Cedar Rapids Community School District gets first magnet middle school

Published: Feb. 1, 2017 at 4:53 AM CST
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The Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy will become the Cedar Rapids Community School District's first magnet middle school.

Magnet schools in the area each operate on a different theme and Roosevelt says their theme will be business

That means, faculty members are teaching skills to students that they may one day use in their future careers.

During a special look into one of their project-based learning activities, students at Roosevelt Middle School were working on an assignment called a ZAP project or a Zombie Apocalypse Project

"We try to fight off zombies I guess and try to find out where the virus came from,” says 8th grader Cameron Davis.

Their goal is figure out how to stop the spread of a zombie attack.

First students are divided into groups and each person is assigned a different job.

"I'm city council and planning and zoning,” says Davis.

And one of Davis's duties is to work together with his fellow students to find creative ways of problem-solving.

“If me and the city council member who are also working together decide to make a dome to keep out the rest of the disease, we have to figure out a way to have the utilities, make sure they still have water and food and power and source and stuff to make our city function,” says 8th grader Gabrielle Trusedell.

Roosevelt's principal Autumn Pino says it's this type of project-based learning that will help her students succeed not just in high school, but in their future careers.

”While high school is important, we're really thinking about those really neat skills we're trying to foster in students such as perseverance and grit and problem solving and teamwork all those skills that are so important for students as they thrive in the community and beyond,” says Pino.

Staff at Roosevelt Middle School are already receiving training on project- based learning and they're planning to partner students with local businesses so they can get some real world experience in a professional setting.

The Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy will be the third magnet school added to the district.

In the Fall the middle school will take on the role as the district's newest magnet.

Parents or those interested in learning more about the school can visit during one of the following tour dates:

• Wednesday, February 8, 12:15-1:15 pm

• Tuesday, February 28, 8:15-9:15 am

• Thursday, March 23, 12:15-1:15 pm

• Tuesday, April 4, 8:15-9:15 am