Virginia Students Tackle Environmental Quality Issues
Service-Learning Projects Stress Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Students in a dozen Virginia school divisions will combine learning and environmental stewardship as they research, design and carry out projects emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The students will be participating in service-learning experiences and projects funded through Learn and Serve America grants awarded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
Service learning connects classroom instruction with opportunities for meaningful service to the community, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Patricia I. Wright. Students learn that they can make a difference.
The service-learning projects are designed to raise student achievement especially among at-risk students while promoting good citizenship and service to the community. Most of the projects involve partnerships with colleges and universities, government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations. The grants will fund the following project:
*Nottoway County (Enhancing Student Life Through STEM) Intermediate, middle and high school students will design solar cells, construct a recycling drop-off site and explore alternative fuels in partnership with Longwood University, Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service and Virginia Teach.
The teachers and administrators of Nottoway County Public Schools recognize the importance of integrating technology into instruction for all students.
Today the ability to process and manipulate information has become an important determiner of economic success for individuals as well as states and nations. In this new information age, the ability to gather and distribute information through electronic communication is vital.
The NOTTOWAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD is committed to complying with the Privacy Protection Act of 1976, Va. Code Ann. 2.1-377 et seq. The Nottoway School Division shall not collect unnecessary personal information by means of its website, and shall collect only appropriate personal information to the extent necessary to serve its constituents and the community.
Personal information collected and retained by the school division’s website will be maintained in compliance with the Virginia Privacy Protection Act. Any individual wishing to learn the purpose for which information has been recorded and the particulars of its use and dissemination may contact the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee regarding this information. Any person wishing to correct, erase or amend inaccurate, obsolete or irrelevant information may do so by procedures established by the Superintendent or designee.
The school division shall inform the public of any personal information collected through its website by posting the following privacy statement or a link to this privacy statement in a conspicuous fashion at the top of the website home page:
“It is the policy of the Nottoway County School Division that personal information about citizens will be collected only to the extent necessary to provide the service or benefit desired; that only appropriate information will be collected; that the citizen shall understand the reason the information is collected and be able to examine their personal record which is maintained by a public body. This website collects no personal information. Internet servers do collect communication protocol addresses from the personal computers accessing the website in order to facilitate communication. By itself, this information does not constitute personal information. NCS does not place a “cookie” * on your computer, and will not track your movements through the website.”
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