Indianapolis, Indiana – Hannah Ward of the Roscoe FFA Chapter, was named the Animal Systems, Division 3
National winner. She received a gold medal in the National FFA Agriscience Fair at the 91st annual National FFA
Convention held October 24-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hannah’s project topic was the Effects of Various
Disinfectants on Bacteria Growth in a Veterinary Clinic. Caleb Boren also received a gold medal and placed 6th in
Animal Systems, Division 5. Caleb’s project topic was the Effects of Breed and Gender on Cardiac Ultrasound in
Canines. Hannah and Caleb competed against other Agriscience projects from across the Nation.
Roscoe Collegiate is also now beginning year 6 as a STEM Academy. The purpose of STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, is to develop students who demonstrate high levels of aptitude in the STEM fields, thus empowering them to pursue the abundance of careers in STEM fields having been identified as having acute shortages of qualified applicants. As a result of the STEM designation, we have also now completed the fourth year of an ongoing investigative process, with assistance from a STEM Advisory Committee consisting of over 150 members from local, regional, and state universities, AgriLife Extension, T-STEM, Educate Texas, Region 14 Education Service Center, as well as the local, regional, and state business and political communities. The modern Agricultural Research Center housing Collegiate Edu-Vet, as well as the modern engineering facilities housing Collegiate Edu-Drone, Edu-Make It, and Edu-Weld are now open for the 2018-2019 school year to complement the E-ON Center for Innovation and Higher Education and the Collegiate Wellness Center in the district’s attempt to provide the real world relevance deemed necessary for successfully demanding the required rigor for true college and career readiness.
As co-chair of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, and now a member of the Texas Public Accountability Consortium, Roscoe Collegiate continues in the development of a multiple measure accountability system. Two aspects of that system for Roscoe include student developed research presentations and evidence based electronic portfolios. The Agriculture and Engineering Research Programs have become the basis for student led research, data collection and analysis, and research poster development and presentation, as we have developed a lesson cycle for a research based institution. All students in grades 3-11 conduct 4H based research projects, culminating with a year long, career path relevant, capstone research project in grade 12. The purpose of the capstone research project is to create additional scholarship opportunities for students seeking financial assistance with the completion of undergraduate and graduate college degrees. Beginning in the fall of 2018, this model now also includes student apprenticeship experiences consisting of both intern and extern opportunities for students in grades 10-12, leading to business and industry recognized endorsements, symbolic of true workforce readiness.
The Roscoe Collegiate School-wide 4H Program is the vehicle used to stimulate student interest and engagement in STEM related practices and research. Students in grades 3 through 12 work across the curriculum to develop 4H science research projects and posters. These research posters are presented at local, regional, state & national 4H & FFA competitions in an attempt to elevate student STEM research skills, thereby enabling students to successfully manage the rigorous demands of a Research Based Early College and STEM Academy at the high school level.
During the developmental phase of The Roscoe Collegiate Model, the district has evolved away from the 20th Century concept of an Independent School District into more of a System Model approach. Currently, members of the Roscoe Collegiate System include the original two-year higher education partners, Western Texas College (WTC) in Snyder and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Sweetwater, as well as the original parent organization for Early College and T-STEM, Educate Texas. Additionally, the district now has a direct four-year university partnerships with Angelo State University, indirect partnerships through WTC with Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University, as well as system partnerships with Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Extension, & 4H. Current business partnerships include Collegiate Chiropractic and Wellness Center, INOVA Veterinary Practice Management, 3DRobotics/DroneEDU, Strat-Aero International, Under Armor, as participating partners in the education companies of Collegiate Edu-Vet & Collegiate Edu-Drone. This Systemic Model approach enables Roscoe Collegiate to better provide students with the resources necessary to engage in a much more globally competitive educational and work force environment, than students heretofore have experienced, upon graduation from high school. It is the goal of Educate Texas at the state level and Jobs for the Future at the national level for The Roscoe Collegiate System P-20 System Model for Student Success to become a model that can be replicated by other schools in Texas and the United States interested in 21st Century School Transformation.
P-20 System Mission Statement:
The goal of the Roscoe Collegiate P-20 System Model for Student Success is to develop a collaborative, sustainable and replicable model for breaking the generational poverty cycle through higher education (EARLY COLLEGE), while supplying critical agricultural STEM workforce shortage areas that will be critical to meeting the daunting challenge of feeding and clothing 9 billion people on the planet by 2050 (STEM ACADEMY).
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