|St. John the Baptist students hit the ground running with a new 'maker' program
The 5th and 6th graders made great progress on their robots during the first day of the new "maker" program at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion.
Creativity, problem solving, collaboration, grit, confidence. These are skills that are keys to success, especially in the 21st century. St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion is piloting a new "maker" program to foster these skills. Well-known for the school's annual science fair, these students are now challenged to work collaboratively and to leverage all their knowledge, skills and creativity to create things of value. This fall, the rural Catholic school will pilot the program in the 5th and 6th grades. 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.
"If you like to build and like to learn, do the maker program," said an engaged 6th grader on the first day of the program.
Maker programs and makerspaces are a rapidly growing trend in schools and communities. To learn more, Google "maker programs" or "makerspaces," or visit here. If you'd like to volunteer to coach the school's "makers," please contact Principal Mike Strommen at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion.
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St. John's: a tradition|
of academic excellence
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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|Options for your preschooler
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!
|Students attend STARBASE program
Thanks to a federally funded program, all 4th and 5th grade students at St John the Baptist School in Vermillion attended the science, technology, engineering and math-based STARBASE Minnesota Program in September. The full-day, week-long STEM program exclusively offered only to students in six Twin Cities school districts, introduced many new, real-life science and engineering experiences to the St. John's students.
"We have heard about this amazing program for several years and are grateful for the opportunity for our students to participate," said Sr. Navya, 4th grade teacher, "Our small class sizes and our eager parent volunteers make us a good candidate for attending STARBASE when a rare opening presents itself." Click here to view photos our our STARBASE students in action. Click here to view STARBASE photo album.
STARBASE is a non-profit organization that is provided free to school and is funded jointly through the Department of Defense (Minnesota National Guard) and several STEM corporations and foundations, including Delta Airlines, 3M Corporation and Toro Corporation. Click here for more information on STARBASE.
|We provide busing farther than you think|
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.
|Before & After|
School Child Care
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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