I trust our families and students had a restful summer, and everyone is ready for another successful, productive school year. Summer 2015 was a time of learning for our students and educators. Most of our teachers attended continuing education courses and workshops to maintain the high level of the education degrees and certifications for which we are known.
Promoting our efforts to nurture life-long learners, our students in the Diocese of Colorado Springs had a variety of opportunities over the summer to attend workshops and camps at our schools that encouraged their creativity and helped them appreciate their God-given gifts.
Activity highlights this summer included:
A Writing and Art workshop for primary grade students at Ave Maria in Parker. Students created a book full of imagination and illustration paired with crafting a ceramic animal.
Corpus Christi hosted several workshops for younger students. A Reading, Writing and Math Program that worked on skills in reading, writing or math. A Music Enrichment Program offered information about the theory and history of music, as well as fun facts about music from around the world. Students participated in choral singing, dancing and drama and presented a short performance for family and friends. The Art Enrichment Program was an opportunity for students to explore watercolors, weaving, paper-mache and clay that promoted creativity, self-esteem, and self-expression.
Middle school students had the opportunity to participate in a Science Enrichment Program – a STEM Camp that focused on water and its amazing properties. Students combined hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations and more. Students explored how energy works and combined their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math as they built circuits, windmills, water wheels, and a model of how an oil reservoir works.
- Aerospace Adventure Camps were held at St. Paul Catholic School with three grade levels of campers. Grades 1 & 2 campers investigated basic physics through play with LEGO Simple Machines. Working in teams, campers in grades 3 – 5 used LEGO WeDO sets to build and program a variety of robots to carry out creative tasks and face tough challenges. Campers in grades 6 – 8 used LEGO Mindstorms to create and design various robots. Working in teams, girls and boys programed heir robots to complete challenges such as cleaning up trash, navigating a maze, and even sumo-wrestling.
Totus Tuus (Totally Yours), a summer catechetical youth program, was held at Divine Redeemer Catholic School. Each summer Totus Tuus is offered by the Office of Catholic Education to our students combining catechesis and lots of FUN! Activities each year include catechetical instruction, daily Mass, songs, games and recess!!!
- Holy Apostles Catholic Church hosted yet another successful Mission Possible for our middle school students. Mission Possible is about service. Students had the opportunity to grow in the Catholic faith, be immersed in prayer, including daily Mass, Adoration and Reconciliation, learn more and engage in Catholic Social teachings, and witness to others about their faith.
The first day of school is fast approaching! Along with our Principals, faculties and staff, I look forward to seeing the familiar, smiling faces of our returning students and meeting all our new families at our back to school activities.
I thank all our families for entrusting their children to our care.