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110 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15, 2007 SCHOC,I'L & E DUCATION " Laura Ritter photo Thirty-one Cape students win scholarships Outstanding Cape students were honored by the Cape Henlopen school board in December as recipients of Michael C. Ferguson Scholarships. School board President Gary Wray, left, presented certificates to (l-r) Taylor Gillan, Renah Scudlark, Ingrid Kepner, Willis Ryder, Zachary Hartzog, Joseph Wenner, Robert Bartley, and Bruce Aldredge, flanked by Superintendent George Stone. The students achieved "superior scores in reading, writing or math in the Delaware State Testing Program. A total of 31 Cape students received the awards, which include scholarships that may be used at any two- or four-year College or for other post-high school education. I Delaware Tecl00 sets fitness open house Wondering how to get in shape or what you can do for fitness fun? Now is a good time to explore the variety of options available at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. A Gymnasium Complex Open House will be held-9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 20 in the Jason Technology Center. This free event will feature information about winter and spring fun and fitness courses offered at the cam- pus. Choices include aerobics, cardio/weight train- ing, personal training, men's basketball, tone & tuck, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, dance & flex, Pilates, tai chi, yoga, and Zen meditation. Golf and horseback riding are offered off-campus. Instructors will be on hand to give demonstrations and answer questions; prizes and refreshments will also be part of the fun. You can register early for classes _and get a head start on your fitness goals for the year. The Owens Campus Gymnasium Complex, now open five nights per week until 7 p.m., includes state-of-the-art cardio/weight training and exercise equipment, a mirrored exercise room, a basketball court, and complete locker rooms for men and women. Certified personal trainers and group exer- cise instructors provide guidance toward fitness and health goals. For more information, contact the Corporate and Community Programs Division at 854-6966. National FFA officers visit Cape chapter By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff For the first time, Delaware has been chosen to host the National Future Farmers of America and, on Friday, Jan. 5, members of the Cape Henlopen High School chapter met with six national offi- cers, as part of the FFA's kickoff of its national tour. " National officers are chosen from across the United States and were elected in October. For a year, they travel to 40 states each tracking 120,000 miles, lending support to FFA members still in high school. With 24 chapters in the state, Cape was one of 12 schools the officers visited. Heather Hastings advises the Cape Henlopen FFA, founded in 2001, which has 120 students in ninth through t2th grades. Hastings teaches seven classes in three concentrations: animal, plantand environmental sciences. "This year, three of five seniors are going, to college for agricul- ture,!' said Hastings. National rep- resentatives and FFA alurfini also mentor local students by bridging the gaps from high school to col- lege.. Continued on page 111 Kevin Spenoe photos Danielle Geyer, 20, of Lewes returned to Cape Henlopen High School to welcome the National Future Farmers of America officers. Geyer is a former Cape Henlopen FFA pres- ident and current FFA collegiate member at the University of Delaware majoring in elementary education. Geyer, left, is shown with Heather Hastings, who has headed Cape's FFA chapter since 2001. What .do rite experts say about future school trends? What can be more expensive or daunting than building a new school? The design and planning that goes into schbols should reflect the mostrecent trends in education. Schools of the future, by nature, should be different than schools of the past. What do the experts say about future trends? The one size fits all method of building schools is evaporating. According to Dr. Kenneth R. Stevenson of the University of South Carolina in his "repor on Educational Trends and School Planning and Design (September 2002), identical schools in terms of facilities does not equate equal opportunity for students because students function best in different environments according'to their talents, abilities and needs. The trend is toward providing equity in schools with design elements that support unique programs. SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese The report, available from the National Clearinghouse for Education Facilities at the website edfacilities.coin, goes on to list the following trends. There are ten trends in all. This week I bring you the first five., Trend One: In the future, the lines of prescribed attendance will blur. No longer will we adhere to the concept that if you live on this street, you go to this school. We ate already seeing this in choice for parents, charter schools, home schools and magnet schools. Boundaries will be. flexible and pliant. The trend is toward options for parents and students and this will influence school design in the future. Trend Two: Schools will be smaller and more neighborhood- oriented. EXperts believe that stu- dents are better known and have a better experience in smaller schools, There are more chances to participate in activities and to have a sense of belonging. Elementary schools may house 200 students, with middle schools holding no more than 400-500. Trend Three: Reduction in class size will decrease the stu- dent capacity Of buildings. Schools with space to hold stu- dents now may find that they need more classroomsqf the number of teacher-pupil ratio is reduced. This trend has been evident across the nation. South .Carolina schools now have an 18-1 ratio for grades one to three. More teachers will be needed as well as more classrooms. Trend Four: Technology will dominate instructional delivery. One way to control the increasing cost of education is the use of technology in distance learning or on-line learning. The classroom of the future may contain a teacher and a team of assistants to help use software designed for group work. Wiring and wireless ports and classroom complete with access will be the norm. Students will have laptops and be networked. Trend Five: The typical spaces thought to constitute a school may change. Stevenson contends that as schools become increasingly focused on producing good test scores, students who require addi- tional support in core subjects may create a need for more aca- demic spaces as opposed to music, art and vocational courses. Some schools may become very basic with few spaces for classes. considered to be peripheral. Can you guess what the next five trends will be? Stay tuned next week for the big reveal! Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District. Previous columns can be reviewed at her website diancal- banese.com.