February 6, 2018
I hope everyone is having a good new year.
Students in Grades 5 - 6 are working very hard to put finishing touches on their STEM Fair Projects.The STEM Fair here at the Academy at St. Mary will be held on February 26th with Judging at 3:30. Only students and judges will be allowed in the Parish Center. Students can leave after their projects have been judged. I will allow them access to call for a ride home. Open Houses will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday. I have already sent a letter home.
Students have created vertical garden, hydroponic greenhouses, plastic bottle recycling bins, bottle brick houses. Weather proof houses, solar lighting and others. Students are working on trifold brochures, trifold displays, some have even created their own business card. Im looking foward to seeing everyone at the open houses.
Our trout are growing very fast at this stage. The students are doing a terrific job taking care of them.
We are working on getting our recycling program started with the fullfillment of ordering the supplies.
This will probably begin after the STEM Fair.
I have ordered all of the materials for our school recycling program and currently waiting for delivery.
I also have applied for another grant for $1000.00 to extend the recycling program to include paper.
Our trout are getting pretty big by now and the students are taking great care of them. The sixth grade is very dependable in taking care of the trout. The trout will be released into the wild in June.
I am sorry I could not attend the STEM Expo but I understand from speaking to Ms. Solleder who attended that our childrens projects were very good and very successful. Congratulations to the students in grades 5-8 that were selected to represent our school.
Academy at St. Mary
Mr. Robert Zaccone
November 10, 2017
Welcome to the new and improved Grade Six Class Page!
I would like to thank the Bergen County Utilities Authority for the $1000.00 Grant that is to be used to start a recycling program.
I would also like to mention that the State of New Jersey Department of Fish and Game and Wildlife Pequest Hatchery, and the members of Trout Unlimited for their donation and delivery of trout eggs for the Trout in the Classroom Program. The Head of the education program is Jessica Grislak. Thanks to Jessica’s hard work this program is a success.
Grade 6 will be taking care of the trout by testing the water quality, temperature, and the general health of the Trout and tank. They are very excited about this program.
We are again this year working on extending our STEAM program and are currently working on projects for our STEAM fair in February. Four projects will be chosen to represent our school at the Archdiocese STEAM FAIR in April.
I have also obtained from Mr. Patrick Sullivan a TJBOT kit which we are going to assemble, design, and program as a class. Thank you Mr. Sullivan!