MILFORD – Students in Milford schools have quite a few new things heading their way this year, including Chromebook laptops, new science courses and, yes, even a student-managed bank.
According to Superintendent Kevin McIntyre, students can expect to see a few more elective classes such as robotics and computer coding; have new computers they can take home; and perhaps land a job at an in-school bank.
Here’s a quick look at what’s new and what’s changed this school year:
An in-school bank
In the coming months, students will be able to use a new bank within the halls of Milford High School to take out cash…from their fellow classmates. Under a new partnership with Milford Federal Savings and Loan Association, the student-managed bank is set to open sometime this fall, according to McIntyre.
With banking and business courses aligned with the in-house bank, McIntyre said the program will offer students hands-on experience while introducing them to possible career paths.
Having the experience under their belts may also lead them to other opportunities at Milford Federal, he said.
Students involved in a similar program for hotel management and hospitality have gone off to study those subjects in college, according to McIntyre.
“My hope is it will become a lively part of the high school,” he said.
Students in grades six through nine will soon have new Google Chromebook computers at their fingertips, McIntyre said.
After upgrading the whole school district to a wireless internet network, school officials are rolling out their one-to-one initiative that will ultimately pair each student with a device.
McIntyre said the district plans to give students in grades 10 through 12 the computers next year. Children in lower grades have other kinds of gadgets, he said.
“We wanted to make sure that the students in Milford were on a level playing field with students anywhere in the country or the world in terms of what they were going to have access to,” McIntyre said.
The upgrade took years to coordinate, he said.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses
High school students will no longer be the only ones in the district allowed to take robotics and computer science classes.
Through offering courses with Project Lead The Way – a nonprofit that provides schools with STEM classes – children at Woodland Elementary School and Stacy Middle School can learn robotics, computer coding and other STEM subjects, McIntyre said.
“The robotics program is great because the kids just keep pushing the boundaries of what they’re doing,” McIntyre said of the current offerings at the high school.
High school administrators
The district brought in new High School Principal Joshua Otlin and new Assistant Principal Sissela Tucker this summer.
Otlin, a Milford alum, was previously the assistant principal at Hudson High School.
“Josh is already off and running, doing a great job,” McIntyre said.
Tucker, who worked primarily in urban schools beforehand, comes to Milford by way of the Paul Cuffee Upper School in Providence, Rhode Island where she was the academic dean.
“I think her background…is only going to benefit us,” McIntyre said.
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