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Kindergarten and PK-4 Math Stations

2014-pk-k-math2Mrs. Obergfell’s Pre-K4 and Mrs. Vitale’s Kindergarten classes got together this morning to work at Math Stations.  There were five stations. The students were broken into groups.  Each group had both PreK and Kindergarten students.  The teachers and aides managed the students in the stations and kept them moving every few minutes so all were able to get to every station.

The stations were geared toward several Kindergarten and PreK math concepts such as counting, matching, measuring and patterns.  All were hands on learning stations where the students were working with various types of manipulatives.

Our students were asked to count and separate waffle blocks by color in our counting station.  We played matching games with the numbers 1-15 by using Dr. Seuss counting flash cards.  In the pattern stations the children made animals using pattern blocks and created their own color and shape patterns with graph paper and crayons.  The students were asked to weigh bear counters and blocks to determine which were heavier at the weigh station.

2014-pk-k-mathOur math stations were a great success for both grades.  We are intending to get together soon and not only use stations for math but also for language arts and phonics.

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Storm Chaser Assembly


The fourth through eighth grade students enjoyed learning about tornadoes and storms through the photos and video of storm chaser, Mr. Tom Romero.

Bagel Buddies January 29, 2014

2014bb1Our PK-3 through eighth grade students enjoyed special time with their Bagel Buddies for Catholic Schools Week. Enjoy the photos of everyone’s happy, smiling faces!

Catholic Schools Week 2014 Tuesday Activities

During the afternoon our lower grade students in PK-4 through 3rd grade enjoyed the game of Bingo. The students got a lot of practice with number recognition, too. The students in grades 4 through 8 practiced their teamwork skills with the game of Keep the Ball Up. It takes a lot of effort to work with classmates to keep the beach ball from falling to the ground.

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Catholic Schools Week Valentines for Vets Buddies

2014Jan28VetThe students in grades six and seven partnered up with their PK-3 through Kindergarten buddies to create Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. The first and eighth grade students partnered up for a project in the science lab. Please enjoy some photos.

Photos from partner projects.

2014 Eighth Grade Pin Mass

Our Catholic Schools Week activities begin with the beautiful pin ceremony. Please enjoy photos from the event.


2013 Christmas Concert Photos


Please enjoy these photos from the December 19 Christmas Concert and the December 20 PK-4 Christmas Show.

2013 December Hour of Code Success

Saint Michael School students from Kindergarten through eighth grade experienced “The Hour of Code” the week of December 9-13. You can find more pictures at our Shutterfly site.

2013DaisyKindergarten and first grade students used the free iPad app, Daisy the Dinosaur. They took turns using three iPads. Daisy the Dinosaur has seven commands: move, turn, grow, shrink, jump, roll, and spin. By combining those commands the youngest students can program a dinosaur to perform a routine. You can see by the look on the faces of our students how engaged they were in the program.

2013TynkerThe second and third grade students worked as a team at the interactive whiteboard to complete tutorials on the Tynker website. During the week of December 16 the students will try the same exercises on their own. Tynker’s Hour of Code lessons teach the students to use puzzle shaped commands to move a puppy through obstacles. As the children connect the commands they learn the basics of computer programming.

2013BlocklyThe fourth through eighth grade students worked independently using Blockly. It is a programming language that uses puzzle shaped blocks. Videos with guest speakers such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Chris Bosh NBA All-Star and college computer programmer introduce and explain concepts. The students first solved puzzles by creating computer code to move the angry bird to the pig and a zombie to a sunflower. Once students understood the concept of moving characters on the screen they progressed to programming the drawing of shapes such as squares and triangles. The students will find an Hour of Code certificate in their Edmodo account.

All students in second through eighth grade have usernames and passwords to access the lessons in Tynker and Blockly. It is the same as the username and password for our K12Share website for Pixie drawings and Edmodo.

This event was held for the first time by code.org during Computer Science Education Week. It attracted over 15 million individuals who wrote over 490 million lines of code.

2013 Computer Science Education Week – Monday


At Saint Michael School students begin learning about computer programming in third grade with Scratch. This year, I am excited to involve our students in code.org‘s massive campaign to recruit 10 million students to try one hour of programming. According to code.org 90% of K-12 schools do not teach programming. Our students have been very fortunate to have opportunities to grow their skills every year.

Code.org has provided a variety of resources and I have researched many more. Every student from Kindergarten through eighth grade will be exposed to computer programming in an age appropriate way this week.

December 9-13 By Class

Kindergarten and first grade will be learning, as a group, to use Daisy the Dinosaur. It is a free IOS app for IOS 3.2 or later. It is compatible with an iPad.

Second and third grade will work with the Tynker visual programming language. We will work as a class this week. Next week they will receive usernames and passwords to try those exercises and more on their own. They will use the same usernames and passwords that we use for the K12Share space that stores our Pixie images online.

Fourth through eighth grade will begin the week with the Blockly visual programming language on the code.org website. They will be able to continue their work in Blockly the second class of the week, try Tynker, or create a Christmas greeting card in Scratch. All students will be able to continue their work throughout the year at home on any Internet enabled computer or at school as a free choice when they finish their assignment in computer class.

Additional IOS Apps

Your child may want to download these free apps at home.

Kodable is a free iPad app that teaches programming concepts and problem solving for children ages 5 and up. It is for grownups, too.

Hopscotch is a visual programming language for children for IOS 5.0 and later. It is compatible with the iPad. It is rated 4+. It is a 2013 Parents Choice Gold Award winner. It was featured by Apple in Education and rated as best for ages 9-12.

Light-bot Hour of Code is free for ages K-12 and is a programming logic game. It requires IOS 4.3 or higher, is optimized for IOS 5, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Google Play Apps

Your child may want to download these free apps at home.

Light-bot Hour of Code is free for ages K-12 and is a programming logic game. It requires Android 2.2 or later.


2013 Giving Tree

2013DecGivingGiftsOn Friday Saint Michael’s students, along with their families, participated in the annual “Giving Tree” collection. All donations will go to the less fortunate of Saint Joseph’s in Elizabeth. Our 8th graders were more than happy to gather all the gifts and to help out. The donation will be delivered Monday so there is still time to bring in any forgotten gifts.