Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Horicon Marsh Field Trip

The 6th Grade Horicon Marsh field trip is the culmination of a unit on ecology.  Prior to the trip, students study the biosphere, and the different types of ecosystems. They look at the biotic and abiotic components, food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids in different ecosystems.  Students also learn about the water cycle, oxygen and carbon cycles, and the nitrogen cycle.

Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.  While there, students immerse themselves in the ecology of three different environments - wetland, prairie, and woodland.  The morning activities include a pontoon boat ride on the marsh and water sampling at the DNR field station.  While on the boat, students learn how the marsh water level is adjusted and why.  They learn how the wetlands act as natural filters for pollutants that may wash into this fragile ecosystem.  Additionally, students see first hand how the marsh acts as a nursery for the hundred of species of birds that nest in the marsh.  Water sampling allows many students to see freshwater macroinvertebrates and vertebrates for the first time.  They use nets to catch lake fly and caddisfly larvae, bullfrog tadpoles, small fish, etc.

An afternoon walk through the federal portion of the marsh allows students to explore and experience the marsh from the shore, a prairie habitat and woodland habitat.  Students sketch all three habitats in detail, while they immerse themselves in the sounds and sights of these ecosystems.  In addition to the great variety of birds, students are exposed to many species of mammals, fish, frogs, turtles, snakes, insects and plants.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Map Testing

Lourdes Academy students in grades 2 - 8 recently completed the Fall NWEA (MAP) Measures of Academic Progress, exams. 

Each year, students in grades 2 and 3, complete MAP assessments for reading and math and students in grades 4 - 8, complete assessments for reading, math, language usage, and science.  Teachers have begun to use the results from these assessments in working with students to develop individual improvement goals and plans.

Individual student progress will be reviewed via the winter MAP testing session in December/January and again at the end of the school year in May.

Lourdes Academy Elementary and Middle School students consistently achieve  above the national averages for all subject area assessments and demonstrate consistent academic growth in grades 2 - 8.

For information pertaining to your child's MAP results, please contact his/her teacher. For general information about the NWEA MAP assessments, go to: https://www.nwea.org

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Teacher and Administrator Professional Development

Lourdes Academy High School teachers participated in
a "Teaching in the Block Schedule" workshop on Sept. 21
Lourdes Academy students are not the only ones engaged in learning activities throughout the school year. Each year, our teachers and administrators participate in a variety of professional development activities designed to help them continue improving their instructional practices and our educational program offerings. These include on-site workshops during the afternoons of early student dismissal days, conferences, workshops, and graduate level courses. During the September 21, Professional & Program Development session, our elementary teachers participated in a math instructional workshop, our middle school teachers learned more about the student achievement reports and instructional resources available via the NWEA student MAP tests, and our high school teachers participated in a workshop that focused on implementing instructional practices and learning activities for the block schedule extended class periods. The next Lourdes Academy Professional & Program Development early dismissal date is Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Monday, September 19, 2016

New and Improved Personal Finance Course

Junior and Senior students at Lourdes Academy High School have responded favorably to the implementation of the Dave Ramsey Foundations of Personal Finance program as part of the revised Personal Finance course.

Personal Finance is a required course for Lourdes High School students and is designed to assist students in developing effective personal money management skills and habits. Areas covered include: banking, credit, investing, financial planning, budgeting, taxes, and retirement planning.
The Dave Ramsey program features a variety of learning videos and "real-life" activities that require students to put what they are learning into practice.
Comments from students include:

"I used to think Personal Finance was boring and the worst class to take. It is now my favorite class. The material is interesting and entertaining, and I am learning a ton of valuable information." - M. Dishaw

"The short videos and fun activities are really helpful and make me want to save and invest my money." - S. Gelhar

"This curriculum actually motivates students to save money and increase their knowledge about managing money." - Mrs. Carter, Business & Information Technology Teacher

For additional information about the Dave Ramsey Foundations in Personal Finance program, go to http://www.daveramsey.com/school/foundations/

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ACT Aspire Results Now Available

During the spring of 2016, all Lourdes Academy Freshmen and Sophomore students completed the ACT Aspire set of academic exams. The individual student results are now available and will be distributed to parents during our annual "Back to School Knight" this Wednesday, Aug. 31, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Lourdes Academy Commons. Student results that are not picked up on Wednesday night will be sent to parents on Thursday, Sept. 1. If you have questions pertaining to ACT Aspire, please contact Jon Fleming at jfleming@lourdesacademyoshkosh.org.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lourdes Academy Elementary Mathematics Program Update

Lourdes Academy teachers Rob Mullen and Karen Coats 
participate in a Mathematics instruction workshop on August 17.
Elementary teachers from Lourdes Academy-Cabrini and Seton returned to school on August 17, and spent the afternoon engaged in a training program designed to enhance math instruction and learning. The session was part of a series of math professional development activities that began during the 2015-16 school year and will continue through the upcoming year. To support the new instructional and learning model, Lourdes Academy has implemented Math Expressions as the primary learning resource in grades K-2 for the 2016-17 school year and will expand to grades 3 - 6 in 2017-18.

The Math Expressions materials were chosen after being vetted according to the Diocese of Green Bay textbook approval process and Lourdes Academy protocol which included reviews from teachers, parents, and administrators.  Math Expressions is currently being implemented by over a dozen schools in the Green Bay Diocese and although references to the Common Core are included with the materials, Lourdes Academy continues to align our curriculum with the Diocese of Green Bay Curriculum Standards and implement teaching methods and learning activities designed to best meet the needs of our students.

For more information pertaining to the Diocese of Green Bay K-8 curriculum please read Bishop Ricken's letter and frequently asked questions about the Common Core at: http://www.gbdioc.org/images/stories/Education/Schools/GB-Diocesan-Standards-QA.pdf

Please plan to attend our Elementary Family Math Night on Wednesday, October 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Seton Elementary School.