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3-4-21 — Many Reasons to Celebrate Education in March
March 4, 2021 ~ Education encompasses far more than classrooms, textbooks and computer devices. The month of March is a great time to celebrate many important aspects of education.
What better way to spend a spring day than to grab some art tools and head outside to capture nature’s beauty. During Youth Art Month, students across the district will express themselves through 2D and 3D art projects ranging from photography and watercolor painting to ceramics and textiles. Art is introduced in early childhood classes and continues to expand in number of offerings through high school when sculpture, jewelry and metals, photography and other courses are available.
March is National Athletic Training Month, a time to educate the public about the work of athletic trainers. The Olathe School District has an athletic trainer at each of its five high schools. Provided by Olathe Health, these individuals provide event/practice coverage at the high school level and serve as healthcare workers who provide daily treatments to sports-related injuries.
Early adolescence can be a challenging time for young people. The Association for Middle Level Education sponsors Middle Level Education Month to encourage schools to plan events focusing on these challenges. Olathe middle schools provide several opportunities for students to explore their future through elective classes, intramural athletics, and the Where Everyone Belongs club.
Music plays an important role in the learning experience. Music in Our Schools Month, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, reminds parents, educators and students of the various ways young people can express themselves through music. From general music class in the elementary grades to advanced orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory in high school, Olathe students have myriad options.
Olathe Public Schools Paraeducator Week is March 29 through April 2. About 830 paraeducators assist students in special education classrooms across the district. A para’s duties might range from observing a student doing coursework to helping the student with personal care. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) for special education students determines the level of support needed. This school year all paraeducators received a computer device to help them assist students.
School social workers play an essential role in helping students and families adapt to personal and other barriers in their lives. Social Work Month is a time to honor social workers in our schools. National School Social Work Week is March 7-13.
The Educational Theatre Association has designated March as Theatre in Our Schools month, a time to support school theatre programs. As early as sixth grade, Olathe students can pursue their interest in acting by enrolling in an elective theatre class. By high school they can fine-tune their interests with acting, production or even the history of film.