7 Westside schools named Apple Distinguished Schools
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“We are excited to offer all of our students the opportunity to use powerful tools that can help them think, learn, and create” said Dr. Paul Lindgren, district Director of Technology. “Our teachers and staff members work hard to effectively use these tools with their students as they prepare them for lifelong learning, work, and service. While all of our schools are exceptional, these buildings have taken the additional step to become an Apple Distinguished school, a reflection of the efforts exerted on our students’ behalf.”
The following buildings have been recognized:
– Paddock Road Elementary
– Rockbrook Elementary
– Swanson Elementary
– Westgate Elementary
– Westside High School
The selection of these schools highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.
Westside’s philosophy of technology does not prescribe or dictate. Teachers and students receive powerful technological tools, personalized training, and compassionate support. We then expect them to try new things, keep what works, and then share with others. This is how we build upon our successes and, over time, organically grow authentic and effective technology uses for the learning process. It is not what is happening on our students’ screens that is important. Rather it is what is happening with our students’ brain cells that is of the utmost significance.
The mission of the Westside Community School District, as an innovative educational system, is to ensure academic excellence and to serve the unique needs of all learners. Westside Community Schools will relentlessly pursue innovative educational ideals and promise to personalize learning for every student. We invite the challenge developing a community of learners who embrace a broader, richer definition of success.