Dematha Math Competition

Congratulations to our 8th grade Math team who, under the leadership and instruction of Ms. Dottie Peterson took first place in the 43rd annual Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Math Competition! These students not only excelled as a team, placing first out of twelve schools, but several of our team members excelled personally, taking 1st, 2nd and 4th place out of all the students participating. We are extremely proud of this bright and hard-working group. Ms. Peterson remarked that she was even more nervous awaiting the results then when watching her beloved Steelers play! Congratulations all around!


The Spotlight On Strategies series (CDN subscribers) is one of Discovery Education’s most popular resources. First introduced 2012, these strategies help teachers use media in effective and engaging ways in their classrooms.

The best part about the SOS is that they are flexible and can be used across grade levels and content areas. We are excited for our SOS Story: a new SOS series that spotlights teachers showing off how they have put the SOS to work in their classrooms.

Read about Mrs. Yuska's experience in the classroom below:



Extreme Weather

Ms. Burr’s 6th grade students recently completed an Earth Science unit on extreme weather. For their corresponding science lab they were challenged to build a hurricane hut that could withstand the forces of nature: wind, water, and in this case, peer intimidation! The “Burricane” project proved to be a great success and the students had a blast! Thanks Ms. Burr for making science so fun!

Tectonic Plates

With the recent earthquakes in Oklahoma and Italy, Mrs. Riggin seized the opportunity to teach our 5th grade students about tectonic plates with a creative, hands-on activity demonstrating this incredible and destructive force of nature. The students’ experimented with Lego structures built upon a fabricated tectonic plate, simulating an earthquake to determine the strength of their buildings. They changed the height and footprint of their structures over several trials and recorded their findings. Thanks, Mrs. Riggin, for always making science relevant and creative!

Maryland Stem Festival 2016

Check out these green screen photos from our Maryland Stem Festival 2016 event!













Create and Code at SLS-Maryland STEM Festival Event

HCPSS friends – Are you looking for something fun to do on your day off? St. Louis School invites families with children in grades PreK – 5th grade to join us for a morning of STEM-related activities on Monday, November 7th at 10AM.

Drop-in and have some fun with interactive green-screen technology, robotics, and Legos! See our 3D printers in action and learn to code with Ozobots. Our current X-STEM Ambassadors will lead the various activities and attendees will go home with one of their creations! This event is free to the public. Registration is required.


Are you as Tough as a Polar Bear?

Our 2nd grade students recently paired-up with our 6th graders for a fun science lab to see how a polar bear survives in the arctic. They donned some rubber gloves and tested their tolerance for the cold as they plunged their little hands in ice water and timed themselves. On round two, they coated their gloved hand with blubber (Crisco), re-gloved their hands and tried it again. These kiddos are tough...some lasting over 4 minutes in the frigid temperatures! Great collaboration and teamwork!

Thanks to the dynamic teaching duo of Mrs. Anacker and Ms. Burr for a fun and informative science lesson!


Our Ocean

Mrs. Yuska's 7th grade class is virtually attending the "Our Ocean" Conference in Washington DC today. learning about what the world leaders are doing, and what we all can do, to preserve and protect our oceans. Our students have been able to ask many questions through the live Twitter feed of the event, including: How are anti-pollution laws enforced on the water ways? What is more harmful - the trash or the CO2? Do we know how many Dead Zones there are? Where does most of garbage that reaches the sea originate? Is it possible to add oxygen to the hypoxia areas of the ocean?
Thanks to Discovery Education for this great opportunity! Don’t forget to ask your children all about it when they get home! #OurOceans #OfThePeople


Our students were introduced to their new Chromebooks this year giving them another tool in their educational arsenal that will enable them to design and create content.

Changes in Motion

Mrs. Yuska’s 8th Grade students are currently learning about Force and Motion. In this activity, the students worked in groups to design investigations that demonstrated at least two methods for changing the speed only, the direction only, and both direction and speed of a moving object using their background knowledge of speed, velocity, and acceleration. They were provided with a golf ball and a table full of various materials such as toy car race tracks, tape, sand, rulers, aluminum foil, and pie tins, just to name a few. The enthusiasm, excitement, and creativity the students showed resulted in some ingenious designs! Check out our video:

Rollercoaster STEM Fun

Physics has many fun real-world applications, including how amusement park rollercoasters can scare you while still remaining safe. The Eighth Grade girls had the opportunity to build rollercoasters in miniature and test them with our Second Grade audience. They began the afternoon by exploring Discovery Education resources then employed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) knowledge and tools to create functional rollercoasters made of cardstock, tape and marbles. Who knew that engineering could be so much fun?

4th Howard County STEM Festival

A virtual mad scientist’s laboratory, 3D design and printing and color sensing robots were among a few of the things our students showcased at the St. Louis School booth as part of the 4th Annual Howard County STEM Festival. A huge thank you to our teachers, volunteer parents and students who helped make this event a success.