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Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School is Georgia's Newest STEM Certified School
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Congratulations, Tigers!  

Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School became Georgia's newest STEM Certified school yesterday, joining an elite list of just 37 elementary schools across Georgia with the achievement.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Certification, awarded by the Georgia Department of Education, recognizes schools that embrace the challenge of doing an exceptional job providing students with STEM learning opportunities.
"We are extremely proud of the dedication of the Hubbard Elementary School staff, students, and stakeholders," said Principal Jay Johnston. "Achieving STEM certification is truly a testament to our commitment to excellence.  More importantly, we are thrilled with the long-term positive impact of STEM teaching and learning on student achievement."
Mr. Johnston commended the work of his instructional staff, along with the support of Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman, the Central Office Staff, and System STEM Coach Susan Curtis, in making the STEM Certification happen. "The road to STEM Certification has been paved by the teachers at Hubbard Elementary. Their dedication and commitment has led the way for Hubbard to become the first STEM certified school in Monroe County and in the surrounding counties."
The Georgia DOE defines STEM as an integrated curriculum (as opposed to the four areas being taught in isolation) that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions.
To earn STEM certification, a school must navigate a rigorous application process that includes site visits by state officials, evidence of teacher collaboration, business and industry partnerships, high levels of math and science instruction, and an integrated, project-based STEM curriculum. Once certification is achieved, a school must re-certify every five years.