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August 23, 2014

District plans to expand prep program for more students and subjects

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  • GISDCommunications posted at 3:14 pm on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    GISDCommunications Posts: 70

    Rah,
    Ball Prep is a lottery - anyone can apply to be a part of the program. That said, it comes with a higher level of rigor. Those students that can handle the work, do so. Those who can not handle the work load or simply find they aren't interested in a full load of science, math and engineering classes may look to other options at Ball High for a more varied course load. That also includes just as many AP and Dual Credit offerings as Ball Prep.

    We agree with you on the vocational side. But it's a misconception that we do not have enough training in these areas. The fact is we have a HUGE vocational program called Career and Technical Education in which almost every single student takes at least one course over their high school career. Many of these classes, covering 14 different career pathways - such as welding, pharmacy tech, hospitality services - have direct correlation to what will be taught at Galveston College and many provide certifications that will allow students to get a job right out of high school. This grant will go towards enhancing and expanding these programs as well.

    The grant also will allow the district to hire more intervention specialists who will deal specifically with predominately non-English speakers and those who need help with core classes such as math and reading. While we do not have the Newcomers program anymore, we have instituted a system at the district that focuses on teaching English to ESL students quicker, a priority for the Superintendent here at GISD since he started here in 2010.

    Lastly, not everyone will be in a magnet program. There is a multidisciplinary option that will give students the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses that fit their varied interests.

    I hope this clarifies things a bit.
    -GISD Communications

     
  • rah posted at 11:40 pm on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    rah Posts: 122

    If I were a parent of a Ball Prep student I would be worried also. You guys have a good thing going now. Often adding more to the pie causes the juices to overflow. I sure would hate to see the standards lowered by adding the wrong students.

    In additon, please understand that not all students will be attending college. As in the class if 2007 a great portion of the top third went to college and did not make it. They dropped out and came back home and working in positions that do not lead to a career. While my child was in the top 10% in her class there were several of her classmates that simply did not make. I think that a vocational program needs to be started. The people we need as electricians, plumbers, carpernters, beauticians, etc. Where are they going to come from? The ones that we knew that did not make it in the college arena probably would have been better suited for a vocational career path.

    As Lisa Blair stated a program that addresses the disadvantaged and the non-English speaker is greatly needed. She should know first hand. I am sure as a local business owner she knows first hand some of the problems employers face when hiring. It is hard to hire someone who does not speak English.

    And we know that not all the students in the STEM program are going to go into those areas when they go to college. As for the media programs how is the going to help kids who having issues with basic math and reading. I know the grants help with funding issues but, keep in mind that America is know longer the country competing with the world as they did after the launch of Sputnik. We have slipped way down the pole in many areas.

     
  • lisablair posted at 3:10 pm on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    lisablair Posts: 56

    That's unfortunate With GISD's demographics the Newcomer's Program should be a priority.

     
  • GISDCommunications posted at 11:57 am on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    GISDCommunications Posts: 70

    Unfortunately, there are no plans to resurrect the Newcomer's Program at this time.
    -GISD Communications

     
  • TrebleClef posted at 10:38 am on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    TrebleClef Posts: 299

    This is excellent foundation setting! Hopefully many of these students will utilize the Universal Access program at Galveston College and continue with the GC STEM programs

     
  • lisablair posted at 9:14 am on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    lisablair Posts: 56

    That's great to hear. Any chance of refunding the Newcomer's Program for non-english speaking students especially at the high school level? The expansion of vocational programs will benefit many.

     
  • GISDCommunications posted at 8:50 am on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    GISDCommunications Posts: 70

    Lisablair, this money will also be able to provide infrastructure to help these students as well. The STEM part is only a two-fifths of the overall grant. Part of the grant will go towards hiring positions specifically designed to help those students in need of greater assistance to graduate and be productive citizens, including many classes that deal will trades and certifications available through our partnership at Galveston College.
    -GISD Communications

     
  • GISDCommunications posted at 8:50 am on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    GISDCommunications Posts: 70

    Lisablair, this money will also be able to provide infrastructure to help these students as well. The STEM part is only a two-fifths of the overall grant. Part of the grant will go towards hiring positions specifically designed to help those students in need of greater assistance to graduate and be productive citizens, including many classes that deal will trades and certifications available through our partnership at Galveston College.
    -GISD Communication

     
  • lisablair posted at 7:33 am on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    lisablair Posts: 56

    I'd love to see GISD get this kind of grant money to better serve their larger demographic of disadvantaged and non-English speaking students.