Christ the Teacher
School steps up
GLASGOW — Christ the Teacher School has new interactive whiteboards. The new system allows the school to replace its SMARTBoards, televisions and DVD players.
Inger Cerniak, the school’s new technology coordinator, said the 25 Epson BrightLink 480i interactive projectors contain the functionality of SMARTBoards at a significantly lower cost and can use the interactive software of several manufacturers. The digital document cameras allow words from a book to be projected to a 62 inch-by-32 inch whiteboard.
In addition, the projectors are centrally controlled, which allows for the broadcast of pre-recorded and live events from any room to every room.
Mount Aviat is now
powered by the sun
CHILDS, Md. — Mount Aviat Academy has installed a solar array that will produce enough energy to power the entire campus in Childs, Md., said the principal, Oblate Sister John Elizabeth Callaghan. The ground-mount system comprises about 3,700 solar panels.
The project was made possible by an investor who covered the cost of installation. In return, Mount Aviat will buy the power produced at a reduced rate, Sister John Elizabeth said.
In addition, the school has retrofitted its lights with a reflector that allows it to use half the bulbs in some light systems, she said. That initiative was funded almost entirely through a power company incentive.
Holy Angels opens
NEWARK — Students with diverse learning styles will benefit from the new resource lab at Holy Angels School. The lab will address the needs of students who require further academic assistance as well as those who are accelerated, principal Barbara Snively said.
Two computer-based programs will be used to monitor and assess student progress. Students in third through eighth grade who are in need of assistance in reading and math will be able to work with a facilitator, Snively said. Ten computers, most of which were donated to Holy Angels, will be used for this purpose.
Also at Holy Angels, graduates created a flower garden with a bird sanctuary and compost area for the school’s recyclable materials. The green efforts at Holy Angels have been expanded with the compost area and with the addition of bins to collect plastics and paper.
The graduates who created the garden and compost area completed the project as part of their service work for their Gold Award, one of Girl Scouting’s highest honors. It was funded by a grant from the University of Delaware.
Ursuline students attend leadership conference
WILMINGTON — Sarah Berg and Brenna Williams, both rising seniors at Ursuline Academy, attended the 2012 Ursuline Educational Services Leadership Conference in Dedham, Mass., in June with the student council moderator, Meg Kane-Smith.
Students spent the four days in academic, social and cultural activities.
“Of all of the opportunities that we had throughout our trip, the most meaningful and enduring was the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts that we are now able to bring back to each of our respective schools. Throughout the upcoming school year, Brenna and I are planning to work together with our fellow student council members as well as the administration to make some of these ideas a reality,” Berg wrote.
Padua restructures leadership program
WILMINGTON — The student leadership program at Padua Academy has been restructured for the upcoming year.
The program will have three elements. One group of students will be responsible for identifying volunteer opportunities and managing volunteers for those. Another group will coordinate fundraisers and service-oriented events such as the DeSales Leadership Conference for middle-schoolers. The final element is a course on leadership and philanthropy, which will be implemented next year.
Salesianum School grad receives McDonald’s award
Justin Gregg, a 2012 graduate of Salesianum School, was one of five students from Delaware to receive a college scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities and the McDonald’s Owner/Operators of the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Gregg and the other students were awarded a $1,000 grant. His was through the RHMC Scholars program. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, community involvement, financial need and plans to attend a two- or four-year college.
Archmere busy over the summer
CLAYMONT — The summer was anything but quiet on the campus of Archmere Academy in Claymont. Two projects involved renovations to the Student Life Center and St. Norbert Hall, and modifications to the Patio.
At the Student Life Center, renovations created a meeting and lounge area for student council, and a snack shack has been moved from the field house to the center. At St. Norbert Hall, an oratory was completed with new worship space large enough for an entire class to attend Mass together.
This year, the Patio returns to its roots as an academic building with the creation of a classroom on the first floor. When the building was the home of industrialist John J. Raskob, the room had been his children’s play room. Spaces on the second floor that were once bedrooms have been converted to offices.
Elkton school will
observe Year of Faith
ELKTON, Md. — Immaculate Conception School plans to open the “door of faith” this year in recognition of Pope Benedict’s upcoming Year of Faith, which runs from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013.
According to principal Mary Kirkwood, the school will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the building of the current parish church in October.
In addition, after a successful fundraiser, the school has installed a science lab that includes equipment to meet current needs, and funds have been raised for the final order of SMARTBoards.
St. Peter website adds functionality
NEW CASTLE — The website of St. Peter the Apostle School in New Castle has undergone an extreme makeover, with easier navigation and a version for smartphones or tablets.
The ability to view the site on a mobile device was the most requested feature, said Victor Fisher, who designed the site for the school.
Parents can now see an enhanced calendar, which is also available through popular messaging programs. Also, they can sign up for email or text notifications, which, for example, will allow them to see when a homework assignment is updated.
The site is at school.stpeternewcastle.org.
— Compiled by Mike Lang