Third-year principal Victoria Richardson, who also spent six years as a technology teacher at the school, wants to give students the best resources available. Recently, the Middle Village school added a STEM lab thanks to an $80,000 grant.
Lab Learners education system provides class materials for the lab, as well as ongoing professional development and support for the teachers.
And Mike Repole, who played important roles in companies such as Vitamin Body, Body Armor and Pirate’s Booty, gave his alma mater a $100,000 donation in 2014 to build the Repole Tech Center, which honors his parents, Anna and Benny.
The school’s early childhood programs have tablets in the classroom, while a fifth-grade teacher networks with Con Edison to determine how to use cost-effective light bulbs.
Th school hopes to create a Girls Who Code program, and a recent donation will allow them to add Chromebooks to a classroom this winter.
Richardson’s challenge is “to keep everyone with the vision to keep going forward.”
“We need to keep up with technology and build on the skills that the children learn,” she said. “The students are really absorbing all of these different types of skills.”
Middle-school math teacher Victoria LoBosco incorporates STEM activities into her spring lesson plan. Her students visit the tech center once a week to use Mathletics, an online tool to practice math.
“It’s a break from being in the classroom,” she said. “When we’re in there, it’s a special day. We are working to get the most out of each student.”