STEM + The Arts = STEAM

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St. Monica STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators, technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate.

STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM Standards of Practice guide STEM instruction by defining the combination of behaviors, integrated with STEM content, which are expected of a proficient STEM student. These behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.

By the end of eighth grade, St. Monica students will be able to independently synthesize multi-disciplinary content to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content in a seamless fashion. Specific attention will be given to intercultural competencies that honor all students, and our Catholic Faith.

Students across all grades at St. Monica Parish School benefit from the belief that in order to successfully educate the whole child, Arts Education is critical.  St. Monica is proud to support this vision by employing full time Specialists and supporting curriculum in Spanish Language and Culture, Art, Music, (all with dedicated classrooms and curriculum). Our Library and Computer lab were recently remodeled and are filled with natural light, beautiful open spaces and seating geared towards encouraging collaboration. St. Monica partners with Youth Theater Northwest to provide professional Drama Education to our Middle School Students.

STEAM skills are vital for our children’s success and critical to our collective future. The “Critical C’s” of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication are emphasized through project-based learning at St. Monica School. In thGardene real world, content knowledge is interwoven, layered and sophisticated, not experienced in isolation such as in traditional education settings (separate math time, separate science time, etc.) We believe when children are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. Studies show that there is a strong correlation between art and other achievement. Whether today’s St. Monica students go on to become artists, doctors or politicians, we know that the challenges their generation faces will demand creative solutions.

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Project-Based Learning
At St. Monica School, quality-learning experiences will be in the form of task-rich lessons, which will be tailored approximately every six weeks by teachers of various subjects, in partnership with one another. The students will work collaboratively to solve real-life problems using the skills they’ve acquired in the selected subject areas. Together they will create projects, do research, find solutions, and demonstrate their learning and understanding of several subjects in connection with one another, in a hands-on, collaborative, creative and reflective fashion.