Special School Events
Students in grades K-5 look forward to New Vision's Annual Math Fair. Using grade appropriate mathematics objectives, students plan and create projects. They are encouraged to think outside the box and use unique ideas and resources in their projects-they never let us down. Judges from all over the county help with the selection of winning entries, but the part we love most about Math Fair is sharing students' projects with the community and other students. See you at Math Fair!
Another favorite at New Vision is the time students spend with Mrs. Deb Holland, our Music and Art teacher. Studies show that students learn and retain information more effectively if the learning process involves the student in music, lyrics or movement. With this in mind we teach and reinforce many of our course objectives through a class called "Jingles." Mrs. Holland meets with students in grades K-5 once a week, to teach body movements and catch-y lyrics that help students learn and remember key concepts. Although you'll see music and movement in all New Vision classrooms, Mrs. Holland really outdoes herself in "Jingles" class. It's a great way to learn!
Although New Vision is a magnet school for Math, Science and Technology, one of the most unique aspects of our school might be staff commitment to the belief that one's emotional and physical well-being must be considered and addressed before effective learning can occur. This is part of the well-researched "brain-based learning". Some examples of ways you would recognize brain-based learning in action at New Vision might be :
*Encouraging students to keep water handy at their desks throughout the day, for hydration.
*Using natural lighting whenever possible, instead of fluorescent lighting.
*Integrating music and movement throughout the curriculum.
*Creating classrooms with clutter-free environments and home-y atmospheres, to reduce student stress.
*Utilizing "Community Circles", praise, celebrations and daily agendas to increase feelings of safety and being "invited".