zanewood student artists holding their paintingsAs part of an ongoing focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), students at Zanewood Community School had the opportunity to participate in the first of three Scholars’ Choice Days this year on Nov. 17.

Scholars’ Choice Day is one way Zanewood staff aims to increase student engagement and provide pre-kindergarten through fifth grade learners with opportunities to explore new skills. After a successful event last spring, Kathryn Clingan, the school’s STEAM program coordinator, spearheaded the efforts to bring the concept back for the 2017-2018 school year. This time, however, the program is offered on three separate occasions throughout the school year to maximize student opportunities for STEAM-related exploration.

On the Scholar’s Choice Day event held last month, students chose from more than 30 course offerings, including Plant Germination; Catapults; Ballet; DIY Dream Catchers; and Basketball and Life: Leadership and Responsibility through Sports. While most courses were created and taught by Zanewood staff, engineers from community partner Boston Scientific assisted with several offerings and professional artist Mariya Svitych lent her expertise in a painting class.

PHOTO: Zanewood Community School hosted its first Scholars' Choice Day of the 2017-2018 school year on Nov. 17. Here, students participated in a painting course taught by professional artist Mariya Svitych.