Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What's Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.

Wilson CLC Program Visits Rotary Gardens

“I Dig It!”

The School District of Janesville’s Summer School program is excited to partner with the Rock County Historical Society in creating and running the first ever “History Camp” on the Rock County Historical Society Campus.  During the 4-day camp, 30 middle school aged students will learn about careers in history including architecture, genealogy, museum curation, and archaeology.  One of the highlights of the camp will be an archaeological dig at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum. The simulated dig was led by archaeologists from Beloit College and SDJ teachers Angie Denewellis and Gee Gee Jannene. During the simulated dig, students partnered up and were assigned a "plot" of land to investigate. Each plot contained 3 layers for the students to explore.  The layers included a modern, an historic, and a prehistoric era.  Students discovered real artifacts, plotted where they were on chart paper, recorded their findings, and cataloged the artifacts. Students finally arranged their chart papers on a wall and worked together to tell the story about what they thought took place during each era. We anticipate History Camp to be a huge success and are hoping to expand it in future years.

Franklin Summer School 6th Graders Learn About Alternative Energy

The Franklin Middle School Summer School Classes of Transitions and STEM teamed up to learn about Alternative Energy Resources.  In the Transitions class, the students researched Alternative Energy most notably Solar Power.  The learned about how Solar Power works, the benefits it provides and the outlook for our future.  In STEM, the students built Solar Cars and saw first-hand how they work and had some fun racing them on the tennis courts.

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