Oct. 14-20, 2004
Above and Beyond
By IC Fayettville School Staff/ SUN contributing writer
SUN photo(s) Paul Finch
NASA Technology Program Lifts Immaculate Conception School to New Heights
Through a grant funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Immaculate Conception School has introduced a program to integrate computer technology throughout the curriculum. The first workshop the teachers attended was held before school began, followed by a second training session on Sept. 16. The teachers received training from Dr. Tiffany Koszalka, of Syracuse University’s Department of Education, to learn how to use the Internet to enhance instruction and to incorporate NASA resources into all areas of the curriculum. Dr. Koszalka showed teachers how to use an interdisciplinary approach to point out connections among subject areas. For example, a social studies unit on Native Americans would include how they used the stars for direction and how unmanned satellites navigate by the stars today.
For the students, this program will mean more exposure to scientific information and methods, greater understanding of research and problem-solving skills and more experience with computer technology. Immaculate Conception Principal Sally Lisi expects this creative approach to further excite students about learning. Over the next two years, Dr. Koszalka and several of her doctoral students will work with Immaculate Conception students and teachers to implement this innovative program.
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Participating in liturgical celebrations on a regular basis is one of the most important parts of the school curriculum. On Oct. 4th, fourth graders planned and led the congregation in a Mass in remembrance of St. Francis. The choir served as cantors as the entire school joined in song and praise. All are invited to join in the school’s liturgies. The next scheduled liturgy takes place on Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. for All Saints Day. The entrance hymn will be “When the Saints Come Marching In” as the second graders process dressed in costumes as their patron saint. At the end of Mass they will take a few minutes to tell everyone about their patron saint. As one walks in the hallways of the school, one will see banners featuring the “Virtue of the Month.” This year the school’s goal is to focus on the seven heavenly virtues of faith, hope, charily, fortitude, justice, temperance and prudence. These virtues will be incorporated into daily activities. September began the focus with faith — faith in God and the church, faith in families, faith in Immaculate Conception School and faith in each other. During the month of October students and teachers will spend time with the virtue of justice and what it means to have a sense of responsibility.
The Home School Association plays an integral part in school life and provides support and activities that enhance the school’s programs. From sporting activities to field trips, parents are there to assist in whatever way is needed. A big “thank you” to each of them for their help and support! Another “thank you” goes to the faculty and staff for all that they do that goes above and beyond the daily routine. They truly embrace the ideal, “To Teach as Jesus Did”.