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PLTW Engineering Pathway Coming to FHS 2018-2019! Informational Meeting Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 pm

Forrestville Valley School District is proud to announce they are the recipient of a grant award from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in the amount of $69,000 to create and implement Forreston High School Engineering Pathway to enhance STEM programming (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).  Grant funds will be used by Forreston High School to purchase supplies and equipment to implement Project Lead the Way Curriculum starting next school year.  Over the next four years, FHS will implement five elective courses to equip students with a general background to meet the regional workforce needs related to STEM areas as well as increase the academic rigor in the areas of math and science.

Superintendent Smith comments, "This is an amazing opportunity for our students and community to expand both our science and math curricular areas while preparing our students for careers post high school.  We are incredibly grateful to be the recipient of this grant award and want to thank the Community Foundation for this opportunity."

Forreston Junior High started the implementation of STEM programming two years ago for all seventh and eighth grade students through funding from the Forrestville Valley Education Foundation.  However, expanding to the high school was considered cost prohibitive.  With the recent receipt of this grant, next year students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to enroll in Introduction to Engineering followed by additions of Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Aerospace Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development each year following.  All courses will include curriculum and assessments created by Project Lead the Way, a nationally known program providing comprehensive STEM education and teacher support and training.

In addition to a hands on learning and direct application of math and science, students enrolling in the Engineering Pathway will have the opportunity to link with area engineers, architects, and technicians in the surrounding area.  The grant calls for community business partners to provide class presentations as well as job shadowing experience for students in the career field.  The goal is for students to leave FHS with a greater understanding on the job market in the STEM related fields, pursue higher education in the related fields, and return to the area for employment in the future.

Fehr Graham will serve as lead business partner to the district.  Mick Gronewold states, "This program provides a much-needed avenue for our students who are interested in careers in math and science fields.  Providing them a solid background in many engineering disciplines will only enhance the quality of professional services in our region."  Additional business partners will be invited to participate throughout the courses creating a well-rounded STEM education for Forreston students.  Any community member interested in learning more about this partnership should contact Superintendent Smith at (815) 938-2036.

Parents and students will be provided more detailed information regarding the Engineering Pathway at an upcoming informational meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 27th @ 6:00 p.m. in the Forreston High School Gymnasium.  All parents of current 8-11th grade students are invited and encouraged to attend.

About Forrestville Valley CUSD #221: The Forrestville Valley School District #221 will provide a culture of continuous growth to include effective programs of instruction, safe and well-maintained facilities, and relevant community connections to prepare all students for college / career readiness in their desired field of study through fiscally-responsible decision making.

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois: The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois.  Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region.

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