Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mrs. Smith attends CSP Workshop in UM

In late June the Center for Sustainable Polymers at the University of Minnesota held its first Bioplastics Workshop for Teachers. Teachers learned a new lab where students convert starch to plastic and test the properties of their samples. The workshop included participants from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Georgia, and New York.
It was a great opportunity to understand sustainable polymers because this is what Danimer and Meredian use to make their products. Danimer and Meredian are two local companies.  All travel expenses and hotel accommodations were paid for by the Center for Sustainable Polymers.  She is looking forward to using her new knowledge in her classroom.  She hopes to tie it in with a field trip to both Bainbridge companies.

Mrs. Smith plans to share her new knowledge with others in the county. Throughout the last school year, Mrs. Smith met with a number of business employees, Decatur County teachers and administrators, and Bainbridge College employees to discuss implementing components of the new STEM grant for Decatur County.  “Stem” is the new buzz word in education.  Many school supply catalogs and workbooks use this new buzz word to sell their products or introduce a new classroom activity.  It is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Unfortunately, the USA is not at the top when it comes to preparing students for STEM related jobs.  Preparing students to be STEM ready means that they have had opportunities to participate in a projects based program that addresses community problems along side of local businesses.  The projects would require knowledge and application of the components of STEM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Playground under Construction!!

GCA Playground being reconstructed!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Strickland Joins GCA Administration

The GCA School Board and Administration are thrilled to announce the expansion of our Administrative team for the 2012-13 school year! Mr. Charlie Strickland will be joining us as our new Upper School Principal and bringing with him over 30 years of school experience. Mr. Steve Murr will serve as Lower School Principal and Athletic Director. Mrs. Joan Shiver will concentrate her efforts in the Guidance Department and oversee our Preschool. Mrs. Cile Warr will continue on as our Director of Development.

Stay tuned for more exciting news as school is just around the corner!