OIA and Gateway Students Partner to Make Wood Puzzles For Puzzle Pieces
On Friday Nov. 20 at 9 a.m., Owensboro Innovation Academy engineering students and some Gateway Academy students saw a project they’ve been working on come to fruition. OIA students created 3D wood puzzles for the clients of Puzzle Pieces. Each puzzle is personalized for a specific recipient. Gateway Academy students created carrying cases for the puzzles.
“This is another example of the real world application our students at Owensboro Innovation Academy are receiving on a daily basis,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA Director.
“At Gateway Academy, we’re trying to teach our students they can make a difference in this community. This partnership with Puzzle Pieces is an excellent start,” said Melissa Brown, Gateway Academy Principal.
According to its website, Puzzle Pieces’ mission is to provide a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, self-worth and build trusting relationships between clients, staff, and families. Through our programs, we meet the individual needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere with opportunities to access the community.
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Kentucky Arts Council Artist Molly Eric is working with students at all five OPS elementary schools to create a decoupage canvas based on a book the students read. Decoupage is a term used to describe the craft of decorating objects with paper cut-outs. v
Thanks to some guideline changes in community eligibility provision, all Owensboro High School and Owensboro Innovation Academy students will receive a no cost breakfast and lunch this upcoming school year. OPS students preschool through eighth grade and Gateway Academy students already receive a no cost breakfast and lunch.
Effective immediately, Owensboro Public Schools is using a new online payment system called MyPaymentsPlus. The new system allows parents and students to put money in students’ accounts, specifically their breakfast and lunch accounts online. Since all OPS students will receive a no cost breakfast and lunch, the accounts will hold money students can use to purchase a la carte items.
The Owensboro Innovation Academy is partnering with Brescia University to offer an early college program for OIA students. With the close proximity of OIA to Brescia, students will be able to walk to Brescia to take college classes, which will result in the students’ opportunity to earn an Associate Degree while in high school.
The Owensboro Public Schools will be launching a new innovation model targeting middle school students for the 2018-2019 school year.