Important Steam Read and Video
Posted on 04/09/2020



April 8, 2020

April showers bring STEAM flowers!

Dear Newcomb Central School District Families,


Aligning with the district’s mission, vision and goals, one of Newcomb's major initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year was to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEM/STEAM) experiences into instructional practice.


In adapting our instructional plan to align with an online platform, the teachers, staff and administration at NCS have brainstormed ways that we can support the continuity of this programming. Working collaboratively with representatives from NCS’ Student Council, we have devised a school-wide STEAM Instructional Plan which will run from April 10th through April 17th. 


STEAM Instructional Plan:


Between April 10, 2020- April 17, 2020 all students in grades Prek-12 will participate in STEAM projects and experiences. Your child will be teamed up with an NCS teacher, staff member or administrator who will provide support and mentorship throughout the week. Per the Governor’s executive order, the district is required to provide a continuum of instruction, therefore, STEAM experiences will align with learning standards and be rich with curricular and cross-curricular ties. In lieu of signing in to their regularly scheduled Google Classrooms, Google Meetings or Google Hangouts, your child will be required to meet instead with their cooperating mentor remotely. Together they will decide how often and when they will check in over the course of the week, and attendance will be taken only for those sessions. We expect that mentors will meet with their students at least twice but also be available to students as needed. Together, students and their mentors will also work to select, design and complete a STEAM based project or experience.Together they will work to select, design and complete a STEAM based project or experience. Attendance will continue to be taken for the period of April 10th- April 17th Cooperating mentors will take attendance during remote meetings and each student’s final project(s) will receive a grade based on an effort rubric.


Your child will be contacted by their cooperating mentor beginning Friday, April 10, 2020 to begin conferencing about potential projects. Final projects will need to be submitted to cooperating mentors no later than April 20, 2020. The district will begin showcasing student projects and experiences on the website the week of April 27th, 2020.


Once again I am grateful to the NCS staff, and all of the families and caregivers of our community who are working so hard to support our students and help to ensure that they meet with educational success during these trying times.


I am eager and excited to begin connecting with the students that I will be mentoring next week and look forward to participating in some incredibly creative STEAM experiences!




Chris Fisher

Superintendent of Schools


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