2017-2018 Initiatives: Entrepreneur Program, the Referendum & the Long Range ED Plan

ML Logo We believe 2017-2018 will be a great year for the Curriculum office. This is the first year we will not be managing a new mandate from Trenton. Therefore we will be able to focus on our new initiatives and enhancing former programs and older mandates like the PARCC assessments.

Laker Launch will be the first program we will be starting this year as part of the district's commitment to financial literacy. Laker Launch is a planned 4-year program that will start this year at MLHS. We will also continue to run our TREPS program at Wildwood. To learn more about Laker Launch, and how you can possibly support the program, read the spotlight blurb below.

As always, the Curriculum office will support the district's Long Range Education Plan. Each of the schools will focus on our four major areas: Balance Tradition & Innovation, Promote “Grit” among our students, Foster a positive, safe learning environment for all students, and Manage unfunded mandates. You can read more about this plan below.

Finally, the district will ask for your support during our Referendum push in October 2017. We believe it will pass so we plan to devote much of our time with referendum implementation. To find out what we will be doing, check the updates and presentations on the Referendum 2017 website.

2017 - 2018 Curriculum Spotlight

2017-2018 LREP

2017-2018 is the penultimate year for this cycle's Long Range Educational Plan. We are so excited about our plans this year which include new policies and professional development for our staff.

In the "Balance Innovation & Tradition" area, we will develop grades 6-12 grammar modules and mechanics of writing assessments to supplement our language arts curriculum. Wildwood teachers will focus on new STEM lessons, and our office will identify additional curricular programs in the arts and world languages that match our students' needs and interests.

As part of the "Foster a Positive, Safe Learning Environment" area, we will strive to promote a stronger, more authentic connection between all of our tuition and district students, including those in our inaugural MLHS Biotechnology Program. We will assist the technology department to increase the reliability and speed of all network connections so that technology is seamlessly integrated into classroom instruction at all times.

Finally, as part of the "Manage of Unfunded Mandates" section, we will focus on the QSAC audit from the NJDOE and implement the NJSLA-S, the new Science exam that will replace the NJASK. Of course, parents can always access our PARCC and other test results on our district website.

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Laker Launch!

As you will read from the MLHS Program of Studies, LAKER LAUNCH is a planned four-year entrepreneurial and business program that will empower our students in becoming future leaders and creative problem solvers. As part of this program, students will analyze case studies, run the Entrepreneur Club’s burgeoning e-commerce platforms, and design and launch their own student businesses!

This year we will have a new semester class, Entrepreneurship 1 -- Introduction to Entrepreneurship, open for 9th & 10th graders. Introduction to Entrepreneurship will help students foster an entrepreneurial mindset to recognize the intersections among various disciplines and topics including technology and design. This mindset directly correlates with our district’s current Long Range Education Plan in which we strive to prepare our students to be innovative and resilient in today’s changing times. Students will analyze businesses and research successes and failures by examining case studies in each of the nine units: customer segments, value propositions, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, key resources, key activities, key partnerships, and cost structure. Students will then apply their learning as they cross-train in each of those departments with the Entrepreneur Club’s e-commerce business.

All MLHS students can engage with the aforementioned curriculum if they choose to sign up to the Entrepreneur Club's new partnership with MIT's Launch X Program. Students will form teams and launch their own business using the lessons and we plan to meet every Tuesday evening from October - May at 7:30 PM.

Then in the Spring, rising 10th and 11th graders will be eligible to sign up for next year's new Entrepreneurship class, E2: Selling Yourself and Your Business. Building on the skills and lessons from the MLHS Entrepreneurial Club sessions or the Introduction class, this year-long course will focus on marketing and business communications. This course is designed to help you sharpen your writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to help you succeed in the business world. In the second half of the course, you will explore core concepts and tools to help you better understand and excel in marketing. Key topics include Market Research and its importance to strategy, brand strategy, pricing, integrated marketing communication, social media strategy, and more. Students will then head the marketing and customer relationship departments for the Entrepreneur Club’s e-commerce business.

Entrepreneurship 3 & 4 will be added to the Program of Studies in the next two years. These courses will focus on finance, leadership, and business iteration in which students are expected to launch their own businesses. An optional international trip to study business operations may be part of the program during the summer of 2019, pending BOE approval.

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