This week, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) and the STEM Advisory Council recognized Kate Smith Elementary School as a Nevada Governor Designated STEM School. This designation is based on the school’s excellence in teaching and learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
This WCSD school was one of eight in the state to receive this recognition. All of the recipients were invited to a celebration with Governor Sandoval at the mansion in Carson City. All designated schools received a banner as well as a digital seal that can be placed on their website. Each of the designated schools will be paired with a school that did not receive the designation to provide guidance and mentorship. This reinforces the importance of each school’s recognition as well as helping even more schools incorporate STEM best practices into their instruction.
“I am proud of our staff and students at Kate Smith, because they have worked so hard on integrating the Nevada Academic Content Standards into a collaborative 21st century learning environment,” said Kate Smith Elementary School Principal Debbie O’Gorman. “Here at Kate Smith, our students are doing hands-on activities that prepare them for problem-solving and teach them skills they will need for jobs in the future. We are so honored to receive this award in this Year of STEM, and we are happy that our hard work has paid off.”
Congratulations to all of the students and staff at Kate Smith Elementary School for their efforts and for representing STEM teaching and learning for WCSD.