Students recorded by film crew

On May 2nd and 3rd a film crew form The Teaching Channel visited ENLACE. They filmed an Algebra class, a World Studies class, a leadership seminar, and a school-wide Community Circle, where students presented their work to a packed room of peers and teachers. The crew also interviewed students about their experience and filmed a math team common planning time meeting and teacher coaching session. The final edited videos will be posted on The Teaching Channel in September 2018 as part of their "ELL Deep Dive" project, which features examples from schools across the country that are providing strong instructional supports for English Language Learners. Awesome work ENLACE students and teachers!

ENLACE and Andover High Students cleaning river

Students formENLACE Joined forces with a group doing some Senior Week community service from Andover High School and the Tri Town Coalition to clean up the trails along the Shawsheen River near the LHS Campus. Groundwork Lawrence provided the supplies needed to bag up huge piles of trash left along the trails. Way to get involved in the community - let's help them by keeping those trails clean!

four students working on prototype

ENLACE students and their teacher Mr. Vargas earned a spot as one of 10 national finalist schools in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM competition. They will Pitch their idea at the Finals in April, but you can support their project on Facebook as they now compete for "Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Community Choice Winner". Please vote here daily until March 27th. Good Luck ENLACE!

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Students meet with Representative Devers

Since learning they were Massachusetts state winners of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, ENLACE students and their teacher Mr. Vargas have been hard at work researching gas safety and developing their prototype for a new safety valve that could prevent future gas explosions. They meet every week after school to work on their project, and they recently designed, built, and 3D-printed their prototype. Over the past week they have also had the opportunity to meet with various community leaders about their work. State Representative Marcos Devers came to visit the team, learn about their project, and honor them with a formal recognition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Additionally, two representatives from Columbia Gas visited to discuss gas safety with the students and learn about their project. They were very impressed with the students' prototype and said their design is very similar to a safety device they are planning to start using in the future. Next, the team will be submitting a video of their project to Samsung to compete in the next phase of the national competition. We wish them best of luck!

Screenshot of Mr. Vargas and his students featured on NBC news

Selected from thousands of entries nationwide, ENLACE's Art Teacher, Shaddai Vargas, and his students have been named the Massachusetts state winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for their proposed plan to address the causes of the Merrimack Valley gas disaster. The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Mr. Vargas was inspired to submit a proposal for the contest based on conversations he’d had with his students in the aftermath of the Merrimack Valley Gas Fires. Students had many questions about how something so terrible could happen in their community. As a result of these conversations, Mr. Vargas submitted a proposal to Samsung Solve for Tomorrow designed to help students learn about the causes of the gas explosions in Lawrence, explore chemical properties of natural gas and heating technology safety, and identify solutions to improve natural gas safety in the community. ENLACE is among the nation’s 50 state winners and will receive $20,000 in technology for its achievement and the opportunity to advance to the next phase of the contest and win additional prizes and educational opportunities. Congratulations, Mr. Vargas!