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‘Here to learn’
Eighth-grader Ranya Agami, who thinks she might want to be a mathematician some day, said that while school leaders keep students’ focus on learning, Global is not void of fun.
In addition to Lego League and field trips, she describes friendly competition among classes where good behavior is rewarded with points.
“If we win, we’ll have a party,” she said. “It motivates us to be good. I think we are.”
It’s an opinion shared by Chalich, a veteran teacher who’s been employed by the school since it opened. She says she’s constantly impressed by her students and their parents, who turn out en masse for events like spelling bees and science fairs.
“They want to know when their child is not performing well, when their homework isn’t done,” she said. “Their students are here to learn, and that’s our expectation, too.
Commitment to technology
Chalich said she also appreciates Global’s commitment to using technology in the classroom. Last year, the school launched a one-to-one iPad program. Some teachers have software that allows them to see responses from students working on their iPads.
“It offers immediate feedback,” Chalich said. “It allows us to see who needs more help and who needs more challenging work.”
While Storbakken and Fisk say they’d like to have a little more building space, they have no plans to leave Columbia Heights. Nor do they have plans to open a high school, despite pleas from parents.
“We have a number of students who come back and tell us that Global is so much harder than their new high school,” Fisk said. “We love hearing that.”
Kim McGuire • 612-673-4469