Wheatland-Chili Central School District

T.J. Connor Elementary Students Continue to “Lead the Way”

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, T. J. Connor Elementary School hosted a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch Showcase. Teachers and administrators from local school districts were in attendance for this session. Executive Director of Curriculum, Jennifer Sinsebox, Project Lead the Way Launch Lead Teacher, Pauline Emelson, and Elementary Curriculum Leader, Amy Richmond, facilitated an overview session of the Launch program and District’s implementation of the pre-engineering units of study into the elementary science curriculum. The highlight of the morning was the showcase presented by the twenty-two K-5 students and grade-level teacher representatives, Pam Merritt, Kindergarten; Amy Richmond, first grade; Kristen Hotaling, second grade; Maggie Spuhler, third grade; and Pauline Emelson, supporting fourth- and fifth-grade students. The visitors had the opportunity to see PLTW Launch in action as the students demonstrated the pre-engineering activities. The participants were impressed as the students were able to describe the engineering principles involved in their grade-level-specific, project-based learning experiences. 

This is the second year that T.J. Connor students have been engaging in pre-engineering curriculum. The program enhances elementary students’ ability to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve while engaging in hands-on learning. Congratulations to all the student and teacher participants that showcased how T. J. Connor continues to Lead the Way. 


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    This season was the team’s second state championship in a row and marked over 500 varsity wins for Coach Ward in his 36-year career. As the event ended, Coach Ward commented that this team “laid claim to his greatest team of all time. I hope to keep it going next year.”

    Next year’s team will see big changes as eight student-athletes graduate in June. All of the graduates will be continuing their education, and in some cases their soccer careers, in college.

    Photo caption: Head Coach Gary Ward, Assistant Coach Jenn Quinn, PTA President Lisa Hitchings, and Principal Eric Windover with the Varsity Girls Soccer Team


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