September 8, 2016
Whole School Flag Project Commemorates the 15 Year Anniversary of 9/11
Do you realize that elementary students in the classroom today were not born before the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11, which took place fifteen years ago this month? Many in our nation feel it is our responsibility to pass this piece of history on to the next generation so it will not be forgotten. The founders of the 9/11 Day organization hope to make something positive out of this tragedy.
"Our goal is to rekindle and reinforce the important lessons of empathy, service and unity that arose from the 9/11 tragedy," said David Paine, president and co-founder of 9/11 Day, "and to encourage all Americans and our leaders to work more closely together again as one nation to address the challenges facing our society."
With this spirit in mind, the teachers and staff of St. Mary School began a school-wide flag making project that spanned all ages and grades and incorporate all subject areas. Led by the Junior High teachers, students in K-7 looked at the flag in math lessons, while the 8th graders helped to use their knowledge of proportions and angles to figure out how to create star patterns to be shared across the school. K-2nd traced stars, while 3rd – 5th cut and glued. Junior High students worked to dye the fabric in the science lab and in English; they translated the words of The Star Spangled Banner into their own words.
The project was then sewn together by the school secretary Karyn Brown and raised during a “Pray for Peace” service on 9/12. Mrs. Amber Yeager shared the story of the flag after a blessing by Father Dan Redmond. All students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America”.
The flag will continue to fly outside the school building as a constant reminder of what our country stands for and the history of our struggle and resilience as a community.
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September 1, 2016
Generous Donation Brings Learning to Life at St. Mary School Chardon
Imagine if you could take an idea and make it come to life right before your eyes. In essence, this is what a 3D printer can do for children in the education setting and thanks to Chris Scanlon and Apollo Products, Inc the students of St. Mary School will get their chance to do just that. Through their generous donation the school has added a 3D printer to its Science Lab for this year’s learning.
“Having a 3D printer in the classroom allows students to venture into the unknown with confidence. We are thrilled to receive the printer and we can't wait to see what our students can produce with their imaginations,” said Amber Yeager, Junior High Science teacher.
The Junior High students have already begun experimenting with the printer with the help of Mrs. Yeager. “My goal is to expose our students to technology that is currently being used in manufacturing and other industries to better prepare our students for the jobs of the future. It will be used for class projects, the Science Fair, and prototypes for Invention Convention.”
Many in the education field claim that 3D printers offer a revelation in STEM education for all students. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Students can create an entirely original object with a modeling program, download a modifiable template or scan something from the real world with a camera. 3D scanner apps can even be downloaded to a smartphone for use.
St. Mary students already have a rich tradition of science and technology learning in their school and have been recognized by the state as a Thomas Edison STEM Award winner. This donation will allow the school to continue a long tradition of STEM learning throughout the years to come.
About St. Mary School: St. Mary’s School Chardon is a Catholic School for grades preschool through 8 where students are encouraged to develop academically in an environment of faith, with a vision for the future.
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August 24, 2016
St. Mary Students and Families are Busy with Back to School Events!
St. Mary School kicked off its school year officially on Monday, August 22nd, but festivities and preparations started long before the bus arrived on the first day. New families and students were welcomed by staff and the PTU for a night of fun on August 17th, including a visit from East Coast Custard’s treat truck, bus riding practice with Chardon Transportation officials, and a balloon release to send our best wishes out for a great year!
The next evening the entire school began moving supplies in to their classrooms for the year on Drop In Night. When asked if she was ready for this year, 5th grade teacher, Jenny Rodriguez said enthusiastically, “I’m ready to just have the kids back and get started”.
On Monday, the first day included the ceremonial pictures in front of the school in newly pressed school uniforms. Some parents were sad to see their little ones go, and some who were ready for the challenge of the new year. The school hosted a Boo-Hoo/Yahoo Coffee gathering where some parents were consoled and others celebrated. All there made plans and shared information with each other about the upcoming year. Father Dan Redmond said, “It’s good to have them back in the building. It’s too quiet without them here
Rounding out the week was Curriculum Night for the parents and families to learn more about all school news and information, and individual teacher expectations and announcements for the school year. Principal Mary Petelin announced the addition of new STEM enrichment programs, expanded pre-school offerings, and welcomed all families back for another great year of learning and growing together.