Setting A Foundation for Technology Use in School

As a part of a comprehensive plan to foster meaningful technology skills in their students, the staff at Saint John the Baptist School in Howard purchased tablets for each student to use in their K-3 Classrooms.  The strategy is simple: teach students to use technological devices (tablets, chromebooks, personal computers) as a part of their day-to-day learning to allow them to develop problem solving, organizational, research and other skills using the technology that will be leveraged later in their academic, and maybe even professional careers.  

 

This strategy starts as soon as Kindergarten.  Many students have access to tablets or smartphones at home, and incorporating them as a part of their school day reinforces that these devices can be used, not just for play, but also to learn new skills, for research and to solve problems. Students use tablets at the K-3 level with apps that reinforce their classroom learning and allow them to practice their skills in a visual and interactive way.  The addition of bluetooth keyboards for third grade students ease in the transition from tablets to the chromebooks that each student receives in fourth grade and will use throughout the remainder of their time at Saint John’s.

 

The school has also introduced a number of unique tools to help the students develop critical STEM skills early on.  Bee-Bots are a student favorite.  These small robots are easy to use and help teach sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving.  The students can program these robots to move through a number of obstacles in different directions by pressing buttons to program commands on the robot.  Students are also able to create mockups of models and statues and watch their creations take shape on the school’s 3-D printer.  

 

The success of this program is apparent in the 4-8th grade students who are able to easily transition to using the Google Classroom Suite on their Chromebooks as an integral part of their day-to-day learning.  The early focus of incorporating technology as a meaningful part of the student’s education has taught these students that their devices are useful for far more practical purposes than gaming alone.  

 

Spirit T-Shirt Tradition

At St. John the Baptist School we value our traditions and focus on the future. One of our traditions is our Spirit T-Shirt. Once a week, students have the opportunity to wear a St. John the Baptist Spirit T-Shirt. This t-shirt is designed by the students.

At the end of each school year, seventh graders participate in a contest to design the next year’s Spirit T-Shirt. The Site Advisory Council then judges the design entries and selects one to be the Spirit T-Shirt.

This year’s shirt beautifully captures the courage and strength that God offers to each and every one of us, an assurance that we try to instill in each of our students. The design quoting Matthew 19:26 was submitted by Adelyn Tooley. Click below for an order form if you are interested in buying a shirt.
Order Form

 

SCRIP Update

May 31, 2017

We will NOT be placing a SCRIP order on Monday, June 19th.  Plan ahead.

Don’t forget that Monday, June 26th, by 9:00 AM, is the last day to purchase SCRIP to be credited to the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Your credit will be applied by GRACE in July.

Any SCRIP purchased between June 27th and December 18th will also be applied toward the 2017 – 2018 school year.  This credit will be applied by GRACE in February or March 2018.

Don’t forget to purchase SCRIP over the summer.  The parish office is open Monday – Thursday.  You may also purchase SCRIP when you attend mass on the weekends.

Do you need a gift for your favorite teacher, support staff or administrator?  Don’t forget your electives: music, art, library, phy-ed, spanish and band.   SCRIP gift certificates are available and can be purchased in any denomination and the recipient can purchase the SCRIP of their choice.  You may send in your order through school or stop in the parish office to purchase your gift certificates.

 

Above information in a printable PDF Format:
SCRIP Update May 31, 2017

SCRIP Update

SCRIP UPDATE

May 24, 2017

REMEMBER………
We will be placing our SCRIP orders THIS FRIDAY, MAY 26TH .  Please have your orders in by 9:00 Friday morning.  We will NOT be placing a SCRIP order the week of May 29th. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend.

TUITION CREDIT
Any SCRIP you have purchased from December 25th, 2016 through Monday morning (9:00 am), June 26th, 2017 will be credited to the 2017-2018 school year.   Your credit will be applied in July by GRACE.  Any SCRIP purchased between June 27th and December 18th, 2017 (9:00 am), will also be applied toward the 2017 – 2018 school year.  This credit will be applied by GRACE in February or March 2018.

KEEP IN MIND
Graduation season is here!  Don’t forget to pick up SCRIP for your gift or party needs.

 

Above Information in PDF Format:
SCRIP Update May 24, 2017

SJB Supports St. Vincent Children’s Hospital

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
~2 Corinthians 9:7

A big thank you goes out to all the SJB families that supported the donation drive benefiting the HSHS St. Vincent’s Child Life program! The Child Life program coordinators were overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion that our school showed towards this cause. The incredible amount of items were delivered to the hospital on Friday afternoon and completely filled the office!

The Child Life Program is a free service available to all children and families at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital. The specialists are certified and trained to help children and families cope with health care experiences. They bring joy and laughter to difficult situations.

This cause is particularly meaningful to our school family because and SJB fifth grader benefits directly from the Child Life Program. She is currently receiving chemotherapy for astrocytoma (spinal tumor) at St. Vincent’s. We held this donation drive to show our love and support for Syd and her family. Thank you for your generosity.

 

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SCRIP UPDATE

SCRIP UPDATE
April 19, 2017
********PLEASE PLAN AHEAD********

    • Sat & Sun, April 22 & 23 – Purchase your SCRIP at all weekend masses.
    • Monday, April 24  – NOT placing a SCRIP order this week. You may send your ordres in and what we have in inventory will be filled and returned to you. Any special orders will not be ordered until May 1st and filled on May 3rd.Monday, April 17th is the last day to order SCRIP until Monday May 1st.
  • Sat & Sun, April 29 & 30 – NOT selling SCRIP in church, First Eucharist.
  • Monday, April 24 – NOT placing a SCRIP order this week.  You may send your orders in and what we have in inventory will be filled and returned to you.  Any special orders will not be ordered until May 1st and filled May 3rd.
  • Sat & Sun, April 29 & 30 NOT selling SCRIP in church, First Eucharist.
  • Monday, May 1st Place your SCRIP order

KEEP IN MIND:
Mother’s Day and Graduations are just around the corner. Don’t forget to pick up SCRIP for your gift or party needs.

Contact Information:
lmckean@sjbh.org   or 434-2145 ext 208

Here is the above information in a PDF format:SCRIP Update April 2017