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‘STEM’

Garden Club

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Earlier this school year, some of the students of St. Joseph School and their families gathered on a sunny Sunday afternoon in October to build the school gardens. Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Murray enlisted the help of a number of eager parents who arrived with tools and shovels in hand. Students were put to work sifting the compost while parents, under the guidance of Mrs. Laurie Hellstrom, (4th/5th grade parent) built the beds. Once the frames were complete, they were placed on the prepared site and then filled with the compost.

Since this garden building event, the Kindergarten class has planted garlic. They must now be patient and wait until spring to see what sprouts in the garden, and to plant any further crops! We are looking forward to starting some seedlings for spring planting, and possibly having a plant sale. Stay tuned for further updates!

2014 Science Fair

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Students participated in the annual Science Fair on Thursday, January 23rd.

Students in Grades 4-8 were required to complete individual Science Fair projects, all following the scientific method, and exploring  background research.  Students in these grades were judged throughout the school day by area professionals, scientists, and students from Bishop Stang High School.  In the evening, families were invited to attend the award ceremony and speak with the students about their projects through personal presentations.  The enthusiasm for science seemed to become contagious, especially among the youngest of students.
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Reality Fair

Friday, May 31st, 2013

On Tuesday, May 28th, we held an academic exercise called a “reality fair” organized by teacher Misty Nordstrom and sponsored by Southern Massachusetts Credit Union. See the New Bedford Standard Times article ‘Fair provides dose of ‘reality’ to St. Joseph students‘ for a closer look at the unique learning perspective provided by the fair, and see our photos below.
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STEM Expo

Friday, April 12th, 2013

For the first time, Saint Joseph School held a STEM Expo where students had the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and appreciation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Middle school students ran experiments, launched rockets, analyzed and classified fingerprints, tested viscosity of liquids, and even made pepper jump onto saran wrap! ” Science really is a lot of fun, and when students take on the role of “teacher”, this is where the beauty of learning is truly exemplified”, offered SJS Stem coordinator , Misti Nordstrom. ” With the push for 21st century skills, especially related to the STEM fields, it is essential that we equip our students with the desire to explore these areas. This is where the jobs are going to be, and already are. We need to be able to compete with people from all over the world, and if we can instill the importance of inquiry and creativity in our kids, we are going to prepare them for their futures. Being intimidated by math or science just isn’t an option. At our school, it is exciting to know that we are exposing our students to challenging, science-based, and engaging labs and demonstrations from kindergarten through 8th grade. It provides a perfect foundation.”
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SJS 2013 Science Fair

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Students from grades 4-8 competed in the annual science fair dazzling judges and visitors from the community with their vast inquiry and knowledge related to a variety of areas including botany, physics, psychology, chemistry, engineering, biology, and forensics. Criteria for the students ranged form creativity, understanding and application of the scientific method, background research, presentation, and display of their findings. Judges were given the challenging task to award points based on a detailed rubric. Students in grades 6-8 who earned the highest points are given the opportunity to advance onto the Regional Science Fair at Bristol Community College, where they will once again compete with hopes of advancing onto the state competition which will be held in June.
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