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Small scale, big project: ‘Tiny house’ project allows students to mix statistics, environmental science

January 25th, 2016 Posted in Education and Careers

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WILMINGTON — If you ever thought about building a house with a tree growing through its roof, students at St. Elizabeth High School can design it for you, tell you how much it is going to cost and evaluate the environmental impact.

Design students presented their “tiny house” concepts on Jan. 8 at the St. E Center as part of an interdisciplinary project with statistics and environmental science classes. Students worked together in groups with names like “Au-Courant Incorporated,” “Dylagent Designers” and “Tiny

 Students at St. Elizabeth High School are building tiny houses to learn about topics such as budgeting and environmental impact. The work will continue in the spring. (Photo courtesy of St. Elizabeth High School)


Students at St. Elizabeth High School are building tiny houses to learn about topics such as budgeting and environmental impact. The work will continue in the spring. (Photo courtesy of St. Elizabeth High School)

Team” to analyze the needs of particular clients living in specific parts of the country to create a tiny house design taking costs, resources and environmental factors into consideration.

Client demographics and individual personalities also were considered as the designers decided on construction materials. They then created two-point perspective drawings, floor plans, elevations, digital 3D renderings and a scale model. Designs ranged to fit clients with tastes from outdoorsy young, newlyweds to living off an inheritance in Cape Cod to an elderly man with plans to build in Portland.

Sharon Gabor, who has a long history in art and design education, most notably at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home Studio in Chicago, provided feedback.

Statistics teacher John Tomaszewski guided students through the budgeting process. They learned about square footage and itemized all construction materials. They also researched costs per unit and calculated the total number of units needed for such things as wood, glass, sheetrock, etc., to determine the final cost.

In the spring semester, environmental science teacher Julia Downs and her class will examine various aspects of the design, including proposed materials and methods of construction, with an eye toward energy conservation and environmental stewardship.

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St. Elizabeth High School seniors practice art of conversation while preserving stories of generations past

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WILMINGTON — Everyone has a story, and students at St. Elizabeth High School have taken steps to get some of those stories recorded for posterity. Seniors in Joan Mangan’s AP English class took part in the Great Thanksgiving Listen 2015, for which they interviewed another person to learn his or her life stories. The interviews are posted online at www.storycorps.org.

Several students talked to people they already knew – or thought they knew – their grandparents, including Tiara Tanzilli and Dylan Gerstley. Both said they found the conversations with their subjects – Tanzilli’s grandmother, Rose Eastburn, and Gerstley’s grandfather, Jack Hogan – to be revealing. Read more »

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Commentary: Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

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Super Bowl 50 is surely destined to be an extravaganza like none other. Each year the annual clash of the best NFL teams generates both TV commercials and a halftime show that draw as much attention as the game itself.

In many ways Catholic Schools Week is the halftime event of the school year. It occurs in the final week of January and offers an opportunity to show the best of Catholic education. It’s not just what glitters in that week that matters; rather, it’s that the week highlights what happens in Catholic schools every day. (See the special section in this issue of The Dialog for stories on our schools.) Read more »

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St. Mark’s partnership with Penn takes its classrooms beyond the walls

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PHILADELPHIA – This fall, the education for members of an honors history class at St. Mark’s High School has expanded beyond the walls of the Wilmington school.

Some 50 freshmen have been in a virtual classroom for the course, interacting with staff from the University of Pennsylvania several times over the first six weeks of the school year. On Oct. 16, the students traveled to Penn for a campus visit and a tour of the university’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Read more »

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Ss. Peter and Paul School celebrating 60 years in Easton, Md.

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‘Real family’ atmosphere pervades at Easton where elementary school and high school are uniting as one

EASTON, Md. – When Alison McDaniel Beyer went to an orientation meeting for parents of Ss. Peter and Paul Elementary School last year, “it was like a reunion for me.”

Beyer and her family had just moved back to her childhood home from Florida, and she had enrolled her son, Mike, for pre-kindergarten at Ss. Peter and Paul. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly names new principal of St. Mark’s High School

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Richard A. Bayhan currently heads N.J. Catholic high school 

Bishop Malooly has named Richard A. Bayhan the next principal at St. Mark’s High School, effective July 1. He will succeed Carol Ripken, who has been principal since June 2012.

Bayhan is currently principal at St. Mary High School in Rutherford, N.J. He has been a high school principal since 1992, according to St. Mark’s. A release from the school also said Bayhan’s selection was based on his “commitment to the Catholic faith, strong connections with students, proven results in … academics and advancement, excellent communication skills, a strong community service presence, and having a clear and innovative vision for the future of the school.” Read more »

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Oblates will minister at U.D. Oratory

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Bishop Malooly has announced that the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales will begin to minister at the diocese’s St. Thomas More Oratory at the University of Delaware in Newark this summer.

Oblate Father Edward F. Ogden will be pastor and chaplain at the oratory after the spring semester at the university. Dominican Father J. Ambrose Eckinger, the current pastor at the campus ministry center, is slated for a new assignment by his order.

“I want to thank the Dominicans for their service at the University of Delaware Catholic Community at St. Thomas More Oratory,” Bishop Malooly said in a statement Tuesday. Read more »

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Aquinas Academy welcomed to the fold

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Small K-12 private school run by laity in Bear is recognized as Catholic by diocesan schools office

 

BEAR — Nineteen years after opening its doors, Aquinas Academy has been recognized as a Catholic school by the Diocese of Wilmington, and both the administration and students are excited about the possibilities that may bring.

They are also eager to explain what the small private school run by laity near Lums Pond is, and isn’t. Read more »

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One of Nativity Prep’s first graduates teaches there now

January 27th, 2015 Posted in Education and Careers Tags: ,

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WILMINGTON – When the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales opened Nativity Prep in 2003, one of the sixth-grade students was a boy who not too long before that had moved from Mexico to Delaware. Rogelio Lopez was still learning English and had spent fifth grade at Marbrook Elementary School near Prices Corner when his mother made a decision that changed his life.

“I was doing this program at the LACC (Latin American Community Center),” Lopez recalled recently. “This priest, it turned out to be Brother Ed, now Father Ed Ogden, he came to talk to us about this school. I didn’t think much of it, but my mom apparently liked it.”

She signed him up, “and that was it,” Lopez, who is approaching his 23rd birthday, said with a laugh. Read more »

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Immaculate Conception students generous with Pennies for Patients

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ELKTON, Md. – Max Brady already knew where he would use any money he received at his birthday party last weekend.

For the second year in a row the sixth-grade student at Immaculate Conception School decided to donate all his birthday money to “Pennies for Patients,” a school-based program sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Maryland. Read more »

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