Best of the Week 2019-2020: Teaching to the Future

ST. ED'S PARTNERS WITH UPCYCLE PARTS SHOP FOR SECOND SEASON OF THE YOUNG INNOVATORS' INSTITUTE To further our opportunities for prospective students interested in innovation, St. Ed's launched a second season of the Young Innovators' Institute, inviting sixth and seventh grade boys from around greater Cleveland to participate in a nine-week design challenge. Having access to our Ideation and Maker's Labs in the Lowe Institute for Innovation, students are empowered to imagine, prototype, produce, market and then pitch daring new products. This year, St. Ed's Young Innovators' Institute Season 2 has partnered with Upcycle Parts Shop, a non-profit leader in sustainable art and supplies in Cle

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Excellence in College Prep

ST. ED'S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WELCOMES GREAT LAKES THEATER COMPANY FOR WEEK-LONG OTHELLO WORKSHOP This week, St. Ed's English Department welcomed actors from Great Lakes Theater, northeast Ohio's professional classic theater company, to engage in a week-long workshop with sophomore English students as they read Othello. The workshop allowed students to work with local actors three to four times throughout the week to learn different acting techniques and skills, read through and act out scenes among their peers, and reinterpret the dialogue to understand it with a more modern twist. "This opportunity has allowed my students to dive headfirst into the performance aspect of Othello," says Eng

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

ST. ED'S CELEBRATES ITS COMMUNITY AND MISSION DURING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK This week, St. Ed's celebrates Catholic Schools Week, a national, annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. As a Holy Cross school, St. Edward High School's mission calls for the "formation of young men in a faith-based tradition that is God-centered and emphasizes the acceptance of each person." It is that foundation for religious education that all students are exposed to at St. Ed's and that fosters their maturation in faith. At St. Ed's, students are empowered to practice their faith, lead in service projects and engage in retreat experiences that allow them to live the Gospels in their eve

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Teaching to the Future

EDSMAN WORKS WITH PENSOLE TO CREATE SNEAKER DESIGN INSPIRED BY CLEVELAND A few months ago, Van Weinmann '23 (photographed far right) entered a high school sneaker design competition hosted by Pensole Design Academy, which specializes in prototyping and concept-making functional footwear and apparel, and was selected as one of nine finalists in the country to present his design in Portland, Oregon. Through new programming and partnerships, Pensole has launched a competition series and a variety of opportunities designed to reach high school students interested in exploring design in order to find the next generation of shoe designers. Working with a mentor from Pensole for five weeks, Van d

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Excellence in College Prep

PROGRAMMING STUDENTS DESIGN AND CODE INTERNAL CLIENT PROGRAMMING SOLUTIONS Mr. Anthony Mortimer's Computer Programming students have been working on internal client programming solutions for their end-of-year Internal Assessment as part of the IB program. After finding a client of their own (any individual who would find utility in the application they're implementing), students have been spending the last few months researching, designing and coding their projects and two students in particular have narrowed in on the final stages of their inventions. Alexander Holly '20 has been producing a web application for Paul McLain, Manager of Application Development at Onix Networking, that will l

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

IB STUDENT HOSTS ELECTRONIC SAFE DISPOSAL & RECYCLING DRIVE TO RAISE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS Garret Cowdery '20 has been passionate about raising awareness on climate change and environmentalism and decided to bring more attention to these topics through his IB Diploma Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) project by hosting an Electronic Safe Disposal and Recycling Drive at St. Ed's. Through the IB curriculum, St. Ed's challenges students to better understand the impact of their service personally, locally and globally. Garret's CAS project will have a lasting impact on the community and will play a part in helping save our planet. Electronic waste, or E-waste, has been the world's fastest

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Teaching to the Future

ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENTS END THE SEMESTER PRESENTING SALES PITCHES FOR THEIR INNOVATIVE CREATIONS Since the beginning of the semester, Mr. Bob Schenosky's Entrepreneurship class has been working on creating their own products and sales pitches for the end-of-semester Layden Entrepreneurship Contest to determine the winning product idea. "The goal of the project is to help the students understand innovation in a business context," says Mr. Schenosky. "There are a multitude of factors involved in the process of this assignment. However, students had to first challenge themselves in identifying an opportunity where currently only a problem exists." Judged by fellow faculty members and stude

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Excellence in College Prep

FILM STUDENT TAKES CREATIVE INITIATIVE IN DRAWING HIS OWN ANIMATED FILM Ms. Lydia Munnell's Digital Cinema 1/Animation class is underway with their final film projects for the semester. With most students choosing to create stop-motion films using Legos, one student decided to go outside the box and tackle 2D animation using a pro-grade program called Adobe Animate to produce and hand-draw his own film. Mitchell Tomsik '20 is in the process of creating an animation about a strange little character who wanders into the mouth of a monster. Inspired by a clip he saw of Charlie Chaplin, Mitch took to drawing a few concept sketches to begin his creation. "This is actually the first time I've e

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

ST. ED'S AWARDS DIANNE AND TIM NEEDLES '78 WITH 2020 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AWARD This week, the St. Edward community gathered together for a prayer service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While mindful of one of Dr. King's most famous quotes, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?," students, faculty and staff took time to reflect on how we, as members of the St. Edward community, can do more to help and serve those around us, to stand up for social justice, and to spread peace. In celebration of Dr. King's life and legacy, St. Ed's annual tradition recognizes a member of our community who has exemplified servant leadership and the legacy of

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Teaching to the Future

HISTORY AND ENGLISH TEACHERS CREATE INTERDISCIPLINARY UNIT ON IMMIGRATION After comparing the time period between their course's content, English teacher Mr. Garrett McPartland and Social Studies teacher Mr. William Van Why '13 recognized common areas of study within their curriculum to develop an interdisciplinary unit on immigration for their students. "We realized that we both focus on immigration and workers' rights during the first two weeks of this semester," says Mr. Van Why. "We decided to use the experience of Eastern European Jews through the lens of a series of documents called the Bintel Brief, an editor's response to various questions immigrants have about life. We're teachin

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Excellence in College Prep

MODEL UN LEADERS MENTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS DURING LOCAL MUN CONFERENCE The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) runs two Model UN conferences per year specifically targeted at local middle school students in addition to its three High School MUN conferences and its partnership with St. Ed's at our CLEIMUN Conference as well. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, over 350 middle school students from across Greater Cleveland gathered at John Carroll University for the first CCWA Middle School MUN Conference of the year. Eight Edsmen Model UN members provided service and leadership by chairing a range of committees at the conference, including experienced Model UN members and first

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

ST. ED'S CELEBRATES THE LEGACY OF SAINT BROTHER ANDRE BESSETTE, C.S.C. As St. Ed's welcomed students back from their holiday break, the school community joined together to celebrate the feast day of St. Br. André Bessette, C.S.C. during Mass. Br. André worked as a humble porter at Notre Dame College in Montreal and lived a life in prayer with a special devotion to St. Joseph. In addition to founding St. Joseph's Oratory, which was completed in 1967 and became the largest church in Canada, Br. André was canonized on October 17, 2010. The Mass's celebrant, Fr. John C. Chlebo, gave a homily that focused on Br. André's selflessness, hospitality and self-sacrifice, challenging our community t

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