Tiger Insider

September 6, 2019

Maker Magazine Edition

In addition to our monthly Tiger Insider publications of our Positive Student Recognition and our Positive Staff Recognition, this year we are also going to publish a "Maker Magazine" edition of the Tiger Insider to celebrate and showcase the positive effects that the PAsmart grant awarded to us from Governor Tom Wolf's office is having on MES!

What is the PAsmart Grant?

PAsmart is built on recommendations of Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force, comprised of business, labor, education, and workforce development leaders. The task force concluded there are jobs without trained people to fill them and some workers need new skills, but a four-year degree is not for everyone and a one-size fits-all approach will not work.

In response to the task force’s findings, the governor secured $30 million to strategically invest in education and workforce development with competitive grants to enhance the skills of Pennsylvania workers.

The competitive grants will expand classroom instruction and professional development in the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and computer science (CS), as well as training for in-demand careers, emerging industries, and underserved populations.

Why Did We Apply for the PAsmart Grant?

Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use a computer and an estimated 300,000 STEM jobs will be available in the commonwealth this year. Already among the nation’s best in STEM education, PAsmart provides competitive grants to bring high-quality STEM and CS education to classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science.

When Will This Learning Occur?

Students will go to a new space called the 'Makerspace' for technology class with Mrs. Shaffer this school year. The space was designed with the intent for kids to create, innovate and design while there. A variety of coding and technology equipment was purchased as a result of the grant that will be housed in our new Makerspace for students to enjoy once a week during special or as signed out by their classroom teacher for additional use.

Who is Involved?


All MES students and staff are involved. All students in grades K-6 will have their technology special once a week in the Makerspace with Mrs. Shaffer this school year. In addition, teachers can sign out equipment from the Makerspace to enhance a lesson, sign out the Makerspace to hold class in there if the room is free or sign up to co-teach with Mrs. Shaffer. Our local intermediate unit, IU5, organized and hosted a variety of STEM and coding teacher summer trainings, of which 21 MES teachers attended at least one. We are ready to make full use of this amazing opportunity!

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Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 13, 2019 - Grandparents Breakfast at 7:30am in MES's Cafeteria

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Title I Expo from 5:15pm-7:45pm at Cambridge Springs High School

Friday, September 27, 2019 - PBiS School Review Assembly

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - AG Encounter Field Trip for Grade 5

Friday, October 4, 2019 - Picture Day

Friday, October 4, 2019 - NEDs Kindness Challenge Assembly

Maplewood Moments

Kindergarten - Grade 2 teachers are SO excited to be growing readers already! Through the Units of Reading and high interest classroom libraries, our young scholars are learning to read for a purpose and passion! They are picking books that interest them as well as learning how to share and retell the story with partners. Below are some pictures of students falling in love with books and reading! #MESROARS
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Our Sponsors

We are so fortunate to have local businesses and organizations support the powerful work that we are doing at MES. Please consider returning the favor by supporting them! Also, if you own a business or know of a business that would like to contribute to our school, please contact Erin Fonzo, Principal of Maplewood Elementary School, by calling (814)337-1659 or emailing efonzo@penncrest.org

Our Students ROAR!

We LOVE having the opportunity to help our students succeed and we're very proud of them for repeatedly making the right choices. We hope you are as excited as we are about the great work that the students have been doing. Our recent SWPBiS evaluation confirms what we already know..... MES is PAWS-itively the best!