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A great year, and more goals to come

posted May 10, 2017, 5:16 AM by Michael Reilly
As the year comes to an end, we have so much to be grateful for, so much to be proud of.  We are still waiting for end of the year test results, which we love to use as a competition with everyone else.  It's cool to have students and teachers look forward to standardized tests as a competitive arena!

There were two other major accomplishments.  Really major!

First, we had our 3 ladies finally receive their patent!  It started in the Fall of 2014, when they were 10th graders, and the assignment was to design a solution to a problem.  They all decided that applying eyeliner was a problem, and devised an eyeliner stamp as a solution.  After patent searches and design iterations, and a LOT of waiting, the United State Patent and Trademark Office officially awarded their patent on January 17, 2017!!  We are proudly mounting it on the wall for the front lobby of our school, but even more importantly it helps us to show their peers what is possible!  Next up: who will be the first millionaire CDAT student?

Our second big thing came on May 9, 2017:  the State of Georgia's STEM Certification program officially approved our feeder middle school, Lanier Middle, as STEM Certified.  This now makes our cluster of schools the only public school cluster in the State of Georgia to have a K-12 STEM Certified group (White Oak Elementary, Lanier Middle, Lanier High).  Yes, in our group, you can have a certified STEM focus from K-12!

We are so proud of these events, but also have targets on greater accomplishments.  As our group has grown, we are leaving the adolescent stage of our program, and now need to develop even better systems.  The Partnership for 21st Century Learning has accepted our application to be reviewed as a "21st Century Exemplar District".  To be clear, we are NOT yet Exemplars, but we hope to be.  And we would possibly be the first group of schools in the State of Georgia.

There is still lots of work to be done, we're not perfect yet.  But another great year in the books, pushing our program toward higher and higher aspirations, and hoping we can always share our work with others.