Best of the Week 2018-2019: Teaching to the Future

ST. ED'S NEW INNOVATORS' LAB PRESENTS TASTY, CULINARY CHALLENGE Today was the kickoff of the new Innovators' Lab, an extracurricular group that will provide students with fun, hands-on innovation projects to complete together throughout the school year. Led by Director of Innovation Mr. Nicholas Kuhar and Vice President of Admission and Strategic Initiatives Mr. KC McKenna '00, the Innovators' Lab's first meeting presented students with a tasty challenge: a 3-6 month design cycle project centered around creating an ice cream flavor authentic to St. Edward High School. The stretch goal for this project will be to create a flavor unique and tasty enough to be sold through a local partner. St

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Excellence in College Prep

FILM SOCIETY AND DIVERSITY CLUB COME TOGETHER TO DISCUSS RACIAL INEQUALITY This week, the St. Ed's Film Society and Diversity Club came together to co-host a screening of the first episode of America to Me, a new documentary series that chronicles racial injustices through the lens of high school students growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. Directed by Steve James, the creator of the early 90's documentary, Hoop Dreams, America to Me follows students from Oak Park and River Forest High School throughout their everyday routines and captures the inequalities they face on a daily basis on camera. "Mr. Knight and I thought this was a great opportunity to bring two different clubs together aro

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

HOSPITALITY: ST. ED'S STARTS BR. ANDRE'S PLACE FOOD PANTRY Vice President of Mission Effectiveness Mr. Liam Haggerty '02 and Director of Service and Outreach Mr. Richard Kubrak '07 teamed up this year to start a food pantry named in honor of Br. André Bessette, C.S.C. This newly-formed ministry is a once-a-month food pantry supplying individuals and families with a 3-5 day supply of nonperishable food items. The first pantry of the year was held this past Monday. "We decided to start the Br. André's Place Food Pantry because we believed there was a need. Many folks living right in our neighborhood are food insecure and we, as a community, have the resources to try and offer some assistan

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Teaching to the Future

ST. EDWARD COMMUNITY PARTICIPATES IN "IDEAS TAKING FLIGHT," A DAY OF INNOVATION On Tuesday, St. Edward High School hosted its first "Ideas Taking Flight" Day of Innovation. The day was entirely dedicated to nine successful innovators, eight of whom are St. Edward alums, who spoke to the entire student body, faculty and staff members about their passions, challenges and drive to affect change through their professions. All speakers emphasized the importance of leadership, innovation, creativity and communication and preached about how our students of today are the future and how they have the power to change the world. Check out a recap video of the "Ideas Taking Flight" Day of Innovation,

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Excellence in College Prep

ALUM TEACHES FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TO STUDENTS This week in Mr. Shaun Kinley's Advertising and Design class, students welcomed Michael Laudi '07 to speak about his patented assistive medical devices and his career as an industrial designer for Step2, the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and the world's largest rotational molder of plastics. Mr. Laudi, who originally went to college to pursue a degree in Business, changed the course of his career after realizing the business industry wasn't for him and that he desired a profession that would foster more creativity. As a recent graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Mr. Laudi wanted to stay local

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

HUMILITY: IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE CLASS SELF-REFLECTS ON CULTURAL HUMILITY On Wednesday, Mr. James Knight, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, spoke to an IB Theory of Knowledge class about the dichotomy between two modes of thought: "System 1," which is fast, instinctive and emotional, and "System 2," which is slower, more deliberative and more logical. The presentation focused on research conducted by Professor Daniel Kahneman, an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, on heuristics (mental shortcuts) and how they enable us to survive as humans, but at the same time, how they can lead us toward cognitive bias. In his presen

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Teaching to the Future

STUDENTS DELVE INTO PERSPECTIVES AND CELEBRATED INTELLIGENCE IN US HISTORY Students in Mrs. Suzanne Fairfield's US History class have been learning about the turn of the 20th century, with a specific focus on how the United States was built by immigrants through innovation, determination and courage. The lesson not only demonstrated how immigrants during this time period created a foundation for the United States to flourish, but it also highlighted how they had to rectify many problems and challenges they faced in order for future generations to evolve. An additional component to the lesson encouraged students to imagine themselves as as an immigrant coming to America for the first time o

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Excellence in College Prep

2018 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. recognizes seniors who are among the top academic minds in the nation. This year, 10 seniors were recognized as National Merit Scholar Commended Scholars and four were recognized as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists at St. Edward. This achievement is a testament to the hard work of these students, their parents and their teachers, and a proud occasion for the entire St. Edward Community to celebrate. (Back Row, Left to Right): Altan Dinchman '19 (National Merit Commended Scholar) is a member of the St. Ed's Tennis Team and Strategic Gaming Club. Altan previously attended Ruffing Montessori School and hopes to

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

FOUR PILLARS OF HOLY CROSS: FRESHMEN PARTICIPATE IN FIRST RETREAT OF THE YEAR As part of St. Ed's commitment to educating the heart in addition to the mind, the Campus Ministry department provides retreat programs for students of all grade levels and interests. These retreats not only complement St. Ed's religion curriculum, but most importantly, they provide students with an experience to foster an appreciation for the Holy Cross values and charisms and to grow closer with each other and their faith. This week, part of the freshman class participated in the Journey with Jesus Freshman Retreat, a daylong experience that focuses on the beginning of their journeys as Edsmen and the role that

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Teaching to the Future

ANATOMY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CREATIVE ROLE-PLAYING LAB WITH PICKLES This week in Anatomy & Physiology, Health and Wellness teacher Mr. Mark Jayne '00 surprised his senior and junior students with a lab entitled, Pickle Autopsy. Students walked into class to see a grizzly crime scene, blocked off with caution tape, of "murdered" pickles. After initially observing the crime scene from afar, students then took turns in a role-playing experience, playing the role of the county coroner and medical examiners who performed autopsies on the pickles to determine their causes of death. "I'm in a group with anatomy teachers from other schools and we all collaborate with each other to come up with

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Excellence in College Prep

LOVE, HUMANITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES AND THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON What is it that makes us human? Our desire to love was the focal point of Theology teacher Mr. Chris Merriman's Social Issues class this week. Students watched segments from "HUMAN," created by filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand who spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. The film captured deeply personal and emotional accounts of love from people of all backgrounds, genders, races, cultures and religions. The underlying purpose of Mr. Merriman's lesson was to bring to light the social justice issues of our world that are entangled in what it means to love and

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

STRENGTH & COMMUNITY: MIKEY GEORGE MAKES HIS TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO ST. ED'S Last Friday afternoon, students joined together for the first pep rally of the year to kick off all the fall sports teams' new seasons. To make things competitive and fun, students from each class year battled against each other in a glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournament, with the senior class reigning triumphant. This wasn't the only moment of triumph that afternoon. On behalf of the St. Ed's community, the senior class granted the Sledge, a symbol of school spirit and strength, to Mikey George who came onstage to surprise his fellow Edsmen. Donning "Mikey's Miracle" t-shirts, the crowd of Edsmen cheered upon seei

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