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GSL improving facilities and programs

To the Editor:
If you have been by the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) High School and Lincoln Junior High campus recently, you have seen the construction fence around the work site. Things are starting to happen at GSL with the new building addition. In the next few weeks, you will start to see the ground work and eventually the precast walls going up. There will be a lot going on around school.
With the extra activity, it is a great opportunity to remind everybody to take it slow and be aware of your surroundings when traveling by the school. It might be easy to become distracted when driving by the site, so it is important to take your time and drive safely. It is inevitable that there will be some inconveniences along the way, but it will be well worth it when the project is completed.
Our new addition is going to improve the learning environment and flexibility for our teachers, thus increasing the learning opportunities for our students. It is an exciting time at GSL and I look forward to the day-to-day progress of our new school addition.
As we continue to improve our facilities, we are also improving our programs. One program that we are expanding is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We are moving forward in implementing STEM into our school through the accredited STEM program, Project Lead the Way (PLTW). While all schools have science, technology, engineering and math, at GSL these are already strong curricular areas. With the addition of PLTW into all of our grades, GSL will become an accredited STEM school that will take the learning and emphasis on STEM to a new level.
We are still working on what this implementation will look like, but we are moving forward in this area. We need to do this for our students as the skills from this program will be helpful in all fields of study. This program is going to be great!
Finally, with all that’s going on, it’s important to stop and reflect on the many accomplishments our students have achieved once again this year, both in and out of the classroom. We have great students at GSL, and with the support of our district residents, we look forward to many more success stories in the weeks ahead. Go Panthers!
Christopher D. Sonju
Superintendent of Schools