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Important Information for the 2018-2017 School Year

Information Concerning Option C and Report Cards

This year our school is trying out the Option C feature that allows for electronic posting of report cards. This feature is fairly new to the Option C report card manager. The electronic report card processing is not done locally at our school but is managed by Option C at their Wisconsin headquarters. The processing can take up to several hours depending on the number of schools requesting electronic processing. Due to the time difference Option C does not start processing operations until 12 Noon Eastern Standard Time. When processing requests are received prior to Noon they go into a computer queue and are handled on a first come first serve basis. As a result of this processing can be delayed up to 24 hours from the request being made for electronic report card processing and posting. Since this is our first year using this service we have had to learn how to make the requests for processing and how to set up the processing time requests. For the first trimester of the 2017-2018 school year there will be some delays in this process. We expect to have this resolved prior to 12/8/2017 and will notify you as soon as this process is complete. Please note you will need to access Option C using your normal parent login information. Your First and Last Name with no spaces and the first letter of each capitalized is your username or userID. Your passwords are normally randomly generated, but if you have forgotten your passwords you may request a password reset by calling the school office. Thank you for your patience in dealing with this new effort on our part.

STEM DESIGN CHALLENGE COMPETITION INFORMATION:

Due to changes in IU20's participation rules for the 2017-2018 competition and increased interest in Diocesan Schools in participating, there are several changes for the 2017-2018 competition.

1. All school districts including the Diocese of Allentown may only have a maximum of six teams participating. For the 2017-2018 school year we have been alloted one team for participation.

2. Due to the number of Diocesan Schools wishing to have Middle School Teams participate St. Theresa School will not have a Middle School Team this year unless we do not have adequate participation from our Fourth and Fifth Grade Students. If we do have adequate participation we will only be allowed to bring an elementary school team this year.

3. Orientation for the 2017-2018 competition will be held on 12/7/2017 at 3:15 pm. Tryouts for team participation will be held on Friday 12/15 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm.

4. Practices will begin 1/9/2017 and will be held once a week on Tuesdays from 1/9 to 1/30. Daily practice will begin 2/5 and will be held Monday through Thursday through 3/1/2017.

5. The Competition is scheduled for 3/2/2017 and all participating team members will report to the school by 7:00 am on 3/2/2017 for the trip to the competition at the Northampton Community College Tannersville, PA campus.

6. All team participants must be able to practice following the schedule above unless they are ill and absent from school. Teams will have one alternate member in the event that one of their team members is ill and unable to attend the competition on 3/2. The alternate member will be permitted to attend the competition but will not be permitted to participate in the competition unless a team member is ill and not able to be there. Maximum number of team participants is four with one alternate or five team members.

Important Link for Middle School Students for 12/05/2017 -- Please use this link for your Video for your Language Arts Class:

Language Arts Video Link

Thank you for visiting the St. Theresa School, Hellertown, PA, Technology Coordinator and Media Specialist's WEB Page.

You Be The Chemist -- Program open to Fourth and Fifth Grade students only. This program will meet twice a month on Mondays with the exception of the Month of February due to the STEM Knex Design Challenge Competition Practices. Participating students must provide the following:

1. A smock or apron

2. A pair of gloves (dishwashing gloves are okay)

3. A pair of safety glasses

For some experiments students may be asked to bring items from home, but most of the items will be supplied by the supervising teacher, Mr. Westgate.
The You Be The Chemist program is designed for students in 4th and 5th grade to help them prepare for Sicence Fair activities by learning more about the scientific method and how to conduct basic experiments. Students will be given lesson materials and directions and will work with a mentor to complete the basic experiments. None of the experiments will involve dangerous or harmful chemicals. Students participating in the program have the option of participating in the Lehigh Valley You Be The Chemist Challenge at the end of the school year, held at Muhlenberg College.

NOTE TO PARENTS

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Please note: all parents of students in grade K through 5 must read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy before your child may use any technology equipment in St. Theresa School. Your child will not be permitted to use the technology in the school until we have received your signed form back in the School Office. Students in Grades 6 through 8 sign their own forms for the Acceptable use policy after reading that policy from this WEB site.

Please note that all children in grades PreK4 through 8 must have their own headphones to use with any of the computer systems in school. Likewise students in grades 3 through 8 are requested to have their own Flash Drive mobile storage devices so that they can save their created data files for both school and home use. All students in grades 5 through 8 are required to have a GMail Email address so that they can use the Google Documents environment for assigned class activities.

Since all of our classrooms have mobile labs and we have set up a new STREAM /Maker Space area in our former computer lab, the majority of Computer class activities will take place in the classrooms rather than in the former computer lab. In addition, since these mobile labs are available the teachers may have their students use these mobile devices with their students at any time during the week and do not have to wait for the computer teacher to come to their classroom to use the equipment. Teachers are encouraged to use the devices frequently and in some cases students are using them on a daily basis. It is our goal that the technology we have in the school is an closely integrated tool for teachers and students to use in their learning experiences. If you have any questions in this regard, please feel free to speak with me at any time.

STREAM / MAKERSPACE LEARNING COMMONS -- This area can be found in the Rectory Basement and is located where the old library and computer lab were located.

Things we have added to the STREAM / MakerSpace Lab area:

1. Lego WeDo 2.0 Robotic Kits

2. K'NEX Wind and Water Energy, Solar Energy, and Simple Machines Kits Along with 10 other K'NEX Building Kits

3. Bristle Bot Robotics Kit

4. Drone Craft with Remote Control and Camera

5. Makey Makey Boards for both local projects and Internet Based Projects

6. Computer Enable Microsopes and Project Slides

7. STEM science Kits from Ann Arbor Interactive Science Museum, Longwood Gardens, The Milk Industry Council, and the Center for Biofuels Education

8. Beginners Soldering Kit and Workstation

9. Dremel Power Tool set

10. 3D Pen Printer

11. 3D Printer

12. 3D Cad Design Tablet and Design Computer System

13. Hand Tool Project Kit

14. Electronics Parts and Materials for Project Building

15. AreoGraden Hydroponics Growing Station

16. Student Created Indoor Growing Stations

17. Aquarium and Underwater Camera Equipment

18. Snap Circuits Design Kit

19. Hot Melt Glue Guns and Project Materials for Craft Projects

20. Hackerspace Workstation for equipment and materials deconstruction and exploration

21. Computer Coding Stations with access to a variety of Coding Tools and Activities

22. Pocket Laminator

23. STEM Science kits for Earth Science, Magnets, and Biology

24. Google Cardboard for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Science and Cross Curricular Explorations

25. Bloxels coding kit

26. 3D Pen Printer

27. Kano Computer Kit

28. Piper Computer Kit

29. Smart Robot Car Kit

30. Little Bits Classroom Electronics Project Kit

NOTE: Two Silouette 3D Printers were added for use by students in Grades K through 5 during the 2017-2018 school year.

A Mod-t 3D Printer will also be added along with other STEM Project kits

Tech Wizards Changes

Due to the lack of interest in the coding classes after school this year, there will be no Tech Wizards Program for the 2017-2018 school year.


Library -- This year Library classes will focus on specific informational texts that will support the STREAM and Maker Space Projects that students will be working on in each grade. Projects will be designed for one Trimester only. The first Trimester will focus on projects for the Middle School and grades 3 through 5.

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Genius Hour and MakerSpace Projects -- Middle School Students -- The resources below are intended as general resources for all Middle School Students working on STREAM and/or Maker Space Projects throughout the school year.

MAKERSPACE AND GENIUS HOUR RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS: (All documents below are PDF files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to open)

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MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPUTER CLASS AND TEACHER REVIEW DOCUMENTS (Computer Foundation Skills)

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(The above link contains security and storage management tips for teachers and students)

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