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Robotics Offerings

In the spirit of EPIC, St. Francis Xavier is thrilled to offer several robotics-focused programs this school year open to students in Grades 5-8. For more information, please refer to the After School Programming Opportunities letter from Mrs. Larkin that went out on September 9th. Download a copy of the Shedd Aquarium Underwater Robotics Application for 7th and 8th Graders here. Download a copy of the Lego Robotics
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Underwater Robotics at SFX

Students who applied to the Underwater Robotics program received their letter of acceptance today! Club begins October 29th in the Science lab. We will meet from 3:00-4:10 on Thursdays! Congrats to the following students: Claire H. Andrew H. Liam dl C. Dominic R. Teddy W. Gabriel P. Christian D. Cooper S. Louisa S. Emilia H. Marren B. Joey S. Grace E. Alex M. Hannah L. Nathan L. You can follow along with our adventur
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Shedd Underwater Robotics Program

SFX is proud to partner with Shedd Aquarium’s Underwater Robotics Program during the 2015-2016 school year. 5th-8th Grade SFX students are invited to learn more about this exciting club experience by reviewing the student application here. Applicants and their parents must also complete the Robotics Consent and Waiver form here. Applications must be on file with Mrs. Pritchard no later than October 13th and the
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Scale gets EPIC in Math

As part of our ongoing efforts to tie our EPIC mindset into all facets of our curriculum, Mrs. McDonough, Ms. Hoffman and Ms. Andrew’s math classes are all going to be starting on a project using LEGO’s EV3 robots to draw figures at one scale, and then use their math skills to scale the figures up and have the robots draw them again. This project involves coding, math and design and construction. Here are
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The 3 little pigs…and architecture?

Little know fact: The 3 little pigs is actually an architecture and engineering story. Kindergarten is discovering this for themselves, bit by bit. This week in a giant, combined kindergarten class- we talked about what a house is, how are houses are the same and how our houses are different. The students also drew pictures of their houses, which will be on display this week in the EPIC studio.  Next week we’re
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Putting the “I” in EPIC- Disaster Recovery in Mrs. Sage’s class!

Mrs. Sage and Miss Oberlin’s students have been studying weather during science. As part of that unit, I was invited to come into their classroom to design a lesson that focuses on disaster recovery from a tornado….with a twist. We are all familiar with the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy’s house (unfortunately) ends up squashing the witch. Third grade was invited to consider the problem: How could we
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Shedd Underwater Robotics Program

SFX has been accepted to the Shedd Aquarium’s Underwater Robotics program for Middle and High School students. Learn more about this EPIC opportunity and how it enhances STEM principles here. We can’t wait to see what our students will create!
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EPIC experiment design in 6th grade!

Happy Wednesday! This is Claire Pritchard. I’ve been having an excellent time hanging out with Mr. Van and both sixth grades in science so far this year. We are currently studying experimental design and the parts of an experiment (independent/dependent variables, controls and constants) and today students assumed the roles of quality assurance inspectors and designed an experiment to test the crush resistance
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an EPIC day in first grade!

Hello! This is Mrs. Pritchard posting. As I work with all the students at St. Francis, I will be occasionally doing “guest” blogs in the classroom teacher’s space to showcase some of the awesome things that we are are doing to become explorers, inventors, creators and learners through play. My updates will appear on both the classroom teacher’s space and on the main EPIC blog site. Today, Ms.
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Blogging Update

2015-2016 blogs are now in place for all homerooms and teachers will begin posting to classroom blogs the week of August 31st. Watch for an SFX School News email this week with a link to subscribe to all blogs and to our school’s Newsblast through a new feed service. All families are asked to take a moment subscribe to these important news sources. Questions may be addressed to jackiepetrozzi@sfx-school.org.
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EPIC Updates

We enjoyed hosting students of all ages in what is quickly transforming into our new EPIC Studio on Friday! Children explored many of our new digital devices and chatted with our new Technology Integration Specialist, Claire Pritchard. Be sure to follow Claire on Twitter to learn more about the amazing ways she will inspire our students this academic year. The first explorations in the EPIC studio are complete! A lig
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