Schalmont students gear up for future

Borkowski's sixth-grade students work with a computer program called Inventor to design and model simple structures.

Borkowski's 10-week course also gives students a tutorial on how to use programs like Microsoft PowerPoint. This year, Borkowski had the students create a slide show that researched a technology-based career.

Borkowski's class also touches on robotics in today's world and other current events in the science and technology world.

Borkowski hopes the program can expand next year.

"We have to keep updating things," Borkowski told the board. "We have to keep up with the trends."

Superintendent Valerie Kelsey said that across the board, the middle school curriculum is being adapted to a new era.

She said the district must work to balance their courses to ensure that an increase in technology doesn't mean students lose the chance to take art, music or other classes.

"The middle school is becoming less regimented as kids are choosing different paths earlier and earlier," she said.""

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