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Today: 2/28/15

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Katherine Smith school will be the model of excellence for 21st century learning and community  service.

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Prepare each student to think, learn, work, communicate, collaborate, and contribute effectively now and throughout his or her life.


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Brengard, Aaron
Donohue, Nanette
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Katherine Smith News

Design Thinking sweeping across the K.Smith School

  When the K. Smith 4th graders completed their bag design project earlier this year, we knew that Design Thinking needed to make its way into more classrooms. This was not the first time we used this problem solving methodol... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 2/27/15

We’ve added 117 to the K. Smith Family


    The bell rang on Wednesday morning just like any morning.   Students went to class and parents gathered for the Parent Pride Weekly meeting.  Sounds like a regular day, but this Wednesday included over a hu... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 2/9/15

Hundreds of visitors expected this week
   We ask our students to be public and open with their work, and we hold ourselves to the same standard. In the coming week, we have two amazing events that will bring in over 250 visitors to our campus.

   First, Wednesday... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 2/1/15

No Rest - Instructional Rounds reveal trends and opportunities
  Coming off the designation as a 21st Century Exemplar we did not sit back and relax – we looked to improve. This has been an amazing honor, but we are aggressively working toward even further improvement. Instructional Rounds has... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 1/23/15

New Tech Network Selected Katherine Smith Elementary School as one of Nine National Filming Sites

San Jose, CA (December 10, 2014) – New Tech Network (NTN) announced today that Katherine Smith Elementary was selected as a national filming site for instructional videos. The elementary school epitomized excellent instructional practi... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 12/10/14

K. Smith School named 21st Century Learning Skills Exemplar School by P21
K. Smith School named 21st Century Learning Skills Exemplar School by Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Educators, communities, and students to be featured online in Patterns of Innovation

San Jose, California (December 1, 2014) ... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 12/2/14

Collaboration and High-Quality Student Work
Collaboration and High-Quality Student Work

by Aaron Brengard

In groups of three, student teams pushed their cardboard boats into the murky water and nervously worked together to row out to a deeper part of the lake.  Wi... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 11/12/14

October Was a Month to Remember
Looking back at October, we have a lot to celebrate. The milestones, accomplishments, and recognitions were enough for a year, but we packed them all in a fun-filled month:


Popcorn fundraiser more than reaches the goal. Our families p... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 11/2/14

38 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting


Recently we chronicled 35 High Schools Worth Visiting. That led to a request for a similar compilation of inspiring elementary and middle schools. Far from exhaustive, our list includes schools that achieve extraordinary results, create powerful learning experiences, and/or have created innovative technology blends.


21. The 130 school New Tech Network (NTN) includes a growing number of project-based STEM-focused middle and elementary schools. The Evergreen School District in San Jose, California is home to Bulldog Tech, a NTN demonstration site, and Katherine Smith Elementary.


Daily Schedule

Regular Day Thursday (min. day)
TK/Kindergarten AM 8:00 to 11:20 8:00 to 11:20
TK/Kindergarten PM 10:30 to 1:50 9:30 to 12:50
Grades 1 to 6 8:00 to 2:00 8:00 to 12:45

21st Century Reinvention

A 21st Century Skills Exemplar


A New Tech Network School


A Buck Institute for Education Partner


A No Excuses University School


National Champion School