Salem Lutheran School (SLS) began its school year with a record enrollment of 470 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and 175 children in its early childhood program.
New this year is a one-to-one laptop project. More than 200 students in fifth through eighth grades received MacBook Air laptops to use in class and for homework. Students in kindergarten through fourth grades will use MacBook laptops, iPads, and iPods in special technology classes, as well as during their regular classroom instruction time.
“The goal is the integration of 21st century skills for today’s learner. The students will be able to use the latest technology to carry out research and to create multimedia projects,” said Steve McEwin, SLS director of technology.
Social studies teacher Dave Boldt is teaching a geography class that is completely online this year.
“I am looking forward to the students being excited about using their MacBook Airs for this class,” Boldt said. “They will no longer need to carry textbooks back and forth. The internet will allow them to access multimedia knowledge in a way that will truly enhance their learning experience.”
“The laptops will make school more interesting. We’ll be able to be more organized,” seventh grader Breanna Lauder said.
Mary Beth Gaertner, Director of Educational Ministries and National Distinguished Principal of the Year, attributes SLS’s enrollment record to its mission to educate tomorrow’s leaders.
“We are truly achieving our mission. We are empowering a generation of leaders,” she said. “God brings us kids with huge potential, and we are able to help them achieve their academic and leadership goals.”
“Salem School teachers and staff make the school a special place,” Gaertner said. “We are a school where teachers truly care about every single child and every single family. Not everybody can teach a heart. You have to really feel it, and that is how we are different.”
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