LAGRANGE, Ohio -- Keystone Elementary is the home of the Wildcats. And, it's also roaring with pride after learning that they are this week’s Fox 8 Cool School.
Principal David Kish said the key at Keystone is innovative learning. All students, kindergarten through 5th grade, take a computer class. And, they have hands-on learning on an iPad.
"To do research for educational purposes and have apps downloaded on them so they can learn what they are supposed to be learning. And, make it in a more fun way," Principal Kish said.
Third grader Olivia Croftcheck agrees: "It's really fun to use. It's just like an iPad that I have, but it is much bigger," she added.
Striking the right keys at Keystone means making music multidimensional. Music teacher Shellie Wyzynski incorporates a method of teaching that involves using instruments, singing and movement. "So the student is fully musically aware," she said.
The state has recognized Keystone Elementary as an Excellent with Distinction School for several years. Principal Kish said it is done with team work and meeting the needs of all the learners.
"We're trying to do things this year that we have never done before with our gifted, high-end population, and we're doing things for our students that are struggling a little bit," he added.
The school's PTA is one of the top in the state. Promoting reading through its "Paw"some reader program is just one of the PTA sponsored events. "They come and they help with our family fun day, our talent show, mother-son event, father-daughter. We have a lot going on and the community is right behind us." PTA President Chris Minney said.
There is also the PAWS or Positive Adults with Students Programs that has members of the community volunteering their time with kids in need.
Keystone also catch students being good. The Kids with Character award winners get a pizza lunch with the principal and special recognition at school. Second grader Kayla Bosak was among this month's winners.
"It's showing respect to others and be kind," Kayla said.
Principal Kish said putting the students first, with a team effort by the staff and parents, helps make Keystone Elementary such a Cool School.
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