Marianas High School, the home of the Mighty Dolphin, was one of 24 schools throughout the United States that has been selected to participate in Project TEAMS, a five-year research project that seeks to promote learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program and supported by the Center for Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, TEAMS stands for Twice Exceptional students Achieving and Matriculating in STEM.
The purpose of the research is to identify exceptional students who have disabilities but also have potential in science and facilitate them to achieve better in science and enter into a college STEM program through evidence-based approaches.
The program is in its second year at Marianas High School.
Project TEAMS at MHS is led by principal Cherlyn Cabrera, classroom teachers Cynthia Ferrari and Rosemarie Arriola, and MHS counselor James Dela Cruz,. Through the program, MHS seeks to provide opportunities for its student with disabilities to demonstrate higher levels of science achievement and to enter a secondary program with a focus on either science technology, engineering, or mathematics.
In related news, MHS successfully hosted its second Parent Night on Dec. 5, 2016, at the Kanoa Resort to showcase student achievements and gain parent support for this year’s TEAMS participant. Project TEAMS highlights potential science students with disabilities and provides support to actualize their potential by addressing their academic needs. Students improve their 21st century skill in computer digital media literacy, critical thinking, interpreting and synthesizing, and overall creativity and personal expression.
Of the three seniors that participated last year, all three at currently pursuing higher degrees in college. Last year’s junior participants served as mentors to this year’s participants. For more information on the program, see the MHS website, marianshighschool.com, or contact the school at 237-3206 Ext. 3206. (MHS)