Tiger Insider

November 15, 2019

Maker Magazine

Why Focus on STEM?

PAsmart is focused on ensuring Pennsylvania students and workers have the skills and abilities to meet the economic needs of the 21st century. Careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pathways are growing. In fact, STEM careers are growing at a much faster rate than other occupations over the past 10 years. According to the PA Workforce Needs Assessment 2016-2026, there will be 590,000 new and replacement jobs in Pennsylvania through 2026, with STEM jobs growing at over 9 percent. STEM, health, and business majors earn the highest salaries (PDF), with graduates earning an average annual wage of $37,000 or more at the entry level and an average of $65,000 or more annually over the course of their careers. Currently, there are 17,787 unfilled CS and software development jobs in Pennsylvania(PDF) with an average salary of $85,000. Only 23 percent of Pennsylvania’s middle and high schools offered computer science of any kind in 2016/2017; overall, only 2.1 percent of Pennsylvania students took a CS course. The PAsmart grant is looking to change that by expanding STEM and computer science opportunities available to our children.

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National STEM Day


November 8 was the perfect day to innovate! Students at Maplewood Elementary participated in National STEM Day by creating, making and innovating this past Friday! Students from all around the building worked together on challenges created by their teachers using the design process. Students worked in groups to design, plan, build, test and redesign their creations. We learned lots about working together in groups and solving problems with our creativity! Special thanks to the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5's STEM SQUAD for taking all of students at MES through a virtual tour with our Virtual Reality equipment! Having the equipment in our building was made possible through the PAsmart grant. Keep scrolling to check out photos from the day! #STEMinPA #CSforALL

MAPLEWOOD MOMENTS

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What's Up Next?

The Hour of Code is December 9-13, 2019 and ALL of our students will be participating in this global activity! Several teachers from MES recently attended a Fundamentals to Code.Org training that will assist them in planning opportunities for our students during this week. Thw teachers that received this full day of coding training were Krysti Nageotte, Ed Biernacki, Leirin Schmader, Jen Wilkinson, Paula Doubet, Shari Barickman, Joy Shaffer and Sarah Eckstein. Stay turned to see what we will make next!

UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday, November 27 - Monday, December 2 - NO SCHOOL (Happy Thanksgiving!)

December 9 - 13, 2019 - Hour of Code

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - MHS Christmas Band Concert at 2:00pm

December 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020 - NO SCHOOL (Merry Christmas!)

STAY CONNECTED

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!