Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-27
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New coach for boys team — Page 13 Girls bank on experience — Page Amherst News-Time Wednesday, August 27, 1997 Amherst, Ohio School bells ring for kids tomorrow morni ku niAUA uniir.i Aun \ by DIANA HOUGLAND News-Times reporter The countdown is just hours from being over. Bedtime curfews arc being adjusted to handle the early morning alarm clocks. It's time to go to school. The 1997-98 school year offically begins tomorrow, Aug. 28, for first graders through high school; kindergarten classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2. For the teachers, tutors, administration and the rest of the Amherst school staff, tomorrow is the day that they have all been working toward, as well as looking forward to while the students have been enjoying the freedom of summer: the minute the school bells ring and kids are ready to learn. Once again, the age of technology is helping in making the some of the '■ major changes at the individual ; schools as well as a long list of new ; leaching staff. But the overall con- j sensus from the six Amhersl princi- ! pals is "We're ready, let's start the I new year!" New course offerings at high school Marion L. Steele High School principal Bob Boyton says lhat while there are no structural changes to the school this year, there are some additions to the Assistant band director Christoper Barbara teaches some fancy foot work to new members of the Comet Marching Band during practice. The Marion L. Steel High School band has increased from 102 to 138 members, sophomores. Many of the new members are freshmen and leaching staff. He feels the two new additions to the courses offered at the high school arc the biggest and most exciting changes that have been made. "The biggest thing that's new here this year is a new lab and course call Technology Exploration, a required course for ninth graders and an elective for the up- pcrclassmen," Boyton said. "We're really excited about this course. We feci that these will be the jobs that will be out there for these kids and we p»ed to give the kids a background. We want to expose ninth graders to the technology out there." The new 14-modulc lab will expose the students to several different subjects: computer added designs, basic electricity, research and design, bio-medical technology, aerodynamics, robotics and automa tion, hydrolics, nu production, electronic technology, electronic communication, CNC technology, instruction technology and industrial control technology. During the semester the students will have the opportunity lo work on six lo eight of the modules. Each module has ten hours introduction to each area. "The idea," Boyton explained, "is to expose the kids to all of the technologies that we have today. At the beginning of the course they will take a pretest to determine what they know aboul the subject, then go through the ten hours of introduction. At the end of the ten hours, they will take a post test to see what they have learned. Next year we plan to upgrade and the kids could come back and do 30 hours." The other new course that the high school will have to offer this year is entitled Network Communications Course. According to Boyton, this is a two-year program for juniors and seniors and they should be able to learn about everything to do with a computer. The PTO donated $55,000 to buy the 22 computers to help start this new lab. "If a student finds out lhat they are interested," Boyton said, "then ihey could go on to a tech school or even a four-year school." The other big change at the high school this year will be the teaching staff, and the eight new teachers coming aboard at Steele. "Eight new teachers is a lot for us," Boyton said. The new staff includes Michelle Kamczyc, who was previously a CONTINUED on page 2 Computers bring job introduction to classes by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter High school students will be able to visit cyberspace on a regular basis when they return to class this week thanks to a $140,000 upgrade of computers. The school board and high school Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) combined financial resources earlier this year to pay for a major upgrade of the business computer laboratory in the media center and construction of a Technology Exploration Lab at Marion L. Steele High School. The lab is located in the renovated industrial arts section of the high school and will be used by all freshman students. They will be able to chose from six to eight instructional modules introducing them to technology ranging from aeronautical engineering to electronics. All are 10 hours long and taught with the use of computers. "This is why we call it an exploration course because they will spend lime getting exposed to and exploring things they may be interested in as a career or just have general interest in," principal Robert Boyton explained. Students will have 14 instructional modules from which to choose, including medicine, manufacturing, engineering, and transportation. If they find a career field in which they are particularly interested, students will be able to enroll in Technology teacher Artene Lengyel gets help from Leslie Paine, a summer technology and media intern, as she loads new software into new computers in the high school media center's upgraded 30-hour modules as sophomores, will provide them with more m- The expanded instructional modules depth instruction and information. computer laboratory, program. It is the site of the networking technology he explained. If they don't find career area as a freshman, Boyton said students will be able to enroll in the nine-week exploration course again and review another six to eight modules. They only will be turned away if there is nol sufficient room. Out of 300 or more freshman, Boyton said school officials anticipate at least 40 or 50 will select the 30-hour modules. At the end of their sophomore year, students will have the choice of enrolling in a high school tech- prep course, a college-prep course or a manufacturing technology course offered at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS). The college program will prepare sludents for a college education while the JVS program will provide them with a more detailed program to prepare them for work in high- tech manufacturing. Boyton said the high school would like to offer the JVS course bul does not currently have the expensive equipment. The lech-prep curriculum will prepare sludents for work after graduation and is a combination of the manufacturing and college preparatory programs, he explained. "What we want to do is have kids realize the kind of technology that's available in today's society by having them explore it and then choose the 30-hour modules if they want lo know more," he added. The JVS is contributing $10,000 to the program and the school board has allocated $80,000. But the massive computer upgrade has not been limited to tech* CONTINUED on Early deadlines observed for Sept. 3 issue of paper Early deadlines will be enforced so that some members of the News-Times staff can spend the Labor Day holiday with family. The office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of the holiday. The following deadlines will be used: • Classified ads: All classified ads musi-be placed by noon on Thursday. Aug. 28. • Display ads: All display advertising must be placed by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. • News copy: AH letters to the editor, press releases, news items and bulletin board items must be delivered to the News- Times office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28. No exceptions will be made. The Sept. 3 issue of the News-Times will be delivered by mail on Wednesday as.usual. Lake waters provide learning depth by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor A local student spenl a week on Cibraltor Island, digging into the muck at the bottom of Lake Erie and finding out what tiny organisms and creatures make the. water a living entity of its own. Emily Nagy, 18, a 1997 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School, found there's plenty alive in the waters of Lake Erie. A lot of it is visible only through a high-ppwered microscope, but it's there and it's healthy living matter. However, Nagy admits finding all the creatures of the lake bottom makes her wonder whether she's up lo swimming in Lake Erie again. At least now she knows she's never swimming alone. Nagy, the daughter of Jo Anne Nagy, a second grade teacher at Powers Elementary School, and Richard,* an Avon Ford plant employee, spent a week .mis August on Gibraltar Island, just a boat's ride from, the shore of Put-in-Bay. She was a student of the Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory, Ohio Slate University's biological field station on Lake Erie. Hoping lo become a marine biologist, and work with dolphins in their habitats, Nagy said she turned to her computer earlier this year for information about career choices and classes. There she found OSU's home page; she logged on to an advisor who told her how she could become a student at the laboratory. She E- mailed for information and found she could enroll in different classes including the introductory aquatic biology class for a week. " Nagy was one of 14 students — seven men and seven women -—- who arrived on the island for a week of hands-on study. They roomed at the Stone Laboratory dorms on Gibraltor from Sunday to Saturday and spent up to 10. hours a day in "dais." Class was often conducted in the water, where Nagy studied in water up to her shoulders. She used nets to gather fish and kicked up the lake and river bottoms to get toe. organisms moving from the muck.' In the morning, the waters were cold, but after noon, they tieated up," she said. Students took the creatures, they CONTINUED on page 10
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-27|
|Date of Original||27-AUG-1997|
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