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Students show off their new building to other students

08.20.14

 

TECH VALLEY High Schoolers host their own open house for freshmen

Some incoming freshmen and their parents got their first glimpses of the new Tech Valley High SchoolŪ this week.Upper-Classmen guide a freshman and his family through the new TVHS facility

The new home of TVHS is located on the campus of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and offers more space and capabilities than their previous campus.

Just as much of the education at Tech Valley High School is student-directed, the tours of the new campus were led by current students.

Thursday, Andrew Glanton and junior Carly Bramcato guided several students on tours throughout the afternoon. The two highlighted the building’s integrated projectors and screens for presentations, its open classroom spaces and its cabinets and other surfaces that double as whiteboards.

“You can actually write on these windows with special markers,” Glanton pointed out in one of the classrooms to new TVHS freshman Caitlin Scalera from Hudson. She and her mother were impressed with the new school.
“It’s so nice!” Scalera said.

That was the take of Brian Shanagher and his mother, as well.

“I like that it’s open and airy,” said Shanagher, an incoming freshman from Averill Park. “I think it’s excellent.”

“I think every public school should model off of this,” Shanagher’s mother Brenda added after taking one of the tours hosted by Glanton and Bramcato. “It’s more conducive to learning – more like a college.”

Having attended Tech Valley High School for two years at its previous facility, Bramcato was impressed with many of the little differences in the new space. “There aren’t any cords hanging from the ceiling to hit us in the face,” she said with a laugh. “And our last school was just one hallway.”

All of the first-year students will get a look at the school Sept. 4 during freshman orientation and the rest of the student body will arrive the following day for school-wide orientation.

In the above photo, senior Andrew Glanton and junior Carly Bramcato guide freshman Brian Shanagher, his mother Brenda and his sister Emma through the new building.