PPHS preparing rising senior class to take a big step in their education

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Four years ago, Colten Lewis was a fledgling freshman starting a new school – a school that, at that time, had no track record. It was Purdue University’s grand experiment. Purdue Polytechnic High School is a unique charter school experience intended to offer hands-on education focusing on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas.

Today, Lewis is a senior, and come spring, he will be part of a first: Purdue Polytechnic High School’s inaugural graduating class.

For Lewis, it has worked out just as one would map out the formative high school years. He entered thinking he wanted to be an engineer. At the moment, he is looking toward business and entrepreneurship. He credits the school’s hands-on opportunities for guiding him. 

The school has embraced his interest for management and entrepreneurship, letting Lewis and a fellow student work through the logistics of starting a school

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Lynden schools preparing to open for in-person learning

The Lynden School District is preparing to open its doors for some of its youngest students to begin in-person learning in less than two weeks, according to a letter sent to the district’s families on Monday, Sept. 21.

According to the letter from Superintendent Jim Frey, the district has worked on a draft plan that would send some students in kindergarten through second grade back to class on Oct. 5. Other grades would be added incrementally at later dates, with all grades tentatively scheduled to return by the week of Nov. 16.

All dates may be adjusted as the county’s infection rates change, Frey wrote.

“When the decision was made to start remotely, COVID-19 indicators in Whatcom County were trending in the wrong direction,” Frey wrote in the letter. “Since that time those indicators have improved and based on considerations included in the (Washington State) Department of Health Decision Tree

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West Orange High School preparing for 2 weeks of online learning after COVID-19 cases

A parent of a student at West Orange High School said a move to entirely virtual schooling over the next two weeks is necessary, but there still are reservations.

The move is coming after school district leaders said there were at least 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Paul Oteng has a senior at West Orange and said his daughter’s safety means the most.

“If keeping them at home is going to make them safe,” he said. “I don’t think I have any problems with that.”

But Oteng also said he has a few reservations about her learning fully online. She’s been face to face this semester.

“Interactions with other people,” he described as one concern. “I don’t know if she’s having any problems (if) she’ll have a teacher there to help.”

School officials said more than 100 students and staff members had direct contact with those 10 people who tested

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