Delano Schools plans for 2014 SciTech Week

Will collaborate with businesses, city

Delano Public Schools is collaborating with area businesses and the community to work up some S.T.E.A.M. The effort will be noticeable in public during Delano SciTechWeek, planned for April 7 through 12, 2014.

Delano High School Principal Steve Heil described the STEAM program to the Delano School Board at its May meeting. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

The School Board also took up other business. Here are some meeting highlights.



One goal of the STEAM program is to create partnerships amongst area educational organizations, businesses and the community. The partnerships would promote and foster 21st century skills and education in the five STEAM areas to help students explore pathways to college and be ready for careers. The SciTech program would connect a student’s current learning to higher education, internships and job opportunities.

The long-term goal is to help promote, retain, attract and grow Delano’s educational organizations, business community and community at large.

SciTechWeek is expected to feature tours and events in a trade show format, with the city of Delano, businesses and schools each doing their part.

The Delano mayor would proclaim April 7 to 12, 2014, as Delano SciTech Week and facilitate community events, such as an art walk and tours in the city of facilities emphasizing STEAM.

Businesses would host tours of their facilities with STEAM as a focus. Also, businesses would participate in a SciTech Festival during which business leaders would interact with students and colleges.

Schools would hold a festival in the Tiger Activity Center Thursday, April 10, with sessions from 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Representatives from business, higher education and the community would be on hand. The evening session would feature a guest speaker. An interactive and non-interactive show case would display student learning in STEAM areas. Students would have chances to connect their current learning to higher education and employment activities.

DHS Principal Heil hoped that SciTech Week would take place each year. Dates already have been set for April 6 to 11, 2015, with an April 9 SciTech showcase and April 4 to 9, 2016, with an April 7 SciTech showcase.

STEAM is looking towards a strong bond of community, education and business, Heil said. “We don’t know the internships that are available. We have students interested in various internships. We just need to have the contacts to get them to you.”



The School Board increased the prices of breakfasts and lunches in Delano Public Schools for the 2013–14 school year. Superintendent of Schools Matt Schoen said that federal requirements necessitated the price increases.

The cost of lunch at Delano Elementary School will increase by 10 cents from $2.35 to $2.45 and breakfast will continue to cost $1.50. Middle school lunches will increase in cost from $2.50 to $2.55 and breakfasts will remain at $1.50. At Delano High School student lunches will increase by 10 cents from $2.50 to $2.60 and breakfasts will remain at $1.50 each. Adult meal costs will continue to be $3.40 for lunch and $1.70 for breakfast.



School Board member Corey Black brought news on the boys tennis program from the Activities Advisory Council meeting. Boys Tennis Coach Jake Olson reported that an effort to make boys tennis a varsity sport is underway. This effort has spanned eight years. The School Board is expected to take action in June or July. Boys’ tennis would be handled and run like lacrosse, with no cost to the school district.



Under personnel matters, the School Board approved a contract for the return of long-time DHS football coach Merrill Pavlovich.