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District Announcements
New program helping train student teachers
There is a new path leading to the front of the classroom. A new program being offered through a partnership with Educational School District (ESD) 105 and Heritage University is training education majors by putting them to work.

The program, HU105, is recreating how teachers are prepped. Mark Cheney with ESD 105 said the program is based on a medical model, using the idea of a residency.

“Instead of them being in dark lecture halls, we have them right in the classroom,” Cheney said.

HU105 is a program that started in 2010 when ESD 105 received a $9.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. While the program is in it’s fourth year, this is the first year it’s been in place in the Grandview School District.

This year there are several classrooms throughout the district that are using the HU105 system. The system takes college students who have finished two years of college, or those with their AA, and places them in a classroom with a core teacher. There are typically three teacher candidates assigned to one core teacher, which means that in classrooms using the HU105 system there are four adults in the classrooms helping students learn.

These teacher candidates spend Monday through Thursday in the classroom, and then on Friday then get together for their only day of theory. The teacher candidates do this for two years, and when they are finished they have their Bachelor of Arts degree in education with a K-8 certificate.

The program is also open to people who already have their bachelors degree and are interested in getting a Masters degree in education. These teacher candidates go directly into the classroom, but they are just required to spend three semesters – or a school year and a half – in the program before finishing with their Masters degree.

Cheney said spending so much time in the classroom gives teacher candidates a real grasp of what working in education is like. They get to interact with students daily and have a chance to work with an experienced teacher who can help guide them. He said it also gives the teacher candidates a chance to learn about everything that is happening in education. It’s putting them on the frontlines when it comes to being a part of the switch to Common Core and learning about new testing and benchmarks.

And because of the experience the teacher candidates gain, Cheney said they have a nearly 100 percent placement rate for their graduates.

Arthur H. Smith Elementary School has two HU105 classrooms under its roof this year. Principal Jared Lind said he’s enjoyed watching the growth of both the teacher candidates and the students over the year.

Superintendent Kevin Chase said after seeing the program in action in the neighboring Mabton School District he was interested in seeing it come to Grandview.

“It’s a great model for teacher education,” Chase said.

Teacher candidate Kara Duckworth takes the reigns in Gloribel Andrades’ first grade class. Duckworth is one of three teacher candidates who work with Andrade at Smith School.
School Announcements
GMS sixth graders learn about cells
More than 160 sixth grade students recently made three-dimensional models of cells. The model-making exercise served as an introduction to the study of cells, something the students will be learning more about this quarter.

Science teacher Heather Dawson had her students pair up to make the 3D models, which were due just a few days ago. The students were assigned to either make a model of a plant or animal cell and to label all of the essential parts.

Dawson said her students did an excellent job with the project, bringing in more than 80 models to share with their classmates.

The models could be made of anything that would show the 3D details. Dawson said she had students who made their models using everything from styrofoam balls and cardboard to cakes and giant cookies.

Peer Helpers still doing good work at GMS
A group of students at Grandview Middle School are working to find ways to improve the school experience for their peers.

They’re participants in the school’s Peer Helper program, which is facilitated by the GMS counselors and the school staff.

At the beginning of the school year, the students spent two days in training for the program at the Grandview Nazarene Church.

Counselor Abraham Cazares said the program has changed somewhat this year. In the past, it has included a segment about the process of mediation, but this year, that segment has been dropped because it was found that mediation skills were not being used by program participants.

Cazares said the program has also begun tracking the results of using the skills that the program teaches. Peer Helpers are taught how to be supportive of other students, to be good listeners, empathetic and accessible. Cazares said one of the objectives is to help create “a culture of trust” at GMS.

Program participants are selected by their classmates, from all three grades at the school.

Cazares said students may participate each year, if they choose to do so, and program veterans are encouraged to help new participants.

In addition to the annual two-day training outside the school, participants meet monthly on campus to learn a skill of the month and to help assess how well the program is working.

“We are able to see a culture change,” said Cazares.

He said that change is exhibited in students at the school being more supportive and positive in their interactions with fellow students and staff.

This article orginally ran in the Grandview Herald.

GMS March Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following students for being chosen March Students of the Month for Grandview Middle School - back row: Jesus Vargas, Desiree Meraz, Caleb Padilla, Eduardo Amescua, Isabella Ramirez, Malissa Thompson, Alejandro Cortez, Sinai Delgado Labra, Jose Lopez and Angel Cruz; middle row: Maria Macias, Bryan Gonzalez-Diaz, Dalyla Ramirez, Krystal Bravo, Jay-cee Al-Ghamdi, Cesar Galvan, Mary Edith Dominguez Najera, Raul Vizcaino, Cynthia Lopez and Daniel Lemus; and front row: Andrew Gonzalez, Tori Eves, Grace Meza, Rosa Palacios, Andrea Avalos, Jasmin Moran and Angel Flores. Not pictured is Cesar Galvan. Congratulations should also go out to GMS classifed employee of the month Terry Rodriguez and certified employee of the month Michelle Ross.
Spring sports schedules are here
It's time for spring sports! The Grandview Middle School spring sports schedules are now available.

Click on any of the following sports to see a printable copy of their 2014 schedule:
Baseball
Soccer
Track
Soccer Combo
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