The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 3, 2014

PISD offering LAUNCH program

PALESTINE — Beginning next school year, Palestine Independent School District's elementary campuses will be offering a specialized curriculum focusing on the integration of science, math and cross-curricular Language Arts.

Referred to as the LAUNCH program, students who exhibit advanced levels in reading and math will be given the opportunity to excel in a curriculum designed to stretch the imagination as well as provide rigorous learning activities throughout their school day.

Designed with the child’s future in mind, LAUNCH students will be better prepared to take pre-advanced and advanced placement classes in junior high and high school as well as acquiring the necessary foundational skills for advanced technical and college coursework, according to PISD Superintendent Jason Marshall.

“When students understand how education is relevant to their lives and future careers, they are excited about opportunities that become available in their classes,” Marshall said.

LAUNCH is the foundation for Project Lead The Way, a national STEM program that Palestine Independent School District first implemented two years ago. LAUNCH is the new elementary component that is just now being offered to Texas schools.

“Palestine schools are proud to be among the first schools in Texas to offer this elementary component,” a PISD news release said.

Parents will be given the opportunity to nominate their child for the LAUNCH program. The nomination form may be picked up at the counselor’s office at the school their child attends: Northside Primary, Southside Elementary, or A.M. Story Intermediate.

Part of the nomination process will require that students participate in various tests and thinking activities designed to measure intellectual capacity and creativity.

Currently enrolled students, as well as students who will be new to the district, are equally encouraged to apply for admission into the LAUNCH program; however, the form must be returned to the appropriate campus no later than May 20.

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