RHS Accepted to National STEM Group

In mid-January, Rockhurst High School was notified of its acceptance as an Associate Member with the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS).  The Consortium’s mission is to advance STEM education by providing professional development and networking opportunities for educators and enriched learning experiences for students; to serve as a national resource for STEM schools and programs by supporting collaboration and knowledge sharing, in partnership with educational, corporate, and international organizations; and to inform policymakers on STEM education.  

Currently, there are 100 high schools in the nation that are Institutional Members of the association, and Rockhurst will join the other three schools that stand as Associate Member status.  According to Rockhurst's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Director, Mr. Greg Owsley '00, the school hopes to achieve Institutional Member status by the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

Rockhurst is the first Jesuit high school in the country to be accepted into the NCSSS, and joins St. Teresa's Academy as the first two schools in Missouri to achieve membership after the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.  There is also one Kansas school in the organization.

"Membership to NCSSS demonstrates that our education product is among the most elite secondary educational institutions in the country," said Mr. Owsley.  "Now that Rockhurst High School is officially a member, the school will be able to provide even more opportunities for its students. Being a part of this network of school will also help Rockhurst continue its commitment to continuous improvement. The school models for its students by always going for the Magis."

In a letter from Ms. Maria Dastur, Director of Membership & Partnerships for NCSSS, she wrote:

"The membership committee had an opportunity to meet in person at our January board meeting.  They have unanimously agreed to invite Rockhurst High School into the consortium as an Associate member.  The committee felt your reflections on the next steps for Rockhurst were right on target.  Everyone was very impressed with all that you have done and will be implementing at Rockhurst. We welcome your ideas and energy with open arms.  The science research course, engineering course and university courses all bring you closer to meeting the threshold for Institutional level membership.  We look forward to assisting Rockhurst to grow and quickly move to an Institutional membership."

Some of the "next steps" that she mentioned are two of the full-year Science electives that Rockhurst will begin to offer in the fall.  They are Fundamentals of Scientific Research and Principles of Engineering.

"NCSSS affirms Rockhurst's positive steps forward catalyzed by the STEAM initiative, which is only in its second year," commented Mr. Owsley.  "Specifically, new course offerings among various departments and adult-student connections via mentors and internships contributed to Rockhurst's acceptance into NCSSS.  These new learning opportunities and being a NCSSS member school will give Rockhurst graduates a competitive advantage on a national level as they move on to higher education."

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