November 2016 
We got S.T.E.M.!
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is an interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world problem-based and performance-based lessons. All Saints promotes STEM integration throughout our curriculum at all grade levels and through extra-curricular programs such as LEGO Robotics and 4-H STEM.

S.T.E.M. in the Classroom
In 6th Grade Life Science class, students were given the task of engineering an ecosystem in a bottle that would be able to maintain life. After being given a basic list of materials, students brainstormed in groups about  their ecosystem design and additional materials needed. Students then brought their designs to life and took observations on various aspects, such as the soil, water, atmosphere, and life, for a full week. At the end of the week, students took a "tour" of their classmates' ecosystems to observe the variety of designs and outcomes. Students reflected on how well they were able to maintain life, what they learned about ecosystems, and how they would change their ecosystems if done again. 

In 7th Grade Physical Science class, students worked to apply their knowledge of
motion, forces, and Newton's 3 Laws to be able to protect an egg (and it's yolk!) from cracking during a fall from a classroom window. Students worked in pairs to brainstorm ideas, adding features to their designs as they continued to learn more about forces and air resistance. Then the students created their egg drop contraptions; their goal for the initial drop was to not have their egg crack. After successfully completing this challenge, students were given the additional challenge of protecting not only the egg shell but also the yolk inside the egg. Students were able to modify their egg drop contraption designs in order to successfully complete this "egg-tra" challenge. 
All Saints Day, All Souls Day & Dia de los Muertos
Celebrating Catholic Holy Days and Traditions
To honor All Saints Day (Nov, 1st) older students shared the stories of Saints with their younger Mass Buddies.

A Mass was held for All Souls Day to honor the dead. After which a presentation was made by the 8th Graders, led by Senora Leon, about the  Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. The presentation included an altar of mementos of the dearly departed and traditional dancing. Parents and students painted their faces with a skull; a half-skull represents the brief transition between life and death. Students then sampled Day of the Dead sweetbread and hot cocoa prepared by the parents.

You are invited to join us for Mass
Special Holy Days in December
Please join School Chaplain Fr. David Stanfill, the All Saints Choir, and the entire school for two special Mass days in December:

Thursday, December 8th, 11:10 am, Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, December 15th, 11:10 am, Our Lady of Guadalupe

The public are always welcome to join All Saints' Mass 
on Thursdays, 11:10 am in the auditorium.

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