St. Mary's News
By: St. Mary of the Assumption School
The Fourth Annual Science Fair was recently held at St. Mary’s of the Assumption School. The students were placed into multi-aged groups that consisted of students from grades 4 through 6, with either a fifth or sixth grade student as the group leader.
Students were challenged to find a project that is important to science and to develop the scientific method that demonstrates the impact of their project in science. Students worked on their projects for nine weeks at school and among group members’ homes. The students were then asked to determine a topic for their respective projects utilizing the library, Internet, and other available resources in problem-solving, creativity, decision making, design, and research through a hands-on approach. As the event drew near, students’ anticipation
grew for the presentation of their project and poster boards.
Projects were scored by three judges: Barb Hesseling, Jeanne Loomis, and Mayor Jerry Mazur. After the scores were tallied by Dustin Hesseling (fifth/sixth grade teacher), two groups’ projects emerged as winners that went to a tiebreaker for first place. In first place was “What Do Plants Like To Eat” by Liesel Lare, Brecken Hazeltine, Josie Williamson, and Reece Berryman. Coming in second place was “The Ultimate Food Beatdown” by Catherine Kopack, James Reinhart, Ava Garner and Tyler Spray.
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School celebrated being in session for 100 days on Friday, Jan. 30. Students in each grade took part in both educational and fun activities through out the day.
On that day the first grade class had a very special visitor, Norma “Toddy” Todd Rozelle-Diers. Toddy is 100 years old and continues to live on her own in Delphos. She came to visit the first grade class to tell about her life as a child. She shared many differences between life today and when she was growing up. She said she felt that the washing machine was the invention that made her life easier than it had been. She also shared with the students that when she was a child, the telephone was a ‘box’ on the wall. Today, she has a cordless phone. Toddy’s words of advice to the students were “Whatever you do, do the best that you can.” and “The more you learn, the better your life will be.”
Therese Tate’s Kindergarten and Kindergarten Plus students at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School recently made several donations to the Pregnancy Life Center of Van Wert. The Pregnancy Life Center is a non-profit ministry whose mission is to protect the life of the unborn, offer alternatives to abortion, encourage sexual abstinence outside of marriage, educate the community, bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and offer love by providing spiritual, educational, and physical support to those affected by unplanned pregnancy.
Tate’s class is learning about how we grow and change throughout the cycle of life. They are realizing the importance of respecting life at every age. Also, they are reminded that the Christmas season is because of Jesus’ birthday, who also came to the world as a baby.
Each student decorated a star and a Teddy bear pattern square. The squares were sewn together into two child-sized quilts and donated to the Pregnancy Life Center. Each child’s family also donated various baby items to go to the center.
For the past two weeks the students of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School focused on ways that they could show friendship in their everyday activities. At the end of the two weeks each teacher selected a student from their class that they felt best demonstrated friendship both inside and outside the classroom.
About 50 future artists, ranging from 4 to 10 years of age, and their parents from around Van Wert County attended an “Art Around the World” Night at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School last Thursday evening.
The young artists were each given a passport to be stamped as they traveled from one country (art station) to the next. In all, they would travel to seven different places and create seven different works of art. Demonstrations and explanations for the children were given by St. Mary’s fifth and sixth grade students under the guidance of St. Mary’s teachers.
Young artists visited “Italy” where they did chalk drawings while listening to works of Antonio Vivaldi, an 18th century composer who was a renowned master of the violin. The young artists drew what or how the music made them feel. After that, children could travel to “Germany” were they made a Schultuete. At the beginning of every school year, children all over Germany set off with their large and shiny Schultuete, also called school cones. These over-sized, colorful school cones sweeten the child’s first day of school as they come filled with little gifts, school supplies and sweets.
While visiting “Africa,” children created an African ceremonial mask after looking at different examples inspired by original ceremonial masks. In “Australia,” they created an Aboriginal Dot Art painting using bright colors on pictures of indigenous Australian animals.
Next the young artists could go to “Russia” and create their own Pysanky egg. Pysanky, the art of the decorated egg, is an ancient and beautiful form of folk art from the Ukraine. From there children went to “Mexico” and created a mosaic tile. Children were able to place small pieces of tile and other materials together with glue to form a pattern. Finally, students made a stop in “New York City” to do a little graffiti art. Although people have been drawing on walls in caves since the beginning of time, this art form really took off in the 1970’s, when people began writing their names all over the city.
The fun night with family and friends concluded with punch and cookies, complements of St. Mary’s PTO. Everyone who attended seemed to really enjoy themselves and had interesting art projects to take home and enjoy.
The third through sixth grade students at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School recently visited Alliance Automation in Van Wert. The professionals at Alliance Automation are experts in designing and building automation systems that optimize a business production process. The students learned about small stand-alone machines, gauges and fixtures, and fully automated assembly lines. Students were able to see robots in action and learn about the growing automation industry. Elementary students at St. Mary’s are preparing for the future with technology classes focusing on computers as creative tools. Alliance Automation’s state of the art facility in Van Wert was a real source of inspiration to the students.