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.

See more photos here.

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 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 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 December Fourth Grade Kean Science Carnival

Our fourth grade students were invited to attend a Science Carnival held by the Biotechnology Club at Kean University. The purpose of Science Carnival is to collaborate with young students to spark an early interest in the science field. The day started at 9:30 A.M. and ended after a lunch of pizza. Students attended the event in the STEM building and explored numerous activities, both hands-on and demonstrations by the Biotechnology Club members.  One of our alumni, Michael Oro, is a freshman in the STEM program at Kean. As a member of the Biotechnology Club, he enjoyed sharing his love of science through a hands-on oil spill cleanup activity.

Mrs. DeMan took photos. Click here to view the photos.

Our fourth graders reflected on the event in this audio podcast. Click the play button below to listen.