New Epson Interactive Projectors!

Posted January 6, 2023
We are happy to report that over Christmas break we finalized the installation of the new Epson Brightlink 1485 Fi projectors for every classroom in the school.
Thank you to our entire community for your kindness and your support. Last year, we raised $86,170+ to purchase and install these projectors, which will enhance the classroom experience for every student in our school.
Mrs. Spera is taking advantage of the dynamic assistance for mathematical instruction, and Mrs. Johnson uses the projector interactively with the 2nd grade students to enhance their vocabulary and math curriculum.


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Christmas Chemistry

Posted December 21, 2022
For those who have the time, a bath can be an opportunity to disconnect from the world. For SLS Middle School students (Grades 5 through 8), a bath is an opportunity to put their knowledge of chemistry to practical use.
During the last week of school prior to Christmas Break, Middle School students applied lessons learned in Science Class to step into the roles of chemists and creative directors as they developed, tested and wrapped functional bath-time gifts for our teachers and staff.
Students combined citric acid, baking soda, peppermint oils, food coloring, baking soda, Epson salt and water to create fizzy bath bombs of various colors. Students also created thank-you cards containing cheerful messages for each recipient.
The student-led PBIS group distributed the bath bombs, along with good wishes and Christmas cheer. A huge thank you to Mrs. Oh for coordinating this activity and Ms. Rossi, Ms. Duff and Mr. Hurst for their assistance and support. Merry Christmas! #STEMatSLS


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The Search for Endangered Bats

Posted December 14, 2022
Third Grade students had the opportunity to work as chiropterologists and find a colony of endangered bats.
In Social Studies, students received mission instructions and were given a clue each day to help identify the state in which the colony was located. They applied map reading and coding skills to these clues to narrow down possible locations, for instance by eliminating states that border an ocean or another country or had a certain number of farms. They eventually deduced that the bat colony was located in a state that borders four other states and the Great Lakes. The students were then able to narrow down the location to one of two states and each student took a guess. The final clue provided map coordinates which enabled our budding chiropterologists to use Google Earth to locate the colony. The mission was a success and the bats were saved! #STEMatSLS


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AFCEA Grant Award

Posted December 12, 2022
As part of St. Louis School’s continuing commitment to STEM education, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant under the AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD) Chapter STEM Kickstarter program. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a “non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as a forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence, and security.”
The AFCEA Central Maryland Kickstarter program awards for initiatives in STEM-related disciplines. SLS received a grant for $2,898.00 and will be using the funds to purchase 20 Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator sets. These devices will be used to enhance student understanding of coordinate systems, map reading skills, orientation and navigation. The use of these devices will cross Mathematics, Science, Geography, Technology and Physical Education through exercises in Geocaching. It will also provide an introduction to satellites, radio communications, and the use of military technology in the civilian world and introduce the students to future career opportunities.
Ms. Elizabeth Harod, AFCEA STEM Kickstarter Lead, presented STEM Coordinator Zulma Whiteford and school administrator Lizz Anacker with the check this morning. St. Louis School School STEM Committee would like to thank AFCEA CMD for their continuing interest in and support of our program.

4C;s of STEM!

Posted December 9, 2022
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment projections for 2019 to 2029 show that occupations in STEM fields are expected to grow by an average of 8% as compared to 3.9% for all other jobs.
St. Louis School is committed to preparing our students for the future by providing ongoing lessons and activities that focus on the four Cs of STEM - collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Our focus on logical thought processes, problem-solving, and creativity will enable students to develop mental habits that will help them succeed in any field.
For the past few weeks, students in grades 3 through 8 have been reviewing the engineering design process in Mrs. Whiteford’s Computer class. They participated in STEM activities, creativity challenges, and age-appropriate digital breakouts from Breakout EDU to exercise their critical thinking skills. The students were engaged and did a fantastic job demonstrating their growing expertise in the four Cs.


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Operation Save Christmas!

Posted December 8, 2022
What do a submarine, a robot, a helicopter, and a Ninja Turtle all have in common?
Leonardo da Vinci!
Da Vinci is well known for his paintings, but did you know the Renaissance artist was also an inventor? Leonardo is considered to have developed some of the first prototypes for many modern machines.
Today during their art and science classes, the 8th graders had an opportunity to develop their creative problem-solving skills with a group project called OPERATION: Save Christmas. They were challenged to design and build a contraption that would help Santa Claus load his bag of toys into his sleigh.
“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
-Leonardo da Vinci


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Macy's Day Parade!

Posted November 19, 2022
St. Louis School First Graders designed and built their own version of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this past week as part of a cross-curricular STEM lesson. In Language Arts, students read the book "Balloons over Broadway" by Melissa Sweet, which is a biography of Tony Sarg. Tony is the puppeteer behind Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. They learned all about helium balloons, the route for the parade, float building, balloon designs, and the lineup for the year. They also recreated the parade route in New York City to display the buildings, streets, and Central Park.
In Computer Class, the students learned how to program #Ozobot robots using color codes to power their floats during the parade. The Ozobot, a mouse-sized self-propelled robot, is capable of reading colored line combinations and performing corresponding actions.
Kindergarten spectators cheered as the parade floats moved across the stage while the SLS First Grade engineers carefully positioned their robot floats. A huge thank you to Mrs. Vicendese, Mrs. Phelps, and Mrs. Sugatan for their guidance and support on this lesson. Well done First Grade! #STEMatSLS #AOBCatholicSchools #CarlyandAdam


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Catholic Scientist Presentation

Posted November 18, 2022
“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.” -St Pope John Paul II
Today our 5th - 8th grade students had a special assembly to talk with a panel of Catholic scientists. They learned that science and mathematics are all amazing examples of God's creation. They were introduced to many historic Catholic priests, religious lay people who have made significant contributions to science throughout the years.
It was a beautiful lesson blending middle school lessons on science, math and religion together.


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Ozobot and Map Skills Fun!

Posted November 8, 2022
First Grade engineers expanded their map skills using Ozobot robots in class led by Mrs. Vicendece, Ms. Thomas, and Mrs. Phelps. The Ozobot, a mouse-sized self-propelled robot, is capable of reading colored line combinations and performing corresponding actions. For instance, a blue-green-blue sequence indicates move faster while a blue-red-blue sequence means turn 180 degrees. In Computer Class, First Graders learned how to program the Ozobot robot using these color codes.
In ELA, students read the book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and were challenged to use their time sequencing skills to put the events of the story in chronological order. After they completed this successfully, they were given pictures from the story to arrange in that same sequential order, creating a map for the Ozobot to follow as they retold the story. Students used the appropriate color sequences for the Ozobot to follow, changing speed and direction to traverse the map in the proper order. They worked in groups and did an excellent job communicating, collaborating and problem-solving to create each color sequence to cause the Ozobot to move successfully around the map. Who knew learning map skills could be so much fun? #STEMatSLS


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National STEM Day!

Posted November 8, 2022

Today is National STEM Day! St Louis School, a 2019 Cognia STEM certified school, offers a cross-curricular STEM education program for all our students. Through this program, we are committed to helping students build their own connections between school, community, careers, and the world by preparing them to succeed in a very competitive global economy. To learn more about our STEM program visit: #AOBCatholicSchools #RiseAbove


Posted November 4, 2022
What do Fourth Graders and engineers have in common? They each use their knowledge of STEM to solve real-world problems. Yesterday, our students used Dash robots, purchased through a generous grant from AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD), to programmatically move and draw geometric shapes.
For the past few weeks, students have been using the website to learn about coding, movement, angles, and shapes in Mrs. Whiteford’s Computer Class. They were subsequently challenged to build a device that could be held by the Dash robot and then to program the robot to draw a variety of shapes, including a square, a circle, a triangle, and a hexagon. Our Dashes successfully transformed into artists and it was a successful experience for all! #STEMatSLS Wonder Workshop


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Can you break the code?

Posted November 4, 2022
We use cryptography every day when shopping on the Internet, making a cell phone call, or login in to check our email. To get a better understanding of the history of cryptography, St. Louis School Cyber STEM Club students went on a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum
A particular highlight was learning about how the Allies broke the Enigma code in World War Two. The students participated in a scavenger hunt that lead them through the evolution of cryptology, including the use of Navajo soldiers in the military, simple ciphers, breaking Japanese codes, the role of encryption in WWII, and an introduction to modern cryptology.
We would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the museum for their time and expertise.
You and your child may wish to visit the National Cryptologic Foundation website to learn more about the topic.#STEMatSLS Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools


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