Westside schools:
Coronado hosts first Aerospace Institute

       For the first time June 1-4, Coronado High School hosted its annual Aerospace Institute with Mitchell High.
       The optional course, occurring after semester's end, provided instruction to 15 students from Coronado and Mitchell engineering teachers, with help from the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and federal defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Also, class financial support came from the Air Force Academy, according to Coronado engineering teacher Bryce McLean.
       Started in 2008, the institute had been offered the first two years at Mitchell. But the majority of students each year have been from Coronado, including this year (12 of the 15). “We decided we should change locations this year, because of all the Coronado kids driving to Mitchell,” McLean said. “Also, Mitchell is changing its administrative staff this summer, so it seemed like a good opportunity to bring it here.”
       The schools are the two in District 11 with the strongest emphasis on engineering, and Mitchell has a partnership with NORTHCOM.
       At the institute, students heard presentations from NORTHCOM and Booz Allen representatives and researched what's involved in a networked space mission. They then ran a mission simulation with District 11's Challenger Learning Center, which earned them two college physics credits.
       No summer school
       There will be no summer school in District 11 this year.
       The optional program has been offered at various district schools in past years - including some on the Westside - for students who have been identified as needing to catch up in certain academic areas.
       District 11 cut the program as a cost-saving measure in a tight budget year, according to district officials. The total savings is $991,094.
       Typically, about 1,500 students have attended summer school classes.
       Some alternatives are being offered through the district or individual schools. For more information, call your child's school or the district at 520-2005.

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