Small Middle School is an AISD "Green-Tech" campus with innovative course offerings in both environmental studies and technology. This movement represents the fabric of our merging high-tech and environmentally sensitive community.
With an outdoor classroom, a greenhouse, a chicken coop, composting, recycling, water-harvesting, a Japanese garden (including a student-made pond), a state-of-the art technology (CTE) wing, robotics, and the Project Lead the Way (Gateway to Technology) Pre-Engineering curriculum, Small Middle School is leading the way in “Green-Tech” elective course offerings.
Small Middle School is a National “Green Ribbon” school, has planted over 300 native plant species, and has an established Grove of Champions. The community, students, parents, teachers, and administration fully support the environmental and technology vision. We were recently awarded the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Outdoor Habitat grant and participated in the NASA/Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections (CCC) program training at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Both academic and elective teachers create technology-rich units of study. Three CTE teachers sponsor the Small MS Tech-Know (Austin PIE program) where over 300 refurbished computers (refurbished by Small MS students) have been reallocated to needy families in the Austin area during the 2009-2010 school year alone.
Small's Green-Tech sustainable vision includes plans for a comprehensive school-wide composting partnership with Texas Disposal Systems, a community garden, solar-panel arbors over outdoor seating, a green roof, and an expanded chicken coop.
As part of the Environmental Science curriculum, students will analyze the production of energy from the wind turbines and solar panels; analyze the use of organic foods produced on campus (from the gardens and chicken eggs); and calculate and monitor the weight per day of recylcing and compost produced on campus.
We currently have a 1.2 to 1 student computer ratio, a Project-Based Learning (PBL) technology curriculum focus, and a standards-based grading system aligned to technology literacy and communication standards for the 21st century learner.
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