We learn and lead: This year our school was one of 10 schools in the Metro-North region of St. Louis to be chosen as a cohort school for the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Program.
Our STEM Team, comprised of seven faculty and administrative members, are attending quarterly workshops, implementing STEM objectives and writing and completing the following SMART goals this year:
• We will develop a school-wide STEM PBL that incorporates a real-world issue that will be investigated during the second semester of school year 2017-18 with a finale of a STEM fair where each class will present their findings.
• Teachers will present a minimum of one inquiry-based project per quarter in their individual classrooms.
• We will host a speaker from the community or from a corporation during the 2017-18 school year to inspire and challenge our students in connecting STEM to real life.
Our STEM Team was asked to present at the January workshop regarding the process by which we developed our STEM PBL!
The school improvement goal for this year at St. Ambrose is also tied into our STEM focus: Students will improve their academic skills in language arts, math and science through their content classes/subjects and school-wide STEM practices. Mathematics skills, effective writing skills and the scientific method will be used and reinforced through STEM activities and individualized learning experiences. STEM problems and activities will be integrated throughout lessons where appropriate.
Our teachers are focused on improving and expanding in all STEM areas, and our students are responding with enthusiasm and great effort!
We serve: Just in the first half of the school year, our students and faculty have participated in a canned food drive that netted over 4,000 items and a coat/hat/blanket drive that brought in over 100 items. Students also volunteered to participate in our city’s “Wreaths Across America” ceremony on Dec. 16, and over $3,500 raised for various charities such as: Holy Childhood Association, Catholic Charities, NCEA Hurricane relief.St. Ambrose Saints always give big and love to serve our community!
We succeed: St. Ambrose has a culture and environment of respect, responsibility and cultivating good relationships that stress the value of self-discipline and commitment and that encourages each student to accept the challenges of being a better person in tomorrow’s world.
Student participation, self-discipline, self-motivation, and creativity are nurtured and emphasized in every classroom and with every student.
St. Ambrose really is the best place to learn, serve, lead and succeed!