FEBRUARY 1, 2013 – CATHOLIC CHRONICLE
Fostoria musician composes Year of Faith song for diocese
BY LAURIE STEVENS BERTKE
FOSTORIA—After premiering at Fostoria St. Wendelin in December, a hymn inspired by the Diocese of Toledo’s theme for the Year of Faith is now available for use by all parishes.
Composed by Anthony Gallina, the song, “Fill Our Hearts,” draws its lyrics from the words and imagery of the diocesan prayer for the Year of Faith. The refrain incorporates all three words of the theme, “Believe, Celebrate, Live,” with each verse focusing on one of these words.
“After reading the prayer and thinking about the Year of Faith, I thought it would be really nice to take the theme and work it into a song and dedicate it to the diocese,” says Mr. Gallina, the pastoral associate for music and liturgy at St. Wendelin and director of choral music for its school. “As for the melody, I was trying to come up with something that would be easy to sing, for congregations to learn, and also something that would really draw out the inner spirit of the text,” he adds.
Father Nicholas Weibl, pastor of St. Wendelin, says the hymn is easy to sing and was “accepted nicely” by the congregation. “It summarizes what the Year of Faith is all about,” he says.
Mr. Gallina is a native of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2010 and has worked at St. Wendelin since July 2011.
Though he has composed a few other pieces, he says he is “not very profound at writing music” normally. “I’m a very good arranger — taking works that have been in existence and working them to whatever group I’m working with — but I’m not generally good at putting my own ideas out there, especially text,” he explains. “So the fact that it was all able to come together in this piece was very interesting.” He says the hymn was well received by the congregation when the choir sang it in December. “I had a lot of people come up to me afterwards and say how much they enjoyed it,” he says.
“I’m happy that they like it, but it’s me using the talent that God gave me to give back to everyone else, so I try to stay as humble as possible, because I know it would not have been possible to write that without His gifts,” Mr. Gallina adds.
Mr. Gallina would like to see his hymn used throughout the diocese during the Year of Faith. He has made the music and lyrics available for free on the diocesan website at www.toledodiocese.org; click on the Year of Faith logo and then “Music.”
“I just encourage whoever would like to use the song in their parish to please do so,” says Mr. Gallina. “It’s my gift to the diocese, and I just hope it draws us all into a deeper sense of prayer and deepens our faith during this upcoming year.”
Model United Nations Conference
St. Wendelin Catholic High School students participated in the 2013 Mid-American Model United Nations conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 12-16. This is the group’s second year participating in MAMUN. Fifteen students acted as delegates from Rwanda and Uganda. This entailed researching their country’s policies and interacting, debating, and collaborating with delegates representing several other countries. Delegates also participated in separate committees, which focus on current issues recognized by the UN. The majority of students met in General Assembly, which is composed of five committees: Political; Special Political; Social, Humanitarian and Cultural; Science and Technology; and Legal. Other students participated in the Economic and Social Committees, which has three committees: Economic; Human Rights; and Environmental. Delegates also had the opportunity in the ever-popular crisis situation, where they attempt to alleviate tension and violence under an extreme circumstance. Students love crises for their informal yet high-stakes setting.
The St. Wendelin Model UN team has worked very hard this year and has learned so much about diplomacy, problem-solving, and the international community at large. Although the group did not win any awards collectively, three students were individually recognized: Anthony Halsted ‘13 (Rwanda) and Tim Pariseau ’13 (Uganda) won Second Honors in the Science and Technology Committee, and Lindsay Weaver ’14 (Rwanda) won Second Honors in the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee. The St. Wendelin Model UN team had a fantastic experience and is already highly anticipating next year; they are preparing for research and committee procedure, and they are hoping to be assigned a more prolific country, such as China!
THE CATHOLIC CHRONICLE - March 04, 2013
Fostoria St. Wendelin freshmen react to pope’s resignation
FOSTORIA—Father Matthew Rader, associate pastor at Fostoria St. Wendelin and chaplain at St. Wendelin Catholic High School, invited his freshman theology students to share their reactions to Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and their hopes for the future. Here are some of their responses.
Olivia Zimmerman (Carey Our Lady of Consolation):
“Personally my reaction to the pope resigning is that it was his choice. If he felt that he could not fulfill the duties of being the head of the church, he just can't. If he prayed about his choice and asked the Holy Spirit for guidance, I feel that his decision is a good one. My hope for the future pope is that he helps bring the church together more and relates more to my generation and gets more young people involved.”
Nykia Diaz (Fostoria St. Wendelin):
“I hope that the next pope can help involve more teens in our religious beliefs.”
Zach Kruszynski (Fostoria St Wendelin):
“My hope for the new pope is that he will guide us in the right path and make good decisions. I also hope that he will make religion more understandable for the young people of today.”
Zac Dixon (Fostoria St Wendelin):
“My hope for the future pope is someone who knows how to lead and has very strong faith. The pope should also be able to drop everything and follow Jesus.”
Nick Weaver (Findlay St. Michael the Archangel):
“My hope for the future pope is that he’s a younger man like Pope John Paul II. I think we should have a younger pope so that we have him for a longer period of time.”
Madison Borer (Fostoria St Wendelin):
“My hope for the future pope is that he directs the Catholic Church in a good direction and that he incorporates modern society in his teachings.”
Alexis Yates (Findlay St. Michael the Archangel):
“As for the pope's resignation, I feel that it is a good idea because of old age. My hope for the future pope is that he will do all he can to make the people and the church happy.”
Lesly Quinonez (Fostoria St Wendelin):
“My hope for the future pope is that he leads us in a good way of life by protecting, teaching and helping us with our religion.”
Father Rader offered his own response, as well:
“I feel the Holy Father made a humble and wise decision to step down. When Benedict became pope, I knew he would be what the church needed him to be. I’ve been continually surprised by the wisdom he provides in his writings.
“I think Benedict realizes that the church has great needs and he is not able to fulfill those needs at this time. He can provide a different ministry. But the church is in need of a pope with the energy to address this ever-changing world.
“My hope is that the next pope is an individual with the vision and zeal to be able to speak effectively and continue the evangelization of John Paul II in meeting people where they are.”
Students dine with Bishop Blair
Nine SWCS students from St. Wendelin and St. Michael the Archangel parishes attended the St. Andrew Dinner sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo’s Office of Vocations at Findlay St. Mike’s on March 6. Following evening prayer and dinner, those in attendance from several parishes around the diocese listened as Bishop Leonard Blair, Fr. Matt Rader, and seminarian Scott Woods spoke briefly about how they came to know the Lord’s call in their lives.
Representing SWCHS were seniors Kieran Campbell, Anthony Halstead, Tim Pariseau, and Austin Reinhart; junior Trent Whetsel; sophomore Joey DeHaven; and freshmen Peter Campbell, Cameron Hunter, and Justin Walter. SWCHS alum Mark Berton was also in attendance.
Let us pray for these young men and all our students and alumni as they continue to answer God’s call to serve his people well.
Physics can be fun
Chemistry students in Mrs. Sakel’s class began this project by selecting a project topic. They chose a project on collisions: an egg drop. As a class, the students studied the physics of inelastic and elastic collisions. Meanwhile, the students had one ten-minute time frame to select materials to be approved during class. These materials would be the only materials they could use according to the rubric.
On February 28, the students had to bring in a contraption that was made from at least three of the materials on the list and a paper on how collisions, energy, and momentum affected their egg drop. Each contraption was then tested by being dropped from the south gym windows. Students were required to write about how energy was transferred during the drop and why he/she selected the materials for the drop.
THE REVIEW TIMES - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
St. Wendelin student sees success in spelling bee
By ALLISON WINGATE , Staff Writer
Patrick Castillo may be standing alone on the stage, but inside his head he's reading closed captioning from a television screen.
The St. Wendelin Catholic School seventh-grader credits his visual learning style for improving his spelling skills, which weren't always as top-notch as they are now.
"When I would get bored, I would look at the words they were saying on the screen and just spell them for the fun of it," Castillo described.
"Now, every time I see a word I can spell it because I remember it. I have a photographic memory or something like that."
When he encounters words unfamiliar to him, Castillo said he envisions a karaoke screen.
"You know how when you do karaoke, when you see the words they highlight? In my head, when I spell a word the letters highlight in my head," he said.
Despite being so good at it, Castillo described a love-hate relationship with spelling and the studying required to compete in spelling bees.
"To be honest, there are times when I really like it but there are times when I wish I wasn't good at it," he said. "It puts a lot of pressure on me."
In preparation for the spelling bee, Castillo said he's been studying from a list of approved words. After a study session, he said his father will quiz him.
Castillo, 13, of Fostoria, is the son of Alan Domingo and Dr. Carolyn Garcia, MD. The family relocated to Fostoria from Chicago seven years ago.
Since relocating here, Domingo says his son has excelled in school. The proud father boasted about his son winning school spelling bees when he was in third-, fourth- and sixth-grade.
His skills will be put to the test Thursday, as he competes in the Blade Northwest Ohio Championship Spelling Bee at Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township. The spelling bee will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Castillo advanced to the regional competition Feb. 24, after winning the Seneca-Wyandot Local Spelling Bee, hosted at Tiffin Middle School. He spelled "unforeseeable," "pumpernickel" and "gordita" correctly to advance.
Other grade 5-8 students who advanced to the regional bee include Pranav Parsi, of Tiffin Middle School; Laila Gernert of Carey Middle School; and Anne Rannigan of Noble Elementary School.
The winner of the Blade bee will represent northwest Ohio in the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
Castillo follows in the footsteps of St. Wendelin Catholic School eighth-grader Spencer Hipsher, of Arcadia, who advanced to the Scripps spelling bee in May 2012.
He said Hipsher has been providing him some tips and hints about performing well at the competition he won last year.
When he's not practicing spelling, Castillo performs in the percussion section of the high school marching band, plays basketball, football and track and has a black belt in karate.
Students experience Papal Conclave
Students received a taste of what happened in the Papal Conclave and made aware of this historical event in the life of the church. This was done through much research, prayer and preparation.
For the past week every classroom was praying for a portion of the world’s Cardinals. Prayer signs were prepared by the sophomore class to ensure that every cardinal was prayed for each day of the Papal Conference and Papal Conclave.
Upon the announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, sophomore students researched in depth “Everything you need to know about the Papal office of Pope”: Why did Pope Benedict XVI resign?, What is the process for a Conclave?, What is the Pope’s job description?, as well as many other papal facts. Sophomores shared the information from their research by designing displays that are displayed in the gathering space at St. Wendelin Catholic Church for the parishioners. A similar display was also arranged in the lobby. Students in grades K-12 have been taking turns coming down to the lobby and with the information in the display they are participating in a scavenger hunt through the posters to learn about the process that is used to elect a new pope.
At the conclusion of the papal display the students, staff and St. Wendelin Catholic Church parishioners were invited to participate in a contest where they were asked to guess a name the new Pope might select.
The schedule of the day is in the school lobby, as if you were following the cardinals to each event. The school was divided into sections of the Vatican where the cardinals were meeting. The objective was to allow students to enjoy a visual representation of the Vatican and what was occurring.
Once the world saw the white smoke emanating from the Conclave, St. Wendelin students and staff gathered in the large gym to witness the historic event. Upon entering the gym, all experienced the white smoke of the Conclave, as a fog machine was used to signify the white smoke and then watched the event live on TV.
The hope of St. Wendelin Catholic School was to facilitate an experience of the universal church and to teach by experience how powerful an influence prayer can be. By focusing not on the politics of a conclave, but by prayer and study, is how a decision would be achieved.
We hoped to create positive memories of this historic event by trying to recreate as much as possible the environment of the Vatican and Conclave.
WIND TURBINE CONTEST
FOSTORIA FOCUS - March 08, 2013
St. Wendelin students experiment with wind turbine blade designs
By ALEX BOROFF, Focus Reporter
St. Wendelin students found their answers blowin’ in the wind Tuesday.
Students in Sue Tiell’s sixth-grade class tested their own wind turbine blade designs Tuesday in order to better understand the science behind wind power.
Teams of five students each built their own wind turbine, creating blades out of old signs made out of corrugated cardboard. Groups were required to have at least three blades on each of their wind turbines.
“We did this project, talked about the blades, lift, tension — all of that,” Tiell said.
Assisting with the project was St. Wendelin science teacher Ron Bowerman, who set up a small wind tunnel and used box fans to turn the turbine blades. Last fall, Bowerman trained at a workshop put on by KidWind, an organization that promotes alternative-energy education.
The students’ wind turbines were hooked up to a computer that measured the energy output, graphing the amperage, voltage and wattage of the devices.
Students’ goals were to design turbines to be as energy efficient and functional as possible.
“Talk with Mike & Brian”
Back by popular demand, Talk with Mike and Brian; Keeping St. Wendelin in the Know, will begin at 7PM, February 21 in the school cafeteria. The main topic of discussion will be Registration. Brian will be introducing the new registration and tuition guidelines for the 2013-14 academic year. He will highlight the tuition adjustments for 2013-14, money saving initiatives within the tuition and registration process as well as new incentives to reward current families for bringing new students into our St. Wendelin family. Brian will conclude by giving an update on the technology and global education initiative, speak about communication and turn it over to Mike Amlin. Mike will address several academic topics.
Registration 2013-14 Information
Registration will officially kick-off with the dissemination of the Registration and Tuition Guideline Booklets at the February 21, talk at 7PM. The first registrations will be held at St. Wendelin Parish after the 4:30PM Mass on February 23 and after the 9AM and 11AM Masses on February 24. A final registration will be held in the SW school cafeteria, Monday, Feb. 25.
K of C Scholarship Recipient
The Ohio Knights of Columbus has announced their scholarship winners. Freshman, Cameron Hunter has been selected to receive one of the many scholarships provided by the Ohio K of C.
The scholarship is available for Catholic students (grades nine through twelve) attending Catholic High Schools in Ohio. This is the seventeenth consecutive year that the Knights of Columbus Scholarships have been awarded. More than $480,000 has been awarded during that period.
To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit an essay. Other considerations include financial need, grade point average, prior scholastic honors, school extracurricular activities, church involvement and community involvement.
Cameron was presented the award after a school Mass on February 7.
January 27, 2013 – Fostoria Focus
St. Wendelin plane project to aid in humanitarian efforts
By Alex Boroff, Focus Reporter
The Challenger II airplane took off from the Fostoria Municipal Airport last Tuesday — but it didn’t go airborne.
Rather, the plane that St. Wendelin students began building nearly four years ago and completed last summer was strapped onto a flatbed trailer pulled by a pickup truck on its way to St. Louis, Mo., the headquarters of Wings of Hope, a two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the largest volunteer charity in the Midwest.
St. Wendelin science teacher Ron Bowerman, Wings of Hope road crew member Don Buxbaum, St. Wendelin 7th grade student Quinton Taylor, and Roppe maintenance workers Greg Beach and Matt Shoemaker helped load the Challenger II onto the trailer in the Roppe Hangar where the aircraft was housed. From there, Buxbaum drove the plane nearly 500 miles to St. Louis. After that, the plan is for Wings of Hope volunteers to transport the plane to Argentina where it will be used by Wings of Hope for humanitarian work.
Students from multiple grade levels had been working on the Challenger II since 2009. Bowerman used the project as a means of teaching students real-life applications of science, particularly engineering and physics.
Bowerman had received a $10,000 Toyota TAPESTRY grant to purchase the aircraft, which he bought at a significantly reduced rate from Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Co. Over the course of the project, Bowerman and his students had received various monetary and in-kind donations from individuals and businesses in the area.
Initially, Bowerman had planned to turn the plane over to the Kenya Wildlife Service via the Lindbergh Foundation, but the plan fell through due to various reasons.
That’s when Bowerman found out about Wings of Hope, an organization that uses air transportation to help with humanitarian efforts in the United States and throughout the world.
“On New Year’s Day I called the [Wings of Hope] CEO. The CEO was in — he said, ‘Yes, we’d love to have the aircraft,’” Bowerman said.
“God doesn’t close a door without opening a window.”
Wings of Hope uses airplanes to deliver food, medical supplies and other items to people in need in 40 countries throughout the world, focusing on regions where difficult-to-traverse terrain and poor roadways make travel by automobile difficult. The organization has more than 3,000 volunteers and over 150 bases worldwide. Along with delivering supplies, Wings of Hope volunteers assess the needs of the people they serve, helping them to set up plans to become self-sustaining.
Wings of Hope volunteers also work in the United States. The organization operates a free Medical Relief and Air Transport Program that provides air ambulances that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
These air ambulances are used to transport uninsured or underinsured people, and are frequently used to help patients who require multiple therapeutic treatments as well as children who require multiple surgeries to correct birth defects.
For more information about Wings of Hope, visit www.wings-of-hope.org
January 20, 2013 – Fostoria Focus
SW robotics program receives Geary Foundation grant
By Alex Boroff, Focus Reporter
The robotics program at St. Wendelin is set to expand, thanks to a large grant received by the school.
St. Wendelin Catholic School was awarded a $5,000 grant Wednesday from the Henry Geary Memorial Foundation managed by KeyBank.
The grant will be used to greatly expand the relatively new robotics program, which started during the 2011-2012 school year for sixth and seventh grade students.
“This will help take us to the next level of robots,” said St. Wendelin science teacher Ron Bowerman, who heads the program.
The program started with a purchase of a single Lego Mindstorms kit by then-principal Angela Joseph, after Bowerman asked for the kit for use in his classes during the 2011-2012 school year.
The Mindstorms kit came with motors, wheels, touch sensors and other sensors for students to use in building their own Lego robots. Each kit comes with an NXT brick, a device that students can plug into a computer to program to carry out simple tasks.
From this one kit, Bowerman started the robotics program at the school for sixth and seventh grade students, who work on building and programming robots during their lunch hour on different days throughout the week. With the gradual addition of a total of four more kits, Bowerman has been able to expand the program to include students in grades six through twelve.
“This all started with one robot,” Bowerman said.
The additional funds for the program from the Geary Foundation grant will allow for the purchase of Tetrix robotics kits, metal robots that can be used in conjunction with Lego Mindstorms and are used in robot competitions. Some of the funds will also be used to purchase RobotC software, which is a programming language used to program and control robots. RobotC is the industry standard, noted St. Wendelin math teacher Eric Perkins.
Bowerman added that a portion of the grant will be used to purchase another Mindstorms kit, powerpacks, and instructional software. The additional kit will come in handy, as more students continue to take the robotics courses at St. Wendelin.
“I love that we’re able to build these machines that can do such amazing things,” said eighth grade student Maco Gonzalez.
“You can make a robot do so many different, complex tasks,” added seventh grade student Quinton Taylor.
“I like that we learn how to operate it and it’s fun,” noted sixth grade student Hannah Burns.
St. Wendelin sixth grade teacher Susan Tiell added that students learn cooperation through the robotics program, since they work in groups to program their machines.
“They help each other,” Tiell said. “That’s what I really like is the team approach to it — no one feels left out.”
January 24, 2013 – Review Times
SW students heading to DC
By ALEX ASPACHER, STAFF WRITER
St. Wendelin students, staff and parishioners will join with thousands of others during the March for Life Friday in Washington D.C.
Father Matt Rader said 32 eighth-graders and 16 high-school students will be joined by 14 chaperones, who will travel by charter bus to the capital on Friday and return Sunday.
While sight-seeing will also be on the agenda, Rader said this year's march, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, will give students an opportunity to see faith being put into action in support of a cause.
"The purpose of the trip is to be able to allow these younger students to experience this cause and get them enthusiastic for something -- to show them that faith can be vibrant, and it's not just about sitting in the classroom and learning."
Rader reported that although overall attendance of the march has fallen in recent years, as many as 300,000 are expected for the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision.
Rader said the parish did not send a contingent to the march last year, but that tradition at St. Wendelin has been to send a group of students, staff and church members every two years.
Following the march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building, students will attend a rally with thousands of other youth at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., that will feature popular Catholic recording artist Matt Maher.
Additional items on the agenda include tours on the National Mall and stops at Arlington National Cemetery and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, as well as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Rader said the visit to the holocaust museum is intended to remind students that "we can overcome evil and triumph over something that is not right, and that this is what happens when people stand still and remain silent."
"While the trip will certainly be educational, the primary purpose is a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey," he said.
BBQ Chicken Dinner
The local Fostoria restaurant and winner of the Ohio State Fair Rib contest, Dell’s Restaurant, will feature their BBQ chicken dinner, complete with two sides as part of the Mohawk Club’s fundraiser. Homemade desserts as well as a drink will also be provided.
The dinner will be Sunday, Feb. 10 from 11AM-2PM in conjunction with the SWCS Open House. Dinner will be served in the school cafeteria or patrons may enjoy carry out as well as drive-up carry out being available through the gym doors located in the North parking lot.
Tickets are $8.00 each and can be purchased through any student/athlete, at the SWCS office located at 533 North Countyline St. (419-435-8144) or at Dell’s Restaurant located at 224 S. Main St., Fostoria, Ohio. Deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 5. Limited walk-in orders will be available.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit SWCS athletics.
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Giving to Others
The SWCHS Chapter of National Honor Society once again coordinated a major giving project involving students, staff, parishioners and friends during the Christmas season. It began with a food drive prior to Thanksgiving with boxes and boxes of canned food items delivered to En Camino. Hats, mittens, socks and scarves were collected and 262 items for keeping warm in our winter weather were delivered to En Camino in early December. This year En Camino and St. Vincent DePaul Society asked NHS to facilitate efforts to collect toiletry items and cleaning supplies for 19 families, and toys and clothing items for 29 children. With monies donated from the Catholic Ladies of Columbia, the Rosary Altar Society and funds received from distribution of religious calendars donated by Hoening Funeral home, the NHS was able to purchase items not donated and still provide St. Vincent DePaul Society with $400 to assist those in need. It was definitely a “team effort” as reported by Caring for Kids faculty coordinator, Mrs. Cindy Taylor, and “humbling to see so much donated by our students, their families, our staff, parishioners and friends of SWCS.”
Students Develop New Appetizer
Mr. Billy Reese, Executive Chef at the very successful Fostoria restaurant, KemoSabes Roadhouse Grill, has been the instructor for the Foods class at SWCS. Mr. Reese received his degree in Culinary Arts from Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Mr. Reese’s philosophy for his students is to engage them is such a way that they receive the basic knowledge one would learn in a culinary school and be able to be successful in a restaurant.
The Foods class is comprised of seniors and is a one semester course. The last project of the semester was to have each group develop a concept for an appetizer, and create a recipe. Groups were able to test and retest their ideas until they were confident with their creations. The groups then presented their appetizers for judging. Criteria for judging were plate presentation, creativity, and taste. The winning appetizer will be incorporated into the KemoSabe Roadhouse Grill menu as part of the Chuck Wagon menu. The Chuck Wagon menu is a revolving menu which highlights various dishes/regions/themes each month.
The winning dish was an Italian chicken and cheese calzone with chicken and three cheeses. The winning design group consisted of SWCS seniors Maddie Hoffman, Adrienne Emerine Shelby, Emerine and Colleen Fondessy. The dish appears on the menu as a “Roasted Chicken White Pizza”.
Science Dept. Receives Grant
St. Wendelin Catholic School has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Henry Geary Memorial Foundation, managed by KeyBank. The award will be used to further develop the Robotics program in the SWCS Science Department.
Ms. Jane Frankart of Key Bank presented a check to Mr. Eric Perkins, Mr. Mike Amlin, Principal, and Mr. Brian Shaver, Director of Parish and School on January 16.
With growth in the S.T.E.M.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) curriculum, it is necessary to provide students a learning experience with the state-of-the-art programs. Department Chair, Mr. Ron Bowerman, has researched the Lego @ Mindstorms @ Education base with TETRIX @ and found it to be the best ‘next step’ in the expansion of St. Wendelin’s Robotics program. The program provides curriculum software for classroom use, as well as a variety of hands-on projects, including a combination of programming lessons for ROBOTC and engineering challenges.
With the addition of the TETRIX @ Education Base Set and Robotc @ 3.0 software, students in grades 6 through 12 will improve their skills in interpreting and analyzing data readings, project management and time management, interactive testing and problem-solving strategies, evaluating design alternatives based on analysis, and communicating results through presentations.
This innovative program focuses on getting students to use relevant scientific software and tools, designing and building advanced robots that can complete simple tasks. The nearly unlimited number of possibilities offers the students flexibility, the ability to work independently or in groups. The TETRIX @ Education Base Set and Robotc @ 3.0 software correlates to state and national standards for S.T.E.M.M. focused education.
Robotics is not new to SWCS; students have been studying the fundamentals of programming and designing robots for the past two years. The implementation and oversight of the TETRIX @ Education Base Set and Robotc @ 3.0 programs will be the responsibility of Mr. Ron Bowerman.
Spelling Bee Winners Advance
Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s Spelling Bee. The Champion and 1st runner up in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 will go on to compete in the Seneca/Wyandot County Spelling Bee at the end of this month.
The winners of the 2012-2013 Spelling Bee are:
GRADE 3/4 – Champion Morgan Amlin, 1st runner up Isela Reyes, 2nd runner up Grace Dohanyos
GRADE 5/6 – Champion Grace Dryfuse, 1st runner up Patrick Pariseau, 2nd runner up Anna Bowman
GRADE 7/8 – Champion Patrick Castillo, 1st runner up Kayla Hunter, 2nd runner up Natalie Frankart
WRESTLERS PLACE AT WHITMER
With an already small squad of five St. Wendelin was unfortunately only able to send two lonely grapplers to the Whitmer Wrestling Tournament on December 8. Veteran Cole Williams ’14 and Rookie Rob Park’15 represented their school proudly as they mixed it up on the mats. Williams chiseled through his competition in the 126 weight class. He put his veteran wisdom and technique to work as he won two of his three matches with 2 nd period pins and one with a close decision of 3-2. Park, on the other hand, took a different path to the championship round in the 182 weight class. Park suffered a first round defeat by being pinned in the second period. With his brute strength and determination he mustered up the courage and plowed his way through the under bracket earning his way into the 3rd and 4th place championship match with two pins in the first period and finally winning 3rd place with a pin in the 2nd period. Both participants wrestled with heart and integrity and made their families, coaches and alma mater proud.
St. Wendelin Catholic School eighth grader, Lauren Meyers, was awarded third place in the Owens Community College International Essay Contest. The essay contest was sponsored by the Owens Community College Office of International Programs.
Students were asked to write a maximum three page essay based on their personal beliefs and experiences and had four questions in which to choose. Lauren chose to respond to the question “If world history is no longer a required class for high school graduation, what effects would this decision have on middle school students as they develop their world view?” Her essay was thoughtful and insightful. Lauren concluded her essay by stating “World history helps to give students of today the opportunity to understand what is happening around them, it arouses the leader within us, and lastly, it teaches us other skills essential to learning.”
As a third place winner, Lauren received a $50 iTunes gift card and was invited to read her essay at an event at Owens Community College celebrating International Education Week.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013
SW quizzers play the 'Brain Game'
By ALEX ASPACHER, Review Times Staff Writer
Four St. Wendelin Catholic School students will have the opportunity to strut their smarts tonight as members of the school's quiz bowl team take on WBGU-TV's "BGSU Brain Game."
Whichever team can claim the championship in May by winning the single-elimination tournament will win a one-year scholarship to Bowling Green State University for each participant. Competitions are taped at the television studio in Bowling Green and will air on WBGU at a later date.
St. Wendelin coach Sister Elayne Bockey said her squad is made up of 8-9 members from each of the junior and senior classes, as well as several freshmen and sophomores. Just four of the 22 members will travel to Bowling Green due to conflicts with other extracurricular activities, but Bockey said she still likes St. Wendelin's chances to advance in the tournament.
Representing the school will be seniors Anthony Halstead and Catrina Lang, and juniors Edie Mowrey and Elizabeth Weaver.
Bockey, who has managed the quiz bowl team for eight years, said her students have gotten more out of individual studying lately rather than group practices.
"Everything is about those students being knowledgeable in lots of fields and how motivated they are to absorb information," she said.
"It's a joy to work with quick-thinking students who are competitive, who will go to an event like that and represent the school, plus be responsible for the class work they'll be missing," Bockey said.
St. Wendelin will open against Toledo Technology Academy. If they claim a victory, students will face the winner of a match between Celina and Bowling Green high schools.
Fostoria High School competed in the Brain Game on Nov. 15, defeating Lima Senior High School Progressive Academy 250-205 before moving on to beat Seneca East High School 230-220. FHS has its next BGSU match slated for April 4, according to club adviser Sarah Green.
Just one day after its contingent competes in the Brain Game, the St. Wendelin team will join 16 others in Tiffin for a Seneca/Wyandot/Put-in-Bay/Sandusky-Area League match.
Bockey said St. Wendelin has a 6-3 record so far this year.
Caring for Kids Project - Christmas 2012
SWCS will once again sponsor our annual Caring for Kids Program. Through this program, facilitated by the St. Wendelin chapter of National Honor Society, our school will be helping Fostoria area families through En Camino and St. Vincent DePaul create a Christmas they might not have without our help.
Every student in grades K-12 is being asked to help in preparing this holiday gift for our adopted families by providing food items, toiletry items and cleaning supplies. Any item(s) that you would like to donate would be happily accepted for this project!
We will also have a giving tree, displayed in the lobby with ornaments asking for toys for the children in our adopted families. If your family is able to take a star off the tree and bring it back with the requested donated toy it would be very helpful to the success of the program. Items do not need to be wrapped.
Students may begin bringing in their donations as soon as possible. Delivery to our adopted families will be made Friday, December 14. Thank you for your kind generosity this holiday season!
RIGHT TO READ WEEK
Right To Read Week kicks off on November 19 and runs through November 30. The theme: “Fairy Tales Come To Life,” will be carried out throughout these two weeks by children reading Fairy Tales in their classrooms and in the Library. Children in grades 3-6 were asked to read a Fairy Tale at home and then write about the lesson to be learned from that Fairy Tale. The Children in grades K-2 will also be asked to read a Fairy Tale at home and then draw a picture of their Fairy Tale.
Throughout Right To Read Week, children will hear lots of Fairy Tales and they will have a chance to make snacks that match their Fairy Tale stories.
The week started with an author visit from Nick Rokicki and Joe Kelley who wrote the book, Pete The Popcorn. Nick is from Toledo St. Catherine’s. The book talks to children about bullying and encourages children to help each other. The authors presented to grades K-4 on November 19.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Treehouse Troupe from BGSU will be presenting a play called The Just So Stories. They are timeless tales about several different books. A special “dress-up” day will be on Thursday, Nov. 29, and children may dress up as their favorite Fairy Tale character.
Friday, Nov. 30, each class (grades K-6) will perform a type of Fairy Tale or play that their class has decided on doing. These plays will begin at 12:30PM in the South gym. Parents are encouraged to come to watch their children act. Who knows, we may find lots of talent in our school!
WTOL highlights SWCS iPad Integration
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FOSTORIA, OH (Toledo News Now) - Thanks to generous donations, freshman at St. Wendlin High School in Fostoria are using iPads in the classroom.
"It's kinda fun because it holds information but it's also a learning tool," said student Alexis Yates.
"There's the idea that this technology is stuff the kids are already using and familiar with and then obviously they have the focus on education and real life applications," said Principal Michael Amlin.
This is the first year the freshmen are using the iPads.
Earlier this year they had a student who was at home for a few days recovering from surgery. The two way camera on the iPad was used so the student could still connect with the teacher.
"It was like she was actually present in class. She heard all the notes. She was able to ask questions, she was able to respond to questions from the teacher," said Amlin.
Amlin said the school recognized that this is the kind of technology that is being used in the real world. The school wants students to not only be comfortable using it, but know how to use it to excel.