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It is my pleasure to be part of the Mount Carmel Christian School family and it is an honor that you entrust your child to us for a few hours each day. The "Engineering Program" was introduced to MCCS in the fall of 2009 and implemented in stages over the next three years. The program is a guided hands-on, project based (PBL) learning experiences, created to improve students cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. Students are taught problem solving techniques and design processes (Engineering Design Process) that include content related to science, technology, reading, engineering, art, math, and social studies (S.T.R.E.A.M.S.). The goal is to assist students to advance from simple knowledge, to understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, ultimately to creative innovation and design (Bloom’s Taxonomy).

 

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It is my pleasure to be part of the Mount Carmel Christian School family and it is an honor that you entrust your child to us for a few hours each day. The "Engineering Program" was introduced to MCCS in the fall of 2009 and implemented in stages over the next three years. The program is a guided hands-on, project based (PBL) learning experiences, created to improve students cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. Students are taught problem solving techniques and design processes (Engineering Design Process) that include content related to science, technology, reading, engineering, art, math, and social studies (S.T.R.E.A.M.S.). The goal is to assist students to advance from simple knowledge, to understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, ultimately to creative innovation and design (Bloom’s Taxonomy).

 

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Overview

The program is individualized to assess the current abilities of each child, their strengths, areas of improvement, learning styles and interest. I will work collaboratively with parents, students and the staff of Mount Carmel Christian for the success of each child. This will be done in a nurturing Christian environment with the best interest, safety, and development of each child as a priority.

 

The program goals are intended to...

  • enrich your child's educational experience,
  • open new doors for exploration,
  • reinforce concepts taught in the core subjects,
  • encourage exploration of new subjects,
  • encourage and improve cooperative learning,
  • develop work ethics and social skills,
  • improve organizational skills,
  • identify and avoid unsafe items and situations,
  • improve communication skills,
  • improve confidence, self-reliance, and independence,
  • use problem solving and/or design process,
  • progress from remembering information, to understanding concepts, to applying concepts, to analyzing problems, to evaluating results, to creating improved or new ideas, processes and/or products.
  • improve critical thinking and problem solving ability,
  • improve their ability to remember important information,
  • understand science, math, and design concepts relevant to the projects,
  • apply information and concepts in new situations,
  • analyze material, data, products, etc.,
  • evaluate the results implemented, and
  • create new and improved ideas and products.

 

 

What to Expect

Students in grades 3 – 8 are enrolled in the Engineering Program. The number of hours per week depends on the grade level. Classes meet on Tuesday, Thursday, or both Tuesday and Thursday. Each student will be issued a three ring binder in which to keep their work and a plastic storage box for small projects, parts, and personal items. The note book and storage box are stored in the lab, not taken home.   When possible all projects are made from recyclable and/or reusable materials. Occasionally students may be requested to bring in recyclable items from home depending on the materials required for the project.   These items are usually common in most homes (i.e. paper towel core tubes, liter soda bottles).

 

All students in the program learn the same processes at different levels with the difficulty of problems, projects, and class assignments based on the grade level and abilities of the individual students. Projects are selected based on the curriculum of the corresponding grade level, student interest, availability of resources, and safety. A list of sample projects will be provided, however the list is not all inclusive and may have items added or deleted as appropriate to the overall purpose of the program and the needs of students. The same projects are usually assigned to all students in the class. However, individual students may have projects assigned to meet learning abilities, accelerated capabilities, and those who have already completed the assignment.

 

Safety is a priority and I will not require a student to complete an task that I would not have allowed my own son or grandchild to complete.   Research and learning activities may be completed at home with parental assistance. However, ALL projects and problems must be completed in class.   Students must solve the problem or create the solution without assistance from parents or teachers so that they learn how to be independent and self-sufficient problem solvers.

 

Therefore, student records may include some assignments that have an asterisk (*) entered. This simply indicates that the assignment was not required for your child to complete. An asterisk (*) does not impact the calculation of the course average. If a grade is entered and also has a “subscript letter (a), (i), etc. the assignment is incomplete or the student was absent. These may have a negative impact on the student’s average it not completed.

 

 

Conduct

Students are expected to demonstrate Christian values and attributes. Therefore it is expected that students will...

  • Respect the staff, visitors, guest, and their peers.
  • Behave in a manner that does not disrupt or detract from their learning experience or that of other students.
  • Will not cheat or commit any act that is immoral, unethical, and/or is illegal.
  • Follow the verbal and written directions of the staff that apply to discipline and/or safety.
  • Will comply with the consequences of misbehavior that may include, but not be limited to verbal reprimands, time out, detention, parent calls and/or parental conferences

E = Excellent - Student is self-disciplined at all times and needs no intervention.

S = Satisfactory - Student behaves age appropriately and when reminded, self corrects behavior

N = Needs Improvement - Student needs consequences or repeatedly demonstrates the same behavior.

U = Unsatisfactory - Repeated infractions with no effort to improve and parent conference required.

 

Parents are welcome to contact the me by e-mail (). Please be aware that I am in scheduled to be on-site only on Tuesdays and Thursday.   I will return calls and requests as soon as possible and try to do so before the next scheduled class in which your child is enrolled.

 

 

 

 


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