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Law and Justice Village at Elkhorn Crossing

     Superintendent Patricia Putty announces the naming of the new village for Elkhorn Crossing School. As a result of extensive research the Law and Justice village will be added to the curriculum at the career and technical facility joining the diverse offerings of Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Media Arts and Freshman Media Arts. Principal Michelle Nichols carefully considered student interest in the design of the added village surveying all eighth and ninth grade students in the district.
     While the sequence of courses is still being explored, the program will be designed to incorporate career opportunities involving various aspects of government and the legal system. Students will learn the role of attorneys, judges and jurors and study topics including law enforcement, crime scene investigation and avenues of public service. The Law and Justice village will not only expose students to career options but, like the other fields of study at Elkhorn Crossing, will include critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in a performance-based setting. Career courses designed for sophomores and juniors will partner with social studies and English classes for a balance of curriculum in each content area. The village opens to accommodate 144 students at ECS.
     The Law and Justice village will appeal to a unique demographic of students who may have considered becoming lawyers, detectives, elected officials, police officers, emergency medical professionals or fire fighters. The classroom will transform into a court of law as students take on the role of attorney, defendant, judge and crime scene witness all recorded by the court reporter. An important goal of this village is to provide a sense of belonging in society through empowerment of the law. Students will learn the process of the law by collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, engaging in interactive mock trials, opinion polls and simulations to discover how law influences all aspects of life.
For more information, contact:
Michelle Nichols, 502-570-4920, michelle.nichols@scott.kyschools.us


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