The NEW St. John’s School STEM Lab has some exciting updates in construction!
- Nana Wall (folding glass wall) is up!
- Tech storage cabinets are up!
- Ceiling tiles are nearly ready to go in!
Technology still to come:
- THREE 85″ Flat-screen panels for instruction display
- Apple TVs for all display panels
- 3D printing lab (FOUR 3D printers already purchased!)
- Integrated audio system for presentations
- Steelcase Makerspace furnishing by Tangram Designs
Thank you to our school Auxiliary, church and outside donors who made this all possible!
The 5th grade students and teachers wrapped up their school year by exploring the tide pools at Little Corona Beach. Before going to explore the tide pools the 5th graders studied what the tide pools are made of and the different types of animals that can be found in the tide pools. After visiting the tide pools the students then created an animal that they thought would be perfectly adapted to live in the tide pools.
By: Mr. Kyle Duport, 5th grade
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus. Philemon 1:4
It’s a great week at St. John’s to give thanks! We started the week with excitement and thankfulness for the successful Gala and Auction on Saturday. So many dedicated people worked tirelessly to plan this annual event that has brought many blessings to our school over the years. The outpouring of love and support through the generous donations is overwhelming and it’s exciting to look forward to our new STEM lab and other ways our school will benefit in the next year.
Our Track & Field Days are another reason to give thanks this week. St. John’s students ran, jumped, kicked, threw, and cheered each other on as they demonstrated power, strength, and an abundance of energy in their bodies. What a celebration of the strong healthy bodies with which they are blessed!
Teacher Appreciation Week brought fun surprises each day. It’s a blessing to be a teacher at St. John’s! So many parents and students to thank for their treats, gifts, cards and loving notes! It’s also a good time, as one of these blessed teachers, to thank God for the support and friendship of a faculty and staff that is so committed to serving the Lord and His people each day and building one another up.
What a week!
But what about the weeks that aren’t so exciting and fun-filled? Can we still give thanks then too? Aren’t there days and weeks when the funds are tight and budgets are a concern? What about the people we know who don’t have strong healthy bodies to celebrate? Or the races lost and getting the 8th place ribbon instead of 1st place? The school project hours were spent on, only to earn a mediocre grade? The pain of fractured relationships and discord? Can we still give thanks then too? Yes! God promises to supply every need of ours according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). He uses adversity to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect His love is for us through our Savior. If we leave ourselves open to seeing God’s blessings through the difficult times, we will see His love manifested in our lives and know the true peace and joy that are His gift to us. That’s a reason to give thanks!
By: Mrs. Cathy Meier, 2nd grade!
Is it really possible to make a movie with Kindergarteners? Some may doubt us, but the answer is YES!! The movie making process with Kindergarteners takes time and a lot of patience, but it is a very rewarding experience when you see the finished project. The first step we took was to pick an educational topic to focus on. At St. John’s, the theme Mrs. Grack chose was prepositions. Next, we read a book on prepositions called Bears in the Night by the Berenstains. After reading the book, each student in our class was assigned a preposition to illustrate.
In the following class, we practiced our picture taking skills and learned about a variety of film shots from the American Film Institute. We also learned about storyboards and their relationship to film shots by watching a deleted clip from the movie Frozen that was filmed using the original storyboards. The third class was when we wrote our script. Each kindergarten class had to develop a storyline that included a problem and solution. Each student in our class had a line and a preposition that they had include in the script. The themes for this year’s movies were: “Lost in the Forest on a Stormy Night,” “Where in the World are the Letterbooks?” and “How do we get to Disneyland?”
During the fourth week, we applied our knowledge about film shots and storyboards by making a storyboard that matched each of our written parts in the movie. One thing we focused on was making the storyboards as accurate as possible by including a picture of ourselves using the correct body positions and facial expressions. Next, it was time to take our camera shots. We partnered up and worked together to get the exact photo that matched our storyboards. Some of us used the Green Screen and had to find a background that represented our storyboard picture. For example, one student wanted to be on a roller coaster with cotton candy and with the Green Screen technology, we made it happen!!
Last, Mrs. Grack applied her editing magic using Google Slides and Imovie. As a class we chose the background music for the movie. Then, we added our audio after discussing how we needed to make our voices and words, clear, slow and expressive. On the night of Expression Explosion, our movies debuted to our family and friends.
The movie took six weeks to produce, but we learned so much and are so proud of our accomplishment.
By: Mrs. Grack, Educational Technology Teacher
The third grade class invites you to take a step back in time! Third graders experienced life in the Victorian age as they toured the Kellogg House at the Orange County Heritage Museum. They learned about Victorian architecture, tried their hand at chores like the laundry and butter churning, tried on clothes, played with old-fashioned toys, learned about some big differences in schooling, discovered how a blacksmith made nails and brands, and explored many rooms of the house.
However, their learning didn’t stop there! In the weeks after our trip, students acted as tour guides through the house. They used the app Puppet Edu to create a movie with a partner. They utilized pictures of the museum and gave detailed information about what they learned. At the end of the movie, they invited their audience to visit the museum for themselves. You, too, can take a step back in time by watching their videos! What a fun way to end a field trip, and what wonderful planning and teamwork skills the students showed as they created their videos!
By: Mrs. Elliott, 3rd grade