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St. Augustine CHS

 

STEM+ Focused Laptop Program

 
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Program Overview

The St. Augustine CHS STEM+ Focused Laptop Program is an interdisciplinary approach to inquiry and problem-based learning

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Real World Learning

The STEM+ program incorporates real world challenges and the engineering design process to foster critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills that are guided by the tradition and principles of Catholic social teachings

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Technologies

The STEM+ program integrates many different technologies into daily instructions. Some examples of technologies and technological skills that the grade 9 students will be actively engaged in include: Programming, Robotics, and Design Projects

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The Future

Our program will prepare our students for the future. It consists of an academic component and a non-academic (SHIELD) component with the opportunity to earn an international award. STEM+ encourages both personal and academic achievement, and challenges students to excel in their academics, leadership and personal growth

STEM+ Courses

Below are the STEM+ Laptop course pathways

In Grade 9, there are two interdisciplinary projects:

  • Geography and Science - Minecraft Sustainable Communities

  • Math and Integrated Technologies - Robot Maze

In Grade 10, there is one interdisciplinary project:

  • English and Science - Critical Thinking and Communication with Science via Project Based Problem Solving

All STEM designated courses utilize one or more of our STEM philosophies/skills:

  • Interdisciplinary Work

  • Design Thinking

  • Technical Writing

  • Programming

  • Engineering Principles

  • Scientific Method

  • Google Apps For Education

  • Digital Citizenship

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How To Apply

Feeder School Students

  • complete registration package received in November 2018 school visits

  • attend Grade 8 Parent Information Evening on November 8, 2018 at 7pm to receive information about the  STEM+ Focused Laptop Program

  • Submit STEM+ Focused Laptop Application (see below)

    • a STEM+ Application Package (PDF) will be sent out to email submitted online

DEADLINES & DATES:

November 23, 2018 (12pm)

STEM+ Focused Laptop Program Application and all required documents due to SACHS

November 28, 2018 (6PM)

CAT4 Test (St. Augustine CHS)


Non-Feeder Students (In Area) (boundary map)

  • attend Grade 8 Parent Information Evening on November 8, 2018 at 7pm to receive information about the  STEM+ Focused Laptop Program

  • Submit STEM+ Focused Laptop Application (see below)

    • a STEM+ Application Package (PDF) will be sent out to email submitted online

DEADLINES & DATES:

November 23, 2018 (12pm)

STEM+ Focused Laptop Program Application and all required documents due to SACHS

November 28, 2018 (6PM)

CAT4 Test (St. Augustine CHS)


Non-Feeder Students (Out of Area) (boundary map)

  • attend Grade 8 Parent Information Evening on November 8, 2018 at 7pm to receive information about the  STEM+ Focused Laptop Program

  • Submit STEM+ Focused Laptop Application (see below)

    • a STEM+ Application Package (PDF) will be sent out to email submitted online

DEADLINES & DATES:

November 23, 2018 (12pm)

STEM+ Focused Laptop Program Application and all required documents due to SACHS (Main Office)

November 28, 2018 (6PM)

CAT4 Test (St. Augustine)

SHIELD

Designed To Make Our Graduates Real World Ready
— P. Vander Doelen

Our second component allows our students to develop skills necessary to succeed both professionally and personally while taking care of their well-being. When students engage in service, physical activity, experiential learning and leadership opportunities they will become responsible, caring and compassionate citizens.


SERVICE

There are many benefits to volunteering. It allows you to get to know your community and make it a better place. It gives students the opportunity to practice and develop their social skills. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on student’s overall psychological well-being. Volunteering increases their self-confidence. Doing good for others and the community, provides a natural sense of accomplishment. The better students feel about themselves, the more likely they are to have a positive view of their life and future goals.

Possible SERVICE opportunities include:

- Duke of Edinburgh Award - Service Component

- Overseas Service Trip (Ecuador - March 2019)

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Health & Wellness

Being physically active can help students feel stronger and better able to do day-to-day activities. In addition, being active also helps them feel better mentally and emotionally, and can improve their overall quality of life. Physical activity helps students to concentrate and feel mentally ready for the tasks at hand. Regular activity leads to higher self-esteem, better sleep, more energy and stronger resilience.

Possible HEALTH & WELLNESS opportunities include:

- Duke of Edinburgh Award - Adventure Journey Component

- Athletics - school/non-school

- Senior HPE course

- Courses with a health and wellness component

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INNOVATION &

INTERDISCIPLINARY

Trying a new skill requires dedicated time and consistent effort. When students learn something new, their mind and their perceptions change, which in turn makes it easier to adapt to the inevitable changes life always tends to bring.

Possible INNOVATION/INTERDISCIPLINARY opportunities include:

- Duke of Edinburgh - Skills Development Component

- Dept Based Certificates or grouping of courses

- International Language Courses

- Library Challenges (ex. iHelp - student innovation and support team)

- 3D Printing

- MakerSpace

- York Region Science Fair

- Ontario Science Centre School Courses

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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Experiential learning involves critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills. It goes beyond the theories taught in the classroom to offer first-hand experience.

Possible EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING opportunities include:

- Duke of Edinburgh Award - Skills Development Component

- Co-Op Courses - Day School and/or Summer School

- Dual Credits - YCDSB and Ontario Colleges

- SHSM

- DECA

- MSH - High School Art Competition and Exposition

- MOCK TRIAL

- HOSA

- YCDSB Summer School - travel + credit course opportunities

- OUTWARD Bound

- SHAD

- Drama Major Production

- Dragon’s Den

- Marketing Fair

- Sir Issac Newton Physics Contest

- U of T Biology Competition

- University of Waterloo Chemistry Contest (gr. 11 and 12)

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LEADERSHIP

All students have leadership abilities. To help develop their leadership abilities they must participate in opportunities to teach and support others and be a positive role model. Students need to ensure their words and actions are congruent at all times.

Possible LEADERSHIP opportunities include:

- Duke of Edinburgh - Gold Level Requirement

- Muskoka Woods - Leader/Mentor Training at YMCA Cedar Glen

- BOH4M - Business Leadership Course

- PLF4M - Fitness Leadership Course

- ADC4M - Drama in the Community Leadership Course

- Executive of Councils & Clubs

- Arts & Athletics Camp Counsellor

DIGITAL LITERACY

eLearning has become quite popular and appreciated among students all over the world. Our students will most likely take at least one online course in their lifetime. We will provide our STEM+ students with opportunities to learn the necessary skills to be prepared for online mode of learning.

Possible DIGITAL LITERACY opportunities include:

- E-Learning Course

- Virtual Co-Op

- YEARBOOK Course

- APP Development

- Programming

STEM Partners

The ideal engineer is a composite … She/He is not a scientist, is not a mathematician, is not a sociologist or a writer; but may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving engineering problems.
— Nathan W. Dougherty, American civil engineer
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