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Our Accomplishments & Special Programs

Awards and Recognitions

  • Magnet Schools of America Certified Demonstration School
  • AdvancED STEM Certification

  • Palmetto Gold Award 2018-19

  • Palmetto Silver Award 2017-18

  • Magnet Schools of America Awards

  • School of Excellence: 2020 & 2019

  • School of Distinction: 2018, 2016, 2011, 2010 2008

  • Showcased during NBC’s “Education Nation”

  • Featured in the “Places People Learn” display in Rockefeller Plaza

  • An Edutopia “Schools That Work” Highlighted School (search for Forest Lake)

  • International Space Station Downlink Selected Participant

  • NASA Distance Learning Network (DLN) Selected Participant

  • SC National School Public Relations Association

  • Featured in USA Today Magazine

  • National Parent Magazine: Honor Roll School

  • Civil Air Patrol National School Award

  • Palmetto Finest Award

  • NASA Honor Roll School


Teacher and Student Recognitions

  • Space Camp Participants

  • Space Exploration Educator Crew Member

  • NASA eClips Advisory Board

  • Science P.L.U.S. Institute at Roper Mountain Science Center Selected Participant

  • National Association of Elementary School Principal’s: National Principal of the Year

  • First Recipient of the NASA DLN Beagle Award

  • National Aerospace Education Leader Award

  • National Association of Education Office Professional’s Administrator of the Year

  • National Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Connections in Education Student of the Year Awards

  • NASA Honor Roll Teachers

  • NASA Reduced Gravity Orbit Recipients

  • NASA Workshop Participation

  • State and National Conference - Selected Presenters

  • Magnet Schools of America Region IV (KY, NC, SC, and TN): Teacher of the Year

  • Magnet Schools of America Region IV (KY, NC, SC, and TN): Principal of the Year


Programs

  • NASA Family Nights

  • NASA Explorer Lab

  • Project Lead the Way Launch program (only elementary program in Richland 2)

  • Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Connections in Education Program

  • STEAM Fest (STEM with an Arts component)

  • NASA Buddies

  • Run Forest, Run

  • Forest Lake Today daily news show (Produced and presented by 5th Grade Teams)

  • StarLab Portable Planetarium

  • STEM-G Career Day

  • Eagle Expressions Literary Magazine

  • Educational Foundation-sponsored Community Run

  • Fifth grade extended field study to STARBASE Swamp Fox at McEntire

  • School Clubs

- Jr. Beta Club, SPARKS Coding,VEX Robotics Team, Chorus, Running Club

  • After School and Summer Opportunities

- H. Haney Golf, Soccer Shots, Lace Up Dance, Strategery Chess and Games,

American Made Gymnastics and Cheer, World Taekwondo, STEM for Kids: Robotics, STEM for Kids:
Coding and Games, Language Buzz: Spanish, and NASA ASTRO Camp


Technology

  • State-of-the-art 21st-century library and multimedia studio

  • Video conferencing equipment for learning opportunities with NASA

  • Skype a Scientist

  • Virtual Field Studies

  • Nook eReaders

  • Chromebooks

  • Spheros

  • 3D Printer

  • VEX Robotic

  • SMART Slates

  • Yamaha Keyboard Lab in music

NASA

The Forest Lake Elementary Shared Vision

Nurture and increase literacy and STEM-G academic achievement of
21st Century learners in order to create tomorrow’s leaders.


NASA Explorer School (NES) at Forest Lake Elementary is committed to providing a nurturing environment with a balanced curriculum that demands academic excellence. Our students experience NASA resources firsthand and participate in a variety of opportunities that help increase both their knowledge of and interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curricula areas. Teachers and our Instructional Support Staff (Magnet Lead, Reading Coach, Librarian, and Technology Learning Coach) plan collaboratively to develop integrated units of study that incorporate 21st Century Skills: Learning Skills (critical & creative thinking, collaboration and communication), Literacy Skills (information, media, and technology), and Life Skills (flexibility, initiative, social, productivity, and leadership). Forest Lake Elementary NASA Explorer School … equipping the next generation of explorers!


Staying true to the original NASA Explorer School goals and objectives, our school provides multiple opportunities for students to:

  • Explore STEM-G topics in a variety of engaging and interactive NASA contexts.

    • Increase student interest and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Geography (STEM-G) curricula areas and activities.

    • Increase student knowledge of STEM-G careers.

    • Increase student ability to apply STEM-G concepts and skills in meaningful ways.


In addition to the established NASA Explorer School goals and objectives, we facilitate learning in order to develop 21st-century learners that will be able to:

  • Participate in activities that allow them to become collaborators, critical and creative thinkers, and effective communicators.

    • Allow for student collaboration during daily lessons as well as short and long-term projects.

  • Increase opportunities for students to think critically through problem-solving and higher Depth of Knowledge level questioning and activities.

  • Encourage creative thinking through exploration and problem-solving activities

  • Provide daily opportunities for communication through academic and class community discussions.

The Elementary Learning Collaborative

The Elementary Learning Collaborative Shared Vision

Promote a growth mindset in order to develop lifelong learners.


The Elementary Learning Collaborative (eLc) at Forest Lake Elementary School builds its foundation upon the Integrated Curriculum Model as developed by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education. In addition to all of the benefits of the NASA Explorer School program offered at Forest Lake, the Elementary Learning Collaborative magnet is designed to meet the needs of and challenge students with the potential for high achievement through units of study that provide an interdisciplinary approach to instruction. Students will participate in multiple opportunities for the application of 21st Century learning skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The advanced curriculum is designed to be delivered at an accelerated pace. The in-depth instruction is offered in all curricular areas and is supported through inquiry, research, authentic problem-based learning activities, additional speakers, and field studies. The Elementary Learning Collaborative (eLc) at Forest Lake Elementary School builds its foundation upon the Integrated Curriculum Model as developed by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education. In addition to all of the benefits of the NASA Explorer School program offered at Forest Lake, the Elementary Learning Collaborative magnet is designed to meet the needs of and challenge students with the potential for high achievement through units of study that provide an interdisciplinary approach to instruction. Students will participate in multiple opportunities for the application of 21st Century learning skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The advanced curriculum is designed to be delivered at an accelerated pace. The in-depth instruction is offered in all curricular areas and is supported through inquiry, research, authentic problem-based learning activities, additional speakers, and field studies.

Goals ...


  • Encourage and help develop a growth mindset

  • Develop the potential and talents of all students

  • Help each child learn something new every day

  • Differentiate the instruction to meet the needs of all students

  • Provide multiple opportunities for collaboration

  • Promote risk-taking

  • Strengthen speaking and listening skills through academic conversations and discussions

    • Respond to build an answer not just give an answer

  • Help our students see mistakes as opportunities for learning

    • It’s not that you don’t know something, it’s that you don’t know it yet!


Elementary Learning Collaborative web page

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