The upcoming school year will see 600 students enter St. John XXIII Elementary and Junior High school for the first time.
Principal Michael Kovacks says his school will be able to offer programming to any student, in any grade and any discipline.
“For example when you have two gyms, two science labs, a junior high music room, an elementary music room, an art studio, a drama room, child care onsite. We’re just going to have the ability that the facility’s going to allow us to program for any type of student from kindergarten to grade nine, in any discipline in any subject, which is pretty exciting for the teachers and the district.”
Kovacks says the school will have almost 300 devices in it that will help all grades.
“We have an opportunity that all grades can do, for example building construction, there’s a new curriculum on CTF, career technology and foundations, that allows kids for examples in grades five and six to design, build, cook and do those kind of creative things in the classroom that typically are only reserved for junior high students.”
He says while the school with have technological advances for any grade, it won’t be a hindrance, it’ll be used for device enhanced learning.
“Devices that help you learn, whether it’s a wood machine or a laptop they’re all useful if they’re used in the right way, and the teacher still has to be skilled and learn how to use the device to enhance the learning, and make no mistake about it the teacher still has to be the expert in their classroom kids don’t just learn on their own. They will inquire on their own and they will discover things on their own but you need in an expert in those classrooms guiding them along.”
Kovacks says the device enhanced learning will help students think outside the box and develop critical thinking skills.
The K-9 school is located in Windermere and is one of 5 new schools opening this year, and the only one offering a new French Immersion program.