The Esmeralda County District (ECSD) participated in a Field Trip at this year’s RENO Air Shows on Thursday September 14th. Thirty—six students, grades 4-8, and nine adult chaperones traveled to Stead Air Field to witness world-class pilot air maneuvers, vintage aircraft, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Expo. The purpose for this trip was to allow Students from Dyer, Silver Peak and Goldfield an opportunity to put their hands on the newest 21st Century career opportunities in STEM.
Featured offerings in this year’s STEM Education Discovery Zone included:
- 8 flight simulator stations
- Drone Flight training area
- HTC VIVE Virtual Reality (VR) Zone, including virtual reality flight simulators – letting users virtually pilot an aircraft
- Interactive information touch-screens and interactive roving robots of all sizes
- Wearable arm computers with special sensors and capabilities
- Themed banners/posters on drones, aviation and 3D modeling
- 3D virtual models of locations across Nevada and the globe”
Our students were well-behaved and genuinely excited to participate in what turned out to be a very long day. I appreciate the assistance of our parents and staff. We are always looking for ways to provide authentic, real world career information for our youth. This trip was well worth the effort. We all extend a special thanks to Mr. Reza Karamooz at the STEM Education Discovery Zone for providing the invitation and the free tickets.”
General: Much of my attention this month has been focused on continuing my familiarization with the state, community and school. I have had visits with people at each level. The state is concerned with strategic approaches to education and I am following the discussion on District and School Grading. I am not participating yet. Our three communities appear to have distinct personalities. I am still acquainting myself with each and expect It will be a continuing project. I have not yet completed my initial interviews with school staff but am finding all are capable and have some very interesting backgrounds. Our students are fortunate to have them.
I am very appreciative of the support I am getting from everyone. I am especially appreciative of our Central Office Staff and Ms. Trish Hafer our Board President. Everyone has been great but I see these guys regularly and each have been extremely patient with me and helpful.
Students: I see no major issues with student’s behavior and learning at this point. We have scheduled our first Field Trip for September 14 grades 4-8. I have attached the flyer. This trip will be challenging and tiring but worth the effort. Whenever it does not interfere with our essential learning outcomes and testing I will emphasize “real world” experiences for our students.
We are in the process of adopting/modifying curriculum in Science and Reading. I will hold off reporting on this until after our PD meeting on September 15th.
Our Pre-K is up and running at both sites and the board will get an update on Tuesday.
MAP Testing is complete for the Fall iteration. 😊