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School Software

Rhode Island SD Implements Software to Cut Student Distraction

The Warwick School Committee in Rhode Island unanimously approved the implementation of a software called GoGuardian Teacher to curb student distraction while using technology in the classroom.

Gemini Middle School, outside of Chicago, debuted several changes as they began this school year including an expanded cafeteria with learning stairs.

New School Construction

Gemini Middle School Reveal New Changes, Continues Construction

Gemini Middle School unveiled new renovations as they welcomed their doors to more than 1,000 students from 6th to 8th grade. The expansion and remodeling cost $33 million and is expected to be fully completed by the end of the year.

The Washington school transformed its computer lab into a STEAM lab. It was funded by a $10,000 grant from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

STEM & STEAM

Washington Elementary Transforms into STEAM School

Wide Hollow Elementary School recently changed their name to Wide Hollow STEAM Elementary to reflect their new focus on incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics across their curriculum.

Safety & Security

Security Measures Added to Colorado Schools Through DHS Grant

Weld RE-5J School District in Johnstown, Colorado received a grant totaling nearly $350,000 from the Department of Homeland Security to overhaul its security system at two schools.



New School Construction

Construction Begins on Atlanta School with Health Clinic, YMCA

School officials broke ground on a new Atlanta elementary school that will include an on-site health clinic and YMCA Early Learning Center. The $51 million project is slated to open in 2020.

The new Billerica Memorial High School, in the historic town of Billerica (just north of Boston), emphasizes a flexible learning environment and serves as a community resource. Inside, skylights and large windows create an open and bright environment.

New School Construction

Modern HS with Skylights Upgrades Historic Mass. Town

The new Billerica Memorial High School, in the historic town of Billerica (just north of Boston), emphasizes a flexible learning environment and serves as a community resource.

STEM & STEAM

STEAM Facility Opens in New Jersey HS

Known as the “Thunderbird Think Tank,” the 9,000 square-foot building was designed to host the district’s tech-centered programs like robotics, computer modeling and mobile app design.

VS America, a school and office furniture company, launched a new suite of highly-flexible chairs designed by influential architect Jean Nouvel.

School Furniture

New, Highly-Flexible Chair Supports Students’ Natural Movement

VS America, a school and office furniture company, launched a new suite of highly-flexible chairs designed by influential architect Jean Nouvel. The JUMPER chair family emphasizes ergonomic design for active sitting in educational and corporate spaces.

The $85 million neighborhood school is brightly lit, with lots of windows and features colorful murals and inspirational words on the walls that integrates STEM symbols with traditional West African art patterns.

New School Construction

Englewood STEM High School Debuts After Four School Closures

The $85 million neighborhood school is brightly lit, with lots of windows and features colorful murals and inspirational words on the walls that integrates STEM symbols with traditional West African art patterns.

Safety & Security

Madison SD Installs Electronic Door Locks, Internet-Based Phones to Enhance Safety

Madison Metropolitan School District installed electronic locks and internet-based phones with increased functionality as part of an upgraded district-wide security plan.

Groton Junior-Senior High School’s former dingy basement has transformed into a brightly lit $4.8 million STEAM lab and shared-learning space.

STEM & STEAM

STEAM Lab Holds Economic Potential for Rural NY Community

Groton Junior-Senior High School’s former dingy basement has transformed into a brightly lit $4.8 million STEAM lab and shared-learning space. The 8,000-square foot renovated space officially opens Sept. 4 for district-wide use following a soft-opening in December 2018.

New School Construction

New Minnesota High School Features Industrial Tech Spaces

The new high school will feature state-of-the-art science labs, a metal shop with 10 welding stations and an industrial tech shop with small engine and small projects space.

Safe & Secure Schools

Pennsylvania SD Adds Bullet-Resistant Glass to New School Plans

The Wilkes-Barre Area School District approved an upgrade to safety measures for a new high school still under construction.

After voters approved a bond in 2016 and after years of planning and design, Minnesota’s Sartell High School will open on Sept. 3. The nearly $90 million project features open common spaces, classrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, small-group and large-group work spaces, as well as dedicated labs to create digital media projects.

New School Construction

Sartell SD Designs New High School With Career Options in Mind

Sartell High School's new building design places a focus on helping students prepare for a variety of options after they graduate including joining the workforce, following a two-year post-secondary path and attending a four-year college.

Lincoln High School

New School Construction

Four Portland Schools Get Major Upgrades

As classes begin Aug. 28, Portland Public Schools continues construction and renovations on several schools that will be completed in the coming years. In 2017, voters approved a nearly $800 million bond measure to improve and rebuild four schools. Here’s a brief overview of the district’s construction plans.

Sussex Tech to Build New School Instead of Spending on High Maintenance Costs

After spending millions of dollars over the years on renovating and repairing a more than half-century old school building, Sussex Technical School District’s school board unanimously voted to build a new Sussex Technical High School in Delaware.

Marist High School, a Chicago-based Catholic school, transformed a former monastery into a high-tech science wing with a planetarium.

STEM & STEAM

Monastery Converted to High School Science Wing with Planetarium

Marist High School, a Chicago-based Catholic school, transformed a former monastery into a high-tech science wing with a planetarium.

Inside the classrooms, students are able to hide along a side wall known as the “shadow zone,” where they can’t be seen by a gunman from the hallway.

Safe and Secure Schools

Michigan High School Designed to Protect Students from Mass Shootings

With the high frequency of mass shootings in the United States, Fruitport School District administrators had campus safety on their mind when designing new sections of Fruitport High School in Michigan.

An elbow kit enables the installer to make 45 or 90-degree angles that minimize the bend radius of wire.

Technology Solution

Floor Raceway System Wrangles Wayward Wires

A company that makes hardware for managing tech infrastructure has released a new solution for organizing messy cables and wires.

Tennessee

STEM & STEAM

Kingsport HS Gets Science and Tech Center Facelift

Tennessee's Dobyns-Bennett High School has opened a new three-story science and technology center that fronts the high school and adds more than 70,000 square feet.

Newly Opened Indiana Elementary School Sports Flexible Classrooms, Indoor Slide

Learning Spaces

Newly Opened Indiana Elementary School Sports Flexible Classrooms, Indoor Slide

A new Indianapolis elementary school includes state-of-art learning spaces as well as a huge indoor slide. Walnut Grove Elementary School, which opened earlier this month in the Center Grove Community School Corp., features innovative learning spaces designed to provide flexibility for instruction.