Culinary Trip Planned to Expand Horizons

On Friday, April 22, culinary teacher Debbie Andry is taking her Nutrition and Wellness class on a field trip to the St. Matthews Mall. At the St. Matthews Mall in Louisville, students will first go to the William Sonoma store. This store includes various amounts and kinds of cookware, bakeware, small appliances, kitchen utensils and seasonings.

“I plan to introduce them to as many different types of equipment and their uses as possible. I want to expand their knowledge of the culinary world, and share with them one of my personal favorite places to shop. I love kitchen gadgets and there is no better place to find them than William Sonoma,” said Andry.  

The students will also eat at the Cheesecake Factory to have an opportunity for a fine dining experience. Andry believes that students should be able to experience a 4 star restaurant and practice their etiquette skills that they are currently learning in their Nutrition Class. 

“The Cheesecake Factory is an excellent restaurant in food, decor and service all rolled into one. Many of our students have never had this type of experience,” said Andry. 

Not only does Andry want the students to learn etiquette skills and look at the different types of cookware, but she also wants to broaden her students’ horizons from their experiences they have from the trip.

“I am all about expanding student horizons and creating a ‘What If’ idea in their minds. ‘What If’ I became a chef? ‘What If’ I became a server at a fine restaurant? ‘What If’ I became a food photographer or entered another occupation in the culinary field? These are questions only my students can answer, but they may never have the questions if I don’t provide the experience,” said Andry.

Story by Corrine Magner

iReady and ILEARN tests to occur in April

On April 4 through April 8, junior high I-AM students will take the I-AM test. April 11 through April 14, the rest of junior high will take the iReady diagnostic. 

iReady is a diagnostic test that the school uses to determine academic growth in Math and English. Students take this test three times a year, once at the beginning, middle and the end of the school year. Teachers use this data to guide instruction in the classroom and also helps them know what level students are working at.

ILEARN is a state standardized test given in Math and English. All junior high students are required to take it. ILEARN is used to help with class placement for honors/AP classes and RTI (response to intervention). It also helps teachers and administrators to know if extra support is needed. I-AM is an alternative assessment for a small number of students in place of ILEARN.

“Remember, testing provides us with info that can help students. We want you to do your very best but, we do not want it to be another stresser,” said Junior High Guidance Counselor Katrina Brace.

iReady and ILEARN are both very important tests for student’s futures in high school and it is encouraged that students take their time and try their best.

Story by Lola Beavers