Art is an essential aspect of the human experience. To varying degrees and in different contexts, we are each compelled by beauty. Most of us recognize there is some value in art, but we live in a culture that prioritizes STEM skills and education. Find out how a STEAM approach prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need.
As she considers her seven years of school at RCLS, alumna Tiffany Piotrowicz recalls teachers who shaped her interests, abilities, and self-confidence. Now a successful, local, small business owner, Tiffany talked with us about changes her elementary alma mater has undergone, her motivations in the present day, and the future of the popular Terra Loco running store.
How is discipline handled at RCLS?
The short answer is that discipline is handled in an atmosphere of grace that encourages respect, repentance, and resilience. The longer answer is that discipline is handled in a positive learning environment that is shaped, in part, by two related tools: a responsive classroom and a common language. Read more to learn how school and home can partner together. It's all in the Word(s)!
RCLS has always been more than a school to Ashton Andersen and her family. "From an early age," she says, "I was immersed in the positive, creative, and caring environment that characterizes the school.... The learning environment of my youth impacts me to this day."
Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along well with others. Researchers have found that students too often leave school with skills in the areas of math, reading, and technology, but without adequate social and emotional intelligence to complement these skills so that they may be successful in the work force. RCLS recognizes its students’ need for Social-Emotional Learning and seeks to meet this need, in part, through Second Step, a curriculum designed to help students develop social-emotional skills that will benefit them in the RCLS classroom and beyond.
We spend a lot of time and resources at RCLS to ensure that the whole child is educated, so we are thrilled to hear about all the ways our students extend that education, on and off campus. Recently, we learned that five of RCLS's middle-school students took their learning all the way to the state fair.