Good luck, Brianna!
Eighth grader Brianna Cassella is the winner of the St. Catherine School Spelling Bee. She will move on to represent the school in the North Jersey Spelling Bee on March 22.
Good luck, Brianna!
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Paterson is proud to announce that St. Catherine of Bologna School has been awarded STEM Certification by AdvancED, a nationally recognized accreditation agency, on March 2, 2016. This recognition has been the culmination of 5 years of dedication and commitment to the work of STEM education at St. Catherine of Bologna School. Administration, faculty, staff, students, and the school community should be applauded for their untiring efforts, discipline, and drive to make their school one of academic excellence, so characteristic of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. This certification from AdvancED is the first of its kind for Catholic elementary schools in the State of New Jersey.
What is S.T.E.M?
S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and a STEM School focuses on these subjects to help our nation's youth gain the skills required to succeed in today's challenging world. This includes the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in science and technology. It is a way of thinking, a skill set of critical and creative thinking skills that is completely interdisciplinary!
Current research in project-based learning demonstrates that projects can increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math because they involve students in solving authentic problems, working with others, and building real solutions (artifacts) (Fortus, Krajcikb, Dershimerb, Marx, & Mamlok-Naamand, 2005).
Through an integrated approach to S.T.E.M.education focused on real-world, authentic problems, students learn to reflect on the problem-solving process. Research tells us that students learn best when encouraged to construct their own knowledge of the world around them (Satchwell & Loepp, 2002). It is through integrated S.T.E.M. projects that this type of learning can occur.
While the future stability of our economy is unknown, parents will take comfort in knowing that science and engineering jobs are growing much faster than other occupations. This means S.T.E.M. School students will be at an advantage when competing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.
This program was fueled by America's high demand for educated individuals to fill the job openings requiring highly skilled S.T.E.M.workers in order to keep some of the nation's most innovative companies right here in the U.S.
Fr. Pawel engaged with the children at First Penance and is a frequent visitor of St. Catherine of Bologna School.
Father Michal is a frequent visitor to St. Catherine of Bologna School. Here he is in our STEM Lab, visiting with students for that period.
Kerrie Anne Tuttle
Jade Rose Martorano
The annual St. Catherine's Tricky Tray was held on Friday, November 13th 2015. Over 200 baskets were up for grabs, along with a purse wheel and 50/50 raffle. The event raised over $33,000 for the school!
St. Catherine of Bologna School recently invited the "Mad Scientist" to visit. During an assembly for students in grades K through 6, he demonstrated several different science phenomena while explaining cause and effect. His appearance was part of the school’s ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pedagogy.
Vice Principal Maryann Zepponi said that students in the same grade levels have signed up to participate in an afterschool Science Club throughout the fall. Beginning on Oct. 7, the club will meet on Wednesday afternoons through Dec. 2.
"The group will be involved in interactive projects such as rocketry, magnets and polymers," Zepponi said. "Each week will have a different theme."
The Science Club will be moderated by Mrs. Patricola, Mrs. Perez and Mrs. Zepponi.
-Below photo courtesy of 8th grader Lauren Coyman
Back to School Blessing of the Backpacks
Grab your backpack as you head to church on Sunday September 13th for the 11:00 Mass.
Celebrate the beginning of the school year with... The Blessing of the Backpacks!!!
Immediately followed by an Ice Cream Social! Complete details here
"The main thing is prayer. Through spending time getting to know God's heart I can deal with things. I want to love the heart of Jesus and that intimacy with Him. So you've got to stay in prayer."-Harold Reynolds, All Star infielder, 1983-1994 and ESPN baseball analyst, when asked how he deals with the highs and lows of professional baseball.
Excerpted from "Steal Away-Devotions for baseball fans" as part of Prayer Locker by Hugh Poland
From Sister Theresa: I enjoyed this book and wanted to share part of one of the essays with you. Nurturing healthy relationships is the secret to a peaceful life of fulfillment. How we treat ourselves and others with our friendships with God as the foundation will make all the difference!
As we wrap up the ninth inning of another school year, THANK YOU, for all you do to support our school!
May God bless you always and all ways!
Love & Prayer, Sister Theresa
Alex Benedetto, an 8th grader, is building a set of weather stations to be used as part of the school's STEM program. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Alex raised the funds to purchase and install a Davis Instruments Vantage Vue Pro digital weather station for the school. It will also serve the local community by reporting the local weather conditions on the Internet. Alex will be attending Morris Catholic High School in the fall.