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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Learning just became more exciting at St. Mary!

Recently, a cart with 25 iPads was deployed as the next phase in St. Mary Parish School’s Technology Forward initiative.

This initiative is aimed at creating a 21st century learning environment that maximizes student engagement.  Students learn better when they are engaged, and research on what engages today’s students points to technology. Utilizing 1 to 1 technology in a classroom through the use of iPads helps us better match how our students interact and learn. Engaging our students and making their education relevant to their world is critical!

Many thanks to our generous donors for making our first iPad mobile lab a reality for our students! If you would like more information on how you can help with the next phase of our Technology Forward initiative, please contact Linda Joyner.


8th Grade Girls A Volleyball Team Brings Back the Seton Championship Banner

The 8th Grade Girls A volleyball team completed a memorable season with the culmination of a Seton Championship on Sunday and thus, bringing back the Seton banner back to the St Mary gym. They won convincingly in three games against St John Vianney.

The girls team did not lose a game in Seton Tournament -winning all 15 games. Timely execution and determined play was delivered by all the players on the team, while having fun at the same time.

The coaches and players would like to extend a great big THANKS to parents, classmates, teachers, grandparents, relatives and friends who came out and supported the girls during Seton Championship week  and throughout the year.  Without them, it would have been a lonely effort.


St. Mary’s Debuts its Junior Docent Program at MAM

For more than thirty-five years, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Junior Docent School Program has introduced elementary school students to the vocabulary, elements, and history of art while developing critical thinking skills. Over three consecutive years, students visit nine times, contextualizing art into their life. At the program’s conclusion, each student will become an official Junior Docent.

St. Mary Parish School has been invited to participate in this enriching program and involves:

  • Students in grade 3
  • 9 visits over 3 years
  • 1–1½ hours each visit

The 3rd graders recently completed the first of its visits.

Tour 1: Experiencing Art Through The Senses

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, St. Mary third graders experienced their first field trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum as part of the museum’s Junior Docent Program. The instruction students received during this visit, and can look forward to in future visits, extends their awareness and understanding of the visual arts in relation to culture and history. Students are learning to explore and further develop their verbal, visual and critical thinking skills which will enhance and strengthen their communication skills. Here’s the recollection of one 3rd grader following this first visit:

We looked at  this pie painting and learned that artists like to make things look dimensional. We could see two sides of the pies but knew there was a third side that we could not see. We imagined how the pie would smell or what it would feel like if we took a piece and what it would taste like.

We saw a bunch of other paintings and we took an art class at the end. Our guide told us things about a Noah’s Ark painting and the animals. We also saw a crazy blown glass sculpture that was awesome. The artist blows the glass and while it is hot they mold it and can make it into different shapes and put ridges in it.”

Students participating in the program will visit the museum nine times over three consecutive years. Each visit is led by a trained docent educator who actively and creatively engages the students in the specific theme of the tour. After a culminating project is presented to their peers and family, at the end of the program, students will become official Junior Docents!

The Docent Resource Packet provides more detail about the program and each visit.

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