Madison.com: Lidia Velasco signed up for the certified nursing assistant class at Verona High School because it was a deal she couldn’t pass up.
“It’s a really good opportunity because as long as you pass, Verona High School pays for this class,” said the high school junior.
In addition, the school pays for the test students need to take to become certified as a CNA, she said. The school does not pay if students have to retake the exam.
The class is taught by Madison Area Technical College instructors who expect the same from high school students as they do older students. Students must apply for the class and meet certain requirements that include background checks and immunizations, said Amy Moschkau, school-to-career coordinator at Verona High School.
Verona students not only get high school credit, but also get three credits from Madison Area Technical College. Typically the class would cost a student about $500.
Verona is one of four high schools in Dane County to offer the class in their buildings although two other schools send their students to a neighboring district’s program. The class is offered each semester in Verona to a maximum of 16 students.
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Capitol Times: Lisette Venegas’ second-grade class sat on a multicolored patchwork carpet and gathered around a smartboard. Moana, the title character from the latest Disney film, was on the screen with a mission for Venegas’ students: “Ayúdame a crear una línea.”
As Venegas asked her class who wanted to help Moana make her line, the excitement was palpable. The students listened intently to the teacher’s question, fighting the urge to raise their hands until she was done speaking.
Venegas teaches the two-way immersion (TWI) class at Verona’s Sugar Creek Elementary School. Students enrolled in TWI learn half of the day’s lessons in English and the other half in Spanish.
On Friday, they participated in the Hour of Code, a worldwide program designed to introduce people of all ages to computer science and coding. Each year, Hour of Code content reaches tens of millions of people in over 180 countries in 50 languages.
This is Venegas’ third year leading her students through Hour of Code activities at Sugar Creek. Venegas thinks it is important to expose her students to coding, especially in Spanish.
Wisconsin State Journal: A special project to show the power of human connections through the arts brought together St. Mary’s Care Center residents and students ages 18 to 21 in Verona High School’s functional vocational program.
The idea was to have the two groups, often marginalized in society, work together on a one-act play that looks at loneliness and connections.
At the same time, the project would provide an outlet for creativity and help form relationships between the participants from the skilled-care nursing facility and the high school program that teaches job and life skills to graduates with developmental disabilities.
The Verona Area International School is the first and only Chinese immersion school in Wisconsin, and now it is the first public school in the state to receive designation as a Confucius Classroom by Hanban Institute Headquarters in Beijing.
“We are a 50/50 Chinese immersion, so anytime you walk into a Chinese classroom, one of the things that you’re going to see is that the lessons are taught entirely in Chinese.”