Educators gather for in-service
Diocesan Catholic school educators gathered at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing for their annual in-service day in August. One hundred twenty participants attended in preparation for the 2014-15 school year. The teachers explored the power of assessment for learning with presenter Jim Smith, a data manager for educators. Topics explored included quality assessment design and characteristics, creating appropriate rubrics, formative vs. summative assessment, and student engagement in the assessment process. The in-service was designed to help participants: n Identify and apply key characteristics of assessment for learning; n Understand best uses of assessment — both assessments of learning and assessments for learning; n Examine various methods of designing assessment plans; n Consider and apply strategies to write quality assessments including the relationship to learning targets and rubrics; and n Dream of what is possible with student engagement, descriptive feedback and assessment data.
St. Francis running club preps for 10K
St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd has a running club for sixth through eighth grade students. The club’s director is Mikkey White, the school’s physical education teacher. Members of the club are training for the school’s upcoming school marathon, in which these students will run a 10K. The marathon date for St. Francis School is set for Wednesday, Oct. 15. For information or to pledge for the marathon, contact the school at (218) 829-2344.
Holy Rosary upgrades field
Over the past couple of weeks there was a lot of action on the big field between Holy Rosary School and the diocesan Pastoral Center in Duluth. Huge piles of dirt and heavy equipment descended in preparation for a transformation. The black dirt, seed and straw has been laid. The building and grounds committee of the school has been hard at work planning the transformation of the soccer field. The area will be fenced off until next spring while the makeover is underway. The school community is hoping for beautiful, lush, green grass just in time for next summer’s soccer season.