ul. Namyslowskiego 11
Tel.: (48) 022 723-6585
FOR LIST OF
26 April 2000
Dr. Jacek Gorski
CHEMISTRY AND COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACH
Tel.: (48) 022 723-1059
Dr. Jacek Gorski (L)
and championship volleyball team
Pete and Suzanne Hoffman
Sue and Pete -
"When the day is done, I gotchu, Babe."
Szkol Chemicznych was built in the 50s as a trade school. Today it
is three schools in one. “Like many secondary schools in Poland,
Zespol Szkol Chemicznych is struggling to stay on course with the new reforms
mandated by the ministry of education.” Foreign languages and computer
science are being pushed in the new initiative; but, schools have neither
the funds nor the support of those who develop the national curriculum
Zespol Szkol Chemicznych, anticipating global trends, developed its informatics program before the new reforms. Now the school is finding it difficult to find the support to continue its computer science program in spite of the fact that such programs have been moved to the forefront of Poland’s education priorities.
The New Millennium Ride had a wonderful visit in Piastow and at Zespol Szkol Chemicznych. Thank you Pete and Suzanne Hoffman for inviting the New Millennium Ride to visit “your school.” Thank you also for your generosity and great support, for organizing my meetings with students and teachers, and for making me feel very much at home in your apartment.
A special thanks to Yacek and Roma Gorscy for your very enthusiastic and warm hospitality. I will never forget the fabulous meals – my first taste of real Polish homemade treats - that came from Roma’s kitchen. Thank you also for helping me with local logistics: bank, photo developing, etc. It was a special treat to play tennis on the school’s clay courts. I will try to play more often so that I might be a bit more competitive the next time we meet!
Finally, thank you students of Zespol Szkol Chemicznych for the jar of crunchy peanut butter. It will power me across the Baltic states to my next supply drop in Helsinki.
Pete with some of his students