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Something “Spooky” Happened in the 4th Grade Classroom at Holy Cross Catholic School!
Holy Cross Catholic School fourth graders had a terrific time planning, designing, and wiring some “spooky houses” in October! The houses consisted of cardboard, electric circuit materials, and decorative materials from home.
They were the final project for an Electric Circuits unit, developed by the Einstein Project. Some of the requirements for the project were to have four rooms lit, series and parallel type circuits incorporated into the design, and to have fun and show creativity with the “spooky” theme, just in time for Halloween.
Always a popular unit with the students for its hands-on learning and scientific discovery, Mrs. Malone loves the unit because of its impact on their learning: “This is a marvelous Einstein unit that meets the needs of the 4th grade science curriculum through fun, well-developed lessons. It allows me to act as a facilitator -- the lessons are set up in such a way that students, through individual exploration and cooperative work, take ownership and pride in their work. As a result, they truly learn and understand the content.”
About Holy Cross Catholic School
Located on the growing northeast side of Green Bay at the historic crossroads of Church and Bay Settlement Roads, Holy Cross Catholic School is the point at which faith, community and education converge. The school educates children within the Catholic faith and provides them with opportunities to develop the values, attitudes and skills that will enable them to become vital members of the community. Holy Cross Catholic School has been in existence for 142 years and has an enrollment of 208 students in grades EC3 to 8th grade. For more information, please visit the school's website: www.holycrossfamily.org.
The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) system is the largest Catholic school system in Wisconsin. A collaborative school ministry of the 23 Green Bay area Catholic parishes, GRACE was formed in 2008 to provide affordable, high quality Catholic early childhood, elementary and middle-school education. It serves 2728 students at ten neighborhood school sites located throughout the Green Bay area. Over 125 students of other faith denominations attend the GRACE schools. The GRACE system employs over 250 people with a total annual community investment of $10.5 million. The system has just completed a three-year planning and consolidation process that involved the 23 faith communities, parents and staff. It will assume full school operations on July 1, 2011.