St. Croix Catholic is blessed to have many connections - locally and globally - to enhance the students' study of subject areas and their connections to the real world. Below, are just a few recent examples:
Lesson in Civics
Recently, Second Grade had a fun visit with Stillwater Mayor, Ted Kozlowski. Not only did he share with the students his duties as mayor and ours as citizens, but he listened to students' ideas to help make our wonderful city even better! Mayor Kozlowski especially LOVED one young man's idea to create a bird watching area along the St. Croix. He plans to take it to his council and invite our student to be part of the process! Thank you Mayor Ted!
Art Adventure is an educational program sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and is a fantastic way to bring art to life for children. This is our twelfth year of Art Adventure at SCCS and the program has met with great enthusiasm from students, teachers, and parents. Each year we rent a set of eight reproductions from the museum's permanent collection, based on a theme. Parent volunteers, known as "Picture People", attend a three-hour training class at MIA, then brainstorm ways of presenting the pictures in the classrooms. The technique is based on VTS ("visual thinking strategies"), in which children are encouraged to first observe, then articulate what they believe the artwork is about. Volunteers facilitate the discussion and repeat the children's statements so that they are able to make connections based on their observations. It is a wonderful way to get kids involved in art by increasing their power of observation, thinking, and verbalization skills. This can also lead into related art and writing projects.
Minneapolis Art Institute
6th and 7th grade visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art to study art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt, China, India, Mesopotamia and other parts of the world. Students also enjoyed a tour of the museum's special exhibit - Egypt's Sunken Cities.
Middle School Ski Day at Afton Alps
As a unit in middle school Physical Education, all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students enjoy a day of skiing at Afton Alps. The day of instruction and practice is a wonderful opportunity for beginner and advanced skiers alike.
7th Grade Science Fair
Local scientists, engineers, teachers, and other professionals donate their time and expertise to serve as judges of our annual 7th grade Science Fair. The top three projects will advance to the 79-school Big Bang Science Fair, sponsored by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) on April 6, 2019.
8th Grade Students at Wolf Ridge
Our 8th grade class is spending this week at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (ELC) located near Finland, MN. This is a week that students anticipate for their entire nine-year journey at SCCS - and for good reason. It is an incredible whole person experience - stretching one's physical, spiritual, social, and academic boundaries. Ropes Course * X-Country Skiing * Winter Survival * Night Hikes * Nightly Prayer * Rock Climbing * Snowshoeing * Ice Fishing * and so much more!