“In this technological age, where students actively use computers and video games, teaching with technology is a way to relate to and engage students,” said Frank Carraher, high school math teacher.
Another new development is under way in the high school’s science department. Construction recently began on six raised vegetable beds in one of the school courtyards. Intervention specialist Brad Hunt and science teacher John Barbo will oversee further construction of the beds, as well as a greenhouse, once the snow is gone. The greenhouse will be built from a home construction kit, and will be about 8.5 feet by 20 feet. The kit and supplies were purchased by the funds left from the classes of 2010 and 2013.
The greenhouse and vegetable beds will be used to grow peppers, tomatoes and lettuce. Barbo hopes the produce can be used in the cafeteria next fall.
“We want the kids to learn more about food production,” he said. The beds will also be used for science projects.
Barbo said, “Ultimately, we want to use the beds to test the pH of the soil and test for other elements as a learning experience.”
Mostly heirloom seeds will be used when planting the beds and greenhouse. Heirloom seeds rely naturally on insects and the wind for pollination, and promote genetic diversity.
Mr. Barbo said, “Some of the seeds that will be planted date back to the 1800s.”
The 19th annual Breakfast of Champions will be held on March 28 at the Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake. This event recognizes the academic achievement of the top 25 students in each grade level with a breakfast buffet and certificate. The breakfast was originally held at the Memorial Hospital of Geneva, and later moved to the Geneva Community Center. But after 15 years, it was moved to the lodge in order to have more room for parents and grandparents to attend.