St. James Art Teacher Catherine Russell worked with St. Joseph's Academy sewing teacher, Amy Neck, to design and create a costume for the BUST Breast Cancer Fashion Show last month. Both teachers worked together to honor teacher and cancer survivor Joy Lonibos from St. Alphonsus Catholic School with their design.
Catherine explained, "After meeting Joy, it was clear to me that her costume should mirror her experience with cancer, so it was entitled 'Battle with Grace,' which she embodies. It was a great experience to meet such wonderful people while raising money for a great cause, and also having a ball!" The money raised in the fundraiser was used to help provide cancer services to those in need.
Please join us in congratulating James McCrary, our Director of Technology and Innovation, for winning a Google Innovator Award! James joins only 41 other educators who were given the honor for this school year. James traveled to New York City recently to participate in a three day Innovation Academy with the program.
Google Innovators are made up of about 1,700 educators in more than 50 countries worldwide who foster innovation and growth within the academic community. Candidates for the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program are selected based on their professional experience, their passion for teaching and learning, their innovative use of technology in school settings and their potential impact on other educators.
Our Art classes are off to a busy start this year, and our walls are proof! All students PreK-3 through 5th started the year with the element of line and created different types of art showing their mastery in producing line variety with many different tools. Next they moved to shape with St. James Selfies. Students explored using shapes to create their self-portraits, working with collage, to studies of value and even to tape! What fun they have had in the studio.
In the month of September, kindergarten math is all about getting familiar with vocabulary! During the month of September, kindergarteners in Mrs. Hume’s and Mrs. Miller’s classes are studying math by learning new vocabulary. For their spatial awareness unit, students used positional words to define the relationships of objects to each other such as “below,” “above,” “beside,” “between,” “inside,” “in front of,” and “behind.”
In the lesson extension, the students took turns drawing cards and positioning their bear correctly in relation to the “bear’s house.” Some students took it a step further and imagined what the bear might be doing on top of his house--for example, enjoying a nice cup of hot chocolate while watching shooting stars! They concluded the lesson by singing and motioning along to the song “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt.” Students were excited to show off their understanding of spatial concepts by acting out motions such as “climbing over the bridge” and “tip-toeing into the cave!”