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St. John's students roll out program to Robotics Buddies|
Sometimes it's nice to have a buddy, a mentor, an older (and sometimes wiser) companion to show you, to teach you and to guide you in learning something new.
The 1st through 4th graders at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion recently worked with their own Lego robot buddies, a group of 5th and 6th grade students at the rural Catholic school, teaching them to build and program Lego robots, which were purchased by the school with a grant from the Richard M. Shulze Family Foundation fund at the Catholic Schools Center for Excellence.
The younger students learned how to design, build and program the robot, and, more importantly, how to try, "fail," learn and repeat to build something interesting and useful.
"I think kids are less intimidated about trying or learning something new if they have an older friend to help them. The younger students have a lot of creative ideas about designing their robots and getting them to do really exciting things", commented 6th grader Abby Strommen.
The robots will also be part of the school's new "maker" program, a pilot program in 5th and 6th grade to foster the skills of creativity, problem solving, collaboration, grit and confidence in students to create things of value.
It will include several "seed" projects to give students exposure to various disciplines, including robotics, visual arts, computer programming, movie making and audio production. The students will then be challenged to identify and complete a "passion project", in which they spend several weeks creating something of their choosing. The learnings from the 5th and 6th grade program will be used to roll out the program in the other grades.
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St. John the Baptist Catholic School is fully accredited by the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association. The parochial school has been part of the Vermillion community for more than 50 years and has a long tradition of academic excellence. During that time, numerous families have witnessed three generations of students proudly graduate and then perform exceptionally well at Hastings Middle School and Hastings High School, a continuing testimony to the school's quality education. Parishioners have firmly supported their school since they began building it in 1957. In October 2005, a new $1.1 million, 8,200-square-foot addition was completed. The addition includes a new classroom/science room, library/music room, conference room, a large community room and office space.
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Our busing service was expanded in 2012. With the encouragement of Superintendent Tim Collins, our parish and school purchased "add-on" service to our already-existing Hastings School District bus service. This additional service helps us reach the communities of Vermillion Township, Marshan Township, portions of Ravenna Township, Miesville, New Trier, Hampton and far eastern parts of Empire Township. It is provided by the Hastings Bus Company, and services only St. John the Baptist School students in grades K-6. Parents are encouraged to contact parent volunteer Julie Strommen with any questions. Click here to email, or call 651-438-0938.
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St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion offers Extended Day and Everyday options for preschool families. The (optional) afternoon preschool day ends at the same time as grade K-6th dismissal at 3:30 p.m. for parent pick up and bus loading. Call the school office to signup, 651-437-2644. Please tell your friends!
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St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion offers before and after school child care program on school days, Monday through Friday. Join us for morning and afternoon supervised fun, games, homework and play. Open to all students in preschool through 6th grade, 7-8:45 a.m., and 3:30-5:30 p.m.. Please call the school office at 651-437-2644 for fee and registration information.
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