During his visit, the congressman was escorted around the school by third-grade teacher Ms. Chris Quist, Board of Education President Terry Doyle, and Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rehlander.
Representative Upton recalled that as a student, his school was never visited by its congressional official - a determining factor behind his reasoning for visiting a different school within his district each week. He enjoys being able to get a first-hand look at the progress of students in his district, he said.
The first stop on the congressman’s tour was to Ms. Julie Boes’ third-grade technology classroom, where students were working in stations to learn things such as internet searching skills, and programming computers through a process called coding, as part of the district’s K-12 Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum.
Middle school science teacher Ms. Becky Drayton, and 11th-grade student Kennedy Davis, gave Representative Upton the grand tour of the Middle/High School’s STEM lab, where students can take courses in biomedical science. Davis explained that the students enjoy the hands-on learning, and discussed with the congressman her plans after graduation next year.
During Mr. Marc Kline’s high school history class, students asked Representative Upton questions such as, “When did you decide that you wanted to go into public service?” and “How has the federal election affected what you do?” The congressman was quick to offer the students advice on the importance of being honest, and honoring your word.
The Middle/High School Band, directed by teacher Ms. Emily Redmond, played a selection from Greensleeves Variants by Robert E. Foster, which was promptly met with applause by the congressional representative. He recounted his years spent in band, and carrying the flag during high school football games.
The congressman’s final stop of the day was to experience the hard work of Gobles middle school students in robotics. The students demonstrated their mechanical creations for their guest, which were programmed to move independently using code.