Mr. LaBrot and Mr. Leonard put together a tiny house on their PD day with teachers from Holt and Timberland. (Submitted by Mr. LaBrot)
Mr. LaBrot and Mr. Leonard put together a tiny house on their PD day with teachers from Holt and Timberland.

Submitted by Mr. LaBrot

New Experiment May Turn Out As A New Class

Mr. LaBrot works with local teachers to test out a possible hands-on geometry class

October 3, 2019

Submitted by Mr. LaBrot
Staff members put together a tiny house that will eventually become a playhouse for the Eagles Nest.

The Wentzville School District is a place where innovation is the status quo. New opportunities arise every day, bettering the community as a whole.

Woodshop teachers from all three WSD High Schools collaborated to experiment for a future class, on Sept. 27 (during the teachers’ professional development day.) They were building a playhouse for Mrs. Genenbacher’s Eagles Nest, Child Development 2 class. 

This future class will be available here next year. The credit will be for geometry, as the class builds things such as tiny houses. 

“I think this will be a good opportunity for the kids who find an interest in construction to also learn the elements of geometry,” Mr. LaBrot said.

The project is yet to be finished, so the Woods 2 students will be working to complete it.

After the small playhouse is finished, the Child Development 2 class will do the painting and planting flowers to make it more exciting for the kids in the Eagles Nest.

I think this will be a good opportunity for the kids who find an interest in construction to also learn the elements of geometry”

— Mr. LaBrot

“I’m so excited to see the end result. I know the kids are going to have so much fun in it,” Mrs. Genenbacher said.

This structure is located outside of her room, in the back area of the school near where students would get on & off the buses.

Construction is set to be finished by the end of the week, and soon after that the painting will be finished. Along with that, more games and objects will be out in the yard.

“People have always asked when I was going to get a playground for the kids, I always said ‘never.’ The insurance for structures is too much, let alone paying for the playground itself,” Genenbacher explains.

She went on to say that they are allowed to have this because it’s something to play in, not on. Ultimately, it is free with the exception of the building materials. But the experiment serves as a multipurpose structure. 

In the future, there may be more opportunities for kids to take hands-on alternatives to normal everyday classes. Experimenting for those classes is only a part of what the future may hold for Liberty.

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