Monday, September 26, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education is coming to Charles F. Patton Middle School

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Patton Middle School as one of the 11 PA schools being featured as part of it's Green Strides Tour. Patton earned the distinction of a Green Ribbon School in 2015 and since then has continued to develop it's innovative Programs

The Green Strides Tour helps showcase innovative practices of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and fitness; and environmental education, including STEM, civics, and green career pathways.

The 2016 tour theme is "Real-World Learning" and will bring focus to how top PA schools teach effective environmental education through authentic learning, helping students learn higher-order thinking skills, collaboration and problem-solving. These types of skills are essential to our student's success in life and prepares them for careers.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Education will be joined by state and local officials as well as the business partners who have helped to create these wonderful programs.

Teachers and students will guide visitors on a tour where they will learn about the school's many technologically advanced and environmentally friendly programs.

The real world learning opportunities provided to Patton Middle schoolers range from hands on projects in classrooms to STEM projects and the integration of innovative technologies, below is a partial list.
  • Patton Gardens - more
  • The American Chestnut Project - A scientific study focused on Chestnut Tree Blight more
  • ITEEA program of excellence - more
  • Walk for Water - more
  • School Lunch study
  • Recycling clubs and activities
  • Solar Array - more
  • Outdoor classroom spaces - more
  • Weather station - more


The Green Strides Tour will stop at several other area schools including:

Tuesday, September 27

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Tour of Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School, 2200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Tour of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W Willow Grove Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Tour of Harriton High School, 600 N Ithan Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

2:45 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. – Tour of Radnor Middle School, 150 Louella Ave, Wayne, PA 19087



Wednesday, September 28

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Tour of Charles F. Patton Middle School, 760 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Tour of Westtown School, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Tour of the School District of Jenkintown, 325 Highland Ave, Jenkintown, PA 19046

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Tour of Goodnoe Elementary, 298 Frost Lane, Newtown, PA, 18940



Thursday, September 29

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. –Tour of Broughal Middle School, 114 West Morton Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – 2016 Tour Discussion Session, Broughal Middle School, 114 West Morton Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Tour of Nazareth Area Middle School, 94 Friedenstahl Avenue, Nazareth, PA 18064

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Tour of Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, 2411 Pennsylvania 715, Tannersville, PA 18372