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Spring City Hybrid Learning School Tour 2013
The Spring-Ford Area School District welcomes you to tour the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School. By clicking on the hyper-link above, you will be presented with a nine-minute video which will provide you with an overview of our innovative new learning environment. Upon completion of the video, if you would have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Mitch Edmunds, Principal of the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School at (610) 705-6004.


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Spring City Hybrid Open House 2012
The video below was utilized during the recent Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School - Parent and Community Open House which was held on Monday, October 15, 2012. The video was used as an informational overview of the Hybrid Project to date, as well as provided coverage of the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School launch.





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Hybrid Learning School Kick-Off
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 was a very special day for the students and staff of the Spring City Elementary School of the Spring-Ford Area School District. The students and staff of Spring City Elementary, along with members of the Spring-Ford Area School District administration, school board, and honored guests gathered for a “Kick-off” assembly to officially launch the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School.
 
The Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School is only the fifth elementary hybrid learning school in the country, and the first of its kind in the eastern United States. Additionally, Spring City Elementary is the first public elementary school (grades K-4) to transition fully from a traditional instructional model to that of a hybrid learning model. The hybrid learning model being utilized at Spring City Elementary is that of a “Rotate-in-Classroom” structure. What that means is that the students are provided with face-to-face and online learning opportunities in an integrated fashion, while being proved with the standards based lessons in multiple ways, all-the-while being delivered in a small group (personalized) learning environment.
 
The kick-off assembly was organized and “MC’d” by Mr. Mitch Edmunds, Principal of the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School. The assembly was marked by acknowledgements of the staff and team that made the hybrid learning school possible. In addition, Mr. Edmunds shared with the students how special their school is by showing a map of the United States and how “Spring City Elementary was making history.” Along with the recognition of this event, the students were addressed by Mr. Thomas Dibello, Spring-Ford Area School Board President, Mr. Joseph Ciresi, Spring-Ford Area School Board Vice-President, and Dr. David Goodin, Spring-Ford Area School District Superintendent. The assembly was commemorated by each classroom sharing handmade quilt patches to recognize the event, along with a school-wide singing of the song “Ready to Learn.” The students were also given a Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School t-shirt (provided the Home and School parent organization.) The assembly concluded with a visit by a special guest, “Rowdy the Ram”, the Spring-Ford Area School District mascot and a special treat being served at lunchtime. The event was a great launch to the school’s new learning environment.


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Attention Spring City Families
As you know, Spring-Ford Area School District schools are slated to open the 2012-13 school year on Monday, August 27, 2012. We are excited about this upcoming school year and specifically excited about the beginning of the Spring City Elementary School Hybrid Learning Initiative. Beginning in mid-September, Spring City will be utilizing a hybrid learning approach which will provide students with more face-to-face time with their respective teachers, as well as exposure to additional educational tools and technologies.  As stated, school opens next Monday morning and will begin in a traditional setting with opportunities for the students to encounter and experience the new hybrid learning format in a safe and secure environment.
Currently, there is information regarding the Hybrid Learning Initiative on the Spring-Ford Area School District website, including a PowerPoint presentation with specifics regarding Spring City Elementary School and the Hybrid Learning approach. Throughout the end of last school year and during the summer months, Spring City staff and faculty members have been working diligently in preparation for our new Hybrid Learning Initiative. Training and professional development for teachers has been on-going during the entire process and will be continued for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.
For further information, the district has scheduled several opportunities for parents and community members to hear and learn about the project and witness the hybrid learning classrooms in person. The dates and times are as follows:
1.      Thursday, September 6, 2012 – 6:30pm - Spring-City Elementary Open House/Back-to-School Night - A presentation (updating parents on the status of the Hybrid Learning Initiative) will be delivered to parents by Mr. Mitch Edmunds, Principal of the Spring City Elementary School and Dr. Keith Floyd, Director of Curriculum & Instruction.  In addition, the evening will include visits of the new “Hybrid” classrooms.
2.      Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - Opening of the “new” Spring-City Elementary Hybrid Learning School - The day will be marked with special events, activities and a few surprises (more information to follow).
3.      Monday, October 15, 2012 - 2:00pm-3:30pm - Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School Parent and Community Open House - At this time, parents and community members will be afforded the opportunity to view the hybrid classrooms and be given updates on the progress of the project approximately one month into deployment.
As always, we look forward to seeing you at any and all of the upcoming parent events, and if you have any questions, please first review the Spring-Ford Area School District website, and forward questions to either Mr. Mitch Edmunds, Principal of the Spring City Elementary School and/or Dr. Keith Floyd, Director of Curriculum & Instruction.  Thank you for your time and we are looking forward to an exciting 2012-13 school year.
Dr. David R. Goodin

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Introducing the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School
On June 18, 2012, the Spring-Ford Area School District Board of School Directors was provided information regarding the implementation plan for the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School. (Please Note: To review a copy of this presentation, please click on the link below). The Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School will be one of the first elementary hybrid learning environments in the country, and the first of its kind in the eastern part of the country.

The vision of the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School is as follows:

  • To explore an educational structure (specific to elementary level) that moves beyond the four walls of the current elementary classroom to that of a truly global 21st century learning environment
  • To allow teachers and students to explore new methods of instructional pedagogy and learning while simultaneously building a foundation that leads directly to college and career readiness in the 21st century
  • To provide high quality professional development for not only the staff, but for the students as well
  • To incorporate ongoing assessments of progress to ensure that students are progressing at an appropriate level
  • To reshape the way that we view pedagogy and education (as a whole) at the elementary level, for tomorrow and beyond

Key features of a Hybrid Learning Environment are as follows:

  • Technology enables customized learning
  • Assessments occur daily with regular reports. Data informs the instruction
  • Students receive the same material different ways to accommodate distinct learning styles
  • Teachers instruct in small groups
  • Education occurs primarily at-school
  • May be applied to entire schools or subsets (e.g. classes, grades, sections)


With the key benefits of a more personalized learning environment being:

  • Increased student performance
  • Better academic choices
  • Self-paced learning
  • 21st century skills development
  • More learning engagement

The Spring City Elementary School will open its doors on Monday, August 27, 2012 with the transition to the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School slated for Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Please stay tuned for more information and details regarding the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School (Board Presentation – June 18, 2012)


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