WHAT: About 1,700 students in the Los Nietos School District will walk into classrooms with new wireless technology and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses when they return to campuses on Tuesday, Aug. 9 because of wireless connectivity upgrades completed during the summer.
Every classroom in the District last year received a 65-inch TV monitor, complete with an Apple TV and wireless connectivity that has been upgraded over the summer.
At Los Nietos Middle School, every eighth-grader will receive a Google Chromebook to use at school and seventh-graders will get access to laptops, iPads and computer labs. The use of this technology in the classroom is possible because of the upgraded wireless infrastructure installed over the summer.
These upgrades are among the projects paid for by the $13 million Measure N Bond that was approved by Los Nietos voters in November 2014 by 76% voter approval.
In addition to the tools, Los Nietos Middle School has split a highly popular year-long computer science class introduced in 2015-16 into two semester classes so more students can learn to design webpages and build video games.
The middle school also provides a Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program in which students build a STEM-related project and pit their designs against other schools in the region. This year, students will program the movement of robotic arms.
WHEN: 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9
WHERE: Los Nietos Middle School, 11425 E. Rivera Road, Los Nietos, CA 90606
DETAILS: Other improvements at the middle school include new electrical wiring, roof repairs and paint and tile in cafeteria. During the year, the District will construct a new public library at the school to be opened by fall 2017. The District also has purchased new social studies and math textbooks.