St. Helen Catholic Academy students explored the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Museum. They were encouraged to explore the museum work stations that appealed to their individual interests. Students in grades K-8 built an arch, programmed a robot, created 3D printing artifacts, and built mobile structures.
St. Helen will have two Kindergarten classes for September 2017. Small class sizes. Applications are still being accepted.
St. Helen Catholic Academy has been awarded a $90,000 Grant award from the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust to equip a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab with research-grade equipment, furniture and curriculum resources designed by scientists and educators for PreK through grade 8 students. The curriculum integrates all the subjects of STEM and includes a career path exploration to peak students interest in STEM careers. All St. Helen Catholic Academy teachers will participate in on-going professional development to teach, enhance and integrate the STEM Lab program across the content areas.
Students will learn by performing and designing experiments while applying concepts to real-world problems. They will work collaboratively in an inquiry-based environment to develop their creative and critical thinking skills. Performance?based assessments, as well as written and oral discussions, measure student learning throughout all grade levels.
The current science lab in the cafeteria will be the location of our STEM Lab. The STEM Lab will be ready for our students in September 2017. We look forward to an investigative and exciting experience for our students.
Grade two students on their First Holy Communion Day, April 29, 2017.
Pre-K 3 students learned about spring and gained an understanding of seasonal changes.? They learned through a series of books, as well as, watching a video.? Students were able to describe the changes that occur during spring and they observed how the environment changes.? The students then gave facts about spring and recorded these facts on chart paper.? They were taught the weather terminology In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb, after learning a poem and reading the book In like a Lion out like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer.? They completed many art and craft projects, but our favorite was creating lions and lambs to display in the classroom.?? The children also enjoyed recording the weather throughout the month of March!
First grade students used pattern blocks as manipulatives to learn about geometry.? In this lesson students see how shapes can be combined or taken apart to make other shapes.? First students reviewed the defining attributes of two-dimensional shapes by identifying the shapes and how many sides and vertices different shapes have.? Students then used pattern blocks to compose two-dimensional and composite shapes.? Students used the shapes they created to make new shapes.? For example, three triangles can make a trapezoid and two trapezoids can make one hexagon.? This activity helps students to use both logical and algebraic reasoning to better understand shapes.
Fourth Grade students utilized the Smartboard while collaborating with a partner.? Students observed migration patterns of butterflies.? They used the maps and text material to make inferences about how animals meet their needs.
Fifth Grade did a science experiment on growing mold on a piece of bread.? The class took a piece of white bread and sprinkled water in one corner of the bread.? Next, they placed the bread in a plastic bag and put it in the closet where it was dark.? About 20 days later, the class started seeing signs of mold forming and documented it on their bread worksheet using markers and crayons.? Each time they discovered a new form of mold on the bread, we would record it on our bread worksheet using a different color to examine the growing process of mold.? Before the experiment ended, the fifth grade class had the opportunity to see the mold up close and personal underneath the microscope, as well as, looking at it through a magnifying glass.
Pre-Kindergarten studied a unit on penguins.? They learned about penguins through a series of books, as well as, watching a video.? Students learned where they live, what they eat, how they move, and how they stick together as a group.? Also completed was a SmartBoard activity by comparing the tallest and shortest penguins.? The students then gave facts about penguins and the teacher recorded these facts.? The students placed the facts on a penguin chart.? We ended this unit by making paper plate penguins.? Pre-Kindergarten enjoyed waddling around the room like penguins!
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The eighth grade class created posters utilizing the Spanish words learned in Spanish class.? The topic of the poster was Cmo Ests?? How are you?? Using drug store flyers, each student cut out pictures of medicines which related to the Spanish sentence they had written.? For example, if they cut out a picture of a medicine bottle, they would have written in Spanish – Do you have a headache?? Take 2 pills.? This activity reinforced their learning of Spanish vocabulary on the topic of HEALTH and enabled the students to correctly write sentences in Spanish.