Last updated: June 05. 2014 11:10PM - 938 Views
By Janine Ungvarsky Times Leader Correspondent

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BEAR CREEK TWP. — A new science program that includes online resources for students and plenty of hands-on interactive activities will be part of the curriculum for all grades at the Bear Creek Community Charter School starting next school year.

The school’s board of trustees approved the new Science Fusion program for grades one through eight at Thursday’s bimonthly meeting.

Instead of textbooks, the program includes a subscription to soft-cover books that students can write in and highlight to help enhance their learning and then keep at the end of the year, the board was told, and the program incorporates virtual labs as well as in-class activities to reinforce concepts in each module.

Students will also be able to go online and complete activities, school CEO Jim Smith said, and the program is designed to meet all common core standards and reinforce other learning areas such as language arts and math. The new program will cost $47,414 to implement and a smaller amount each year to replace items used in experiments and activities, Smith said.

In other business, the board:

-Approved three agreements with the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association for various therapy services. Speech therapy services will be provided at $75 per hour, while physical and occupational therapy will be provided at $90 per hour.

-Approved the hiring of Robert Hawkins, Justin Kuna and Ian Sherwood as temporary summer help at $10 per hour for limited hours over an eight-week period.

-Approved the purchase of an additional new 2015 pick-up truck through the CoStars state contract at a cost not to exceed $35,306

-Noted that they are awaiting the completion of some paperwork and contracts related to the new school construction project and hope to have a ceremonial ground breaking before the end of June.

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