St. Mary Junior High students and teachers had the privilege of meeting and listening to a lecture and question and answer session with Mr. Peter Engle. Mr. Engle is a Middle School teacher in Bavaria, Germany. He teaches sixth grade social studies classes as well as English to sixth through twelfth graders. In addition to his teaching duties he is a member of Erasmus Plus. This organization of teachers wrote grant applications to the education council of the European Union. Upon receiving the grant for their schools, the teachers travel to other European countries in this organization to share best practices, innovative teaching methods, and other information that would enhance teaching and learning in their schools. In addition, they also travel to interesting sites, share in cultural exchanges, and partake in foods that are native to that country.
Every other trip each teacher brings along students from their schools. The students stay with host families in the school district they are visiting. In the morning they attend classes in the local school. The afternoons are spent traveling and having fun with their host families. Upon return home they connect with the places they have visited through distance learning experiences, emails, and social media. At times the students from the two countries will work on school projects together. Recently they worked on water conservation in the European Union. The students from these host families are then invited to stay with the families that visited them. The teachers and students have visited Finland, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, and England thus far. The grant is renewable every three years.
The students and teachers of our school listened and viewed a Power Point presentation. Mr. Engle explained the Erasmus Plus program as well as what the school in Germany and Europe were like compared to our schools in the United States. It was an enriching experience for us all!
Mr. Engle’s daughter, Penelope, spent the day with our seventh grade classes. She liked our school very much and enjoyed her time with us! The Engle family is related to the Galeazzo Family in our school Evan and Oliver Galeazzo are presently seventh grade students at St. Mary School.
Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council officers! We held elections this past week and the results were as follows:
Co- Presidents: Ellie Faber and Cody Svoboda
Secretary: Shea Finger
Treasurer: Kyle Yates
School Spirit and Religious Activities: Augie Rosace and Bella Cerimele
Safety and Ecology: Gabe Virant and Madelyn Zemba
The homerooms also elected representatives for this school year. Congratulations to all! I look forward to working with the student leaders of this school!
I am happy to announce to you that St. Mary School has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education for the second year in a row! We are the only Catholic school in Lake and Geauga County to receive this distinction. We are very proud of this accomplishment! I would like to congratulate all of our teachers and students for working so hard to attain this award. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Amber Yeager, our Junior High Science teacher, for all her efforts and work to bring this prestigious award to our school.
Joyfully in Christ,