Andrea Jackson – Northwood Elementary School
Since the doors opened at Northwood Elementary School, this school continues to be a harmonious and distinguished learning environment which can eloquently be described as innovative, bold, and vigilant in providing rigorous and diverse learning experiences which will prepare our students for success to be college and/or career ready. Northwood Elementary continues to be an academic institution that dedicates itself to providing quality research-based instruction to meet the unique needs of our students to prepare them for the next academic level. At Northwood Elementary School, we have devoted parents and community supporters that have made a commitment to assist our school in ensuring that our students are equipped, both academically and socially for that next level! Our student body consists of 659 individuals who are eager to come to school and put forth the effort of respecting their peers, taking ownership of their learning, exhibiting positive attitudes toward their education and being responsible citizens within their learning environment. Northwood possess a staff that can be described as a gathering of intellectual warriors who exemplifies the qualities of natural leaders. Our staff is enthusiastic and steadfast in declaring their commitment to preparing our students to face those academic and social celebrations and obstacles they may encounter while they are here and when they leave us. So as warriors, we possess the knowledge of what skills our students must be equipped with to assist them in fighting that academic war! So, our enrichment project’s goal is create an environment in which students are technologically confident! As educators, we know that the world our students face is one that is inundated with, not only technology, but individuals who are able to maneuver and succeed in a technological world. This is our enrichment project—to prepare our students to not only be a part of that world, but to be the leaders and innovators of that world. However, the problem we warriors face is a lack of updated tools to properly equip our students for obtaining this goal. At Northwood, we do have 2 computer labs complete with 70 computers to service a student body of 675. Nonetheless, these computers are antiquated, obsolete, archaic…or to put in the words of our students “old”! Even our students understand that the technology that we use in our school to assist them in receiving a good education is outdated! So, the first part of our plan is to provide each grade level with mobile computer carts equipped with 30 portable Laptops that the students can utilize in publishing their writing assignments and researching for class activities and projects. The second part of our plan is to develop and create state of the art computer lab by updating our school’s two existing computer labs. If Northwood were to dream of a lab that would effectively support our enrichment project, that lab would surely consist of the following elements: 35 of the latest model iMacs with utmost memory; headsets for each computer; one laser color printer; the fastest probable Internet access; a working spaces for small-group work; accessibility and space for special needs students and the adults who work with them; computers connected to the school’s media center, so students can access print and other media; sufficient lighting with accessible temperature control; soundproofing; and a vivid, rich, inviting atmosphere.” This is Northwood’s Enrichment Project!