The Next Generation Science Standards are flexible, updated and more relevant than ever. The standards were released to the public in January 2017 with the goal of making science education “more engaging.” And as you might expect, parents love them too! Let’s talk about how this is possible.

The Board also scheduled the first reading of the A-G Completion Improvement Grant.

TEMPLETON, N.Y. — On Thursday, March 24, the Templeton Unified School District (TUSD) had its regularly scheduled Board of Directors School Board meeting at 6:15 p.m. There was nothing to report after the Board Meeting in Closed Session. 

The order of business was overwhelmingly approved.

Vineyard Elementary School received a $1,000 donation from the Central Coast Green Building Council, and Templeton Firefighters Association gave $5000 to Templeton High School Football partners.

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Dawn Brownell, Director of Special Education, delivered a presentation to the Board on Special Education.

“We’ve simply had a pretty good team.” It’s been a pleasure to work with everyone. The kids are great, and their families are wonderful. Brownell describes her first year working with TUSD as “a fantastic experience.”

The Board next went through the Revisions to the School Opening and Safety Plan for 2021-22. Masking has been changed from needed to advised, and other COVID requirements have been reduced. 

Andrew Burnett, Assistant Superintendent, then gave the Board a first reading of the A-G Completion Improvement Grant.

“A-G is a list of courses or study patterns that our High School students must finish in order to achieve minimal standards for admission to Universities and SCUs,” Burnett said.

By April 1, 2022, the plan must be completed. 

“For the purpose of honesty, there are a handful of things I’d want to point out. First and foremost, this program’s overall award allocation is $63,436. That is the amount of money TUSD has been given. This is broken down into two groups. “The A-G Access Grant has a $46,139 allocation, and the Learning Loss Mediation Grant has a $17,297 allocation,” Burnett said. He then went on to talk about sub-grants.

Randy Gray, a science teacher, provided an update on the Next Generation Science Standards. TUSD is in the process of implementing a scientific curriculum that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. 

“If you’re trying to figure out what the difference is between old and new science, the entire point of the Next Generation Science Standards is to equip our children with the ability to conduct science while also comprehending the material,” Gray said.

Hands-on learning and problem solving are part of the Next Generation Science Standards. The implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards has already begun.

Two parents said their third-graders came home excited to talk about science for the first time during Public Comment on the item. 

Randy Botts, Director of Maintenance, Operations, Transportation, Grounds, and Facilities, spoke to the Board on Resolution #R22-11, which authorizes the award of preconstruction and lease-leaseback services for the Templeton High School Kitchen/MPR Renovation Project.

The award of preconstruction and lease-leaseback services was recommended to Wysong Construction of Atascadero. The motion was unanimously approved. 

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. on April 7, 2022.

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