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

SENIOR EDSMEN DOCUMENT REFLECTIONS OF THEIR TIME AT ST. ED'S IN VIDEO SERIES To commemorate their senior year, Edsmen from the graduating Class of 2020 have documented their favorite memories and reflections of their time at St. Ed's in the video series, "Perfect Visions: Perspectives from the Class of 2020." Using the film equipment they have at home, students have been able to interview each other and share their messages with the community, uniting them by writing the final chapter of their graduating class's story through film. "Everyone needs to be able to tell a story," says Associate Dean of Academics and IB Coordinator Mr. Nick Kuhar. "I remember a poetry professor of mine saying t

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

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CHILDREN'S BOOK READ-ALOUD PROJECT TO SERVE COMMUNITY Students in Mrs. Ashley Ventura and Mrs. Julia Janisko's English classes were empowered to connect with the community by creating Children's Book Read-Aloud videos as an extra credit opportunity that aligned reading with servant leadership. "I came up with the idea when my daughter and I were looking online for storytime videos. Storytime at the library is my daughter's favorite because it makes stories more interactive and come alive," says Mrs. Ventura. "I thought that many children, who have limited access to books at home, would greatly benefit from these videos as a way to bridge the gap in literacy. On an

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

"PROJECT HOPE" EMPOWERS THEOLOGY STUDENTS TO FIND SOLIDARITY IN HOLY CROSS CHARISMS & PANDEMIC EXPERIENCES St. Ed's Theology department was inspired by "Project Hope," a contest that the Holy Cross Brothers used to hold at St. Ed's, to create their own version to wrap up the final semester of the 2019-2020 school year. "Project Hope" would challenge each grade level on core themes about being "men with hope to bring" and the Theological Virtues. Rooted in Holy Cross charisms, the project empowered teachers to customize the project to best suit their students and the content they're learning in their Theology courses. The Theology department accepted this challenge to create a virtual "Pro

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

EDSMEN INDEPENDENTLY CREATE POTTERY AND SCULPTURES FROM SCRATCH AT HOME Students in Mrs. Molly King's art classes have come up with an innovative way to continue creating works of art, pottery and sculptures at home. By creating salt dough completely from scratch, students have created a new solution to creating pottery at home and have made tiles based on adages or proverbs, hollow animal sculptures by carefully using armatures to mold their dough to hold its shape, and masks based on historically traditional cultural masks or an animal of their choosing. "Salt dough has been very challenging for all of us to create from scratch, but it has certainly taught my students some amazing skills

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

EDSMEN CREATE PARALLELS BETWEEN DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE & COVID-19 PANDEMIC Sophomore students in Mrs. Ashley Ventura and Mrs. Julia Janisko's English classes have been learning about dystopian literature, drawing parallels between these fictitious societies and the reality of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Students have chosen to read Feed by M.T. Anderson, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, The Running Man or Firestarter by Stephen King for this unit. "Personally, my favorite is Ready Player One. I love the incorporation of the 1980's popular culture, but I think all of these novels do a great job

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

EDSMEN SEND HEARTFELT LETTERS TO STAY CONNECTED WITH HOLY CROSS BROTHERS IN LOCKDOWN AT UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME With every visit to the University of Notre Dame, Edsmen always make the time to connect with and visit the Holy Cross Brothers who have retired to Notre Dame's campus, many of whom previously taught at St. Ed's during their careers. To maintain the safety and health of the community, the brothers have been quarantined in Columba Hall (photographed) on campus with limited options to communicate with others in the outside world. To stay connected with the brothers during lockdown, Edsmen have been participating in a new service project, mailing letters with messages of encouragem

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

EDSMEN PROVE HOW CREATIVE EXPRESSION IS PIVOTAL IN KEEPING US CONNECTED Since moving to remote learning, students in Mr. Shaun Kinley and Mrs. Molly King's Fine Arts classes have continued to produce amazing artwork from home with the minimal tools and mediums accessible to them. From sketches and digital drawings to sculptures and home furnishings, students have continued to express themselves through creative outlets and produce amazing art pieces. "The arts can be an especially valuable resource in our current global situation," says Mr. Kinley. "In my opinion, one of the primary ingredients for authentic art to be created is for the artist to have some solitude of thought and place, w

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

EDSMEN PLACE IN TOP 5 IN STOCK MARKET CHALLENGE THROUGH ASHLAND UNIVERSITY Congratulations to our Edsmen who placed in the Top 5 out of almost 500 teams from various schools in northeast Ohio at this spring's Stock Market Challenge through Ashland University. Hunter Wagner '20, Mike Lombardo '20, Gavin Tarler '20 and Brian Keefe '20 placed in fourth with a 44% return on their original investment while Fitzpatrick Metzger '20, Mike Bubna '20 and Kazuo Coaguila '20 placed fifth with a 36% return. A belated congratulations also goes to Michael Kane '21, Colin Wojciechowski '21and Miles Maupin '20 who placed fourth during the fall stock market challenge. This opportunity was an extension from

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

ST. ED'S COMMUNITY CELEBRATES OUR FACULTY'S WORK AND DEDICATION DURING TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, the St. Edward community would like to extend their deepest gratitude for our faculty and all educators who continue to provide new learning experiences for students in every learning environment. "Though the adjustment has been a daunting one for educators, it has been inspirational to see St. Edward faculty and staff members share themselves and their talents and support for our students online and through social media," says Dean of Students Mr. Mark Urban. "By embracing adversity, Holy Cross education had many unforeseen challenges when it first es

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

EDSMEN DEVELOP INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE THROUGH AT-HOME WORKOUT SERVICE Inspired by the ideas that evolved from this month's COVID-19 Hack-a-thon led by St. Ed's students, Sebastian Vanegas '21 and William Perrins '23 created WRKIN, a home workout service to help motivate people to stay active while staying at home. Similar to services like Twitch and Google Hangouts, WRKN is a live video-call service with professional fitness trainers to walk you through workouts and make them more fun. "WRKIN provides a solution for those who aren't motivated to get active or who've lost faith in their ability to stay fit without going to a gym," says Sebastian. "Our focus is helping everyone staying heal

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

ST. ED'S SHARES WELL-WISHES THROUGH VIDEO FOR CLASS OF 2020 ON NATIONAL COLLEGE DECISION DAY To celebrate National College Decision Day, St. Ed's College Counseling Department wanted our graduating senior class to have a piece of St. Ed's with them to look back on and remember their achievements. By compiling well-wishes and messages of congratulations from St. Ed's faculty and staff and college/university Admission staff members, St. Ed's college counselors wanted to create a video to celebrate the Class of 2020, despite having to postpone the annual, full-day celebration for seniors. Special thanks to Colin Donovan, Class of 2019, for helping create this video for our College Counseling

Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values

CLASS OF 2020 MAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES EMBODY HOLY CROSS VALUES & PILLARS Congratulations to this year's Class of 2020 Man of the Year nominees: Gabriel Beaver '20, Connor Fairfield '20, Coleman Isner '20, Michael Manning '20 and Brennan Rains '20. Chosen by their fellow classmates for their leadership and embodiment of an Edsman, these five Man of the Year nominees exemplify St. Ed's Holy Cross values and display the competence to see and the courage to act as men of hope for the transformation of the world. Gabriel (Gabe) Beaver has been a member of St. Ed's National Honor Society, Cross and Anchor Society, IB Diploma Programme and Thinking Men (the unofficial group of seniors who meet ev

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