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Rutgers Partners with NMHS for a STEM Symposium

New Milford High School's academics are at the forefront of secondary education. Rutgers has partnered with NMHS for a symposium related to their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy.

Credit: www.newmilfordschools.org
Credit: www.newmilfordschools.org

New Milford High School has teamed up with Rutgers University to hold a STEM Symposium on Friday, Jan. 10. 

The first joint symposium between the two educational institutions, “has an extremely rich agenda and will most certainly inspire students to think about learning in theis area and STEM careers,” said New Milford High School Principal Eric Sheninger.

The event, scheduled to run from 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., is being run in conjunction with The Academies at New Milford High School.

According to their overview, “The Academies@New Milford High School represent a bold new direction for education in the New Milford Public School District, one that considers student interest, national need and global demand for high qualified graduates capable of competing at the most challenging levels."

The S.T.E.M Academy prepares students for professions in many fields including but not limited to: psychology, environmental studies, biochemistry, medicine, engineering, accounting, education, architecture, aeronautics, statistics, computer sciences, food services and applied mathematics.”

The event was organized by Eric Sheninger and Michelle Harle of New Milford High School and Waheed U. Bajwa of Rutgers University.

Click here for more information on The Academies @ New Milford High School.

Ulises December 11, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I'm glad to hear all the great/positive news coming from our high school. Another step in the right direction.
asskickinglass December 12, 2013 at 08:50 AM
How are our kids going to compete in those fields when they can't pass basic math skills tests for college entry? Most of those fields need a solid mathematical background. Once again we are growing and expanding but at what cost? Has anything been done to improve the math programs we already have in place? Now that would be something to applaud.
Mary McAree McElroy December 13, 2013 at 01:32 PM
This is an excellent idea & a great opportunity for NMHS students. Thank you Mr. Sheninger & Ms. Harle for bringing this to our district.
asskickinglass December 14, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Great for the gifted, but what about the others?
Cranky Fake December 14, 2013 at 09:10 AM
Sounds like something for everyone. @ass I understand where you are coming from on this and of course the basics do need to be addressed, preferably in elementary and middle school. What the principal, superintendent and director of curriculum are doing is setting NM High school up as a place top colleges, and professional/technical schools will want to recruit from. At our high school if a student is not interested or particularly good at the academic curriculum, there are other "professional" trades that are being taught that will allow these students to learn skills that will enable them to find jobs and earn salaries that will allow them to be independent and prosper as adults. There are plenty of people out there that were "test" smart enough to get a undergrad, graduate and even law degrees, but don't have the life skills to get or hold a job and that is what is being addressed at that school. My advice to young people are to look at all of their options, but not to just dismiss the skilled trades. Just think about it you might just be the one to charge the "gifted" philosophy major $1,500 to change the brakes on their leased Kia.
asskickinglass December 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM
I am not referring to the children who are not interested or good at the academic curriculum, I am referring to over 50% of our academic minded children who go on to college only to fail the basic math entry exams (or not score high enough) and need to take an additional class to be brought up to speed. Whether you are a tradesman or a "professional" in the workforce, math skills are a necessity and our principal needs to address our poor math curriculum and find ways to improve our statewide and national scores.

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