Chinese High School Seeking Partnership With Wheeling Park HS

Chinese High School Seeking Partnership With Wheeling Park HS

A trip Bridge Street Middle School Assistant Principal David Crumm made to China last year has resulted in a partnership between Wheeling Park High School and a high school in Shanghai.
Representatives from Shanghai Commercial Accounting School will be visiting WPHS Oct. 21, when they will discuss with WPHS administrators what opportunities for cooperation exist between the schools. Student and teacher exchanges will likely be discussed, according to Crumm.high school Shanghai

"We know they will be coming in the afternoon," Crumm said of the Chinese educators. "They will talk with administration see what kind of things we might be able to work out together.The exchanges could be for a short period of time, or for an entire school year, he said.

Crumm visited China in April 2018 after being selected for the honor by the West Virginia University Confucius Institute for Business West Virginia - an organization seeking to promote mutual understanding between Mountain State residents and the people of China. The organization picked up all costs for the trip.

"I'm not going to compare what they do there to what we do here," he told Ohio County Board of Education members this week. "But in that year and a half of time, we have had a lot of communication back and forth between us here in Ohio County Schools, and the schools we visited in China."

SCAS has partnerships with many schools in many different countries, according to Crumm. Representatives from SCAS visited many different U.S. schools in the fall of 2018 seeking an American partner.

"They chose Wheeling Park High School because of all we had to offer in Ohio County Schools," he said.

WPHS has a simulated workplace program that focuses on business practices and presenting ideas., which also is the main focus of SCAS, according to Crumm. School officials also liked the fact the school had all its offerings centered in one place.

Students at SCAS are presently concentrating on ways to address a cultural change happening in China, where previously families were limited to having just one child.

That law now allows families to have additional babies, and the influx of young children in society will come changes in how people lead their daily lives.

"Are a set of students coming up with solutions to dealing with babies," Crumm said. "There is going to be a lot more need for baby supplies, and there was a group there talking about this."

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