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Posted on: Fri, 06/30/2017 - 02:54

Dear Englewood Schools Community,

There are many gems in Englewood Schools, and one of them is a unique STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program offered at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice. I had the opportunity earlier this semester to see for myself how this program is inspiring our students and engaging them in the ever-growing green energy and urban agriculture industries.

The Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy program, called SAGE, is a one-of-a-kind course in which students gain hands-on experience working on projects within the urban agriculture and sustainable energy industries. Students are raising chickens, as well as building gardens, chicken coops and compost bins - all while developing business plans and exploring careers in different industries.

Please take a moment to watch a short video on the SAGE program and our students.

Our students' passion and excitement for the SAGE program is contagious. Each time I visit I feel their joy, and I revel at how engaged and committed they are to their projects and education. We believe offering students opportunities to explore their interests in various

careers is critical to preparing them for their futures. SAGE is a shining example 
of how this type of learning benefits students. It's a hands-on, project-based course that gives students the chance to use creativity and to think outside the box - sometimes quite literally! Students use math and science to determine how to best develop their projects. In doing so, they work together closely and collaboratively, helping to hold each other accountable and use critical thinking to solve challenges.

At Englewood Schools, students engage in STEM curriculum from kindergarten through high school. STEM continues to be a critical curriculum to equip students with 21st century skills and to expose them to some of the highest demand careers in our community. Skills learned in STEM programs such as SAGE are utilized by our students in college and throughout their lives - whether they go on to careers in related industries, such as agriculture or sustainable energy, or apply the skills in their home and personal lives.

Since launching SAGE earlier this year, area school districts have expressed interest in offering their students similar opportunities and in learning how we implemented the program. We have also received support from our community to help fund the program, which isn't entirely covered by general school funds. Companies have donated supplies and money to help us offer these opportunities to students. This support is a testament to the important work taking place in our STEM programming.

Our students deserve the best, and we are continually seeking ways to enhance and enrich their education and offer them world class opportunities like SAGE. As part of Englewood Schools becoming a "destination district", we will continue to vie for competitive grant opportunities and programming to provide the best of the best for our kids. 

 

Sincerely,

Wendy Rubin

Wendy Rubin, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Englewood Schools

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