Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Aaron Howard, left, and Clay Saunders, both 8th-graders, demonstrate how the trackway is used for observation as part of Mason County Middle School’s outdoor classroom May 25, 2010. “Taking our students outside has been exhilarating, providing us with an opportunity to have fresh new approaches to teaching and more opportunities for students to set up inquiry experiments,” teacher Grant Felice said. Photo by Amy Wallot

Let’s take it outside

Mason County Middle School offers learning in the great outdoors By Susan Riddell susan.riddell@education.ky.gov Science students at Mason County Middle School spent part of the 2009-10 school year learning outdoors. No field trip was required, however. Students...
Della Kemper helps 4th-grade student Chase Gilbert with fire safety questions during Kemper’s health class at Miles Elementary School (Erlanger-Elsmere Independent) April 26, 2010. Miles Elementary is going into its second year using a standards-based grading system that replaces traditional grades A-D and F with standards set by teachers and students. Photo by Amy Wallot

Miles Elementary goes to standards-based grading

For the second year in a row, students at Miles Elementary School (Erlanger-Elsmere Independent) won’t receive grades. Yet teachers and the principal say students and their parents are better informed about what the children know – and what skills and information they still need to master. Bryant Gillis, in his seventh year as principal, said he never figured out in his 36 years in education what an A really means.