CIS to open Eagle Center of Innovation
Campbellsville Independent Schools will soon open a new innovation center for students to immerse themselves in hands-on, authentic learning.
The Eagle Center of Innovation, also called iEagle, will open in August 2019.
Students who apply and are accepted will attend classes at the iEagle campus, which will be located at Campbellsville Middle School.
iEagle is open to students in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades.
Four teachers have been selected to lead classes at iEagle, including lead teacher Hannah Jones and teachers Tracey Rinehart, Katie Campbell and Tyler Hardy.
Jones and Rinehart are now third-grade teachers at Campbellsville Elementary School.
Campbell is an exceptional child educator at CMS and Hardy teaches English at Campbellsville High School.
Campbellsville Independent Schools will soon open a new innovation center for students to immerse themselves in hands-on, authentic learning. The Eagle Center of Innovation, also called iEagle, will open in August. Four teachers have been selected to lead classes at iEagle, including, from left, lead teacher Hannah Jones and teachers Tracey Rinehart, Katie Campbell and Tyler Hardy.
At the iEagle campus, students will participate in project-based learning and STEAM projects, learn about engineering, robotics and technology, perform community service and much more.
Three student/parent information nights have been scheduled for those interested to learn more about the iEagle program.
The first is set for Monday, March 18, at 5 p.m. at the CES campus. This night is for students who are currently in third and fourth grades.
Current fifth- and sixth-graders can attend on Thursday, March 21, at 5 p.m. at the CMS campus.
And the third night, which is Monday, March 25, at 5 p.m. at the CES campus, is for students currently in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
All students and parents interested in iEagle are encouraged to attend.
CIS Superintendent Kirby Smith said iEagle was created to provide students with a new way of learning.
“ … Out of a desire of several administrators wanting to provide our students a more hands-on, engaging, authentic type of learning environment.”
All students are welcome to apply to attend the iEagle program, Smith said, but they must be open to a non-traditional type of school day.
“I believe all students can benefit from the program.”
Smith said he believes the iEagle program will encourage students to embrace a new way of thinking and learning.
“I read an inspirational quote the other day that stated, ‘Education should not be the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,’” he said.
“My hope is that through this program, we can empower, challenge and inspire our students.
“It is our job as educators to light their fire and help our students achieve beyond what they themselves believe they can.”
Smith said he believes iEagle will make students excited about learning and come home talking about the fun they had that day.
“My vision is for student engagement to increase dramatically.”
Jones said she believes iEagle is suited for students who are motivated about their learning and enjoy a challenge.
“iEagle hopes to reach a variety of different learning styles and to give all our students a unique experience.”
Hardy said he wants to be involved with iEagle because project-based learning is at its centerpiece.
“Being a participant in a Center of Innovation allows you to extend learning in every way possible, applying it to real-world situations while learning to collaborate on multiple levels,” he said.
Campbell said attending iEagle will allow students to learn in the style most suited to them.
“My vision for iEagle is that our students will be empowered through this style of learning,” she said.
“They will be challenged to think deeper and apply more, and they will be inspired to extend their learning outside the four walls of a classroom.”
Rinehart said she believes iEagle will help students develop their interests and wonderings that go beyond what is studied in a regular classroom setting.
“My classroom will be full of projects, engaging, super fun and full steam ahead,” she said.
“A place where mistakes are not feared, where we can put our minds together, motivate one another and grow together.”
iEagle applications will be available at the student and parent information nights, and at the CES office.
Application deadline is Monday, April 15.
For more information about the program, contact Jones at (270) 465-4561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the Eagle Center of Innovation application.
Click here for an informational flyer about the Eagle Center of Innovation.
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