Kennedy High School Students Build House
By Edward Velez, Principal, Kennedy High School
In conjunction with the California Partnership Academy, 'Building Green Building Smart' is a program at Kennedy High School which applies both the concepts of Math and Construction. Using these concepts, the Academy decided at the beginning of the 2013-14 School Year that it would take on the challenge of building an actual house. Over the course of two years, Academy students worked vigorously in Math and Construction to meet the goal of completing the structure. The students have worked through every single step of the construction process. They have built the foundation, framed walls, installed plumbing and electricity, framed, built, and completed the roof, and performed all interior work. Throughout the project, students used and applied mathematics at very high levels, and more importantly, established a professional and unparalleled work ethic which is needed to complete quality work.
The house has been inspected as required and will meet all code standards prior to being sold. Profits from the sale will be used to fund the program for future classes at Kennedy.
The completion of the house is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students. It is also a reflection of the working relationship between the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP) and the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD). It is truly an exciting day for us. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of all is the look and feeling of pride which can be seen on every student’s face when they see the house and say, “I did that.” This is education and applied learning at the highest level. I am very proud to be a part of this program.
An Open House and reception were held June 4th, 2015 on the MVROP campus.