Board Elections Begins Tomorrow & Maker Faire

Maker – def. – From Wikipedia:

Maker culture emphasizes learning-through-doing (active learning) in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. Maker culture encourages novel applications of technologies, and the exploration of intersections between traditionally separate domains and ways of working including metal-working, calligraphy, film making, and computer programming. Community interaction and knowledge sharing are often mediated through networked technologies, with websites and social media tools forming the basis of knowledge repositories and a central channel for information sharing and exchange of ideas, and focused through social meetings in shared spaces such as hackspaces. Maker culture has attracted the interest of educators concerned about students’ STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in formal educational settings. Maker culture is seen as having the potential to contribute to a more participatory approach and create new pathways into topics that will make them more alive and relevant to learners.

Bottom line:  Come and have some amazing fun tomorrow in our latest iteration of the ASW Maker Faire!!  The fun kicks off at 9:00 a. m. tomorrow!!

Board Elections

Tomorrow (Thursday) you will receive your personalized ballot for ASW Board of Trustee Elections.  As a reminder, here are our candidates:

Ms. van Heel Merdanovic will be running unopposed, whereas Ms. Hutten-Czapska and Ms. Esra Yavuz will compete for the available non-US citizen seat.  Your ballot will include a personalized link that can only be used by you.  An invite will be sent to all parents registered in our system at your registered email.  Please contact us at if you do not receive your ballot by the end of the day on Thursday.  You will receive reminders until you cast your ballot and click on submit.  The voting closes on May 10 and the results will be certified by the board at their regular meeting on May 27.

FCD  – A data point…

Our survey data is starting to return from our time with FCD, but the pre and post data for the presentations were reviewed today and this one result demonstrated a strong validation of the sessions and the visit of our specialist John Tummon:

One of the key protective factors for our students is having the knowledge to help a friend.  This tremendous growth in student reported reflections on their overall experience speaks volumes about the importance of open dialog and factual information so that students can make healthy choices confidently on their own, and help their friends in doing the same.  More survey data from the core instrument will be shared shortly after the break.

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