LOWELL, MA -- Two teams from Saint Michael School entered the Aqua Adventure Expo held December 2 at the Merrimack Valley Robotics FIRST Lego League Expo and and also received awards. The Adventure challenged the students to "Explore," Create and Test" then "Share" their discoveries. The students used Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kits to build, code and share.
The Girls' team was recognized with the "Little Einstein" award for their creation of an Iguana Habitat that stored and purified the water for the habitat. The girls also featured a safety mechanism - if the iguana escaped, the safety mechanism would shut down the system using a sensor until the iguana was returned. Once returned the system would automatically resume.
The Boys' Team was recognized as "Master Programmers" for their creation that stored rain water and would roll on a track to water crops in the land. Their machine was programmed to roll the exact amount forward, stop and go backward in a loop that continuously demonstrated how it would water the crops.
This was Saint Michael School's first appearance in the Expo.
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ABOUT SAINT MICHAEL SCHOOL
Saint Michael School strives to provide PreK - 8th grade students with a strong academic foundation in a structured Catholic environment. Our students will become life-long learners through teamwork, mutual respect and responsibility.
Saint Michael Parish School was founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters to educate our children and instill the knowledge and appreciation of Catholic tradition.
We are a private Catholic School dedicated to academic excellence from Pre-School (age 3,4) through Grade 8. Saint Michael Parish School is a fully accredited Catholic elementary school by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and proud to be affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston Department of Education.
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BRAINTREE – Four teachers were recently honored by Superintendent of Catholic Schools Kathy Mears at the Pastoral Center in Braintree for their excellent work. Analysis of Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) assessment data indicates that their students’ scores placed them in the top five of their grade level for student achievement and growth in the Archdiocese. This is the second year in a row that these four teachers have achieved this high status.
The teachers honored were: Kasey Calabro from St. Augustine School in North Andover, Kathleen Cashman from St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, Judy Covino from Ste Jeanne d'Arc School in Lowell, and Kim Palladino from St. Anthony School in Everett.
The NWEA MAP is comprised of a set of adaptive, online assessments in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics, with an optional assessment in Science. For the past two years, all students in elementary schools in grades 2-8 and some students in kindergarten and first grade were assessed in the fall and spring. In school year 2017-2018, the students will be assessed in fall, winter, and spring.
Superintendent Kathy Mears said, “I am certain that the students’ scores are directly correlated to the significant time that these teachers have spent preparing, working with individual students and most importantly, teaching their students how to know, love and serve God and others.”
She continued, “These teachers are a gift to their students, families and the entire Church. They are greatly appreciated and we are very grateful that they have decided to work in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston.”
The teachers joined Kathy at the Pastoral Center in Braintree for lunch and a recording of the podcast, Saints and Scholars On-the-Go. During the podcast, Kathy and the teachers shared teaching tips and spoke about the benefits of teaching in a Catholic school. To listen to the podcast, search Saints and Scholars on iTunes or visit www.csoboston.com/podcasts.
Additionally, the teachers and Kathy discussed how to tell the world that Catholic education is a valuable investment. Kasey Calabro said, “I think it’s important to educate parents that at a Catholic school you’re educating the whole child. …We teach a student how to be a good person, how to live a good Catholic life, how to be strong in their faith and look out for other people.”
Kathleen Cashman, of St. Columbkille Partnership School, emphasized her wonderful school community. She said, “To me, my school feels like home. I love seeing my children – or my students – the kids, they’re family.”
To listen to the podcast, visit www.csoboston.com/podcasts.
ABOUT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston educate 36,000 students in 116 schools. The schools offer a high-quality, rigorous education that is rooted in Catholic faith and values for students age 2.9 through grade 12. www.csoboston.com
READING, MASS.-- Representatives from Reading Police and Fire, as well as emergency medical technicians, turned out for Austin Preparatory School’s 2nd Annual Blue Mass on Friday, December 8.
Austin Prep, which is a coeducational school in Reading that educates students in grades 6-12, hosts the Mass in gratitude for all those who put their lives on the line for others, said the school’s headmaster, Dr. James Hickey of Andover.
“Today we honor the dedication, heroism and sacrifice of the men and women here today and those who are not here today,” Dr. Hickey said. “It takes a special kind of person to do their work.”
Austin Prep parents who are first responders were also on hand for the Mass, which was held on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The school chaplain, Fr. Patrick Armano of Reading, drew a parallel between the work of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the work of first responders.
“Mary understood that her mission was to live for others,” Fr. Armano said. “This is the same as our first responders. We’re reminded how important it is to respond to them with our gratitude.”
After Mass, Fr. Armano blessed the emergency vehicles in the school parking lot and gave a special blessing to the first responders.
Following the Mass, first responders enjoyed a full breakfast prepared by the school’s dining service.
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