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St. Justin Fifth Grader Advances in Google/Frito Lay Challenge

Posted by on March 22, 2017

St. Justin Fifth Grader Advances in Google/Frito Lay Challenge

Google and Frito-Lay recently partnered to offer a competition to students interested in innovation and creativity. They invited St. Justin 5th graders to participate along with students from several other local schools. Sophia Samara, a St. Justin fifth grader, decided to attend. Students were challenged to come up with creative solutions to everyday problems. Robert Herjavec from Shark Tank helped moderate the event! Sophia’s team won the competition! She is now waiting to see if she makes it to the next level in this world-wide competition. Go,...

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Full STEAM Ahead at St. Justin School!

Posted by on January 27, 2017

Full STEAM Ahead at St. Justin School!

Starting the fall of 2016, St. Justin piloted a lunchtime STEAM club, where students can learn technology skills and how to innovate for tomorrow’s workforce. Students use a LEGO Mindstorms robot, a New Matter 3-D Printer, and coding lessons from code.org. They have quickly learned the essentials for computer programming and design thinking.   “It’s very interesting learning to code and using the 3-D printer,” says Mitchell, a member of the club. The code.org resources have helped the students’ ability to program, and they are able to create designs and print them on the 3-D printer.   “The STEAM club has been very fascinating and fun,” says Kirsten, another member of the club. The club gives students the opportunity to try new things and to make mistakes, a key component of design thinking.   “I think it is important for students of all ages to learn technology through a hands-on curriculum,” says fellow student Andrew. The hands-on approach is very helpful, especially with being able to program robotics.   The STEAM club has been a resounding success, and St. Justin looks forward to expanding in...

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Mrs. Barbara Kelly Receives Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award!

Posted by on January 27, 2017

Mrs. Barbara Kelly Receives Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award!

Congratulations to St. Justin School’s seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Barbara Kelly, for receiving the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award! She was chosen from over 160 nominations submitted to Symetra who teamed with the San Francisco 49ers to honor local teachers making a difference in their classrooms. Members of the 49er organization, including two Gold Rush cheerleaders, presented the award in a surprise assembly. As part of the award, Mrs. Kelly was given two tickets to a 49er home game, a VIP tour of the 49er Museum, a $50 credit to the team store, and a $1,000 donation to St. Justin School.   Anyone familiar with Mrs. Kelly understands why she is such a special teacher. Sabrina Fraker, the St. Justin parent who nominated Mrs. Kelly for the award, noted, “Many teachers are great, but some are just truly amazing. Barb Kelly is the teacher you couldn’t wait to get in the seventh grade. Mrs. Kelly has the gift of making everyone she comes in contact with feel like a million bucks and the most important person in the world. She has the ability to identify and point out the positive in every student and help them grow within their abilities.”   Mrs. Kelly is a long-standing member of the St. Justin community. In addition to teaching at the school for the past 15 years, she is also the mother of four St. Justin graduates, two of which have chosen to follow in their mother’s footsteps by teaching at Catholic schools.   She truly is a blessing to the community!...

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National Geographic Bee News

Posted by on January 27, 2017

National Geographic Bee News

Last week, St. Justin students from grades 4-8 participated in the National Geographic Bee. Gustavo N., 8th grade, became our champion for the second year in a row when he successfully answered: “The endangered snow leopard is being protected in the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the Annapurna Massif in which Asian country?” (Nepal). Also for the second year in a row, John V., 7th grade, was our runner-up. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic...

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Engineers At Work

Posted by on January 27, 2017

Engineers At Work

In their STEM (science) class last week kindergarten students worked in small groups to build Little Pig Houses first made out of plastic straws & wooden sticks, then eventually wooden bricks & tape to test if the house could withstand 20 seconds of the Big Bad Wolf fan wind. Not to be left out, first grade students each constructed a straw tower as tall as possible out of 20 straws that needed to stand on its own. They were also allowed to use an arm’s length of tape and 20 paperclips to keep the tower upright. Love to see that creativity and critical thinking at...

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