S.W.A.T. stands for Scholars Working to Advance Technology. Our motto "Ne Plus Ultra", means nothing more beyond, to reflect that we are reaching towards the highest point of achievement.
Five years ago, a group of scholars attended a Technology Showcase. Mr. Davis asked these scholars if they would like help start a Technology Club for fourth and fifth graders.
Work went into planning, finding projects, signing scholars up. We chose the name S.W.A.T. that stands for Scholars Working to Advance Technology and made “Ne Plus Ultra” our motto, which means Nothing More Beyond—the highest point of achievement which brings a level of excellence to our projects.
Our first year was spent mostly in making movies and learningdifferent things you could do with technology.
Year two - we moved into more projects like infomercials,short movies, Stop motion animation, and high tech drawing.
Year three - we introduced a green screen and made some coolstop motion films.
Year four - we introduced Team Captains, Badges in moviemaking, Genealogy, geocaching, and a few others.
In 2013-2014 Some new badges will be introduced including onein Mock Crime Scene Investigation. As well as incorporating the CORE Values.
WHEN &WHERE IT IS
Meetings are held every Friday after school from 3:45—4:45 in the Gator Lab. Mr. Davis volunteers his time to provide a fun, extra-learning time. Scholars commit to coming to the club and using available technology responsibly. Scholars are also required to keep their grades up and their conduct at either an S or E.
S.W.A.T. members are a select team of fourth and fifth grade scholars, who have turned in an application and referral by a certain deadline, consistently maintain their grades and conduct, and are committed to the advancement of technology.
As soon as all applications have been turned in, referrals made, and members accepted, the Team Captains sit down with Mr. Davis and choose who they would like on their team. We will announce this in our first meeting.
Applications will be made available online at the beginning of next school year. Interested scholars will turn their completed application in to Mr. Davis [Tech EA/Sponsor] by September 62013. The applicant will then receive a teacher referral form and be placed on a candidate list. The referral is due back to Mr. Davis by September 13, 2013. Acceptance letters will be given to those who have been accepted the following Monday.Information will be included concerning the first meeting.
Looking forward to the fifth year!