Thanks to a grant from the Nashville Predators we have a cart of iPads available to integrate tech in the classroom. Recently in 5th grade we used the iPads to do an online Google Classroom assignment. It was an adventure to work through logging in and passwords and was a great learning experience for all of us! What was truly awesome was seeing them collaborate together to solve tech issues and collaborate to figure out the answers to their Science questions as well!
The school year has been very busy! The first of the school year the whole school did either Solar Eclipse T-shirts with fabric paint or a Solar Eclipse Oil Pastel project. Here are some photos of their work! In doing this the students learned about what happens in a solar eclipse as well as the Sun’s Corona which is artistically represented in their work:)
Middle School also explored the concepts of positive and negative space with Charcoal drawings and Complimentary Colors with construction paper designs.
Recently in 5th and 7th grade we studies Cells as the basic unit of life. We used our microscope to look at water samples to find all sorts of life zooming around. Here is a short video of one of our specimens:). A whole world in a drop!
Third and fifth grade explored the world of story telling through the lens’ of other cultures. Students learned about the dances of the Irish, the colorful mighty dragon of the Chinese, the hieroglyphics of the Ancient Egyptians, the gods and goddess of the Grecian, and the songs of the Native Americans. Applying this new found knowledge the students worked in groups to tell their own story using the methods of the culture they researched. Ms. Hamlett and I are extremely proud of our students. They have a deeper understanding of other cultures, why stories are so important to sharing traditions, and why knowing your own heritage and story is important for future generations.
To conclude our project a friend of Ms. Hamlett joined us. The inspiring Garteh Laffely shared is award winning Native American Flute skills with the SJV community. He connected culture to community through his own story. We were happy to honest Gareth and hope to have other interactions with him in the future.
Check out the talent of our students and of Gareth!
Believing that each child is a gift from God to be cherished, guided, and protected, the mission of St. John Vianney Catholic School is to assist families and the Church in their responsibility of forming educated Christians who lovingly serve God in this life, so as to be with Him forever in the next.