Dear Baptist Prep Families,
We have made it to the mid-point in June. The first day of school is only 63 days away! Our staff is excited as we prepare to launch for a more complete post-pandemic school experience in August.
All three of our divisions are working hard to have a fantastic high-energy start to the school year. This week’s communication will focus on the Lower School experience for the 2021-22 school year.
Mrs. Somers, Lower School Principal, and the Lower School faculty and staff are making plans to enhance both the spiritual, academic, and extracurricular programs for all students. The available information and testing data have been used to determine the implementation of the following three key academic initiatives:
The expansion of the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative:
We are happy to announce the Lower School in grades 1st-6th will be moving to a 1:1 initiative. This initiative will provide more creative learning opportunities. No matter what subject, Chromebooks will provide our students with unique opportunities to learn. Some benefits to 1:1 in our school are personalized assignments, adaptive learning, increased participation, creative outlets, and access to knowledge.
Innovation and Research through Project-Based Learning for K-6th Grade:
Students' projects will be focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills; such as critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration, and self-management. Project-based learning accommodates students with various learning styles and lends itself to authentic assessment. Research shows that collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, self-confidence, and project management are some of the benefits of project-based learning. Students in grades K5-6th will take components of their classroom project and complete them through their Library/Research class, STEAM Lab, or the iLab (Integration Lab/Computer Lab).
Differentiated Instruction through Makerspace for K-2nd:
Over the last two years, lower school teachers have observed the need in the earlier grades to foster student interest in concepts that allow them to think and solve problems creatively and imaginatively. The implementation of Makerspace encourages skills vital to creative problem-solving.
The Baptist Prep community is incredibly blessed to have Mrs. Somers and the Lower School Faculty and Staff. Future communications will highlight the Lower School spiritual formation initiatives and extracurricular opportunities.
Have A Fantastic Week!