Posted: Saturday, 06 October 2012 11:00AM
The Winona Area School Board Thursday received an update on the first month of school at Jefferson Elementary.
Principal Mathew Nelson told the board the kids and parents alike are excited about the second year with STEM learning.
Nelson says one 4th grader this year has already told her parents that the learning process at Jefferson is connected with real life and loves it.
STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, was introduced to Jefferson last year as a single-section magnet program and has grown to include kindergarten to fourth grade.
Nelson says there is a waiting list of 10 students for the kindergarten and 20 for 1st grade classes.
This May, Jefferson Elementary was labeled as one of the highest performing schools in Minnesota under new guidelines implemented as part of the state's waiver from federal No Child Left Behind standards.