Aransas Pass ISD Faulk Elementary School Tour

Aransas Pass ISD Faulk Elementary School Tour
Posted on 03/02/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Aransas Pass ISD Faulk Elementary School TourWhen was the last time you were inside a classroom? If it has been a while, you will be absolutely stunned by the way technology has completely changed the landscape and the process, especially in elementary schools. Faulk Elementary in Aransas Pass opened its doors in August of 2019 as part of the $17.9 million bond program that was passed in 2016. 
"The new Faulk Elementary really stands out in the community. It is brand new; it is the first new school in many years, and with all the growth going on in our region, it is a great place for families to bring their children," said Faulk Elementary Principal Jason Mansfield.
There's nothing like the feeling of getting ready for school, especially when you have a new state-of-the-art building.

"I thought it was going to be the best school ever. I like lunch, breakfast, the principals, breakfast, recess, math, writing, and everything we can do in school," said first grader Hunter Underwood.

"I love it, but I am going to miss it when I go to Charlie Marshall. It is bigger, and it has an elevator and some stairs," said second grader Paisley Burns.

The Faulk Elementary Open House that was scheduled for April of 2020 was canceled due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We wanted to have an open house; we had it scheduled twice, and it didn't work out. Here we are a year later, and we still cannot have a lot of people through the building because of COVID. So we are doing this video to give people a tour, and people that have not seen inside the school can see all the unique things we have for the kids to learn from," said Mansfield.

The brand-new facility has bigger classrooms set up with new technology, bigger work spaces for all of the employees, and a media room.

"We have the media room, the computer lab is really good because it is touch screen, all brand-new computers which really helps our Pre-K and Kindergarten students who don't have the motor skills yet to navigate a mouse. Plus, they are used to touching cell phones and iPads and things like that so they can do pretty well at that. We also have a science lab setup that we have not been able to use because of COVID, but we do have a science lab ready to go. We also have a hands-on lab for kids to go in and do all kinds of hands-on activities in different stations, and we also have a sensory room for some of our special needs students, who are having a little bit of an outbreak, or anger issues, we can bring them into the sensory room, and it calms them down. That can be used for special need students or any of our kids who are having a rough day," said Mansfield. 

Students here have access to a variety of technology devices such as iPads and Chromebooks. Students retain more when they are able to manipulate technology, and it's evident through their level of engagement while completing activities designed for them.

"All kids in the school have Chromebooks. We just got 300, and we are waiting for more to come in. As of right now, all my first and second graders have been assigned a Chromebook. I will say though, about Kinder and Pre-K, they do a lot of fine motor skill things with hands and tracing letters, and learning to write, and learning to color, and cut with scissors. So we are not using as much technology with them just due to their needs in the educational environment," said Mansfield.

Designed to hold more than 600 students, the campus currently holds approximately 440 students so there is room to grow.
Story by Roland Rodriguez, Public Relations.
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