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Innovations

The West Jefferson Hills School District provides students with a multitude of innovative educational programs. Below is  just a sampling of our offerings:


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Established 2018-2019

The INCubatoredu Class offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience. In the year long course, students have the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Real entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses, adapting, and continually learning and improving. This cycle of experimentation is combined with business content such as marketing and finance.
 
 
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TJ3D Club Established
2019-2020 

TJ3D is a student club for fourth and fifth grade students at Jefferson Hills Intermediate School.   The goal of the club is to promote, encourage, and support students taking the initiative to learn 3D printing and design processes along with real world entrepreneurial skills. Members of the club take part in online activities, discussions, and challenges via Google Classroom. Once per week, students spend their recess time working in small, cooperative teams in which they are assigned various roles:  project manager, accountant, advertising, customer relations, inventory control, marketing, and design specialist. Each student in the club works to create original 3D models, promote them for sale on our store website, and fulfill and deliver orders. 
 
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New HS building/construction
Apiary Science
2019-2020
 
Located at Thomas Jefferson High School, an apiary, with roughly 60,000 honey bees in four hives, sits off the hillside of the building grounds and is intended as an environmental-based learning opportunity for students. A bee shed constructed by high school students and staff house necessary tools and serve as a meeting place for students interested in Apiary Science programs. Apiary Science programming takes place during the school’s personalized learning time and covers topics such as bee types/anatomy, colonies systematics, environmental importance, threats to bees, and more.
 
 
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Recording Studio
Plans are Underway 

A new professional sound booth and recording studio located at Thomas Jefferson High School is currently in the design phase. Students and staff members are working together to research,  design and build the studio. This project is a cross-curricular collaboration between students enrolled in art and construction technology classes. It will be a place where students can learn the ins and outs of the sound industry, from microphone placement to instrument isolation and how to bring it all together. Students will have the chance to record tracks on professional-grade equipment, while learning all about the technology that goes into making the music.
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CHILL Project
Established 2019-2020 

The CHILL Project at Pleasant Hills Middle School is a comprehensive mindfulness-informed, skill-building program that serves the needs of the entire school community, including teachers, students and family. Dr. William C. Davies, Program Supervisor for the CHILL Project at Allegheny Health Network, has partnered with the District to offer  the CHILL project to our students, staff and families. The CHILL Room has dim lights, comfy chairs, and relaxing music and is staffed by two professional counselors who are always there to talk with a student or teacher who needs help or just a listening ear.
 
 
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Exterior photo of the Coffee Tree Roasters doors and logo
Coffee Tree Roasters Learning Lab
Established 2020 

A partnership with Coffee Tree Roasters resulted in a CTR Learning Lab to provide valuable job training and employment skills to Life Skills and Business Students. This partnership offers real-world learning by equipping students with the resources to manage the coffee shop, track inventory, provide sales reports, order supplies, train student employees and more.
 
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