T idewater Trader May 20, 2020 Page 44 Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) announced that Kent Island High School and Ste- vensville Middle School were rec- ognized nationally as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools. Both are providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities in Science Technolo- gy Engineering and Math (STEM) and career training for students through PLTW Gateway. “I amextremely proud of the teach- ers and students at both schools. Our students are gaining the knowledge and in-demand skills to be successful in postsecondary education and the workforce after high school,” QACPS Superinten- dent Dr. Andrea M. Kane said. Kent Island HS earned the PLTW Distinguished Schools honor for the third year in a row and is one of 143 high schools throughout the nation to receive this honor. “I think the recognition serves as a tremendous validation of the hard work put in by the teachers and students in our Biomedical Sci- ences and Engineering programs. Additionally it is a sign to pro- spective students, their parents, and our community members that we have a high quality, rigorous, and engaging program of study which will only help to increase future student engagement and successes!” said Josh Dishong, Career Technology Education De- partment Chair at Kent Island HS. Stevensville MS is a PLTW Dis- tinguished School for the second straight year and one of 176 mid- dle schools in the U.S. to receive the honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization serving millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 U.S. schools. “The implementation of PLTW here at Stevensville Middle School has resulted in high student en- gagement as well as a teacher shift in pedagogy. Teachers are adapt- ing to a different way of instruct- ing and challenging students with the growth mindset,” said Rocco Barletta, PLTW Master Teacher at Stevensville MS. Through PLTW programs, stu- dents develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transport- able skills they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to discover and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond. The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools com- mitted to increasing student ac- cess, engagement, and achieve- ment in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Kent Island HS had to meet the following criteria: Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses; 25 percent of stu- dents or more participated in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses; and 95 percent of students took the End-of-Course (EoC) as- sessments. Stevensville MS met the following criteria: Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level; More than 50 percent of the student bodyparticipatingduring the2018- 19 school year; and 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units. Both schools also met the require- ment of having strategies and sup- ports in place to support reason- ably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, pov- erty, gender, and can support such claims with relevant data. “It is a great honor to recognize both Kent Island High School and Stevensville Middle School for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educa- tional experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President, and CEO of PLTW. “They shouldbe veryproud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready and successful on any career path they choose.” For more information on Kent Island High School’s PLTW pro- gram or to plan a school visit, contact Joshua Dishong at Joshua. Dishong@qacps.org. F or more information on the Stevensville Middle School PLTW Gateway program or to set up a school visit, contact Principal Sean Kenna at (410) 643-3194. 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