Step inside Wadsworth Elementary, and you will find a challenging learning environment that inspires innovation and excellence in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math, which maximizes individual potential and ensures students are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the careers in their future. Our school is home to approximately 1,000 students and 115 faculty and staff. Wadsworth is deeply rooted in the community where we celebrate diversity, individuality, and nurturing relationships. We inspire each other to learn and grow in a safe environment to reach our full potential.

Our Commitment to the Future

Our classroom to careers flagship program at Wadsworth is STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, the Arts, and Math), and we offer enrichment opportunities and career exploration for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade in each of these areas. STREAM is a place where children can code a robot, design and build a bridge, create a green screen video on the solar system all while connecting to real world experiences. The classroom motto is “Hands On… Minds On!” where everyone can explore with their own voice and choice. STREAM gives our students the opportunity for exploration in science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math for future pathway choices. Within that exploration, we strive to motivate students to be successful academically and to graduate from high school well prepared to take the next step of higher education or to enter into a career. Henry Ford once said, “one of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” Through career exploration opportunities at Wadworth, our students are encouraged to dream, explore, and discover.

Home to the Flagler STEM Academy, Wadsworth students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades expressing a strong interest in engineering and desiring to learn in a project-based learning environment can be found designing, building, and evaluating hands on projects aligned with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Research and field studies conducted by STEM Academy students focuses on STEM careers and real world projects, and the Florida State Standards are integrated into project-based learning activities that also have the potential for entry into local, state, and national academic STEM competitions.

Students in the STEM Academy participate in various career simulations throughout the year including First Tech Challenge: a robotics competition that allows students to compete head to head using a sports model. Other career simulated competitions include First Lego League where teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field, developing a solution to a problem they have identified, all guided by the FIRST Core Values. Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad competitions encourage group learning by designing events that forge alliances in order to be competitive. For example, in Elevated Bridge, a student team comprised of an engineering whiz and a wood shop pro can become gold medalists. Similarly, a

 talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events. This competition forces students to pair their strengths if they desire to excel in different competitions. Additionally, due to its location, the Frieda Zamba Pool is a prime testing venue for Wadsworth students who build underwater robots as part of SeaPerch, an innovative underwater robotics program.

Making It Possible

With the “get to yes” mindset practiced across our school district, a strong commitment from our staff, and the support of our community, Wadsworth has created multiple learning spaces for students and staff including the Horizon, Atlas, Preserve, Compass, and STREAM Makerspace Lab. During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, with generous support from the Flagler Education Foundation and the Hunter Foundation, Wadsworth has garnered more than $100,000 in grants and donations making the dream of innovative, personal learning spaces a reality for all staff and students.

Plans for our latest learning space are currently underway. Led by our Student Council and their sponsor, Teresa Rizzo, students are working with local architect, Andy Dance, to design and create the optimal outdoor learning space for elementary students.

Creating Leaders

With a focus on leadership currently at the middle school level, Wadsworth is striving to build a strong foundation of leaders by cultivating essential skills in our elementary students. By creating good habits and essential skills at the elementary level, our middle schools and high schools can further grow these skills as we collectively prepare our students for classroom to careers.

Leadership opportunities found on our campus include but are not limited to Safety Patrols, Ambassadors, Student Council, Literacy with Leaders, and Panther Bytes. Additionally, many students serve as mentors to other students, and some secondary classrooms have “adopted” primary classrooms as Tech Buddies.

Students who serve on Safety Patrol have duty posts that they report to each day, and their job responsibilities include keeping the campus safe, welcoming staff and students daily, and assisting students to class. Student ambassadors learn about essential skills, leadership and public speaking. They put their skills to work when any special visitors came to tour our campus. During the 18-19 school year, in collaboration with the University of North Florida and Camp Osprey, we created Wadsworth’s first student council. Student Council focuses on leadership, teamwork, and community service. Our youngest group of leaders that we are cultivating are kindergarten and first graders. In partnership with the Grand Haven Women’s Club, our Literacy with Leaders program provides students the opportunity to read with leaders of our community. Our newest endeavor to cultivate student leaders also includes on the job training. Panther Bytes, is our school based Genius Bar where students are trained by school based technology staff on basic technology needs, essential skills and customer service.

There is a great sense of pride that fills the halls of Wadsworth. From future scientists, to engineers, we offer a strong educational foundation and career exploration opportunities for all learners. We are thankful for a district and community that supports our growth as learners and citizens. We host a monthly Parent Learning Community on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm and a monthly Parent Teacher Organization meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm. It is our desire to not only prepare our students for graduation, additional education, and careers, but we are continuously seeking parent and community involvement. If you are interested in becoming a business partner with our school or becoming a volunteer, please reach out to us. Additional information about our school can be found at wespanthers.com.

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