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

EDSMEN PARTICIPATE IN 4TH ANNUAL CLEVELAND MEDICAL HACKATHON Over the weekend, a select group of Edsmen participated in the 4th Annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon at the HIMSS Innovation Center at the Global Center for Health Innovation. This all-night, high-energy, problem-solving competition invited students and professionals of all levels and backgrounds with a passion for technology to develop Health IT solutions that can directly impact current healthcare challenges. The Hackathon, organized by Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, BioEnterprise, HIMSS, and FlashStarts, and supported by Ashland University MBA Programs as Presenting Spo

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

STUDENTS GET CREATIVE ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD'S EXISTENCE For their summative project on the Paschal Mystery, Class of 2013 graduate Mr. Owen Williams' sophomore Theology class used their creativity to answer hypothetical questions about God's existence. Choosing to either write a blog or film a vlog, students answered the question, "How is God real?" through written or visual explanations of their beliefs. "I love this project because it provides the students with an opportunity to respond to a real-life scenario, using what they have learned in class in a creative way that matches their interests. It gave both the writers and the filmmakers among my students an opportunity to show

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

POETRY INSPIRES COMIC STRIP ARTWORK FOR VISUAL STORYTELLING CLASS Ms. Lydia Munnell's Intro to Visual Storytelling class has been exploring comic illustrations and communicating abstract concepts and emotions visually rather than entirely through language and explanation. Before diving into film, this course began with a unit solely focused on comics. For this particular assignment, Ms. Munnell asked students to choose a poem, ranging from traditional poetry to song lyrics and film quotes, to use as caption text throughout various panels of comic drawings. The overall goal of this assignment was for students to create a comic strip that makes the poem more visceral and easily understood.

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

COMPUTER SCIENCE INDEPENDENT STUDY BRINGS AUGMENTED REALITY TO ST. ED'S Over the weekend at St. Ed's first Open House of the season, the Computer Science Department unveiled its latest project working with augmented reality (AR) technology. Mr. Anthony Mortimer, Computer Science teacher and Assistant Director of Innovation, has been teaching an independent study course to Justin Planovsky '19 and George Platko '19 who were offered a co-op with 360 Alley, a company that specializes in virtual reality and augmented reality software. 360 Alley is owned by Mr. Marty Tarr, a tech guru in the Cleveland area and a good friend of Mr. Mortimer's who was willing to pilot a remote co-op program with

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

ALGEBRA & CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE ADDRESS REAL WORLD PROBLEMS In Mr. JC Froelich '08 and Mr. Timothy Tubbs' Algebra 2 classes, students were able to connect their lesson plan with current Catholic Social Justice teaching. After studying systems of linear equations, the class was able to incorporate topics from one of Theology Department Chair Mr. Chris Merriman's Catholic Social Justice presentations. Students used their knowledge to conduct data for real world problems surrounding college graduation rates versus incarceration rates and how much both cost in Cleveland, Ohio; West Memphis, Arkansas; Newark, New Jersey; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The first set of problems related census response

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

SENIORS REFLECT ON RELATIONSHIPS AND FAITH THROUGH HIKING RETREAT During their final year at St. Ed's, seniors are required to attend at least one retreat of their choosing. While students can attend a retreat on their own through a youth group or their place of worship, they are also encouraged to participate in a wide variety of creative and reflective retreat experiences offered through St. Ed's. "As a whole, I love the senior retreat program because I get to create these retreats and find new ways for students to connect with God in a meaningful way either while hiking through a national park, spending a day in silence at a retreat center, or exploring the Cleveland Art Museum, reflect

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

BROTHERHOOD: ST. ED'S CELEBRATES 2018 REUNION/HOMECOMING WEEKEND St. Ed's Reunion/Homecoming Weekend is an annual tradition that students, families and alumni look forward to every year. Last weekend, members of the St. Edward community joined together to participate in an array of events to celebrate the St. Edward brotherhood and to spend time with friends and family. To kick off the weekend's festivities, St. Ed's hosted the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductions on campus, honoring this year's St. Edward High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, including Paul Becka '67 (who played all four years in Football, Basketball and Baseball), Ryan Bertin '00 (Wrestling), Chris Lepore '97 (Foot

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

IB LATIN CLASS GAMIFIES GRAMMAR LESSON INTO DUNGEONS & DRAGONS GAME This week for his IB Latin seniors, Latin teacher Mr. Greg Stemm created an activity that would motivate his students to practice detailed grammar that would otherwise be tedious to learn. Drawing on inspiration from English teacher Mr. Elliot Zetzer, Mr. Stemm gamified his grammar lesson into an engaging and competitive activity inspired by the well-known, fantasy tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. Dungeons & Dragons at its heart is a collaborative storytelling game. The "dungeon master" creates a story, and the players create their own characters, who have a variety of abilities which are associated with a giv

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

THE BENEFIT OF ST. ED'S COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT From welcoming parents to College Conversations series, a happy hour discussion of collegiate hot topics, to hosting an annual college fair for Edsmen to network with college representatives, St. Ed's College Counseling Department has shaken up the traditional college counseling model and has created a dynamic program to prepare students for their college application process. Mrs. Moira O'Riordan, Director of College Counseling; Mrs. Desiree Rodriguez-Gould, Assistant Director of College Counseling; Mr. Geoff Morton, College Counselor; and Mr. James Knight, VP of Equity and Inclusion work with students, parents, college representatives an

Best of the Week 2018-2019: Holy Cross Values

SERVANT LEADERSHIP: CREW TEAM HELPS CLEAN MARINA IN CLEVELAND METROPARKS Over the weekend, the St. Ed's Crew Team participated in a service project together, teaming up with the Cleveland Metroparks to clean the Marina on E. 55th Street. "I was eager to schedule a service project for the team that connected the athletes to the water in a different way outside of rowing," says St. Ed's Head Crew Coach Alan Meininghaus. Coach Meininghaus worked with Director of Service and Outreach Mr. Rick Kubrak '07 to come up with a service project idea that would be personal to the crew team while also giving back to the community. "When I met with Mr. Kubrak to come up with a service project idea, he m

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

BIOLOGY STUDENTS GO BANANAS STUDYING MACROMOLECULES This week in Mrs. Amanda Nugent's SL Biology class, juniors and seniors learned about the different macromolecules that make up all living things, particularly carbohydrates. To further explore this lesson in-depth, students looked more closely at how bananas store energy as starch during fruit formation, which are then converted into sugar as they ripen. Fruit bearing plants normally take sugar from their leaves and convert it into starch which is then stored in developing fruits. As the fruit ripens, it breaks down the starch into simple sugars, which is what gives fruit its naturally sweet taste. After spending several classes studyin

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

IB FILM STUDENTS FIND INSPIRATION OFF-CAMPUS FOR HORROR FILM PROJECT As one of four assessments in the IB Film HL course, senior filmmakers will now add horror films to their portfolios. Director of Innovation and Film teacher Mr. Nick Kuhar and his students traveled to the Goers Homestead in Medina, Ohio this week (courtesy of Associate VP of Buildings and Grounds, Mr. John Goers '78) on a preproduction trip for inspiration to create two original horror shorts. "Great locations can become characters themselves for our students' short films. Our students shoot lots of film on campus and, as a result, they anchor many of their stories in school-based conflicts and plots. Moving off-campus

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