November 16, 2017
As Mr. Mitchell and I prepared for our first meeting with the ASA STEAM Advisory Board, it was apparent that we have made great strides in the past two and half years. One of the biggest advances is how well our students in the middle school research and collaborate. Our eighth graders in Future Cities class are a perfect example. In Future Cities, which is also a competition, the students research and build cities of the future that meet certain criteria. Our eighth graders are planning their future city pretty much on their own with Mr. Mitchell facilitating. They are able to do this because they have been learning in a school where collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking skills are used on a daily basis.
After the meeting this past Tuesday with the STEAM Advisory Board, I was so excited that I could barely sleep. In just one meeting, we learned Baldwin Wallace University has coding kits we could use with our students and there is a former Disney roller coaster engineer who may be able to speak with our seventh graders about roller coaster design. More importantly, we have a group of professionals on the board who are passionate about Academy of St. Adalbert and the success of our students. Thank you to the following individuals for agreeing to serve on the STEAM Advisory Board: Ms. Kathryn Kwiatkowski, Leonard Gelfand STEM Center; Dr. Susan Finelli-Genovese, Baldwin-Wallace University; Mr. Daniel Hahn, Playhouse Square; Kim Smith, PLIDCO; Dr. Laura Eizember; and Mr. George Mitchell.
Did you know that part of our second grade stewardship program is collecting food for Church Street Ministries before Thanksgiving? “Church Street Ministries is a faith based organization providing food assistance, clothing, household goods and furniture for people in crisis in the community and veterans in transition.” If you are able, please send in nonperishable food items by Monday, November 20th.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, we will have a Thanksgiving prayer service at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21st. Family members are welcome to join us.
I pray that you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.