News & Events
Students Visit the African American History Wax Musuem
A primary motivation for establishing America’s first African American history wax museum was to “use education, history, and example to help culturally disadvantaged youth overcome feelings of alienation, defeatism, and despair”. Exposure to the Museum and its programs ensures that youth, as well as adult patrons, learn more about their American heritage and gain deeper insights about significant contributions to civilization by people of African descent. The students gained a comprehensive story of the African diaspora for Black History Month. Wax museums are a powerful medium. Particularly for African-American history, because so much of our history-even today-is faceless. This experience adds greater knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of African American history and culture for the students.
Workforce Development Program – ServSafe Training
Through our partnership with Prince George’s Community College, he High Road School of Southern Maryland continues to offer students an opportunity to gain training and knowledge in a variety of industries. . A number of our students are currently taking the nationally recognized ServSafe class. In this class the students are learning how to provide safe food, the forms of contamination, how to monitor time and temperature, personal hygiene practices while handling food, how to respond to a food borne-illness outbreak, biological, chemical, and physical contaminants, and deliberate contamination of food. Once complete, our students will have the opportunity to work in a restaurant serving and/or handling food. This will give our students an edge when seeking out such jobs.
Workforce Development Program – Computer Repair
As the Workforce Development Program continues to grow, students have the opportunity to take deep dive into certain careers. With technology being so important to our daily lives until something unexpectedly doesn’t work. Being able to trouble shoot possible issues is a critical skill. Currently, students at Highroad Academy of Prince George’s County are taking a Course on Computer Repair. In addition to learning the inner workings of a computer, everyone is really enjoying this hands on learning experience.
Wreaths Across America
Giving back to the community is such an important experience especially during the holiday season. As a result, Mrs. Garner’s middle school class at the High Road School of Southern Maryland donated three wreaths for “Wreaths Across American” in December. The class accepted donations to cover the $15 cost of a wreath and they were donated in honor of family members who have served in all branches of the military in all actions.
Mrs. Garner volunteered with other DC/Metropolitan area residents to place the wreaths on the graves of those interred in Arlington National Cemetery. The class plans to continue projects such as sending cards to troops stationed around the world, especially during Memorial Day. We’ve written to the guards stationed at The Tomb of The Unknown Soldiers to see if we could possibly com visit them in order to better understand what it is they specifically do. We are honored to support our troops in any way we can.
Meet High Road Student Parrish J.
The Marshmallow Pyramid – October 2017
After reading a pyramid story in class, we then moved into building some of our own! Our teachers weren’t too sure of their skills in building Marshmallow Pyramids, but they soon discovered that Javier is a great construction man. The kids really loved making the pyramids out of marshmallows and toothpicks.
The Volcano Project – September 2017
During the past few weeks Ms. Taylor’s class have been studying Volcanoes. In this unit, the students learned about what volcanoes are, how they impact our environment, where the majority of volcanoes are located and how the ash, rocks and materials are used in our everyday lives. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, “The volcano is an opening in the earth crust in which molten lava, ashes or gases are ejected. They are one of the world’s most phenomenal land features known to man. Their eruptions provide land extensions and development for new islands.
During a volcanic eruption, many plants are destroyed by the lava flow and animals are killed in its path. However, the lava cools and produces soil that is very rich in minerals for growing plants and animals grazing. In addition, the ash which comes from volcanoes is used in sculptures also known as Ash Art. In addition, the ash soil is often good for growing fruits and vegetables. One of the biggest suppliers of fruits is the Dole plantation is located in the island of Ouhu, Hawaii.
The majority of Volcanoes are in the Vicinity of the Pacific Ocean. This area is where majority of all earthquakes and volcanic activities occur is also known as the Ring of Fire. To end our study of volcanoes, we developed ur own Volcano. The class named our volcano MT. High Road after the school. The pictures demonstrate how the students built their volcano. They used paper, plastic bottle, cardboard and glue. Then, the students were given Mentos, Coke, Diet Coke, Ginger Ale to produce their own simulated eruption. The class really enjoyed their study of Volcanoes!! Mrs. Taylor’s class send out a Thanks to the teachers, staff and student body who made their Volcano experiment a success!
For the summer session, Mrs. Evans introduced her students to inquiry-based learning, which is a form of active learning where the students start with a question or problem and conduct research, trial-and-error, or other processes to problem solve and discover. So far, the students have engaged in three different projects. One project involved using gum drops and toothpicks to discover engineering concepts, another project involved a probability lab, and the third project, which is still ongoing, involves testing various variables in a seed germination lab.
The gumdrop and toothpick lab introduced the students to engineering concepts. Studentswere presented with the challenge of building a structure from limited resources (10 gumdrops and 20 toothpicks) that could support the weight of a textbook. Ultimately, through trial-and-error, the students discovered that triangles were the strongest shape and that a larger base could support more weight.
In the probability lab, students calculated simple probability events and then flipped one or two coins to gather actual results. They then compiled classroom data and concluded that the more trials that were run, the closer the results were to the expected outcome.
Currently, the students are discovering a range of variables that affect seed germination (or sprouting). All students are using mustard seeds, which sprout quickly. With help from a facilitator, the students have realized that a control group, consisting of just mustard seeds in regular, chlorine-free water, is needed for comparison. One student chose mustard seeds grown in a water and vinegar solution as an experimental group, to simulate the affects of acid rain. Another student is testing the effects of temperature on seed germination by placing one group of seeds at room temperature, one in the refrigerator, and one in a warmer location. This student will keep all seeds out of the light to control light as an additional variable so she knows that the temperature caused the difference in results.
Future projects include more in-depth research projects in selected content areas and hands-on projects in mathematics. This approach to learning has been successful in engaging the students and helping them retain new knowledge compared to route memorization of presented facts.
Great News for High Road Schools
Check out the latest edition of “Stepping Stones,” the MANSEF newsletter. In this issue, students from the High Road Academy (Laurel ) are featured (page 5). Also, the 2017 Michael Cardin Scholarship recipients have been announced, including several High Road students (pages 1 and 12).
Student Star: Keith C.