The Book Fair is coming to a close. The live fair has ended, but you can still order online until November 22nd. You can order online at http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3335461 This is a fundraiser for our school. Thank you for your support.
Students at Saint Matthias wish to thank the Veterans in our families, school, parish and community for their service!
A reflection by Trinity (5th grade), Jacob (4th grade) and Noeme (3rd grade)
On Friday, November 7th 2014, the third, fourth and fifth grade students from Saint Matthias went to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.. We went to learn about the cultures of Native Americans.
There were great Native American dancers. The show was called “Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers.” There was a dance-off with Native American brothers. The dancers were from South Carolina, Idaho, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa. Students from our school were able to get on stage and the dancers taught us moves from their dance.
After the dance show and lunch, we were able to explore the exhibits.
We learned about Native American pottery. We learned that the paintings on it were symbols and they used special tools to get the shape of the pot without cracking it.
We also saw a snow digging truck and learned more from a video. We saw a jacket, hat, gloves, and a scarf inside the truck. We learned the truck made it easier for Native Americans to move snow- it was faster than a shovel! Animals would also dig in the snow to help!
We would recommend this museum for parents, students kindergarten age and up, people who like history, grandparents, and our principal. We would all go back again to visit and see more.
On November 5, third grade at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle kicked off their inaugural planning of the Journey North Tulip Project, Lanham, Maryland, planted their red emperor tulips. It was an overcast day, but temperatures were in the upper sixties. The garden is surrounded by a fence to keep the garden safe from deer and other wildlife.
According to the website, “Each fall, people across the Northern Hemisphere plant Red Emperor tulip bulbs in Journey North Test Gardens to help monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. In the spring, when the plants emerge and bloom, test gardeners report their data to the maps. One garden at a time, the relationship between climate, geography and the greening of spring is revealed.
Local climate affects where, when, and how plants grow. Over time, the timing of plant growth can be used as an indicator of climate change. Everyone who participates in this international tulip test garden project contributes valuable information to a long-term database.”
We will be posting updated but you can check the progress on http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tulip/
In preparation for her presentation at the Teaching Exceptional Learners Conference, Mrs. Abigail S. Greer has published an article for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). Mrs. Greer is a certified school counselor and is in her third year as our principal at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle. She lives locally in Bowie, Maryland.
Inclusion Education- We Are Called
October 24, 2014
By Abigail Greer
When preparing for this article, I conceptualized that currently we are in the middle of the journey of Catholic inclusive education. We are working toward meeting the needs of students, but are a far cry from being able to educate all students who wish to have an education in our Catholic schools.
For the historical perspective on this topic, I turned to my grandmother to ask about her sister. My great-aunt, Margaret, was born in 1933, the youngest of five and with Downs Syndrome. I called my grandmother to ask permission to share the story of the sibling I presumed was not educated in the Catholic schools. I was met with a pause, and then a fact that altered my theory on where we are on our journey.
From 1940-1949, Margaret attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Massachusetts, the same school her siblings attended for first grade through eighth grade. So much for the “amazing strides” I had assumed we had made in the past 70 years in inclusion. According to my grandmother, Margaret was there because the Sisters took care of her. She learned reading and socialization. There was no option to go onto a Catholic high school.
Last year, I sat on a task force facing the same situation my great-grandparents did in 1949: What happens to a Catholic school student who has been educated with her peers up until eighth grade? In the Archdiocese of Washington, two young ladies with Downs Syndrome were faced with graduations from their Catholic grade schools and not a single high school program ready to meet their needs. The answer was a newly-resurrected special inclusion program. This answer took form thanks to prioritization and dedication on the part of a local Catholic high school. Aunt Margaret did not continue her education in any capacity. While their outcomes are different, the question (and lack of options) was the same a year ago as it was 65 years ago.
I do not want to discount the advancements we have made as institutions, as dioceses, and as a society in the realms of inclusion education. I know that research and best practices have molded a new generation of practitioners to help instruction. We now have diagnoses, medications, therapies, specialists, and groups. Personally, in my decade in Catholic education, I have seen the success of students with traumatic brain injuries, debilitating/fatal medical conditions, autism, dyslexia, sensory processing disorders, expressive and receptive language deficits, depression, attention-deficit; the list goes on and on. I’m not sure all of these students would have been greeted with the same welcome arms as my Aunt Margaret. I know I have been fortunate as a teacher, counselor, and administrator to work with students with many different needs.
Inclusion sends a message to the community that we support all stages of life. As Catholic schools, we are charged to prepare scholars, citizens, and saints.
Abigail Sarah Greer is principal at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle in Lanham, Maryland and will present sessions during the NCEA Teaching Exceptional Learners Conference in Austin, Texas. Join your colleagues February 12-14, 2015 to hear more from Ms. Greer and other nationally renowned speakers.
For more information about the wonderful work being done at The Academy of Saint Matthias, click http://www.stmatthias.org/school/.
For information about the NCEA Teaching Exceptional Learners Conference, click http://www.ncea.org/events/teaching-exceptional-learners-conference-0.
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The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle is proud to announce that they are the recipient of the October grant from the Catholic Business Network of Prince George’s County.
The grant will be used to bring the Maryland Agricultural Education Association’s mobile science lab to the campus for a visit this spring. The lab involves students participating in small-group, hands-on lessons specifically related to the science of Maryland!
The mobile science lab made two trips to Saint Matthias during the 2012-2013 school year.
Each year, Saint Matthias holds a subscription raffle to support the school. While many schools use a long list of ongoing fundraisers (wrapping paper, candles, etc.), this is our only large-scale fundraiser. Saint Matthias has always proudly served a diverse student population. As we continue to meet the needs of our community, we are in need of your support. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the school, or you may mail in your order form.
Please help support Saint Matthias!