St. Croix Catholic hosts middle school open house

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St. Croix Catholic School students work with VEX kits in one of their classes. The school holds an open house Nov. 13 for prospective middle school students and their parents, including tours of the SCC’s new computer STEM lab.

St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater hosts a middle school (grades 6-8) open house for prospective sixth- through eighth-grade students and their families from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 in the school’s middle school commons.

The school is located at 621 South Third St. in Stillwater and serves families throughout the eastern Twin Cities metro area and western Wisconsin.

The program begins with an overview of the school’s faith-based mission, focus on leadership development, commitment to personalized instruction and high academic standards by Principal Sister Mary Juliana and Assistant Principal Sean Slaike.

Middle school teachers will highlight subject area programs and take questions from students and parents. The middle school program includes the following subjects: ability-based mathematics, STEM-based science, ancient and modern history, religion, literature and writing, fine arts, performing arts and physical education and health.

Students are offered a variety of extracurricular activities, including several school sports teams, Lego League, Math League, Academic Quiz Bowl, Geography Bee, Yearbook and Student Council.

The entire school will be open for tours, including the new computer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) lab. Students and parents can try their hand at Autodesk Inventor, a real world engineering software that is at the heart of St. Croix Catholic’s Project Lead The Way curriculum.

SCCS is the first Catholic school in the state to assume Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading STEM curriculum. Three St. Croix Catholic School teachers attended a two-week summer PLTW training, and nine additional teachers attended STEM training through Minnesota Independent Schools Forum (MISF).

The presentation includes an explanation of how elementary teachers collaborate with middle school to prepare students to access the rigor of the middle school STEM program, and in turn, how the middle school program is designed to align students to access engineering courses in high school.

Graduates of St. Croix Catholic’s middle school will share reflections on their preparation for the rigor of high school courses and the school’s mission to develop the whole child.

For more information about the school, contact Diane Polley at dpolley@stccs.com or visit www.stcroixcatholic.org.

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