Students present at Board of Education meeting
Students present at Board of Education meeting
Posted on 06/09/2016
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Board of Education members saw three presentations from West Haven High School students at their June 6 meeting.


WHHS PACE students shared stories of how the program changed the way they view school and helped them be successful in the classroom. Their end-of-year visit has become a valued tradition for the board. Students in the PACE program participate in smaller class settings with more individualized instruction and participate in credit recovery. They also receive an intensive support system to learn skills and behaviors needed for success in high school and beyond. PACE seeks to reengage students in their own education and create a feeling of connectedness to their school community.

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WHHS students Ian Cooke and Fernando Rey-Alvarez spoke about their experiences with the ACE Mentor Program, which pairs area high-schoolers with local architecture, construction and engineering professionals for group projects. Both also recently presented at the Quinnipiac University School of Engineering. Fernando's ACE group completed a project on a salt marsh bridge and recreation area for Greater New Haven. Ian's group focused on a Fair Haven-River Street Waterfront Resiliency project and was chosen to compete in ACE's national contest. Fernando plans on attending college next year to possibly pursue a career in construction management while Ian, a sophomore, will be returning to ACE to participate next year. WHHS has partnered with ACE for the past few years through its STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program.

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WHHS students from the VEX Robotics Club gave a demonstration of a robot they built for a competition this winter. The club, which is new for this year, is open to any WHHS students who want to join, whether they are already in WHHS STEM classes or not. The robot's task was to pick up a tennis ball and throw it as a student used a remote control to move it along the meeting room floor. Students also discussed this year's competition and their plans to enter multiple contests next year.