Wednesday, September 28, 2016

St. Angela Merici Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the 2nd annual SAM Thanksgiving Food Drive is underway. 

Our Food Drive will run from Tuesday, September 27th to Friday, October 7th. Food will be collected and displayed in the school foyer in front of the library. We are asking for each student to try to bring in 1 item. 

Last year, with this humble request, we raised a tremendous amount of food to donate. All food collected will be donated to the Bradford Helping Hands Food Bank.

"For it is in giving that we receive." Prayer of Saint Francis
Thank you for your generosity.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Virtual Reality Goggles- Google VR

We are working on getting a class set of Virtual Reality Goggles, made by Google to help us explore various elements of our grade 8 curriculum. VR Goggles can allow students to explore places by using various apps on both Android and IOS.

Currently, we are looking at population distribution patterns in Geography, and the VR goggles allow students to explore what different cities look like around the world.

For more information please check out the following link:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Prodigy Math

Join over 7.5 million teachers and students already using Prodigy to learn math for free! With over 900 crucial math skills for Grades 1 - 8, Prodigy is the perfect game for mastering mathematics both at home and at school.

You can play the game online:

Download the App from iTunes:

Please sign in to our Google Classroom for the class code.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Living the Beatitudes

As we reflect of the 8 Beatitudes, and try to makes connections to our own lives, I thought this video would be a nice connections for our #grade8sam class.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What is a Mindset, more specifically, a Growth Mindset

Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. This is one.

Mindset explains:
- Why brains and talent don’t bring success
- How they can stand in the way of it
- Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
- How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
- What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.