Today I toured the campus of Meridian High School with Principal Victor Hubbard. Here’s what I saw in pictures, video and a few words:
— This is an image of the design of a pressure plate used for manufacturing. Using state-of-the-art CAD software, this was completely designed from the ground-up by a 9th grade STEM student at Meridian High School(and not just one 9th grader;the wall is full of these). STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics. Along with the image, students are required to produce drawings, i.e. blueprints, for the design and production of the given object. Did I mention these are 9th graders?
— This is an example of the “Glue-Watercolor” method being used by 9th graders to produce these fine pieces of artwork.
Next let’s take a look inside a 9th Grade Spanish Class at Meridian High School. The video showed up horizontally(sorry), but you’ll get the idea of what’s going on here: a whole lot of teaching and a whole lot of learning. Please notice the drop-down projector in the ceiling; Every single classroom in the MHS 9th grade building is equipped with one of these.
— We then made our way over to the 10th-12th grade building, where we dropped by Mr. Abdella’s Advanced Placement World History class. Mr. Abdella was in the middle of a lecture on Kaiser Wilhelm I, German Unification and the events that led to the First World War. Several of the students in this picture scored +30 on the ACT.
I like to save the best for last…
The greatest teacher I ever received instruction from was part of the faculty at Meridian High School. His name is Larry Nichols. He was great in 1992 and he is great today(and so are his students). Here he is in action today as he and his class discuss seditious speech and prior restraint.
Remember, I showed up unannounced…
Check out his class’s response when he asks them what they think about hearing from community members :
Today’s blog entry comes nowhere close to doing justice to the students and faculty of Meridian High School. If you really want to see what it’s like, show up — unannounced, if you wish — and ask for a tour. Trust me — the students and teachers would love to see you there.