Eureka High EAST Lab Wins Golden Bell Award

   

Eureka High EAST Lab Wins Golden Bell Award
8/12/2013 3:47:14 PM

Eureka High School's EAST Lab will be honored in the 26th Annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Boards Association (CSBA).The award was won in the Instruction category under the direction of teachers Jennifer Johnson and Ron Perry.

 

EUREKA— Connecting the classroom with the community has been a hallmark of Eureka High School's Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Lab.

Now the successful student-driven program has garnered yet another award for its students and staff.

Eureka High School's EAST Lab will be honored in the 26th Annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Boards Association (CSBA).

The award was won in the Instruction category under the direction of teachers Jennifer Johnson and Ron Perry.

"This award is further validation of the EAST program in Eureka City Schools that has gained national and now state recognition for excellence," noted district superintendent Jim Scott. "We are proud of our students and in awe of our EAST teachers."

According to Bill Cannady, EHS associate principal, "The success that the EAST Lab has enjoyed did not occur by accident. It is the result of the facilitator's careful planning, spirited leadership, and a dedication to best serving student needs. Through the hard work of Ron Perry and Jennifer Johnson, Eureka High School has established themselves as cutting edge leaders in education."

The highly respected Golden Bell awards will be presented at a special ceremony during CSBA's Awards Luncheon at the San Diego Marriot Hotel and Marina, on Saturday, December 3. The event is held in conjunction with the California School Boards Association's Annual Education Conference.

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of the education programs necessary to address students' changing needs. The goal of this awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.

Seeking Solution EHS EAST Lab Program is a project-based, service-learning program which uses the most current high-end technologies and encourages civic engagement as a tool. The EAST Lab curriculum is looked upon as a model for other EAST schools across the country.

During the course of the school year, Eureka High EAST students have the opportunity to learn the following technology applications: architecture, animation, computer-aided drafting, database development, 3D design engineering, global positioning systems, geographical information systems, computer networking, systems administration, computer programming, desktop publishing, digital filmmaking and Web development.

During the last four years, over 200 community service projects have been executed and include several events that are now a part of the community. They include: Youth Relay for Life, the second annual event raised $30,000 for the American Cancer Society; Ride for Life for equestrians which raised $12,000; Youth Ready to Respond, a yearly event which teaches elementary students how to respond in emergencies; and Every Fifteen Minutes, a two-day program which coordinated local emergency response teams to stage a car crash to teach teens the dangers of drunk driving.

"Rather than learning to satisfy only the demands of the teacher, students are asked to apply their knowledge to make a difference in their community," remarked Cannady. "Empowered by this challenge, students have exceeded all expectations. They truly have provided invaluable service to their school and community while demonstrating incredible personal growth."

In addition to having EAST Labs at Winship and Zane Middle Schools, Eureka City Schools recently expanded its award-winning EAST program to Grant, Jefferson, Lafayette and Washington elementary schools, the Transition Opportunity Program (TOP) and Zoe Barnum High School.

According to Michelle Hutchins, the district's learning director of education technology, "Eureka City Schools is the first school district in California and third in the nation to bring EAST to this level."

Being recognized for excellence is nothing new for Eureka City Schools' EAST programs. Students from the Eureka High School, Zane and Winship EAST programs attended the 2005 EAST Partnership Conference held in Sacramento where each program received "Superior" ratings. More than 2,000 middle school and high school students were there to represent the hard work of over 20,000 EAST students from over 220 schools in 6 states.

In 2004, Eureka High School EAST students returned from EAST's national conference in Arkansas with the Founders Award and Best Web Site Award. The students submitted a large portfolio with evidence detailing the program's projects over the past three years. Only two schools out of 212 were selected for the Founders Award, the top award an EAST Lab can receive.

PHOTO: EHS EAST Lab students Andrea Howard and Hannah Jones organized Every Fifteen Minutes, a two-day program which coordinated local emergency response teams and staged a car crash in front of the school to teach teens the dangers of drunk driving.

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