LEWISBORO, N.Y. As students in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District settle into the routine of a new school year, they are discovering some new programs that are being introduced while some familiar ones from last year are returning. Students will see a continuation of the project-based learning units that were piloted last year in kindergarten through 12th grades. The opportunities developed through this approach are being enhanced to provide each student with some degree of the project-based learning experience. Additionally, the sustainability curricula, which was piloted in kindergarten through second grades and third through fifth in past years, is now being implemented in grades kindergarten through eight. Katonah Elementary School, Increase Miller Elementary School, Lewisboro Elementary School and Meadow Pond Elementary School are maintaining most curricular and instructional units, but are piloting some new science programs to create a more hands-on approach while keeping content consistent. At John Jay Middle School, science teachers are expanding the inquiry-based approach to lab experiences that was introduced last year to provide a greater level of academic rigor. The Middle School has launched a new student leadership program as a grassroots approach to maintaining a positive climate in the school environment. John Jay High School has introduced several new courses, including Journalism, 21-12: The English Experience in the 21st Century, and Authors Origins, Take Two! Film Studies and Filmmaking. In addition, this is the first year that an online course is being presented in collaboration with BOCES. John Jay High School teachers David Gewanter and Jim Tanzer are leading the program Environmental Physics, a Citizens Guide to the Planet.
Another new opportunity for John Jay High School students is MSG Varsitys The Challenge, an academic competition that features students from high schools in the area.
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