Kanawha County Schools is pleased to announce that Pinch Elementary has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019 for its dedication to using technology to elevate curriculum at every level. Pinch Elementary is just one of two schools in WV to receive this recognition. They were recognized both at their school by Apple representatives and at the Nov. 16th board meeting.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“Pinch Elementary’s dedication to digital learning occurs each and every day, and is integrated into everything that we do,” said Betty Moore, Pinch Elementary Principal. “All of our students and employees are empowered to be leaders and we really focus on how technology can help us achieve leadership roles throughout our time in K-12 and beyond. We are proud of this distinction and thank all of our staff, students and parents for their support.”
This Spring, four Pinch students completed the Apple Student Mentorship program. All of the teachers at Pinch Elementary are also Apple Certified, which is a level above and beyond what is required by the county. Pinch Elementary hosts a Digital Learning Day each Spring to showcase their student learning to parents and the community.
Kanawha County Schools offers 1-to-1 Apple iPads for students in grades 5-12 and offers shared iPads for students in PreK-4. Pinch Elementary is 1-to-1 at every grade level thanks to the support of their parents and community. The use of Apple iPads is part of the KCS Learning 20/20 initiative, which focuses on education excellence that is achieved by technology being seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. A team of Learning 20/20 professionals travels to schools daily to help teachers enhance lessons by infusing technology into the curriculum creating opportunities for students to think critically, problem solve, communicate and create. Kanawha County Schools believes that increasing access to technology and promoting problem solving skills is essential for that future, and one of the learning tools for our students is the iPad. The individual use of iPads is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace.