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USD 490 elementary schools named PLTW Distinguished Schools
All three USD 490 elementary schools have been recognized as 2019-2020 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. They are three of just 404 elementary schools across the U.S., and of just 36 in Kansas to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

“I am so proud of all the work it has taken to provide all our K-5 students with access, engagement, and achievement in the STEM fields,” Executive Director of Curriculum Julie Jensen said.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, the schools had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2018-19 school year. Our elementary schools had 100 percent of students participate in the program.

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.

“It is a great honor to recognize Blackmore, Grandview, and Skelly Elementary schools for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

Our elementary schools are part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.

For more information on USD 490’s PLTW Launch program or to set up a school visit, contact the building principal. Chad Schuetz (Blackmore): cschuetz@eldoradoschools.org; Susan Holthaus (Grandview) sholthaus@eldoradoschools.org; Stan Ruff (Skelly) sruff@eldoradoschools.org