St. Richard Green STEM Academy
Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics
Instilling Care for God's Creation & a Lifelong Love of Science
STEM is engaging, experiential, meaningful and fun! It provides a student-centered learning environment. Students engage in
using the problem-solving and design processes.
STEM focuses on real-life issues and problems!
answer complex questions,
investigate global issues,
develop solutions for challenges and real world problems
apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics content into real life situations.
STEM students are
scientists, technologists, engineers and
Students are global leaders & environmental stewards caring for God's creation!
St. Richard became the first school in ECSD to have a PV Solar System installed on its roof. At 5.5 kW it is also the largest on any school in Edmonton. Students and visitors to St. Richard will be able to see in real-time how much energy is being produced by each of the 24 modules at any given moment throughout the day via a web-based monitoring system. Inspired and driven by Pope Francis' call to action on climate change as outlined in the Laudato Si, students are using the system as a springboard for climate change leadership initiatives. Grade 5 students will be hosting a Green Energy Fair in May and are starting a school-wide Energy Management Advocacy program within the school to encourage behavioural changes in students and staff to lower the school's carbon footprint and reduce our electricity bill. The PV system will also completely off-set electricity used by the Urban Agriculture Club and individual classrooms for indoor food farming projects. Students are able to monitor the energy levels using this link:
We would like to thank Enmax for donating much of the components needed for the project and to Great Canadian Solar for the design, permitting and installation. Our project is helping to trail blaze a path for bringing renewable energy and climate change education into school culture within both Edmonton Catholic Schools and schools across the province.
School Greening Project
As 21st century learners, the students and staff of St. Richard Elementary are embarking on a Greening Project that will incorporate all areas of grade one to six curriculum, while also allowing students to further develop their ability to work collaboratively, access sustainable energies, and care for their community as well as the earth.
In the spring of 2015, students will plant a variety of vegetables. Community members, as well as staff and students, will share the responsibility of taking care of garden boxes until harvest time in the fall of 2015. The harvested product will be used to support a healthy snack program within the school as well as supporting needs of our local community through St. Theresa's food bank program. We are confident that this project will allow for many beneficial, practical learning opportunities for our students while also engaging the surrounding school community in a positive and lasting way.
What is it?
How does it work?
Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include
Read to Self,
Work on Writing,
Read to Someone,
Listen to Reading, and
Teachers tell us their Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy.
The benefits of The Daily 5 for teachers and schools include the following:
students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction;
the framework adapts flawlessly to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates;
improves schoolwide literacy achievement; and
behaviors of independence transfer to other content areas.