CNE Elementary is excited to be back in session! For the 2022-23 school year, the Elementary has been focusing on the importance of experiential learning, which is the process of learning by doing. 

Many of our grade levels are planning field trips for the Fall, with the kindergarten headed to Shaw Farms and fourth grade going to Serpentine Mound, a prehistoric effigy mound. By engaging in off-site field trips, students are learning experientially; in doing so, students are better able to connect theories and knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world situations. 

“We are very happy our students will be able to enjoy off-site field trips this year,” says Principal Tonya Schmidt. “We are confident these experiences will enhance our students’ educational journeys in giving them an environment to explore and apply their classroom learnings.” 

Kent University has found that through experiential learning, students gain: 

  • A better understanding of course material

  • A broader view of the world and an appreciation of community

  • Insight into their own skills, interests, passions, and values

  • Opportunities to collaborate with diverse organizations and people

  • Positive professional practices and skill sets

  • The gratification of assisting in meeting community needs

  • Self-confidence and leadership skills

In addition, our first family event, “Spooktacular,” will take place on October 20 and will combine the fun of Halloween with engaging academic games! Every student who attends the event will receive a book through an initiative funded by the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant, which allows early childhood education programs, districts, schools, and families to improve student literacy and increase educational options available to students who have been traditionally underserved. 

We look forward to watching our students learn through these hands-on experiences, and to sharing more experiential learning opportunities and family events with you!