It is with great pride that I can share with you today, that the Ohio Academy of Science selected St. Mary School for the 2015 Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. The Academy recognizes students and teachers for providing strong STEM curriculum and promoting participation in other activities that promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Three years ago, Mrs. Amber Yeager, our Junior High Science Teacher, began implementing hands-on-science; project based learning, integrated learning, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, and Invention Convention. She also encouraged other teachers in her department to collaborate with her in areas of Math, Engineering, and Technology. Together they have provided an outstanding learning environment for our students, competed in many district and state competitions, and instilled a love for the sciences in the students they teach. At the end of last school year, our now alumna, Julia Baitt, competed and placed in the excellent category in the state competition for her Science Fair project. Our Science Olympiad teams competed at St. Ignatius High School, Mentor High School, and Case Western Reserve University.
Congratulations to Mrs. Yeager and her team of teachers – Mrs. Fedak, Junior High Math Teacher and Mrs. Lyons, Computer Science Teacher for this great accomplishment! Our students are blessed to have such dedicated teachers working on their behalf! All of our teachers work diligently to promote STEM education at each grade level. Our school has formed alliances with such places as NASA, Holden Arboretum, Geauga Park District, and Cuyahoga Valley Education Environment Camp to name a few. Thank you to all of our staff for enriching the curriculum for our students each day!
Enjoy the long weekend! A number of St. Mary students are 4-H Club members and will be showing their animals at the Great Geauga Fair. Go out and support them this weekend. I am sure they will be appreciative!
Happy Labor Day!