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Welcome to the StP Discovery Center Wiki-Space - Year 2016-2017!
Our Discovery "Field Journal"

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Mr. May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul's Lower School

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Thank you for visiting our Discovery Center Blog and Student Wiki-Space Pages for Year Five, 2016-2017. Below is a journal of our students' journey in the Discovery Center at St. Paul's Lower School. The Search Engine at the top right of our page can guide you to any particular topic of interest, whereas the Page Links on the right can connect you to individual unit topics by selecting the appropriate section. Students have thoroughly enjoyed their investigations throughout the year, as evident by their postings of indivdiual student webpages, also linked; creativity and innovation along with thoughtful reflections through collaboration abound. We hope you enjoy observing virtually their pathways to Discovery!



A Discovery Moment: Some Theorectical Matter:

Lower School Discovery Center and Project (Problem) Based Learning
The work that students complete within the confines of the Discovery Center enhances the traditional academic curriculum of the Lower School. In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products and presentations.
Through PBL, students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and standards at the heart of a project. Projects also build vital workplace skills and lifelong habits of learning. Projects allow students to address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences beyond the classroom. PBL also motivates students who might otherwise find school boring or meaningless. In the Center, projects vary in length, from several days to several weeks or even a semester.
St. Paul’s is serious about developing 21st Century educational skills for our students, therefore PBL is at the center of instruction in the Discovery Center.
What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential Elements of PBL include:

  • Significant Content - At its core, the project is focused on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic subjects.
  • 21st century competencies - Students build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity/innovation, which are explicitly taught and assessed.
  • In-Depth Inquiry - Students are engaged in an extended, rigorous process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers.
  • Driving Question - Project work is focused by an open-ended question that students understand and find intriguing, which captures their task or frames their exploration.
  • Need to Know - Students see the need to gain knowledge, understand concepts, and apply skills in order to answer the Driving Question and create project products, beginning with an Entry Event that generates interest and curiosity.
  • Voice and Choice - Students are allowed to make choices about the products to be created, how they work, and how they use their time, guided by the teacher and depending on age level and PBL experience.
  • Critique and Revision - The project includes processes for students to give and receive feedback on the quality of their work, leading them to make revisions or conduct further inquiry.
  • Public Audience - Students present their work to other people, beyond their classmates and teacher.

Why Project Based Learning (PBL)?
Project Based Learning is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life. Why is St. Paul's interested in this teaching method? The answer is a combination of timeless reasons and recent developments.

  • Today’s students, more than ever, often find school to be boring and meaningless. In PBL, students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds, and provides real-world relevance for learning.
  • After completing a project, students remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply what they know and can do to new situations.
  • In the 21st century workplace, success requires more than basic knowledge and skills. In PBL, students not only understand content more deeply but also learn how to take responsibility and build confidence, solve problems, work collaboratively, communicate ideas, and be creative innovators.
  • The Common Core and other present-day standards emphasize real-world application of knowledge and skills, and the development of the 21st century competencies such as critical thinking, communication in a variety of media, and collaboration. PBL provides an effective way to address such standards.
  • Modern technology – which students use so much in their lives – is a perfect fit with PBL. With technology, teachers and students can connect with experts, partners, and audiences around the world, and use tech tools to find resources and information, create products, and collaborate more effectively.
  • PBL allows teachers to work more closely with active, engaged students doing high-quality, meaningful work, and in many cases to rediscover the joy of learning alongside their students.
  • Current models of PBL are not like some past examples of “doing projects” in which student learning outcomes were not clear. More rigorous and effective models of PBL, such as BIE’s, have been refined and tested in recent years in a variety of settings, subjects, and grade levels.

The Next Generation Science Standards by Topic - Engineering
Grades K-2: Engineering Design Performance Expectations
Students who demonstrate understanding can:

  • Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
  • Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
  • Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

Grades 3-5: Engineering Design Performance Expectations
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
  • Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype.





A Discovery Moment: An Incredible Year of Center Program Extension and Outreach!(Final Center Window Postings)
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A Discovery Moment: A Globally Conscious Year!(Final Bulletin Board Postings Photos)
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A Discovery Moment: CBTrust-SPS-DC Rain Barrels Held for Fall Distribution!(Email Blast to Third and Fourth Grade Parents - June 17, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 2:25 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment: CBTrust Rain Barrel Project - Saving Our Work for a "Rainy Day" this Fall ...
Importance: High

Dear Third Grade Parents:

As our 2016-2017 school year came to an end, so did our CBTrust–SPS–DC Rain Barrel Project

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An extension of our Chesapeake Bay watershed preservation work under the auspices of the CBTrust Foundation, and in conjunction with our Level Up Village Friends in Ghana, the Discovery Center coordinated and engaged Third and Fourth Grade Creative Problem Solvers and Environmental Preservationists to Design, Build, and Decorate Six Rain Barrels for our St. Paul’s community.

For more photos and related postings, please visit our Discovery Center Wikispace Sub-Page:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/E.+CBT-PBL+Chesapeake+Bay+Ecology+%26+Marine+Engineering+REPRISE+%283rd+Grade%29.
Though the school year ended before we could distribute the Rain Barrels, we will do so this Fall upon the students return to school, to the New Nature Pavilion, Campus Housing and Outbuildings, or the Homes of SPS Families through Lottery – So be looking for future notice in September, as we …

We continue to “Go GLOCAL”: Think Globally - Act Locally!

Happy Summer,

Mike May

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: Incredible Culmination to Fourth Grade Discovery PBL-STEAM Year - Their Cardboard Boat Regatta!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - June 7, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 9:08 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Black, Patty <pblack@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: "Hurricane! To the Rescue!" PBL-STEAM Cardboard Boat Regatta - Fourth Graders Wrap Up Their Year in Discovery ...
Importance: High

Dear Discovery Center Parents:
It has been a great year in Discovery, and a wonderful culminating activity for the fourth graders: Hurricane! To the Rescue! Cardboard Boat Regatta! Check out the various SPS Communication Office’s postings …

HURRICANE! TO THE RESCUE!





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Thank you for your ongoing support for these awesome problem solvers!
And a special thank you to our parent volunteers for the day …
Have a wonderful summer.

Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School


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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg


Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment: "Creative Thinking Award Recipients"!(Fourth Grade Award Ceremony - June 2, 2017)
CREATIVE THINKING AWARD – 2017
Marta Karpovich
Tucker Brown
The creative thinking award recognizes the importance of creative and divergent thinking in today’s world. This award is given when a student has demonstrated an outstanding ability to think abstractly and creatively...

The vernacular often used to describe one who is a creative thinker is “the ability to think out of the box.” We teachers quickly realized that there could never be a box strong enough to confine the recipients of the Creative Thinking Award this year!
Exceptionally inquisitive and equally determined, these students have often taken separate and distinct, divergent paths to their learning while at the same time contributed to the learning of their respective student teams as well as to our entire Lower School community – much to the pleasure of us all.
Within the Discovery Center, where student creativity and innovation through engagement of the basic engineering design process is hallmark, these two students shined.
With great delight, we recognized the best way to teach both Marta Karpovich and Tucker Brown is to simply get out of their way and enjoy their journey.
Congratulations, Marta and Tucker!
Mike May



A Disovery Moment: Hurricane Season is Here!(eBulletin Submission - June 1, 2017)
A Discovery Moment 5.37: “Hurricane! To the Rescue!”
HURRICANE SEASON …IS HERE!
For the Fifth Year, Discovery Fourth Graders will hold theirANNUAL PBL-STEAM CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA

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Check us out weekly@www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com

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A Discovery Moment: Hurricane Season is Here ... Racing Information Distributed!
(Email Blast to Parents - May 31, 2017)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:35 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Black, Patty <pblack@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Discovery Hurricane Season is Here! Cardboard Boat Racing Information for Monday, June 5th ...
Importance: High

Dear Parents,

Attached are the following documents containing pertinent information for our Hurricane! To the Rescue! Cardboard Boat Regatta, this Monday, June 5th … For those third and fourth grade parents who have volunteered in some capacity (listing enclosed), please meet in the Discovery center at 9:00 a.m. that morning:

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See you on Monday … Thank you for your support of our “Kid Marine Engineers”!

Best,
Mike May


Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Disovery Moment: Third Grade Crab Races!(eBulletin Submission - June 1, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.36:
ST. PAUL’S LOWER SCHOOL DISCOVERY CENTERCHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE CRAB RACES
“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”
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What a Culminating Treat to the Third Grade Discovery Unit!

Thank you, Ms. & Mrs. King and Blake, for a Really Awesome Time.
Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com
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A Discovery Moment: Second Grade Global Explorers Course Ends!(Email Blast to Second Grade Parents - June 1, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Thursday, June 01, 2017 11:16 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Faint, Susan <sfaint@stpaulsschool.org>; Hook, Ellen M. <ehook@stpaulsschool.org>; Jergensen, Jaime <jjergensen@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.39: SECOND GRADE "GLOBAL EXPLORERS - ANIMAL ACTIVISTS" Course Ends ... and What an Ending ... !

Dear Second Grade Parents:

This week Second Grade Students completed their iterative STEAM project, coordinated through their respective Homeroom Animal Reports, with their Global Partners in Ghana! Our St. Paul’s Discovery Center environmentally conscious “Animal Activists” shared GLOBALLY through Green Screen presentations and LOCALLY through Engineering a Reforestation of their own “Leveled”- Rainforest Habitats for their researched Animals …


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These students demonstrate what it means to GO GLOCAL: THINK GLOBALLY – ACT LOCALLY!

Thank you, Second Graders!




A Disovery Moment: Third Grade Crab Races!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - May 31, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:41 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Eric King <ekingandsons@gmail.com>; 'Eric King' <eking@shantygrille.com>; 'jkweddings@comcast.net' <jkweddings@comcast.net>
Subject: Discovery Center - Third Grade Crab Races ... Wow, What a Way to End the Discovery Season ... !
Importance: High

Dear Third Grade Parents!

We had an extraordinary event take place this past Friday, and perhaps your children mentioned it to you:
THIRD GRADE’S very-first-but-hopefully-not-the-last …

ST. PAUL’S LOWER SCHOOL DISCOVERY CENTER CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE CRAB RACES
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What a Culminating Treat to the Third Grade Discovery Unit on the Chesapeake Bay “The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”!


Thank you, Ms. & Mrs. King and Blake, for a really awesome time!
Best,Mike May

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: Impromptu Cheerleading Rally by Fourth Graders for Their Upcoming Cardboard Boat Regatta!(Posting - May 25, 2017)
Getting Excited About OurHurricane! To the Rescue! Cardboard Boat Regatta
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A Discovery Moment: SPECIAL EVENT: BCPL BUILD A BETTER WORLD ART SHOW! (eBulletin Submission - May 25, 2017)
SPS FOURTH GRADERS TAKE A FIRST PLACE IN CONTEST WITH THEIR COLLECTIVE SUBMISSION:
“Build a Better World through 3D Printing: Our Global Collaboration Reflects Upon Us”

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Art Description: Solar Flash Lights, Art Stands, American Flags, were designed by students using Tinker-CAD and printed using 3D-Cube Printer. Gridded Globe and Helping Hands created by Internet Stock Files and reformatted and resized to print on our 3D printer; Photos and Reflective Mirror-Paper chosen and placed by students. Paper Flags attached to the sides of the solar flashlights represent our country’s collaboration and our iteration between all classes of all grade levels (K-4) and other schools of six different countries: India, Jordan, Palestine, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

Our Discovery Center Fourth-Grade 3D Printed Art Sculpture Submission Baltimore Public Library – Towson Branch
So proud of our Discovery ‘Artistic’ Inventors! Their creation will inspire others throughout the summer.
Go take a look!


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A Discovery Moment: Third Graders Return to CBMM to "Save Our Chesapeake Bay"!(eBulletin Submission - May 25, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.35:“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure” REPRISE
What a Pearl of a Challenge!
From Oyster Dissection to Oyster-Spat Cage Adoption to Scientific H2O InvestigationsThird Graders are Going GLOCAL: ‘Think Globally – Act Locally’

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(3rd Graders Return to CBMM and the Miles River Oyster Sanctuary to Help Our Chesapeake Bay)
[Supported By Local Partnership Organizations]
Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com


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A Discovery Moment: SHOW & TECH TEAM Season Ends ... And Yet Another Wonderful Opportunity!(Email Blast to Respective Parents - May 21, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, May 21, 2017 7:48 AMTo: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM ... Thank you ... And another wonderful opportunity ... We need you help!Importance: High
Dear SHOW & TECH TEAM and Parents,
What a season we had! I am so very proud of each and one of you for your inspiration and perspiration in taking on the very first attempt by St. Paul’s Lower School students to initiate and lead us in building a significant part of a set of our fourth grade production, this year – ”Annie”. Following the Investigation Imagination model, you were able to complete a similar STEAM Challenge – an incredible engineering feat:
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Though I will not see the fruition of your hard work – in action in front of audience – until Monday evening, I have heard your Periaktoi of New York Skyscrapers worked beautifully and enhanced the NYC Scene as well as the entire play … BRAVO!

Now, there is other opportunity for your talent and skills: Helping in the final stages of design and painting of St. Paul’s Lower School CBTrust Grant project: Rain Barrels! We will be working alongside and with another ESP team on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays over the next two weeks to complete that project.
We appreciate your help!
Best,
Mike May


A Discovery Moment: Third Graders Return to CBMM and Their Adopted Oyster Cages - Time to Add to the Oyster Reef!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - May 18, 2017)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:59 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Little, Melissa <mlittle@stpaulsschool.org>; Jill Ferris <jferris@cbmm.org>; 'aspeight@cbmm.org' <aspeight@cbmm.org>
Subject: RE: Discovery Center - CBMM SIMONS HOMEROOM TRIP For Friday, May 19th ... Thank you ...

Dear Parents,

Well, another and last Discovery Center field trip for the school season, and again the students had a blast and an incredible educational experience, indeed! Our CBMM curators for the oyster restoration project were excellent. And, the adult chaperones, fantastic! Here are a few captured moments, but more postings to our Discovery Center wikispace are coming ...

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Thank you, students, for your brilliance; and parents, for your support of our program and the Chesapeake Bay!

Mike May


A Discovery Moment: Fourth Grade Inventor-Artists Take a First Grade Ribbon at BCPL Art Show!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - May 18, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:31 PM
To: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Black, Patty <pblack@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Great News: BCPL Art Show ... Discovery Center Fourth Graders take a First Place ...!

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:
Great news! Our fourth-grade 3D Printed Art Sculpture submission into the Baltimore Public Library – Towson Branch took a Frist Place at the art show judging this evening … So proud of our Discovery ‘Artistic’ Inventors! Their creation will inspire others throughout the summer. Go take a look!
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“Build a Better World Through 3D Printing: Our Global Collaboration Reflects Upon Us”
Art Description: Solar Flash Lights, Art Stands, American Flags, were designed by students using Tinker-CAD and 3D printed using 3D-Cube Printer. Gridded Globe and Helping Hands created by Internet Stock Files and reformatted and resized to print on our 3D printer; Photos and Reflective Mirror-Paper chosen and placed by students. Paper Flags attached to the sides of the solar flashlights represent our country’s collaboration and our iteration between all classes of all grade levels (K-4) and other schools of six different countries: India, Jordan, Palestine, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.


A Discovery Moment 5.30: “Building a Better World through 3D Printing!"

FOURTH GRADE ‘GLOBAL INVENTORS’ ENTER BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ART CONTEST
With Their Collective Rendering “Our Global Collaboration Reflects Upon Us”Representing St Paul’s Lower School K-4 Classes Encircling PBL-STEAM Iterative Projects with Six Different Global Communities: India, Jordan, Palestine, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica
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As A Culmination to Their Course of Study: Level Up Village “Global Inventors”
Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com.


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Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment: 3rd & 4th Grade Parent Volunteers Paint Cardboard Boat Undercoats - Preparing for the Big Race Day!(Email Blast to Third and Fourth Grade Parents - May 18, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:53 PMTo: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Black, Patty <pblack@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: Thank you, thank you, thank you ... Parent Painters ...
Importance: High

Dear Parents,
A very special thank you to our incredible team of parents led by Scott Winn, who today took on the painting of the undercoats of the children’s cardboard boats!
We all appreciate their work – the boats look great and are now ready for various inspired themes to come alive, with the student painting over the next two weeks …
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Regards,
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: Third Graders Return to CBMM and Their Adopted Oyster Cages - Time to Add to the Oyster Reef!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - May 14, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, May 14, 2017 7:47 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Little, Melissa <mlittle@stpaulsschool.org>; Jill Ferris <jferris@cbmm.org>; 'aspeight@cbmm.org' <aspeight@cbmm.org>
Subject: RE: Discovery Center - CBMM HORST & STORCK HOMEROOM TRIP For Friday, May 12th ... Thank you ...
Importance: High

Dear Parents,

Well, the students definitely had a blast and a profitable educational experience, indeed! Our CBMM curators for the oyster restoration project were excellent, as expected. And, the adult chaperones survived <wink>! Here are a few captured moments, but more postings to our Discovery Center wikispace are coming ...

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A special thank you to our courageous chaperones: STORCK Homeroom = Mrs. Horst, Dr. Cooper-Morgan, and Mrs. Morris ; HORST Homeroom = Dr. Wells, Dr. Shields, and our Van Driver, Mrs. Hooper!

Looking forward to SIMONS Homeroom visit, out last trip the CBMM for this school season, this coming Friday.

Mike May



A Discovery Moment: DC-ESP SHOW & TECH CREWS - "BUILD DAY"!(Email Blast to Respective Parents - May 11, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, May 14, 2017 6:53 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: RSVP Please ... DC SHOW & TECH TEAM ... BUILD DAY CREW ... WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENT - THANK YOU ... AND A BIT MORE TO DO ...!
Importance: High

Dear SHOW & TECH TEAM and Parents,

What a day we had on Saturday! I am so very proud of the accomplishment of our team on the “Annie” Periaktoi. They did quite of painting, learned lot about handling tools, and had fun in the process: Blake, Stella, Parker, George, Tucker, James. Grace, Patrick, Jeremiah, Addie, Kat, and Maggie. They even had time for a “recess’ break, pizza, and the partial viewing of the contemporary version of the movie “Annie”; what a team! Much appreciation to James’ Dad, Jill’s Granddad, and George’s Dad, for their help supporting our group.

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Best,
Mike May




A Discovery Moment: Third Grader "Global Doctors" Highlighted at Neuroscience Conference!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - May 11, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:39 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; 'vshields@towson.edu' <vshields@towson.edu>; 'theinbockel@howard.edu' <theinbockel@howard.edu>
Subject: Third Grade Discovery Center "Global Doctors" Highlighted at Upcoming Neuroscience Conference - November 2017 ...!

Dear Third Grade Parents:

Exciting News …

Our Discovery Center Third Grade “Global Doctors” Showcased!
Society for Neuroscience Conference with 35,000+ in AttendanceWashington, DC. November, 2017
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A Poster Presentation of the Neurons and Nerve Cells Activity
During Our SPS Global Doctors Seminar Week
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An Enlightenment of the SPS-LUV Program
St. Paul’s Collaboration with Palestine Global Partner SchoolPresented by Drs. Shields and Heinbockel
See Abstract at http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/ and Attached.
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Illuminating Our Students’ Brilliance!

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Best,Mike MayProblem Based LearningThe Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower SchoolSchool Shield.pngDiscovery_Center_Logo.png
St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**
Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.


A Discovery Moment: Fourth Graders Engage Their Last STEAM Blast for the Year!
(eBulletin Submission - May 11, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.34: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS! REPRISE
Tinkering Collaboratively, Discovery Center 4TH Graders Have a ‘Blast’

(Self-directed engineers make decisions about their own paths to learning)

TINKERCRATE Discovered: ‘THE SEWABLE CIRCUIT’

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Check us out weekly @**www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**

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A Discovery Moment: Fourth Graders Become Marine Engineers during CBMM Lighthouse Overnight Adventure - Trip Three
(Email Blast to Respective Fourth Grade Parents - May 7, 2017)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2017 9:09 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Black, Patty <pblack@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Josh Maxwell <joshamaxwell@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: Lighthouse Overnight Adventures ... SPS-DC & CBMM Collaboration ... TRIP THREE ... "LAST MINUTE" INFORMATION ...

Dear Parents,

Well, the students definitely had a blast and a profitable educational experience, indeed! Our curators for the boatyard activity and lighthouse overnight adventure were excellent, as expected. And, the adult chaperones survived <wink>! Here are a few captured moments, but more postings to our Discovery Center wikispace are coming.

A great delight for this group: We were lucky to catch a snapshot of the ghost of the Ol’ Lighthouse Keeper fast asleep in his rocker …

(See if you can find him amongst these photos – what a great sport he is!)

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Thank you for your support of these students and our program.

Best,
Mike May





A Discovery Moment: Fourth Graders Prepare for Their Upcoming Rescue Mission!(eBulletin Submission - May 04, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.33: “HURRICANE! TO THE RESCUE!” REPRISEFourth Grade Cardboard Boat Regatta
Problem-Solving Marine Engineers CollaborateDuring Energized A.M. Building Sessions as Race Day Approaches!
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This Year’s Challenge: Make Something on Your Craft That Moves

Monday, June 5, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.At St. Paul’s Campus Pool
Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com
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A Discovery Moment: Show & Tech Build Day Announced!
(Email Blast to Respective Parents - April 30, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 7:43 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM ... ANNOUNCING "BUILD DAY" FOR THE SHOW & TECH TEAM - FOURTH GRADE PRODUCTION OF "ANNIE" ... Check Out the Team Cheer at Email End ...
Importance: High

Dear DC-ESP SHOW & TECH TEAMS and Parents:

Announcing the Annual Fourth Grade Production “BUILD DAY”:

WHO: Show & Tech Teams A B C and one or two parent volunteers
WHAT: Complete and test run our Periaktoi
WHEN: Saturday, May 13th @ 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
WHERE: SPS Lower Discovery Center & MPR
HOW: Final painting, testing, celebrating … Lunch will be served (PIZZA!)
WHY: To complete the project and celebrate our accomplishment …

Come help these Show & Tech Engineers in their final push to make Play Week (May 15-19) Deadline …

SUPPORT OUR FIRST EVER SHOW & TECH TEAMS! (Check Out the MAGS Team Cheer!)


You can also check out their progress at (postings made weekly …):

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-2.%09DC-ESP+Discovery+Show+%26+Tech+Team+-+DI+Model+-+Engineering+Challenge+In+It+Together+%283rd-4th+Grades%29.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our S&T Teams and Program!

Best,
Mike May

And an ‘Epilogue of sort’ to the Build Day email … We hope to share this version at an upcoming assembly:





I hope you enjoy the spirit and effort of these girls as much as I have!

Best,
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: Fourth Graders Become Marine Engineers during CBMM Lighthouse Overnight Adventure - Trip Two!(Email Blast to Respective Fourth Grade Parents - April 30, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 9:59 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Black, Patty <pblack@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Bruce Holly <bjholly@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: Lighthouse Overnight Adventures ... SPS-DC & CBMM Collaboration ... TRIP TWO ... Another Enjoyable, Educationally Profitable Experience ...

Dear Parents,

Well, the students definitely had a blast and a profitable educational experience, indeed! Our curators for the boatyard activity and lighthouse overnight adventure were excellent, as expected. And, the adult chaperones survived <wink>! Here are a few captured moments, but more postings to our Discovery Center wikispace are coming …

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Thank you for your support of these students and our program.

Best,
Mike May





A Discovery Moment: Third and Fourth Grade Shipwrights are highlighted at TWSBA National Conference!(eBulletin Submission - April 27, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.32: “THIRD & FOURTH GRADE SHIPWRIGHTS” A SPS-DC – CBMM Collaboration!
SPS Students Experience the Life of ShipbuildersWith Hands-On, Interactive Activities:These Youthful Discovery Marine Engineers Take Action
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Their Accomplishments Highlighted

TWSBA Conference – CBMMSt. Michaels, MarylandApril 27-29
Check us out weekly @ www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com
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A Discovery Moment: Crusies Highlighted at TWSBA Conference!(Email to Administration - April 23, 2017)
From: May, Mike\Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2017 6:21 PM
To: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; Scott, Mick <mscott@stpaulsschool.org>; Faus, Dave <dfaus@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Hawley, Peter <phawley@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Jamie <jsmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Sottak, Kevin <ksottak@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: TWSBA participation and panel guest ... It's here ...!

Dr. Powell,

Thank you again for my attendance as a panelist for the Teaching With Small Boats Alliance (TWSBA) Conference at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) this Friday. I believe it will be a rewarding professional experience for me as well as an opportunity to share our School, our Lower School Program, the Discovery Center, and the accomplishments of our 'Crusies' with a large number of attending organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada! Attached is the PowerPoint presentation created for the event. The focus of my presentation: "Developing Partnerships in STEAM Education" ... "to support an alliance of organizations that give young people an awareness of and resulting pride in their learning potential. We do this through the hands-on study of the maritime arts, its history, and its relationship to success in science, technology, engineering, art, and math." (TWSBA Mission)

Best,
Mike








A Discovery Moment: Second Grade Junior Explorers - Animal Activists 'Confer'!(Email Blast to Second Grade Parents - April 21, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2017 6:07 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Faint, Susan <sfaint@stpaulsschool.org>; Hook, Ellen M. <ehook@stpaulsschool.org>; Jergensen, Jaime <jjergensen@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.28: GLOBAL EXPLORERS - ANIMAL ACTIVISTS Course Continues ... !

Dear Second Grade Parents:

Second Grade Homerooms continue their coordinated STEM project with their Global Partners in Ghana. Here our Animal Activists share “Adventures” and their Rain Forest studies through video letters …

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See these and other on-going project and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-1.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade%29

[For this subpage = PASSWORD required: crusie]

and

FANIT HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-2.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade+-+HOOK%29;

HOOK HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-3.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade+-+FAINT%29;

and JERGENSEN HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-4.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade+-+JERGENSEN%29.

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!
Mike May




A Discovery Moment: Overnight Lighthouse Adventures - Fourth Grade Engineers Take Action!(eBulletin Submission - April 20, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.31:“Hooper Strait Lighthouse Overnight Adventures”A SPS-DC – CBMM Collaboration!
Fourth Graders Travel Back in Time to Experience the Life of a Lighthouse Keeper
With Hands-On, Interactive Activities:Youthful Discovery Marine Engineers Take Action!
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Check us out weekly
@ www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com
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A Discovery Moment: Earth Week Announced - Discovery Students Do Their Share Too!
(Email Blast to SPS Lower School Community - April 19, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:32 PMTo: Lower School Teachers <lowerschoolteachers@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Dimitriades, Nancy <ndimitriades@stpaulsschool.org>; Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Sottak, Kevin <ksottak@stpaulsschool.org>; Scott, Mick <mscott@stpaulsschool.org>; Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; Faus, Dave <dfaus@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: St. Paul's to observe Earth Week with full slate of activities April 22-29

Thank you for this notice … Great work and ideas, Green Committee!

Did you know our lower school students celebrate “Earth Week” all year long in the Discovery Center? “Green Kudos” for our lower school student leaders for their work this year, celebrating our Center program mantra: “Going Glocal: Think Globally – Act Locally”, thereby demonstrating their “exceptional passion for the environment and leadership in promoting green efforts on and off the St. Paul’s campus” …

Student-Led Projects include:
  1. Fourth graders’ CBTrust – Living Classroom Environmental Shipboard Ecology Chesapeake Bay/Patapsco River Preservation project and field work;
  2. Fourth graders’ Level Up Village Global Web Design course – a collaborative project with global partner students of Jordan to design and publish a social awareness website on the theme of global climate change;
  3. Fourth graders’ Level Up Village Global Inventors course – a collaborative project with global partner students of India to design and build solar-powered flashlights by harnessing the power of 3D printing and renewable energy technology;
  4. Fourth graders’ BCPL Art Contest “Building a Better world through 3D Printing” – a spinoff of the Global Inventors course highlighting solar power and iterative global collaboration;
  5. Third graders’ CBTrust – Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Restoration Chesapeake Bay/Miles River Preservation project and field work;
  6. Third graders’ CBTrust – Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Recycling Chesapeake Bay Watershed project and field work;
  7. Third graders’ Level Up Village Global Scientists course – a collaborative project with global partner students of Nicaragua to learn about water - how it can be polluted, cleaned, tested, stored and understood at an atomic level; then complete a global research project about water usage and conservation, the creation of rain barrels for their respective local communities;
  8. Third graders’ Level Up Village Global Doctors Anatomy course – a collaborative project with global partner students of Palestine to learn about World Health and human body systems by performing specimen dissections and discussing environmental health issues in their respective countries;
  9. Second graders’ Level Up Village Global Explorers & Animal Activists course – a collaborative project with global partner students of Ghana to become environmental detectives: they take virtual field trips, learn about classification of animal kingdoms and prepare multimedia green screen presentations about an endangered species of their choosing; and,
  10. First graders’ Global Sound Artists course – a collaborative project with global partners of India to build their own musical instruments from recycled materials as they understand sound and learn how to appreciate culturally diverse music.

Amazing work by amazing “Glocal” Student Leaders!

Thanks for your consideration,

Mike

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St. Paul's to observe Earth Week with full slateof activities April 22-29
The St. Paul's Green Committee is pleased to announce a week of environmentally-focused activities commencing with the Saturday, April 22, observance of Earth Day. The week's activities will advance the School's commitment to responsible stewardship of our beautiful campus and planet. St. Paul's observance is named "Eaarth Week," calling attention to the claim that Earth has been transformed by human activities into a different planet, one with a potentially unfavorable environment for mankind as well as many other species.

The week will be highlighted by the annual presentation of the Catherine L. McAuliffe Environmental Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding contributions by a student, teacher, staff member or group that promotes a more environmentally sustainable campus and planet. The Award was established when Mrs. McAuliffe retired in 2010 to recognize the leadership she demonstrated during her 26 years at the School in advancing a campus-wide commitment to a greener, more environmentally sustainable St. Paul's.


Daily Observances
Saturday, April 22

A bus trip to the March for Science in Washington will be organized if warranted by student and faculty interest

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Monday, April 24 – Water Day
Any time a student wants to use water during class (drink or bathroom) they should be reminded of the efforts other people around the world go through to use water. Screening of the film "Merchants of Doubt," in Fisher Hall, 7-9 p.m. The film is 90 minutes, and a brief discussion will follow. View the trailer.

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Tuesday, April 25 – Electricity Day
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We will start the day with a campus-wide "Hour Without Power," encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to switch all lights, computers, smartboards, ipads, photocopiers, and personal electronics to the OFF mode for a 60-minute period. Some community members may try to extend the shutoff throughout the day. During Upper School advisory, students will collect trash from around the campus, including in the adjacent streams. The Upper School will also work with Lower School students on recycling issues.

Wednesday, April 26 – Food and Drink Waste and Disposables

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Community members will strive to not use any disposable cutlery, cups, plates, etc., as we discuss the prevalence of throwaway products. There will be no vending machine use during the day.
Thursday, April 27 - Travel

Consider carpooling, and walking or biking to school where possible. Parents in carpool line will be asked not to idle their engines. The day's focus will be on ways we can reduce our carbon footprint in traveling to work and school.

Friday, April 28 – Paperless Day

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Community members will strive to not use any paper or paper products, as we discuss the importance of resource use awareness.
The Upper School will hold an Ecoswap for school dress, enabling boys to reuse clothing that no longer fits others.
Saturday, April 29 – Dark Sky Presentation/Trip
Light pollution is making impossible to see stars in the night sky. This overnight camping trip to northeast Pennsylvania's Cherry Springs State Park will give students access to one of the best places on the east coast for stargazing. The day begins with a lecture in the Ward Center by Milt Roney of the International Dark Sky Associations.
Weeklong observances
Schoolwide

Teachers will be asked to teach an eco-related lesson in each class at some point during the week. Teachers who do this in all classes will get a free dress day. The Maintenance Department will have the recycling trailer ready to collect recyclables for the week, moving it from location to location on campus with one of the School's zero emission golf carts.
Middle School
· Analyze the food waste in the Ward Center · Work on a trail in the woods by Falls Road · Work in the community garden · Work on the trail by the ropes course



A Discovery Moment: Third Grade SPS-DC Bull Rast Rain Barrel Team Formed!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - April 14, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Friday, April 14, 2017 9:13 PMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: A New After School Environmental Opportunity ... Third Grade Team selected ... !Importance: High
Dear Third Grade Parents:
Well we have our SPS-DC Bull Roast Rain Barrel Team! Our environmental-minded engineers are …

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Tommy Woelper
Maegan Torppey
Ethan Moreland
Torben Heinbockel
Marley Cooke

We will meet on Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m. until project is completed. Our first meeting will be Monday, April 24th – Our “Barrel Build Day”.

See you then, team!

Regards,
Mike May




A Discovery Moment: Third Grade Bay Preservationists Return to CBMM!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - April 14, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Friday, April 14, 2017 9:38 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Discovery Center - CBMM Second Leg of Field Trip Excursions Permission Slips and Parent Chaperones ..
Importance: High

Dear Third Grade Discovery Center Parents,

It is time to be thinking and planning our return to CBMM for a second round of field trips to complete our “The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure – Our Chesapeake Bay” project, funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Students from each homeroom will re-examine and then take their Oyster Cache to the Miles River Oyster Bed via Buyboat, as well as take part in the Museum’s ECOLOGY CRUISE IMMERSION PROGAM.

I will be taking each homeroom class in turn over three consecutive Fridays to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland:

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Would you please review the flyer & permission slip attached with your child and return it to me (c/o the Discovery Center) no later than Friday, April 21st. (Flyers will also be coming home with your child on Tuesday, April 18th.

Also for these trips we will need one or two parent volunteer to help chaperone for each time. That parent chaperone will also need to drive his or her own car, for there is limited seating on our school van, driven by yours truly. Those who are interested in going (and driving) please email me, also by next Friday. Since there will be limited seating on the CBMM boats, we will follow the protocol for selecting parent chaperones for all third grade field trips, we will “have a drawing from those interested and will let you know who was selected” for each trip. I hope you will considered coming with us on this incredible “re”-trip!

Best regards,
Mike May




A Discovery Moment: Fourth Grade Global Inventors Enter BCPL Art Contest!(eBulletin - April 13, 2017)
A Discovery Moment 5.30: “Building a Better World through 3D Printing!”
FOURTH GRADE ‘GLOBAL INVENTORS’ ENTER BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ART CONTEST
With Their Collective Rendering “Our Global Collaboration Reflects Upon Us”
Representing St Paul’s Lower School K-4 ClassesEncircling PBL-STEAM Iterative Projects with Six Different Global Communities: India, Jordan, Palestine, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica

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As A Culmination to Their Course of Study:Level Up Village “Global Inventors”
Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com.

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A Discovery Moment: Fourth Graders Become Marine Engineers during CBMM Lighthouse Overnight Adventure!(Email Blast to Respective Fourth Grade Parents - April 9, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, April 09, 2017 10:06 AM
To: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Josh Maxwell <joshamaxwell@gmail.com>; Jennifer Kuhn <jkuhn@cbmm.org>; 'aspeight@cbmm.org' <aspeight@cbmm.org>
Subject: RE: Lighthouse Overnight Adventures ... SPS-DC & CBMM Collaboration ... First Trip: "What a Blast! ...
Importance: High

Dear Parents,

Well, the students definitely had a blast and a profitable educational experience, indeed! Our curators for the boatyard activity and lighthouse overnight adventure were excellent, as expected. And, the adult chaperones survived <wink>! Here are a few captured moments, but more postings to our Discovery Center wikispace are coming …

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Thank you for your support of these students and our program.

Best,
Mike May





A Discovery Moment: It's Hurricane Season ... Cardboard Boat Regatta is Coming!(eBulletin - April 6, 2016)
A Discovery Moment 5.29: “Hurricane! To the Rescue!”

IT’S HURRICANE SEASON … SAVE THE DATE!

For the Fifth Year, Discovery Fourth Graders will hold their

ANNUAL PBL-STEAM CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA
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Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com.

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A Discovery Moment: Third Graders Design, Build and Decorate a St. Paul's Bull Roast Auctioned Rain Barrel!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - April 5, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 6:41 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A New After School Environmental Opportunity for a Select Group of Third Graders ...
Importance: High

Dear Third Grade Parents:

We would like to offer a wonderful opportunity for a select group of third graders

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In conjunction with the St. Paul’s Bull Roast auction, and as an extension of our Chesapeake Bay watershed preservation work under the auspices of the CBTrust Foundation, the Discovery Center will coordinate and engage a small group of creative problem solvers to design, build, and decorate an additional rain barrel for a member of our St. Paul’s community.

We are looking to begin work in two weeks, meeting after school on Mondaysand until the project is completed. There is no charge for participation, though the benefit for the participating third graders, our school community, and our surrounding environment will be quite substantial, indeed!

If you are interested in having your child participate, please let me know via return email.

We continue to “Go GLOCAL”: Think Globally - Act Locally!

Best,
Mike May


Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: Fourth Graders Enter BCPL Art Contest: "Build a Better World Through 3D Printing"!(Email to BCPL Librarian - April 4, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 2:55 PMTo: 'Rebecca E. Kuhn' <bkuhn@bcpl.net>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: Build a Better World Art Competition and Show ... Discovery Center submission ...

Hello again, Ms. Kuhn –
Here are a few digital pictures of our 3D Printer Art Project (inserted and attached) …
“Build a Better World Through 3D Printing: Our Global Collaboration Reflects Upon Us”

Art Description: Solar Flash Lights, Art Stands, American Flags, were designed by students using TinkerCAD and 3D printed using 3D-Cube Printer. Gridded Globe and Helping Hands created by Internet Stock Files and reformatted and resized to print on our 3D printer; Photos and Reflective Mirror-Paper chosen and placed by students. Paper Flags attached to the sides of the solar flashlights represent our country’s collaboration and our iteration between all classes of all grade levels (K-4) and other schools of six different countries: India, Jordan, Palestine, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

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From our initial email to you in the below email trail, you will be able to understand the course our fourth graders engaged, and which produced their art submission … Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: Auditing the Destination Imagination Maryland State Competition!(Email Blast to DC-S&T Parents - April 2, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2017 8:04 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM - "FIELD TRIP to Audit DI MD STATE Finals" ... What a Team!

Dear DC-ESP SHOW & TECH TEAM PARENTS!

Our SPS Discovery Center SHOW & TECH Team at UMBC
'Auditing' the Destination Imagination Maryland State FinalsAnd Representing our larger ESP A&B groups,These little ones know what it takes to 'hang together'… What a team!
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More postings to follow on our Wikispace (blog) DC-ESP SHOW & TECH Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-2.%09DC-ESP+Discovery+Show+%26+Tech+Team+-+DI+Model+-+Engineering+Challenge+In+It+Together+%283rd-4th+Grades%29

So appreciate your support of these students,

Mike May




A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL EXPLORERS - ANIMAL ACTIVISTS Course Begins!(eBulletin - March 30, 2016)
A Discovery Moment 5.28: GLOBAL EXPLORERS – ANIMAL ACTIVISTS Course Begins!

In this course second graders become environmental detectives:
they take virtual field trips, learn about classification of animal kingdomsand prepare a multimedia green screen presentationabout an endangered species of their choosing …
Our Global Partners in Ghana

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Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com.

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A Discovery Moment: SPECIAL EVENT - The Great Oyster Recycling Inititiative REPRISE!(eBulletin - March 30, 2016)
The Great Oyster Recycling Challenge REPRISE
A SPS-DC-CBTrust collaborative
“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”
What a Pearl of a Challenge - And the Students Rise to It!
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Thank You Third Grade Families

Special Recognition to One Student Who Went Above and Beyond:
She Made Her Own MINI OYSTER REEF! … Check This Out:
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https://youtu.be/8NWvCmHSWqw

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A Discovery Moment: SPECIAL EVENT - The Great Oyster Recycling Inititiative REPRISE!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - March 30, 2016)
From: May, MikeSent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:12 PMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: KUDOS TO OUR THIRD GRADE PRESERVATIONISTS EXTRORDINNAIRE! - A Discovery Moment 5.5: The Great Oyster Recycling Challenge ... REPRISE ...
Importance: High

DEAR THIRD GRADE STUDENT PRESERVATIONISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES:

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Much appreciation and multiple kudos to those who were able to complete the DISCOVERY CENTER’S “THE GREAT OYSTER CHALENGE”… thank you, Families! Photos have been posted to“The Wall” outside the Centeras well as on ourProject’s Wikispace Subpage:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-1c.%09CBT-PBL+Chesapeake+Bay+Ecology+%26+Marine+Engineering+-+Oyster+Recycling++%283rd+Grade%29
(So many great and endearing shots – take a peek!) Next week, we will revisit the students’ effort by pin-pointing on the Bay Watershed map exactly where each deposited his or her oyster shells, reinforcing their understanding of the importance of preserving OUR NATIONAL TREASURE … OUR CHESAPEAKE BAY! … In part, funded by the CBTrust!

Best,
Mike May

P.S. Next stop – Students travel to CBMM to regather their adopted oyster cages and then boat to deposit them in the Miles River oyster bed … more information on these May field trips to follow!




A Discovery Moment: It's Hurricane Season!(Email to SPS School Community - March 26, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:37 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: SAVE THE DATE ... It's Hurricane Season! ... June 5th ...

In its fifth year …
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Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg




A Discovery Moment: It's Hurricane Season!(Email to Second Grade Parents - March 26, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:15 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: FW: Weather Report: Hurricane Season is Approaching! ... And so is our DC Student Rescue Mission ...

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:
Our Discovery Center “Hurricane! To the Rescue! Cardboard Boat Challenge” building time will begin soon!

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From mid-April until the end of school, any fourth grade student team member who so chooses will have opportunities to build in the mornings before school.

We will begin with the following a.m. schedule:

Mondays = All Homerooms
Tuesdays = Priddy Homeroom
Wednesdays = Koska Homeroom
Thursdays = Krayenvenger Homeroom
(Fridays = None - TBA)

As time progresses and they/we assess their progress, we will open all mornings to all homerooms as needed.

Thanks all!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL EXPLORERS - ANIMAL ACTVISTS COURSE Begins!(Email to Second Grade Parents - March 25, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:19 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Faint, Susan <sfaint@stpaulsschool.org>; Hook, Ellen M. <ehook@stpaulsschool.org>; Jergensen, Jaime <jjergensen@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.28: GLOBAL EXPLORERS - ANIMAL ACTIVISTS Course Begins ... First Contact Videos are PRICELESS!
Importance: High
Dear Second Grade Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.28: GLOBAL EXPLORERS – ANIMAL ACTIVISTS Course Begins!

In this course second graders become environmental detectives:they take virtual field trips, learn about classification of animal kingdomsand prepare a multimedia green screen presentationabout an endangered species of their choosing …

Our Global Partners in Ghana

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See these and other on-going project and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-1.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade%29

and

FANIT HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-2.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade+-+HOOK%29;

HOOK HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-3.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade+-+FAINT%29;

and JERGENSEN HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-4.+Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Explorers+%282nd+Grade+-+JERGENSEN%29.
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment: Third Graders particpate in SPS Bull Roast Auction!(SPS Bull Roast Auction WebPage - March 24, 2017)
RAIN BARREL UP FOR AUCTION ...
"Want free, fresh water for your garden? Here’s your chance! Bid to win a 55-gallon rain barrel, acquired and decorated by St. Paul’s third-graders—and have a hand in the decoration, if desired. Placed under a roof or free-standing, the barrel’s wide openings allow the capture of rainwater without a roof or downspout, while installed spigots accommodate a soaker hose for your garden. A screen blocks mosquitoes and debris."

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A Discovery Moment: Global Doctors Seminar Week - Thank You, Parent Volunteers!(eBulletin - March 23, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.26: GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR WEEK

Our sincere appreciation to our volunteer Parent Health Professionals
Who participated in our Discovery Center second annual Doctors Seminar Week
Culminating Our Discovery Center - Level Up Village
Global Doctors-Anatomy Course of Study
Parent Presentations and Student Reflections shared
With our Palestine Global Partner Friends!
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Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com.

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A Discovery Moment: Third Grade Oyster Project - Culminating This Week!(Projects Collected from Third Graders - March 21, 2017)
ONE THIRD GRADER'S INSPIRATIONAL RESTORATION PROJECT



A Discovery Moment: Third Grade Oyster Project - Culminating This Week!
(Email Blast to Third Grade Team and SPS Community - March 20, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 9:05 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; 'rhorst@gmail.com' <rhorst@gmail.com>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: Oyster Restoration Project ... One Third Grader's Inspiration ... !
Third Grade Teachers and Community,

This week Third Graders will culminate their Oyster Recycling Project, part of the larger CBTrust Grant Restoration Project, by turning in their photos and packets celebrating their individual efforts. We want to share one project which highlights the engineering ingenuity of one third grader’s … (Third Grade Team, and other LS homerooms, are welcome to share - perhaps during morning meeting time - with others to inspire their efforts, too!)


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So very proud of Kathryn and the support of her Dad!

Thanks for your consideration,

Mike

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: The Hurricane Season Begins ... SAVE THE DATE ... Volunteers!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - March 18, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:21 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Calling for Parent (3rd & 4th!) Assistance with the Discovery Center Cardboard Boat Regatta ... SAVE THE DATE ... June 5, 2017 ...
Importance: High

Dear Third and Fourth Grade Parents,

The Discovery Season of the Fourth Grade “Hurricane! To the Rescue!” Cardboard Boat Regatta project is upon us! (SAVE THE DATE: Boat Races will be held on Monday, June 5 from 9:30-12:00!) And we are looking for parent volunteers to assist in various ways, from painting undercoats to crowd control to poolside spotters. I am planning on holding a volunteer meeting of both third- AND fourth-grade parents closer to the race date. My hope is that we will create a contingent of both third and fourth grade parents, so the third grade group carries on once the fourth grade parents move on to middle school. Would you please respond via return email if you are interested in participating in this incredible project; I can predict with certainty you will have a blast alongside the kids!

Thank you for consideration,

Mike May

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: The Hurricane Season Begins ... Cardboard Boat Regatta!(Email Blast ot Fourth grade Parents - March 18, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:21 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Hurricane?! Well ... Actually ... It is the Discovery Center's Cardboard Boat Regatta Project ... Parent Letter ...
Importance: High

Dear Fourth Grade Discovery Center Parents:

Attached is a letterexplaining our upcoming: “Hurricane! To the Rescue!” Cardboard Boat Regatta, our final capstone project” for the fourth graders in the Discovery Center program. I will be reviewing with students and sending a hard copy as well throughout this week. Would you please review, initial, and have your children return to school during their homework cycle next week (they will know when it’s due)? This is the first of a few outside reading assignments for the project, and with their completion students will be able to earn bonus points for the race! They know about this, too.
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Thanks so much, and enjoy.

Mike May

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: New SPS Kids visits the Discovery Center - Structural Engineers!(eBulletin - March 16, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.25: ACCEPTED FAMILIES WELCOME EVENT

New SPS Kids visit the Discovery Center
These Young Structural Engineers design FUTURISTIC BUILDINGS!
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Check us out weekly @**www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**
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A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR WEEK Comes to an End - Thank you Presenters!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - March 10, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 7:50 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Faus, Dave <dfaus@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Jamie <jsmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; Sottak, Kevin <ksottak@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Hawley, Peter <phawley@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: WHAT A WEEK! GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR WEEK - March 6-10 - 2017 Comes to an End ... Kudos to Presenters and Participants ...
Importance: High

Dear Third Grade Parents and Doctors Seminar Participants,

What a week it was! Our sincere appreciation to our volunteer parents – health professionals – who participated in our second annual Global Doctors Seminar Week, a culmination to our Discovery Center’s - Level Up Village Global Doctors-Anatomy course of study;

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The presenters were truly awesome, only surpassed by the thoughtful, energetic engagement of the third grade “doctor wannabe” participants!

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We did not want the week to end without sending to you our thank you and including a few snap shots of the week (more blog postings of videos, photos, and presentations to come) …

Please also know that these presentations, along with student video reflections on their experience, will also be shared with our LUV global partner friends in Palestine.

Most appreciative,
Mike May


Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR [END]WEEK highlighted in SPS Facebook Page!(SPS Communications - March 10, 2017)
GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR WEEK (MARCH 6-10)
GOING WELL!
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FACEBOOK POSTING

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A Discovery Moment: Headmaster Faus Gives a Nod to Discovery Global Doctors Seminar Week!(Email Communicae to SPS Community - March 9, 2017)
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Dear Parents,

I thought we were going to make it through an entire winter without a single hour of school delay. Unfortunately, a broken water main last Wednesday afternoon foiled that hope and we're keeping an eye on tonight's forecast. Nevertheless, St. Paul's has weathered the season with considerable success. As we look forward to Spring Break, the longer and warmer days that follow, and the excitement that grows as we near another academic year's completion, I ask you to join me for a moment in celebrating our School's many achievements during these recent months.

In the Upper School, we've welcomed international exchange visitors from Scotland and Argentina and earned high scores in the American Mathematics Competition. Aspiring Middle School engineers constructed and programmed robots, and built structures designed to withstand earthquakes - which they did with varying degrees of success when subjected to tremors. Just this week, the Lower School Discovery Center has held its Global Doctors Seminar Week, with St. Paul's parents in the medical profession delivering 12 presentations on human body systems.

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Thanks also for all you've done to enrich the partnership St. Paul's shares in educating your children. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Spring Break, and I look forward to seeing you on campus in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,
Dave



A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR [MID]WEEK highlighted in SPS & LUV Facebook Pages!(SPS Communications - March 7, 2017)
GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR WEEK (MARCH 6-10)
OFF TO GREAT START!
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FACEBOOK POSTINGS
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A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL INVENTORS COURSE Coming to an End!(Email to Fourth Grade Parents - March 7, 2017)
From: May, Mike Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:58 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL INVENTORS COURSE ENDING ... ITERATED SOLAR FLASHLIGHTS Coming Home This Week ... !

Dear Discovery Center Fourth Grade Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL INVENTORS COURSE COMING TO AN END!
Students collaborated with Global Partner students who often lack reliable access to electricity.
Together, they designed and built solar-powered flashlights
by harnessing the power of 3D printing and renewable energy technologies!
Iterated Solar Flashlights Coming Home This Week…

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See these and other on-going project and photo & video postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Pages:
[OVERVIEW] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-1.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade%29,
[KOSKA] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-2.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade+-+KOSKA%29,
[KRAY] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-3.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade+-+KRAY%29, and
[PRIDDY] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-4.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade+-+PRIDDY%29.

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!Thank you, parents, for your support!
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: REMINDER - The Great Oyster Recycling Challenge - DEADLINE!(Email to Third Grade Parents - March 7, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:25 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: REMINDER - DEADLINE APPROACHING - A Discovery Moment 5.5: The Great Oyster Recycling Challenge ... a Project Extension ...Importance: High
DEAR THIRD GRADE STUDENT PRESERVATIONISTS AND PARENTS:
The PHOTOS and PACKETS for the DISCOVERY CENTER’S “THE GREAT OYSTER CHALENGE” are due when we return from Spring Break(We will post photos.) So get out there and help OUR NATIONAL TREASURE … OUR CHESAPEAKE BAY
Best,Mike May
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A Discovery Moment: Time to Sign Up for the DC-CBMM Lighthouse Overnight Adventure!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - March 9, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2017 9:05 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: Lighthouse Overnight Adventures ... SPS-DC & CBMM Collaboration .... SIGN UP TIME ... FIRST COME FIRST SERVED ...
Importance: High

Fourth Grade Parents,
HEADS UP! It is time to officially sign up for the upcoming Discovery Center - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Lighthouse Overnight(s)… There was much interest shown by students and parents when we announced these trip(s) in January; and there is room for additional participants. A detailed itinerary and sign-up sheet to be distributed to the students this week; but for now, the following time-table and attached documents might suffice as a reminder and for your further information, calendars, and decision-making?

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“Official” Permission Slips are due in no later than Friday, March 24th. A new addition to our Discovery Center’s Marine Engineering Unit of Exploration “Hurricane! To the Rescue! and Cardboard Boat Regatta”, these trips will be a blast! Hope you can attend…

Best,
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: First Grade Sound Artists - Panpipers!(Email Blast to First Grade Parents - March 4, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2017 7:17 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Burkett, Kristie <kburkett@stpaulsschool.org>; Heidelbach, Kimberly B. <kheidelbach@stpaulsschool.org>; Hooper, Julia <jhooper@stpaulsschool.org>; Kimura, Kaoru <kkimura@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS Pan Pipes Sounding Their 'LUV Course Coming to an End' ...

Dear First Grade Parents:

First Grade Global Sound Artists Sound-Off the Ending of their Discovery Center - Level Up Village Course of Study …

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https://youtu.be/PQRz1IIjEKU
And Our Friends from India Sing their Goodbyes …
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https://youtu.be/qjMEzhWFWL0 https://youtu.be/4BPfTBLpQGw https://youtu.be/Zontznhqum8
See these and other on-going project video and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+Global+Sound+Artists.

Thank you for supporting these incredible Sound Engineers and Music Enthusiasts!
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: St. Paul's Plus visits the Discovery Center - Rainbow Engineers!(eBulletin - March 2, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.24: ST. PAUL’S PLUS Visits!

What do Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, and Indigo have in common?
The Engineering Ingenuity of Paul’s Plus Kids through Rainbow Creations
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Check us out weekly @**www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**

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A Discovery Moment: To Audit The Destination Imagination Regional Competition!
(Email Blast to DC-S&T Parents - February 26, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:39 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM ... "FIELD TRIP DESTINATION IMAGINATION REGIONAL COMPETITION" ...Importance: High
Dear DC-ESP Show & Tech Parents:

This week coming home with the Students will be the attached permission slips for the DC-ESP-S&T - DESTINATION IMAGINATION NORTH CENTERL TOURNAMENT held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 …

Please review, sign, and return by Wednesday of this week, March 1, 2017.


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Best,
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: St. Paul's Plus visits the Discovery Center - Rainbow Engineers!(Email to Admissions - February 23, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:07 PMTo: 'Erin Cooke' <eCooke@stpaulsplus.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>;Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: St. Paul's Plus Visits the Discovery Center ... Thank you, SPP Friends!
Dear St. Paul’s Plus Friends,
Here is the Discovery Center wikispace sub-page outlining the lessons and with photos from today; perhaps you can use it for further exploration or follow up?
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http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/H.+St.+Paul%27s+Plus+Visit
Thank you for coming to see all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the rainbow engineers!

Best,
Mike

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg




A Discovery Moment: Accepted Families Event ... Structural Engineer Challenges!(Email to Admissions - February 23, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:41 AMTo: Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Admissions Office (SPS) <Admissionsoffice@stpaulsschool.org>; Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Keenan, Neil <nkeenan@stpaulsschool.org>; Franey, Chris <cfraney@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: Thank You!

Thank you for this day … And thanks to Neil, Joni, and Chris, for your hands-on assistance!
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Lessons taught and photos taken during the “New Kids on the Block” aka Structural Engineers time in Discovery, meeting varying design challenges:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/G.+Accepted+Familes+Welcome+Event+-+Engineering+Structures
Enjoy!Mike


A Discovery Moment: DC-ESP SHOW & TECH TEAM - PERIAKTOS!(Email Blast to Respecive Parents - February 22, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:02 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>; Low, Clifford O. '65 <clow@stpaulsschool.org>; Watson, Sarah <swatson@stpaulsschool.org>; Peter Schmaus <peschmaus@gmail.com>; Adam Kemper <akemper98@yahoo.com>
Subject: RE: Discovery Moment 5.16: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM ... "PERIAKTOS!"

Dear Discovery Center Show & Tech Team Parents:

Thought you might enjoy the linked YouTube video of the DC-ESP S&T Teams during construction of PERIAKTOS …

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https://youtu.be/ROCeLyyq16E Enjoy!
Mike May




A Discovery Moment: SPECIAL EVENT - GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR!(eBulletin - February 23, 2017)
DISCOVERY GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR
Culminating Their Global Doctors Anatomy Course,Discovery Center Third Graders Will Be Treated to a Week-Long SeminarPresented by Doctors & Medical Specialists of Our SPS CommunityMarch 6-10

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Check us out weekly @ **www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**

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A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL DOCTORS - REPRISE!(eBulletin - February 23, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.23: GLOBAL DOCTORS! REPRISE
Through specimen dissections, third grade DOCTORS-in-TRAINING get ‘in touch’with human body systems and world health issues …

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… and share their newly-found knowledge and respective culturesthrough video letters and global portal conversations:

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**https://youtu.be/7A5XlMFeV2I**
Check us out weekly @**www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**

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A Discovery Moment: STEAM BLAST DAYS - REPRISE!(eBulletin - February 16, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.22: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS! REPRISE
Tinkering Collaboratively, Discovery Center 4TH Graders Have a ‘Blast’
(Self-directed engineers make decisions about their own paths to learning)
TINKERCRATE Discovered: ‘THE INFINITY MIRROR’
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Check us out weekly @**www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**

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A Discovery Moment: STEAM BLAST DAYS - REPRISE!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents- February 13, 2017)
From: May, Mike

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 1:30 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.22: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS! ... Fourth Grade Students "Reflect" The Infinity Mirror ...

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:
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Discovery Moment 5.22: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS! REPRISE

Tinkering Collaboratively, Discovery Center4TH Graders Have a ‘Blast’
(Self-directed engineers make decisions about their own paths to learning)
TINKERCRATE Discovered: ‘THE INFINITY MIRROR’
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Check us out @ the DC Wikispace Project Page for these and other STEAM BLAST DAYS (on-going) postings …

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/E.+STEAM-BLAST+DAYS.
Enjoy!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL DOCTORS: ANATOMY - DISSECTIONS ... !(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents- February 13, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Monday, February 13, 2017 6:01 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL DOCTORS: ANATOMY COURSE continues ... DISSECTIONS! DISSECTIONS! DISSECTIONS!
Dear Third Grade Parents:

Through specimen dissections, third grade DOCTORS-in-TRAINING get ‘in touch’ with human body systems and world health issues …

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… and sharing their newly-found knowledge and respective cultures through video letters and global portal conversations:
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https://youtu.be/7A5XlMFeV2I
See this and other on-going project and photo & video postings
at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B-1.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Doctors+Anatomy+%283rd+Grade%29.
AND
HORST HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B-2.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Doctors+Anatomy+%283rd+Grade+-+HORST%29
SIMONS HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B-3.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Doctors+Anatomy+%283rd+Grade+-+SIMONS%29
STORCK HOMEROOM: http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B-4.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Doctors+Anatomy+%283rd+Grade+-+STORCK%29

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mr. May



A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS - Konnichiwa ... Den-Den Daiko ... No ichi-nichi ... !(Email Blast to First Grade Parents- February 13, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 6:01 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Burkett, Kristie <kburkett@stpaulsschool.org>; Heidelbach, Kimberly B. <kheidelbach@stpaulsschool.org>; Hooper, Julia <jhooper@stpaulsschool.org>; Kimura, Kaoru <kkimura@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS ... Konnichiwa ... Den-Den Daiko ... No ichi-nichi ..
Dear First Grade Parents:

First Graders continue to broaden their global awareness through sharing Japanese storytelling and Den-Den Daiko (spinning) drums with their Global Partner school in India:

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Check out these raconteurs as they share their

“A Mixed Up Day in the Life of a First Graders” … ‘_ no ichi niche’:

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HOOPER RACOUNTEURS: https://youtu.be/EbJdoBnjxpc

BURKETT RACOUNTEURS: https://youtu.be/nR9CRMrTjJ8
HEIDELBACH RACOUNTEURS: https://youtu.be/SXqCZ8FeV2c

See these and other on-going project video and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+Global+Sound+Artists.


Thank you, students, for your brilliance!
Mike May



A Discovery Moment 5.21: DC-ESP SHOW & TECH Team -REPRISE!(eBulletin - February 9, 2017)
A Discovery Moment 5.21: DC-ESP SHOW & TECH Team - REPRISE!

Punctuated by Team-Building INSTANT CHALLENGES,
Students have been meeting with “ANNIE” DIRECTOR and TECHNICAL ADVISORSDuring their first few planning sessions.
Much appreciation for Mrs. Gifford, Mr. Low, Mrs. Watson, Mr. Schmaus, and Mr. Kemper!
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Check us out weekly @http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/

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A Discovery Moment: DC-ESP SHOW & TECH Team -REPRISE!(Email Blast to S&T Parents - February 4, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, February 04, 2017 8:54 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>; Low, Clifford O. '65 <clow@stpaulsschool.org>; Watson, Sarah <swatson@stpaulsschool.org>; Peter Schmaus <peschmaus@gmail.com>; Adam Kemper <akemper98@yahoo.com>Subject: Discovery Moment 5.16: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM Course Continues ... UPDATE ...!
Dear Discovery Show & Tech Team Parents:


The Three DC-ESP S&T Teams are on a roll!
Punctuated by Team-Building INSTANT CHALLENGES,
students have been meeting with “ANNIE” DIRECTOR and TECHNICAL ADVISORS
during their first few planning sessions …
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Much appreciation for Mrs. Gifford, Mr. Low, Mrs. Watson, Mr. Schmaus, and Mr. Kemper!
And check out this short video of their Periaktoi Set Design scheme group presentation:

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https://youtu.be/DZvkCyDhy6A


For More of these Show & Tech Engineers in Action … Check Out Our Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-2.%09DC-ESP+Discovery+Show+%26+Tech+Team+-+DI+Model+-+Engineering+Challenge+In+It+Together+%283rd-4th+Grades%29.

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Best,
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: SPECIAL EVENT - Oyster Recycling Challenge!(eBulletin - February 2, 2017)
SPECIAL EVENT

WE ARE ST. PAUL'S!
St. Paul's School Annual Fund Promotional Video Highlights
The Discovery Center's THIRD GRADE OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECT

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AND ... SAY "YES"
TO THE DISCOVERY CENTER OYSTER RECYLING CHALLENGE!

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(The Post Spring Break Deadline is just Around the Corner!)


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A Discovery Moment: PBL-STEAM Challenge ... Prefirst Arachnid Engineers!(eBulletin - Febraury 2, 2017)
A Discovery Moment 5.20: ENGINEERING ARACHNIDS!

Inspired by Charlotte’s Web and Following the Engineering Design Process,
Discovery Center Pre-First Students Learn to Communicate through ‘Spidery Messages’…
(These arachnology engineers imagine, design, and create unique spider webs.)
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Check us out weekly @ **http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/**

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A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS - AND THE BEAT [BOX] GOES ON ...!(Email Blast to First Grade Parents- January 28, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:50 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Burkett, Kristie <kburkett@stpaulsschool.org>; Heidelbach, Kimberly B. <kheidelbach@stpaulsschool.org>; Hooper, Julia <jhooper@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS ... And "The 'Beat [Box]' Goes On" through Global Partner Exchange Videos ...

Dear First Grade Parents:

And ‘The Beat [Box] Goes On’ …

First Grader Sound Engineers and their Indian Global Partners experiment with ‘Sound’

and share “Our Kind of Music” through an Exchange of Letter Videos - PRICELESS:

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GP 1 Our Kind of Music Captured.PNG https://youtu.be/sSKnTNIAxbE Burkett's Our Kind of Music Captured.PNG https://youtu.be/GdXkz9zWSOA GP 2 Our Kind of Music Captured.PNG https://youtu.be/-sm0a_lIk2c Hooper's Our Kind of Music Captured.PNG https://youtu.be/qCDMAc2jAwE GP 3 Our Kind of Music Captured.PNG https://youtu.be/aG_LWT3flpg Heidelbach's Our Kind of Music Captured.PNG https://youtu.be/QfzzbxfBg1k

See these and other on-going project video and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+Global+Sound+Artists.

[For this subpage = PASSWORD required: crusie]
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May



A Discovery Moment: PBL-STEAM Challenge ... Prefirst Arachnid Engineers!(Email Blast to Pre-First Parents - January 27, 2017
From: May, Mike
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 3:05 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagner, Kathy <kwagner@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.20: PRE-FIRST DESIGNING ARACHNIDS ...!

Dear Pre-First Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.20: ENGINEERING ARACHNIDS!

Inspired by Charlotte’s Weband Following the Engineering Design Process
Discovery Center Pre-First StudentsLearn to Communicate through ‘Spidery Messages’
(These arachnology engineers imagine, design, and create unique spider webs.)

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We Just Had to Capture the Creativity of These Specialists
On Video through Individual Interviews!
(My apologies on the sound on some interviews – turn up the volume, please… worth the viewing!)
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https://youtu.be/QXx7OGnTaC8
See this and other on-going project and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/F.+Engineering+Spider+Webs+-+Charlotte%27s+Web+Inspired+%28Pre-1st+Grade%29.
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mr. May J

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL DOCTORS - ANATOMY Course Begins!(eBulletin - January 26, 2017)
A Discovery Moment 5.19: GLOBAL DOCTORS: ANATOMY COURSE BEGINS!

Third Graders collaborate with Global Partner students to learn about health and human body systems.They perform a series of specimen dissections and discuss health issues in their respective countries.
Our Global Partners in Palestine
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Check us out weekly @ **http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/**

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A Discovery Moment: 3rd Grade OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECT highlighted!(Administrative Facebook Page for SPS Community - January 25, 2017)
From: noreply@stpaulsmd.myenotice.com [mailto:noreply@stpaulsmd.myenotice.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:03 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: St. Paul's Best Video Yet

St. Paul's SchoolAnnual Fund Promotional Video Highlights
The Discovery Center'sTHIRD GRADE OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECT

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WE ARE ST. PAUL'S!
AND ... SAY "YES"
TO THE DISCOVERY CENTEROYSTER RECYLING CHALLENGE!
(Spring Break is Just Around the Corner!)



A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS - BUILDING A "RECYCLED" ORCHESTRA!(Email Blast to First Grade Parents- January 24, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:18 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Burkett, Kristie <kburkett@stpaulsschool.org>; Heidelbach, Kimberly B. <kheidelbach@stpaulsschool.org>; Hooper, Julia <jhooper@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS Course continues ... Building a "Recycled" Orchestra! Videos ...

Dear First Grade Parents:

First Grade Homerooms continue coordinated STEM projects with their Global Partners in India. Here they engineer Spanish guitars from recycled materials and play to international lullabies:


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BURKETT’S HOMEROOM: https://youtu.be/7WYgE9ZkAyA

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HEIDELBACH’S HOMEROOM: https://youtu.be/iFRDXYRjtu4

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HOOPER’S HOMEROOM: https://youtu.be/rj1pj9IsivE
See these and other on-going project video and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+Global+Sound+Artists.
[For this subpage = PASSWORD required: crusie]

Awesome!
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!
Mike May
SPS FACEBOOK PAGE
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A Discovery Moment: SAVE THE DATE - Interest Survey SPS-DC / CBMM Lighthouse Overnights!(eBulletin - January 26, 2017)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:18 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: SPS-DC & CBMM Collaboration .... Lighthouse Overnight Adventures ... SAVE THE DATE ...
Importance: High

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:

We would like to announce an exciting addition to our 5th Annual Discovery Center’s Marine Engineering Unit of Exploration “Hurricane! To the Rescue! and Cardboard Boat Regatta”:

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Lighthouse Overnight Adventures

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A St. Paul’s Discovery Center – CBMM Collaborative

Please consider this a “heads-up - interest survey” and “save the date”; and after reviewing the attached flyers, would you indicate your willingness to have your child participate in one of these weekends by responding to this email. The event will run the following weekends (SAT-SUN) in April: [8th-9th]; [22rd-23th] and, May 6th-7th]. We will probably need a few parent chaperones to attend as well; if you are interested, please indicate that interest, too. More detail to follow!

Best,
Mike May


Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL INVENTORS Course Begins!(eBulletin - January 19, 2017)
A Discovery Moment 5.18: GLOBAL INVENTORS COURSE BEGINS!

Students collaborate with Global Partner students who often lack reliable access to electricity. Together, they design and build solar-powered flashlights by harnessing the power of 3D printing and renewable energy technologies!
Our Global Partners in India
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And for this 2017 course, an Incredible Extension Opportunity …Students will create an art exhibit for the Baltimore County Public Library’sBuild A Better World 3D Art Competition!
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Check us out weekly @ http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/

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A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS - "It's The Beatbox"!(Email Letter to Christylez Bacon - January 16, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Monday, January 16, 2017 7:17 AMTo: 'Christylez Bacon' <cb@christylez.com>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gammon-Hittelman, Camille <chittelman@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Thank you for your music ... and an update on its impact on us and our SPS-DC-LUV global partners ...

Hello Mr. Bacon,
Your visit to St. Paul’s Lower School this past Friday was very exciting for our students. Your creative music has had a profound impact on us. Thank you!

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I want to share with you our plan to include a snippet of your music, “It’s the Beatbox”, along with our SPS Discovery Center first graders’ response, in next week’s Level Up Village program correspondence (a video letter to student “pen pals”) with their global partners in India … the intent is to exchange with their school friends in India favorite music genres of our country and theirs!
For your further information,
Here is a description of our St. Paul’s Discovery Center:

Discovery Center and Project Based Learning

The work that students complete within the confines of the Discovery Center enhances the traditional academic curriculum of the Lower School. In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products and presentations.
Through PBL, students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and standards at the heart of a project. Projects also build vital workplace skills and lifelong habits of learning. Projects allow students to address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences beyond the classroom. PBL also motivates students who might otherwise find school boring or meaningless. In the Center, projects vary in length, from several days to several weeks or even a semester.
St. Paul’s is serious about reaching 21st Century educational goals for students; therefore PBL is at the center of our 21st Century instruction in our Discovery Center.
Here is a description of the Level Up Village organization:
LEVEL UP VILLAGE
OUR MISSION

Our mission is to globalize the classroom and facilitate seamless collaboration between students from around the world via pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses.

WHAT WE DO

We offer STEAM courses for students in K-9. Schools run our courses to students in-school, after school and during the summer. In each course, connect your students with peers in other countries – students exchange video letters with their global partner students and collaborate on projects. By partnering with us, schools also sponsor STEAM education in the developing world through our “Take a Class, Give a Class” model.

21ST CENTURY SKILLS

To be successful in the jobs of the future, students will need to apply learning across various disciplines and collaborate across national, social and economic divides. By participating in our courses, students not only develop cutting-edge STEAM Skills, but also the softer skills of global collaboration and communication, now targeted in ISTE, Common Core and NGSS standards.

Here is a description of the Global Sound Artists course:

GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS

Students take a hands-on journey through the science of sound as they learn to build their own guitar, spinning drum and pan pipe and establish an understanding of vibration, pitch and volume. They listen to and learn to appreciate, culturally diverse music and exchange video messages each class period with their Global Partners.

LEARN ABOUT MUSIC - Develop an understanding of vibration, pitch and volume
BUILD YOUR OWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - Build your own musical instruments: guitar, spinning drum and pan pipe
GLOBAL EXCHANGE - Talk to global partners, explore different sounds from around the world and learn to appreciate culturally diverse music

When their video letter is completed, I would like to send it on to you. If interested, please let us know the best way to do so.

Thank you so much for your visit and for the work you do.

Warm regards,

Mike

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS Course Begins!(eBulletin - January 12, 2017)
A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS Course Begins!
First graders take a hands-on journey through the science of soundas they learn to build their own guitar, spinning drum and pan pipeand establish an understanding of vibration, pitch and volume.
They listen to and learn to appreciate culturally diverse musicand exchange video messages each lesson with …
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Check us out weekly @ http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com.

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A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL DOCTORS: ANATOMY Course Begins!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - January 8, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, January 07, 2017 4:44 PMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL DOCTORS: ANATOMY COURSE begins ...

Dear Third Grade Parents:
A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL DOCTORS: ANATOMY COURSE BEGINS!

Third Graders collaborate with Global Partner students to learn about health and human body systems.They perform a series of specimen dissections and discuss health issues in their respective countries.
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See this and other on-going project and photo & video postingsAt this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
**http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B-1.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Doctors+Anatomy+%283rd+Grade%29**.
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mr. May J

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL INVENTORS Course Begins!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - January 7, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, January 07, 2017 6:32 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL INVENTORS COURSE BEGINS and BCPL 3D-PRINTING "BUILD A BETTER WORLD" ART COMPETITION ... !

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:
A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL INVENTORS COURSE BEGINS!
Students collaborate with Global Partner students who often lack reliable access to electricity. Together, they design and build solar-powered flashlights by harnessing the power of 3D printing and renewable energy technologies!

Our Global Partners in India
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And for this 2017 course, an Incredible Extension Opportunity …
Students will create an art exhibit for the Baltimore County Public Library’s Build A Better World 3D Art Competition!
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See these and other on-going project and photo & video postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Pages:
[OVERVIEW] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-1.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade%29,

[KOSKA] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-2.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade+-+KOSKA%29,
[KRAY] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-3.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade+-+KRAY%29, and
[PRIDDY] http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A-4.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Inventors+%E2%80%93+3D+Printing%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade+-+PRIDDY%29.
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS Course Begins!(Email Blast to First Parents - January 6, 2017)
From: May, MikeSent: Friday, January 06, 2017 8:31 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Burkett, Kristie <kburkett@stpaulsschool.org>; Heidelbach, Kimberly B. <kheidelbach@stpaulsschool.org>; Hooper, Julia <jhooper@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS Course Begins ... First Contact Videos are PRICELESS!
Dear First Grade Parents:
A Discovery Moment 5.17: GLOBAL SOUND ARTISTS Course Begins!

Students take a hands-on journey through the science of soundas they learn to build their own guitar, spinning drum and pan pipeand establish an understanding of vibration, pitch and volume.
They listen to and learn to appreciate culturally diverse musicand exchange video messages each lesson with …
Our Global Partners in India
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See these and other on-going project and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+Global+Sound+Artists.
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mr. May J

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Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM Course Begins!(eBulletin - January 5, 2017)
Discovery Moment 5.16: DISCOVERY SHOW & TECH TEAM
3RD AND 4TH GRADE STAGE AUTOMATION ENGINEERSENTHUSIASTICALLY ENGAGE THEIR AWESOME QUEST!
[Following a DESTINATION IMAGINATION ModelStudents Investigate the Creative ProcessWith Team Building Instant Challenges]

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Check us out weekly @http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/


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A Discovery Moment: DC LUV GLOBAL DOCTORS COURSE & SPS-DC DOCTORS SEMINAR WEEK is Coming!(Email Blast to Respective Parents - December 16, 2016)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, December 17, 2016 2:24 PM To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Calling All SPS Doctors - Literally! Discovery Third Graders Need Your Help ... During GLOBAL DOCTORS SEMINAR WEEK - March 6-10 - 2017!
Importance: High

Dear Lower School Parents:
The Third Grade Discovery Center Students will embark on an incredible
8-week “PBL-Bio-Engineering Journey” the first week we return from holiday break, together with Global Partners, via the Level Up Village - Global Doctors: Anatomy Project!

INFORMATION LINKS:
Level Up Village Course: Global Doctors

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Upcoming Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page for Global Doctors:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+-+Level+Up+Village+Global+Doctors+Anatomy+%283rd+Grade%29
And we need your help!
NOTICE:

First, the St. Paul’s Discovery Center Anatomy 3rd Grade Teams will initiate Global Partner video conferencing throughout that week, beginning on Monday, 1/3(!), and we want to make our introductions to our global friends very special; so we need some “PROPS”, third grade parents, please:

Each student is encouraged to bring to the Discovery Center on Monday morning something representative of him/her, or our St. Paul’s community, or our Baltimore community, or even the United States, to wear (such as a hat?) or hold (a cuddly friend?) – you get the idea – to present when we make our recorded team introductions. (Please be sure to place in a plastic bag labelled with the student’s name and homeroom teacher’s name. It will help keep forty-some student artifacts organized, for sure.)

Additionally, we would like to offer to all lower school parents who are doctors (or even those who are not but often provide home remedies <wink>) an opportunity to work with our third graders! I am thinking you might like to present your specialty and/or co-teach a class during our

Global Doctors Seminar Week – March 6-10 - 2017;
I know the children would be thrilled, and you would undoubtedly bring to them a level of expertise beyond what their ol’ teacher could ever possibly! I am doubly sure you will gain much in return.

Our Doctors Seminar last year was an incredible success …

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The course content is pretty much laid out and contains a wealth of background material; topics include: The Skeletal System, The Circulatory System, The Digestive System, The Kidneys, The Liver, The Brain, The Nervous System, The Muscular System, and The Eye. Any seem of interest to you??? If you are interested in spending some time with our “Young Wanna-Be Doctors”, please contact me – perhaps via return email – and we can visit and discuss and plan!

Thank you for your consideration, as we begin our incredible global-PBL-bio-engineering-philanthropic trek.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM Course Begins!(Email Blast to Respective Parents - December 16, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2016 9:57 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gifford, Laura <lgifford@stpaulsschool.org>; Martin, Alicia <amartin@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Discovery Moment 5.16: DC SHOW & TECH TEAM Course Begins ... We Are Up And Running!

Dear Discovery Show & Tech Team Parents:

Discovery Moment 5.16: DISCOVERY SHOW & TECH TEAM

THIRD AND FOURTH GRADE STAGE AUTOMATION ENGINEERSENTHUSIASTICALLY ENGAGE THEIR AWESOME QUEST!
Following a DESTINATION IMAGINATION ModelStudents Investigate the Creative ProcessWith Team Building Instant Challenges
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For More of These Show & Tech Engineers in Action … Check Out Our Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-2.%09DC-ESP+Discovery+Show+%26+Tech+Team+-+DI+Model+-+Engineering+Challenge+In+It+Together+%283rd-4th+Grades%29.

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

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A Discovery Moment: Fourth Grader Marta Writes Article for The Page!(The Page Publication - December 16, 2016)

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A Discovery Moment: SPECIAL EVENT - The Great Oyster Recycling Initiative!(eBulletin - December 15, 2016)
Special Event: The Great Oyster Recycling Challenge

REMINDER
Going by ‘Brackish H2O’ this Holiday?
Why Not Recycle … Your Oyster Shells!
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“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”
What a Pearl of a Challenge!
Thank You Third Grade Families
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A Discovery Moment: Hour of Code - Even Santa Gets into the Act!(eBulletin - December 15, 2016)
Discovery Moment 5.15: HOUR OF CODE
LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS ENTHUSIASTICALLY PARTICIPATE
Many Vying for Certificate of Completion
Even Santa!

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Email **mmay@stpaulsschool.org** when complete.
Check us out weekly @ **http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/**


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A Discovery Moment: Hour of Code - Even Santa Gets into the Act!
(Email Blast to 2nd-3rd-4th Grade Parents - December 10, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:31 AM To: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Jergensen, Jaime <jjergensen@stpaulsschool.org>; 'ehusband@buildingenergyservicesmd.com' <ehusband@buildingenergyservicesmd.com>; Faint, Susan <sfaint@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.15: Many Vying for Hour of Code Certificate ... Even Santa?! SPS Students do it again!

Dear Second & Third & Fourth Grade Parents,
Discovery Moment 5.15: HOUR OF CODE

LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS ENTHUSIASTICALLY PARTICIPATE
Many Vying for Certificate of CompletionEven Santa!
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Email mmay@stpaulsschool.org when complete.

For Photos of these Computer Scientists in Action … Check Out Our Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/G.%09Scratch-ing+Programming+Surface+%E2%80%93+%E2%80%9CHour+of+Code%E2%80%9D+%282nd-4th+Grades%29.
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!
Best,
Mike May

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A Discovery Moment: Kindegarten Global Story Book Engineers Course Comes to an End!(eBulletin - December 8, 2016)
From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:31 AM To: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Rice, Tamara <trice@stpaulsschool.org>; Joseph, Karen <kjoseph@stpaulsschool.org>; Bruggman, Julie <jbruggman@stpaulsschool.org>; Benton, Andy <abenton@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.7: GLOBAL STORY BOOK ENGINEERS Course Comes to an End ... !

Dear Kindergarten Parents:
Kinder Homerooms finish coordinated STEM projects with their Global Partners in India. Here they engineer solutions to save Monkey from the Crocodile:
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Direct Link to Video:https://youtu.be/zHEPa4Ds-2A
See these and other on-going project video and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/F.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CStory+Book+Engineers%E2%80%9D+%28Kindergarten%29.
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A Discovery Moment: Parents Visiting Day - Parents Join in Global Web Designers Course!(eBulletin - December 8, 2016)
Discovery Moment 5.14: PARENTS VISITING DAY

PARENTS JOIN IN GLOBAL WEB DESIGNERS COURSE
On SPS Parents Visiting Day We Say Farewell to their Global Partners
Students and Their Parents Celebrate Our Friends in Jordan and Pakistan
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**https://youtu.be/RjevOQ3zgSw**
So very proud of our students, both “Senior” and “Junior” DC PBL-Engineers!

Check us out weekly @ **http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/**

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A Discovery Moment 5.14: Parents Visiting Day - Parents Join in Global Web Designers Course!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, December 04, 2016 9:18 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.14: PARENTS VISITING DAY - PARENTS JOIN IN GLOBAL WEB DESIGNERS COURSE ...!
Dear Discovery Center Fourth Grade Parents:
A Discovery Moment 5.14: GLOBAL WEB DESIGNERS COURSE COMING TO AN END!
On SPS Parents Visiting Day We Say Farewell to their Global Partners.
Students and Their Parents Celebrate Our Friends in Jordan and Pakistan

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https://youtu.be/RjevOQ3zgSw
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/

So very proud of our students, both “Senior” and “Junior” DC PBL-Engineers …

Best,
Mike May



A Discovery Moment: Third Grade Global Scientisits Course coming to an End!
(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents)
From: May, MikeSent: Sunday, December 04, 2016 9:19 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.8: GLOBAL SCIENTISTS COURSE BEGINS! ... First Contact Videos are Priceless ...

Dear Discovery Third Grade Parents:
A Discovery Moment 5.14: GLOBAL SCIENTISTS COURSE COMING TO AN END!
Third Graders completing the first segment of their year-long conservation project
THE WORLD IS OUR OYYSTER IN SAVING OUR NATIONAL TREASURE: THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
Saving So Long to Our Global Partners in Nicaragua

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https://youtu.be/d0_B3MCzVpc
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https://youtu.be/vOHHwSggR5c
So proud of our Third Grade Preservationists!

Best,
Mike May

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A Discovery Moment: Hour of Code is Coming!(Email Blast to Second, Third, and Fourth Grade Parents December 1, 2016)
From: May, MikeSent: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:38 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Jergensen, Jaime <jjergensen@stpaulsschool.org>; ehusband@buildingenergyservicesmd.com; Faint, Susan <sfaint@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: FW: The Hour of Code is coming! ... "The Largest Learning Event in History" ... AND ... Discovery Center Students will Celebration Computer Science Week (December 5-11) with an Hour of Code ...!
Dear Discovery Center Parents –

Following this message is an email (capture) sent to me, as a teacher, from the folks at Hour of Code [Code.Org]. Computer Science Week is next week, and once again, St. Paul’s Lower School Discovery Center students will participate. (We are so proud of them!)

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Check out this Inspirational Video …





https://youtu.be/KsOIlDT145A Presidential Support … YES! …





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sthaV8ddJ4&feature=youtu.be.
At the end of next week, there is opportunity for all our students – including your son or daughter – to complete the Hour of Code work done at school, at home

(and receive his or her HoC Certificate) …

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The website is: https://code.org/learn. Just get your child there, and s/he can take it from there.

Warmly,
Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment: Presentation of DC-LUV Courses to Lower School Faculty(November 30, 2016)








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A Discovery Moment 5.13: PBL - STEAM BLAST Days!(eBulletin - December 1, 2016)
Discovery Moment 5.13: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS!

Tinkering Collaboratively, Discovery Center 3RD & 4TH Graders Have a ‘Blast’

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TINKERCRATES Discovered: ‘EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKY’ & ‘ENGINEER YOUR OWN ARCADE’
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A Discovery Moment: Third Grade Preservation Efforts Published!(Chesapeake Bay Maritme Museum article forwarded to SPS Lower School Community and Third Grade Parents)
From: May, MikeSent: Monday, November 28, 2016 7:44 AMTo: Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Faus, Dave <dfaus@stpaulsschool.org>; Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; Sottak, Kevin <ksottak@stpaulsschool.org>; Scott, Mick <mscott@stpaulsschool.org>; Hawley, Peter <phawley@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Jamie <jsmith@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: FW: NEWS: Students kick-off year-long oyster study ... CBMM highlights the work of our DC Third Graders ... !

Colleagues:

This just in from our CBMM Partners about our SPS third grade Discovery Center project, funding in part by the CBTrust. These nautical scientists and marine engineers, stewards of our National Treasure – our Chesapeake Bay – continue to do a great job! Bravo, third graders, and thank you for your brilliance!

Mike


From: May, Mike
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 2:26 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: FW: NEWS: Students kick-off year-long oyster study, Carver for Sale, Raffle, more

Dear Third Grade Parents:

This is a great article just published by the Chesapeake Maritime Museum about the efforts of our third grade students, helping to preserve our Chesapeake Bay via their Discovery Center year-long project. Photos of the kids in action are great! (If the email article is at all faulty as I forward it to you, please go directly to the site and capsulated article here: http://cbmm.org/news/students-kick-off-year-long-oyster-study-cbmm/.) So proud of these young nautical scientists and marine engineers. BRAVO!

Enjoy,

Mike May

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A Discovery Moment 5.13: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS!(Email Blast to Third and Fourth Grade Parents - November 22, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:26 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Discovery Moment 5.13: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS! ... for Both Third and Fourth Grade Students ...

Dear Third and Fourth Grade Parents:
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Discovery Moment 5.13: PBL-STEAM BLAST DAYS!

Tinkering Collaboratively, Discovery Center 3RD & 4TH Graders Have a ‘Blast’

(Self-directed engineers make decisions about their own paths to learning)

TINKERCRATES Discovered: ‘EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKY’ & ‘ENGINEER YOUR OWN ARCADE’

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Check us out @ the DC Wikispace Project Page for these and other STEAM BLAST DAYS (on-going) postings …
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/J.+STEAM-BLAST+DAYS.

Enjoy!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment: We at St. Paul's are Thankful!
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A Discovery Moment 5.11: Welcome to DC-ESP Minecraft 2.0 Course!(Email Blast to Third and Fourth Grade Parents - November 21, 2016)
From: May, MikeSent: Monday, November 21, 2016 11:58 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Witter, Penny F. <pwitter@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: DC-ESP MineCraft 2.0 ... Registration Now Open ...

DC-ESP MineCraft 2.0!

Animated Miners Continue to Animate Virtual Worlds Anew
(Through this unique course students approach gaming at new levels.)
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Check us out weekly @**www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**
Please confirm your registration, and let us know if you have difficulty registering.

Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School11152 Falls RoadBrooklandville, Maryland410.825.4400 x2181mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg
Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment 5.12: Caine's Arcade Marble Run Challenge Met!(eBulletin - November 24, 2016)
Discovery Moment 5.12: Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Challenge!
The Challenge Has Been Met Indeed - Through Collaboration
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Congratulations to TEAM STORCK Bb: Sam, Jacob, JoJo, and Henry

Check us out weekly @**www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com**

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A Discovery Moment 5.11: Welcome to DC-ESP Minecraft 2.0 Course!(eBulletin - November 17, 2016)
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Discovery Moment 5.11: DC-ESP MineCraft 2.0!
Animated Miners Continue to Animate Virtual Worlds Anew
(Through this unique course students approach gaming at new levels.)
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A Discovery Moment: Living Classrooms Shipboard Scavenger Hunt- Winning Team - What Teamwork!(Email Blast to Respective FourthGrade Parents - November 16, 2016)
From: May, Mike Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 2:11 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: FW: A Discovery Moment 5.10: LIVING CLASSROOMS SCAVENGER HUNT ... THE WINNING TEAM ...

Fourth Grade Team and Parents,

Winners of the Living Classrooms Shipboard Scavenger Hunt…

Congratulations to TEAM KRAY 4Ba (Libby, Samantha, Tucker, and Cooper) which sailed on The Sigsbee; their Team Average = 93%!

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Thanks for your support of these and all our fourth graders.

Mike May

P.S. Prizes forthcoming … J




A Discovery Moment: Caine's Arcade Marble Run - Winning Team - What Teamwork!(Email Blast to Respective Third Grade Parents - November 16, 2016)
From: May, Mike Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:42 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: FW: A Discovery Moment 5.3 ... MARBLE RUN WINNING TEAM ...

Third Grade Team and Parents,

The Results of the Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Challenge are in and posted …

Congratulations to TEAM STORCK Bb (Sam, Jacob, JoJo, and Henry) which out raced all other teams with a final score of = 23 Points!

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Wonderful Team Work!

Mike May

P.S. Prizes coming soon …



A Discovery Moment: Global Story Book Engineers - Engineering On!(Email Blast to Kindegarten Parents - November 13, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 8:50 AM To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org> Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Rice, Tamara <trice@stpaulsschool.org>; Joseph, Karen <kjoseph@stpaulsschool.org>; Bruggman, Julie <jbruggman@stpaulsschool.org>; Benton, Andy <abenton@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.7: GLOBAL STORY BOOK ENGINEERS CONTINUE TO COORDINATE WITH GLOBAL PARTNERS ... !
Dear Kindergarten Parents:

Kinder Homerooms continue coordinated STEM projects with their Global Partners in India. Here they engineer solutions to save Jabuti the Tortoise:

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Direct Link to Video:
https://youtu.be/IbVbV4JypcI

See these and other on-going project video and photo postings at this
Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/F.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CStory+Book+Engineers%E2%80%9D+%28Kindergarten%29.

Enjoy!

Mike MayProblem Based LearningThe Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower SchoolSchool Shield.png Discovery_Center_Logo.png
St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls RoadBrooklandville, Maryland410.825.4400 x2181**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**



A Discovery Moment 5.10: Fourth Grade Sailing Field Trip!(eBulletin - November 10, 2016)Discovery_Center_Logo.png Discovery Moment 5.10:
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What a [All-‘Hands-on’-Deck] Field Trip!

From Environmental Preservation to Nautical Science & Marine Engineering to Global Awareness WebsitesFourth Graders are Going GLOCAL: ‘Think Globally – Act Locally’

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(SPS Students and their Middle Eastern GPs collaboratively problem-solve to Save Our Environment)[Supported By Local Partnership Organizations]
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A Discovery Moment: Living Classrooms Sailing Field Trip - The "Aboard the Sigsbee" Movie!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - October 30, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 3:58 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.10: LIVING CLASSROOMS SHIPBOARD EDUCATION! ... and ...The "ABOARD THE SIGSBEE" Movie ...

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.10: LIVING CLASSROOMS SHIPBOARD ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

What a [All-‘Hands-on’-Deck] Field Trip!

From Environmental Preservation to Nautical Science & Marine Engineering to Global Awareness Websites Fourth Graders are Going GLOCAL: ‘Think Globally – Act Locally’
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(SPS Students and their Middle Eastern GPs collaboratively problem-solve to Save Our Environment)
[Supported By Local Partnership Organizations]
See this and other on-going project and photo & video postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:

**http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-2.%09CBT-PBL+Chesapeake+Bay+Ecology+%26+Nautical+Engineering+%284th+Grade%29**.

The “ABOARD THE SIGSBEE” MovieDIRECT LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO “ABOARD THE SIGSBEE”:
**https://youtu.be/1YgTb1CN67k**

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The “ABOARD THE LADY MARYLAND” Movie
DIRECT LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO “ABOARD THE LADY MARYLAND”:
https://youtu.be/mwvkGj6wnMw

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: Global Story Book Engineers - First Contact!(Email Blast to Kindegarten Parents - October 30, 2016)
From: May, Mike Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 10:12 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Rice, Tamara <trice@stpaulsschool.org>; Joseph, Karen <kjoseph@stpaulsschool.org>; Bruggman, Julie <jbruggman@stpaulsschool.org>; Benton, Andy <abenton@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: A Discovery Moment 5.7: GLOBAL STORY BOOK ENGINEERS FIRST CONTACT ... !

Dear Kindergarten Parents:

Both Kinder Homerooms made their first contact this past week with their Global Partners in India. Their collective enthusiasm is priceless, as you can see in these videos:


https://youtu.be/OiJZNS5ShfI





https://youtu.be/CthufZMDYK0
See these and other on-going project, video and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com.
Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment: Student Spotlight!
(Email Blast to Respective Kindegarten Parents - October 30, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 10:14 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Rice, Tamara <trice@stpaulsschool.org>; Joseph, Karen <kjoseph@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: ! Bravo, Holden, Graham, Chloe, Maggie, and Moriah, our SPS-DC Civil Engineers!

Dear Parents:


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Holden, Graham, Chloe, Maggie, and Moriah enjoyed Discovery this past week as they and their peers launched a new project: Global Story Book Engineers. Together with their Global Partners in India, these kinders learn fables, stories and myths from different cultures and then explore how they can re-engineer the outcome using household and crafting materials. Here they designed spaghetti-marshmallow towers to withstand an avalanche of “Strega Nona” pasta and pasta pots, quickly learning that triangles are the strongest geometric shape! Bravo, Holden, Graham, Chloe, Maggie, and Moriah, our SPS-DC Civil Engineers!

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 10:14 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Bruggman, Julie <jbruggman@stpaulsschool.org>; Benton, Andy <abenton@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Bravo, Melaina, Lukas, and Brian, SPS-DC Civil Engineers!

Dear Parents:

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Melaina, Lukas, and Brian enjoyed Discovery this past week as they and their peers launched a new project: Global Story Book Engineers. Together with their Global Partners in India, these kinders learn fables, stories and myths from different cultures and then explore how they can re-engineer the outcome using household and crafting materials. Here they designed spaghetti-marshmallow towers to withstand an avalanche of “Strega Nona” pasta and pasta pots, quickly learning that triangles are the strongest geometric shape! Bravo, Melaina, Lukas, and Brian, our SPS-DC Civil Engineers!

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.



A Discovery Moment 5.9: Fourth-Third Grade Discovery Show & Tech Team Forming!(eBulletin - November 3, 2016)
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Discovery Moment 5.9:
DISCOVERY SHOW AND TECH TEAM FORMING FOR “ANNIE” FOURTH GRADE PRODUCTION
Technical Design & Engineering - Design Efficiency - Technical Theater

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To Support the Spring Fourth Grade Production, and following a Destination Imagination model of approach, this DC SHOW & TECH GROUP Team of Fourth Graders (and Third Grade Apprentices) will design and build a stage background on which an “Annie” act will take place and that will move from one location to another. The creation will enhance the act with a technical effect to amaze the St. Paul’s School community audience. The group will also create and present two ‘Team Choice Elements’ that show off the team’s interest, skills, areas of strength, and talents. The group will also attend the Destination Imagination competition this spring to observe the regional celebrations (a prelude for possible 2017-2018 SPS-DI teams!)
Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com

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A Discovery Moment 5.8: Welcome to DC-ESP Minecraft and MIT Scratch Courses!
(ESP Fliers - October 29, 2016)

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A Discovery Moment: New DC-ESP Opportunity!
(Email Blast to Third & Fourth Grade Parents - October 23, 2016)
Dear Fourth and Third Grade Parents:Announcing a New DC-ESP Opportunity …

DISCOVERY SHOW AND TECH TEAM
“ANNIE” FOURTH GRADE PRODUCTION
Technical Design & Engineering - Design Efficiency - Technical Theater
To Support the Spring Fourth Grade Production, and following a Destination Imagination model of approach, this DC SHOW & TECH GROUP Team of fourth graders (and Third Grade Apprentices) will design and build a stage background on which the “Annie” acts will take place and that will move from one location to another. The creation will enhance each act with a technical effect to amaze the St. Paul’s School community audience. The group will also create and present two ‘Team Choice Elements’ that show off the team’s interest, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
WHO: [10] Fourth Grade Students (w/ [10] Third Grade Student ‘Tech Apprentices’)
WHAT: Stage Set Production: Technical Design & Engineering - Design Efficiency - Technical Theater
WHEN: [20] Sessions, 3:30-4:30 p.m.,Thursdays (with some Wednesdays), December 2016 - May 2017
WHERE: Discovery Center / Ward Center for the Arts
WHY: Fourth Grade Production “Annie”
HOW: Exploration of Technical Design & Engineering - Design Efficiency - Technical Theater Skills
COST: $300.00

(Please note this does not preclude any other participation in the Fourth Grade Production.)

Respond if interested via Return Email by Friday, October 30th.

Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment 5.9: Third Grade Global Scientists Course Begins!(Email Blast to Parents - October 31, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 7:41 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.8: GLOBAL SCIENTISTS COURSE BEGINS! ... First Contact Videos are Priceless ...

Dear Third Grade Parents:
A Discovery Moment 5.9: GLOBAL SCIENTISTS COURSE BEGINS!

Third Graders learn about water - how it can be polluted, cleaned, tested, stored and understood at an atomic leveland will complete a global research project about water usage and conservation while getting to know their Global Partner in a developing country.
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See this and other on-going project and photo & video postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/E.%09+Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Scientists%E2%80%9D+%283rd+Grade%29
[For this subpage = PASSWORD required: crusie]
DIRECT LINKS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS:
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**https://youtu.be/c4toi36lGWY**
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**https://youtu.be/9KZNn2xNgGc**
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**https://youtu.be/kA5Lejvu52M**
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**https://youtu.be/zFLzCUoYdpQ**
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based LearningThe Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls RoadBrooklandville, Maryland410.825.4400 x2181**mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg**
Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment 5.8: Fourth Grade Global Web Designers Course Begins!(eBulletin - October 27, 2016)
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Discovery Moment 5.8: “Global Web Designers Course Begins”
Fourth Graders Collaborate with Students in Pakistan and Jordan!
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(Students learn how to code websites and work with their global partners
to design and publish a social awareness website on the theme of global climate change..)
Check us out weekly @ www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com


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A Discovery Moment 5.7: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!
(Parent Share - October 22, 2016)


More ... Global Collaborators! and STEAM Blasters! and Team Players! ... On My!

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'K' enjoyed Discovery this past week as she and her team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. She was so proud of her accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'K', Our STEAM Blaster!
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'M' and 'R' enjoyed Discovery this past week as they and their team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. They were so proud of her accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'M' and 'R', Our STEAM Blasters!
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'T' enjoyed Discovery this past week as he and his team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. He was so proud of his accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'T', Our STEAM Blaster!
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'L' enjoyed Discovery this past week as he and his team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. He was so proud of her accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'KL, Our STEAM Blaster!
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'P' enjoyed Discovery this past week as he and his team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. He was so proud of her accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'P', Our STEAM Blaster!
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'B' and 'K' enjoyed Discovery this past week as they and their teams wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. They were so proud of their accomplishments.
Fantastic, ''B' amd K', Our STEAM Blasters!
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'W' enjoyed Discovery this week as he and his partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan.
Fantastic, 'W', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!
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'G' enjoyed Discovery this week as she and her partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan.
Fantastic, 'G', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!
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'C' enjoyed Discovery this past week as he and his team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. He was so proud of his accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'C', Our STEAM Blaster!

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!



A Discovery Moment 5.7: Kinders Global Story Book Engineers Begins!(eBulletin - October 20, 2016)
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Discovery Moment 5.7:
“Global Story Book Engineers Course Begins”

Kinders Collaborate with Students in India!
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(Students learn fables, stories and myths from different cultures
and then explore how they can re-engineer the outcome using household and crafting materials.)
Check us out weekly @ www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com
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A Discovery Moment 5.7: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!(Parent Share - October 16, 2016)

Global Collaborators! and STEAM Blasters! and Team Players! ... On My!

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''C' enjoyed Discovery this week as he and his partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. Fantastic, 'C', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!
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'N' enjoyed Discovery this week as he and his partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. His understanding of Middle-Eastern politics amazed his peers and teacher!
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'S' enjoyed Discovery this week as she and her partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. Her empathetic leadership is truly noteworthy. Fantastic, 'S', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!
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'M' enjoyed Discovery this week as he and his partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. He showed great interest in sharing with his new buddies . Fantastic, 'M', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!
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'S' enjoyed Discovery this week as she and her partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. She showed great interest in sharing with her new buddies. Fantastic, 'S', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!
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'M' enjoyed Discovery this week as he and his partner launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. His quiet, empathetic leadership is truly noteworthy. Fantastic, 'M', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!
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'A' enjoyed Discovery this week as she and her partners launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. She showed great interest in sharing with her new buddies as she quickly adorned a leadership role with her SPS peers. Fantastic, 'A', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!

'V' enjoyed Discovery this week as she and her partners launched a new project: Global Web Design; collaborating with students in Pakistan and Jordan. She showed great interest in sharing with her new buddies. Fantastic, 'V', Our SPS-DC Global Collaborator!


A Discovery Moment 5.6: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!
(Parent Share - October 16, 2016)
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'K', 'A', and 'I' enjoyed Discovery this past week as theyand their teams wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. They were so proud of their and their teams' accomplishment. What team-players!
Fantastic, 'K', 'A' and 'I', Our STEAM Blasters!

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'J' enjoyed Discovery this past week as he and his team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. He was so proud of his accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'J', Our STEAM Blaster!

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'I' enjoyed Discovery this past week as she and her team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. She was so proud of her accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'I', Our STEAM Blaster!


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'J' enjoyed Discovery this past week as he and his team wrestled with their project: PBL-STEAM Blast – Seeing in Stereo; making decisions about their own paths to learning. He was so proud of his accomplishment.
Fantastic, 'J', Our STEAM Blaster!



Thank you, students, for your brilliance!




A Discovery Moment: CBMM Round One Field Trips Complete!(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - October 15, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:37 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Discovery Center - CBMM First Leg of Field Trip Excursions Complete ... Thank you, CBMM Staff and SPS Parent Chaperones!

Dear Third Grade Parents:

The first round of field trips to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museumfor the Discovery Center Program
“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure – Our Chesapeake Bay”
funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, is now complete,which could not have happened without the support of our parent chaperones.
Kudos to them as well as the CBMM docents and stafffor making this an incredible experience for our students!

OYSTER LEGACY IMMERSION TOUR

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In this hands-on program, students explore the history of the greatest oyster factory on Earth, the Chesapeake Bay, and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment of the Bay and its people. Students will learn about a time in which oysters lay thick as stones, through maps, activities, and giant oyster shells, hear the tales of the Oyster Wars and an oyster gold rush in the cabin of a skipjack, and investigate close-up an oyster nurseries’ crabs, fish, and baby mollusks.

Throughout the year students will be monitor their Oyster cages via Internet-NOAA buoys in the Baymaking predictions of how our adopted oyster cages are growing.
Then in May 2017 they will return to CBMM for a second round of field tripsto take our Oyster Cache to the Miles River Oyster Bed via Buyboat …

ECOLOGY CRUISE IMMERSION PROGRAM

In this ecology-based program, students learn about the animals, plants, and environment of the Chesapeake through hands-on activities aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle. Students explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality testing, and finishing by examining the many organisms that call an oyster reef home.
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To track the Progress via lessons, photos and videos of this Programand our Preservationists Extraordinaire in Action,please visit the Third Grade Wikispace Project Subpages:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-1a.%09CBT-PBL+Chesapeake+Bay+Ecology+%26+Marine+Engineering+%283rd+Grade%29 andhttp://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C-1b.%09CBT-PBL+Chesapeake+Bay+Ecology+%26+Marine+Engineering+%283rd+Grade%29.
Thank you, students, for your brilliance!
Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: Global Webpage Designers!(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - October 14, 2016)
From: May, MikeSent: Friday, October 14, 2016 6:37 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.7: GLOBAL WEB DESIGNERS COURSE BEGINS...!

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.7: GLOBAL WEB DESIGNERS COURSE BEGINS!

Fourth Graders learn how to code websites and work with their global partners to design and publish a social awareness website on the theme of global climate change.
Our Global Partners in Jordan and Pakistan
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See this and other on-going project and photo & video postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Pages:

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-1.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Web+Design%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade%29,

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-2.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+Global+Web+Design+%284th+Grade+-+KOSKA%29,

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-3.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CGlobal+Web+Design%E2%80%9D+%284th+Grade+-+KRAY%29, and

http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/D-4.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+Global+Web+Design+%284th+Grade+PRIDDY%29.

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!
Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: Global Story Book Engineers!
(Email Blast to Kindergarten Parents - October 14, 2016)

From: May, MikeSent: Friday, October 14, 2016 6:37 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Rice, Tamara <trice@stpaulsschool.org>; Joseph, Karen <kjoseph@stpaulsschool.org>; Bruggman, Julie <jbruggman@stpaulsschool.org>; Benton, Andy <abenton@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.7: GLOBAL STORY BOOK ENGINEERS Course Begins ... !

Dear Kindergarten Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.7: GLOBAL STORY BOOK ENGINEERS Course Begins!
Together with their Global Partner, Kindergarten students learn fables, stories and myths from different culturesand then explore how they can re-engineer the outcome using household and crafting materials.
Our Global Partners in India
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See this and other on-going project and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/F.%09Engineering+Global+Connections+%E2%80%93+Level+Up+Village+%E2%80%9CStory+Book+Engineers%E2%80%9D+%28Kindergarten%29.


Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, Maryland
410.825.4400 x2181
mmay@stpaulsschool.lorg

Seek truth, knowledge and excellence; live by faith, compassion and integrity.




A Discovery Moment: Living Classrooms Fourth Grade Homerooms Field Trip!
(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - October 12, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 3:22 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>; Little, Melissa <mlittle@stpaulsschool.org>; Sargeant, Hilary <hsargeant@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Fourth Grade [Wide] DC-CBTrust-Living Classrooms Field Trip on the Horizon ... Signatures Required ...

Dear Fourth Grade Discovery Center Parents,

We have a wonderful opportunity presently to extend the Discovery Center program beyond the walls of our St. Paul’s Lower School! Connecting the Center’s nautical science and marine engineering activities with the fourth grade social studies unit on Oral History, I will be taking the entire grade to the Living Classrooms Foundation’s Shipboard Environmental Education Program, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland:

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Would you please review the flyer & permission slip attached with your child and return both to me ( c/o the Discovery Center) no later than Thursday, October 20th. (Flyers will also becoming home with your child tomorrow, October 13th.

Best regards,

Mike May

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment: CBTrust Grant Awarded!(eBulletin - October 13, 2016)
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST SUPPORTS ST. PAUL’S LOWER SCHOOL
The **Chesapeake Bay Trust** is thrilled that funding from Maryland's Bay plates were able to support in part your child's Discovery Center “The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure” initiative, including special assemblies, global outreach collaborative, and field trips. Every year more than 80,000 students are able to get out of the classroom, learn about their environment, and experience the natural world through support provided by the //**Treasure the Chesapeake**//**license plate**.

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Let us tell you a little more about the Chesapeake Bay Trust and how your Bay license plate helps your community:
The Chesapeake Bay Trust was created as a nonprofit organization in 1985 to fund environmental education and restoration projects around Maryland. To help provide the funding needed for these projects, the Maryland State Legislature created the //**Treasure the Chesapeake**//**license plate** program. For just $20, Marylanders have the option to purchase a 'Bay plate' which not only look great on their cars, but also provide resources for environmental education for students in Maryland. While these plates are very popular, many people don't know that the money actually helps fund programs and projects right in their local community.
This week the following flier will be coming home with your child. We hope you will consider this opportunity for you too to support SPS Discovery Center program and alongside our students, our National Treasure: Our Chesapeake Bay!
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A Discovery Moment: CBTrust Grant Awarded!(Email Blast to St. Paul's Lower School Community - October 11, 2016)
From: May, Mike
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:22 AM
To: Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Faus, Dave <dfaus@stpaulsschool.org>; Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; Sottak, Kevin <ksottak@stpaulsschool.org>; Scott, Mick <mscott@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Great News ... CBTrust Grant Awarded ... Obligatory Fliers Going Home This Week ...
Importance: High

Colleagues,

Great News! St. Paul’s was awarded the Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust! The following will be added to the parent eBulletin this week, and as a requirement of the Grant, and with your assistance, fliers will be going home on also on Thursday of this week …

THE CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST SUPPORTS ST. PAUL’S LOWER SCHOOL

The **Chesapeake Bay Trust** is thrilled that funding from Maryland's Bay plates were able to support in part your child's Discovery Center “The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure” initiative, including special assemblies, global outreach collaborative, and field trips. Every year more than 80,000 students are able to get out of the classroom, learn about their environment, and experience the natural world through support provided by the//**Treasure the Chesapeake**// **license plate**.

Licesnse Plate Picture.jpg

Let us tell you a little more about the Chesapeake Bay Trust and how your Bay license plate helps your community:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust was created as a nonprofit organization in 1985 to fund environmental education and restoration projects around Maryland. To help provide the funding needed for these projects, the Maryland State Legislature created the //**Treasure the Chesapeake**// **license plate** program. For just $20, Marylanders have the option to purchase a 'Bay plate' which not only look great on their cars, but also provide resources for environmental education for students in Maryland. While these plates are very popular, many people don't know that the money actually helps fund programs and projects right in their local community.

This week the following flier will be coming home with your child. We hope you will consider this opportunity for you too to support SPS Discovery Center program and alongside our students, our National Treasure: Our Chesapeake Bay!

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Perhaps you too would like to support the Trust and our Bay through the License Plate Program?!

Thank you,

Mike

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment 5.6: STEAM Blast Days!
(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - October 10, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 11:22 AM
To: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.6: STEAM BLAST DAY ...!

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.6: STEAM BLAST DAYS!
Tinkering Collaboratively, Discovery Center Fourth Graders Have a ‘Blast’(Self-directed engineers make decisions about their own paths to learning)
First of Four 2016-2017 TINKERCRATES Discovered: SEEING IN STEREO

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See this and other on-going project and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:**http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/J.+STEAM-BLAST+DAYS**.

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment 5.6: USS Constelltion Overnight!
(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - October 10, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 11:22 AM
To: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Discovery Moment 5.6: An 'Historic Overnight for SPS Third Graders ...

Dear Third Grade Parents:

Third graders enjoyed an incredible overnight adventure this past weekend …

Discovery Moment 5.6:“An ‘Historic’ Overnight for SPS Third Graders”Aboard the Historic USS Constellation!
Nineteenth Century Marine Engineering
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(SPS Students learn first-hand the life of the crew of c.1854 Sloop of War)
See this and other on-going project and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
**http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/K.+Historic+Ships+of+Baltimore+-+USS+Constellation+Overnight+Adventure+%283rd+Grade%29**.

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment 5.5: Local and Global Partnerships Help Third Graders Save Our Bay!
(eBulletin - October 6, 2016)
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Discovery Moment 5.6:
“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”
What a Pearl of a Challenge!
From Oyster Dissection to Oyster-Spat Cage Adoption to Scientific H2O Investigations
Third Graders are Going GLOCAL: ‘Think Globally – Act Locally’

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(SPS Students and their Nicaraguan GPs collaboratively problem-solve to Save Our Chesapeake Bay)
[Supported By Local Partnership Organizations]
Check us out weekly @www.stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com


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A Discovery Moment 5.5: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!
(Parent Share - October 2, 2016)

Preservationists and Engineers Extraordinaire!
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'E' and 'B' enjoyed Discovery this week as they meticulously dissected an eastern oyster, part of their team’s Oyster Recycling Challenge. Wonderful, 'E' and 'B', Preservationists Extraordinaire!

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'K' and 'B' demonstrated keen interest in Discovery this week as they accurately dissected an eastern oyster, part of their team’s Oyster Recycling Challenge. Wonderful, 'K' and 'B', Preservationists Extraordinaire!


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'M' and 'L' enjoyed Discovery this week as they tackled the dissection of an eastern oyster, part of their team’s Oyster Recycling Challenge. Wonderful, 'M' and 'L', Preservationists Extraordinaire!

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'M' and 'C' demonstrated keen interest in Discovery this week asking good questions during their dissection of an eastern oyster, part of their team’s Oyster Recycling Challenge. Wonderful, 'M' and 'C', Preservationists Extraordinaire!

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Kelsey demonstrated keen interest in Discovery this week as she tackled Reverse Engineering. Well done, Kelsey, Engineer Extraordinaire! Welcome to St. Paul’s, Kelsey!


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Cina demonstrated fine ability and leadership in Discovery this week as she tackled with her team Reverse Engineering. Well done, Cina, Engineer Extraordinaire! Welcome to St. Paul’s, Cina!


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Libby demonstrated fine ability and leadership in Discovery this week as she tackled with her team Reverse Engineering. Well done, Libby, Engineer Extraordinaire! Welcome to St. Paul’s, Libby!


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Aryn demonstrated fine ability and leadership in Discovery this week as she tackled with her team Reverse Engineering. Well done, Aryn, Engineer Extraordinaire!


Thank you, Students, for Your Brilliance!


A Discovery Moment 5.5: Revert Robot Wars Culminates Reverse Engineering Challenge!
(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - October 1, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2016 11:39 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Koska, Diana <dkoska@stpaulsschool.org>; Krayenvenger, Natalie <nwaters@stpaulsschool.org>; Priddy, Jennifer <jpriddy@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.5: Revert Robot Wars ...!

Dear Fourth Grade Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.5: Revert Robot Wars!
Tinkering Collaboratively, Discovery Center Graders ‘Reverse Engineer’: Dissect Robot Toys.(Problem-solving engineers discover how something works to determine ways it can be improved.)
As a Culmination to this Challenge, the Students and their Re-Constructed Robot ToysFaced Off for Revert Robot Wars …

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See this and other videos and photo postings at this Discovery Center Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B.%09Tinkering+Collaboratively+-+Reverse+Engineering+%283rd+%26+4th+Grades%29.

Thank you, Students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment 5.5: The Great Oyster Recycling Challenge!
(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - October 1, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2016 10:59 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.5: The Great Oyster Recycling Challenge ... a Project Extension ...

Dear Third Grade Parents:The third graders are off and running with their eight-week Discovery Center project …
Discovery Moment 5.5:“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”What a Pearl of a Challenge!
From Oyster Dissection to Oyster-Spat Cage Adoption to Scientific H2O InvestigationsThird Graders are Going GLOCAL: ‘Think Globally – Act Locally’

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(SPS Students and their Nicaraguan GPs collaboratively problem-solve to Save Our Chesapeake Bay)[Supported By Local Partnership Organizations]
… and we would like your support for an Outreach ‘Symbolic’ Challenge as part of this Bay Preservation Program:
THE GREAT OSYTER RECYCLING CHALLENGE
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Attached is an overview of the Challenge, and the ‘gift bags’ will be coming home with the student this week. So please keep an eye out for them? As always, thank you for your support. And thank you, students, for your brilliance!
Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment 5.5: Revert Robot Wars - Reverse Engineering Project!
(Facebook Entry- September 30, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2016 12:09 AM
To: Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Facebook Page - "Revert Robot Wars" Video ?

Hi Jill,

Thought you might be interested in the video feed: “Revert Robot Wars” (Cute Ending!): https://youtu.be/2vaWRw9RRBU.

It was the culmination of the fourth grade Tinkering Collaboratively - Reverse Engineering project:

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“Hello Students! My name is Re-vert the Robot. Mr. May told me you will be doing a project called "Reverse Engineering". "Reverse engineering", also called "back engineering", is the process of extracting knowledge or design information from anything man-made and re-producing it. In other words, engineers do this process to understand how something works, and to determine ways it can be improved. Have you ever taken something apart to find out what is inside? If so, then you have already "reverse engineered"! For this project, you will be taking a robot a part to see how it works. YIKES! Double YIKES! Not me I hope!”






Thanks,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment 5.4: Welcome to DC-ESP Minecraft and MIT Scratch Courses!
(eBulletin - September 29, 2016)
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Discovery Moment 5.4: DC-ESP MineCraft and MIT Scratch!
Animated Miners and Gamers Animate Virtual Worlds Anew(Through unique courses students approach gaming from two different perspectives.)

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A Discovery Moment: DC-CBMM Collaboraltive - Parent Special Presentation - Oyster Shucking & Dissection!
(Email to Respective Parents - September 24, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:29 PM
To: 'Eric King' <eking@shantygrille.com>
Cc: 'Jeanne' <jkweddings@comcast.net>; Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: DC-CBMM Oyster Restoration Project Collaboration (?) ... Thank you!

Dear Messrs. King and King (Bill and Eric!),
Please accept our sincere thank you on behalf of our SPS-DC third graders for your contribution to our “The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure” DC-CBMM project, through your special presentation of EXPLORING THE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF THE EASTERN OYSTER - shucking and dissection. The children were thrilled! Your contribution to their understanding of the importance of the oyster to the Chesapeake Bay is duly noted. They learned so much.
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I hope you will enjoy the additional postings to the project’s wikispace subpage:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C.%09CBT-BL+Chesapeake+Bay+Ecology+%26+Nautical+Engineering+%283rd+%26+4th+Grades%29.
Warm regards,
Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment 5.4: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!
(Parent Share - September 24, 2016)

YOU GO, DC ENGINEERS!
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'O' literally shined this week as he tackled the engineering design process during his team’s Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Project. You Go, 'O'!
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'T' literally shined this week as he tackled the engineering design process during his team’s Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Project. You Go, 'T'!
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'A' quickly donned the leadership role this week as he tackled the engineering design process during his team’s Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Project.You Go, 'A'!
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'D' literally shined this week as he tackled the engineering design process during his team’s Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Project. You Go, 'D'!
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'B' quickly donned the role of leadership this week as he tackled the engineering design process during his team’s Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Project.You Go, 'B'!
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'M' literally shined this week as she tackled the engineering design process during her team’s Caine’s Arcade Marble Run Project. You Go, 'M'!
Thank You, Students, For Your Brilliance!



A Discovery Moment 5.4: Welcome to DC-ESP Minecraft and MIT Scratch Courses!
(Email Blast to Respective Parents - September 24, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2016 7:20 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Hooper, Julia <jhooper@stpaulsschool.org>; Witter, Penny F. <pwitter@stpaulsschool.org>; Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: RE: MINECRAFT AND MIT SCRATCH - Week One ...!

Dear DC-ESP Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.4: DC-ESP MineCraft and MIT Scratch!
Animated Miners and Gamers Animate Virtual Worlds Anew
Through unique courses students approach gaming from two different perspectives.

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For Details and Additional Photos, Check Out On-Going Postings on these Wikispace Project Pages:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/H.%09DC-ESP+MineCraft-Advanced+Level+%282nd-4th+Grades%29http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/I.%09DC-ESP+MIT+SCRATCH+Video+Game+Designers-Intermediate+%282nd-4th+Grades%29

Best,
Mike May and Penny Witter



A Discovery Moment: CBMM Special Assembly Kicks Off "The World is Our Oyster ... Project"!
(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - September 24, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2016 7:19 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.4 ... and Thank You, Third Grade Teachers ...!

Dear Discovery Center Third Grade Parents:

Thank you, Mrs. Horst, Mrs. Simons, and Mrs. Storck for being such good sports and grand WWTBAM Special Assembly ‘contestants’ helping to kick off ...

A Discovery Moment 5.4: SPS-DC "The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure"
Students Begin a Multi-Faceted – Integrated – CBTrust-Grant-Proposed – Program:
CBBM OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECTLEVEL UP VILLAGE GLOBAL EXCHANGEH2O INVESTIGATIONS - 'GLOCAL' RAIN BARRELS INITIATIVE
A Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)their contributions might have lasting implicationsfor our entire St. Paul's School communitythe Miles River - Gunpowder-Patapsco River (Talbot & Baltimore Counties) Watershedsand for the conservation initiatives of developing communities across the globe
Through a Special Assembly…

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For Details and Additional Photos of the Program, Check Out On-Going Postings on this Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/C.%09CBT-PBL+Chesapeake+Bay+Ecology+%26+Nautical+Engineering+%283rd+%26+4th+Grades%29

Exciting! Thank you for your support of our third grade preservationists!

Thank you, students, for your brilliance!

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment 5.3: Engineering in Reverse?!
(Email Blast to Parents - September 16, 2016 & eBulletin - September 22, 2016)

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A Discovery Moment 5.3: Reverse Engineering!
Tinkering Collaboratively, St. Paul’s Fourth Graders ‘Reverse Engineer’: Dissect Robot Toys.(Problem-solving engineers discover how something works to determine ways it can be improved.)

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A Discovery Moment: CBMM Special Assembly!
(eBulletin - September 22, 2016)

Special Assembly TOMORROW, Friday, September 23, 2016


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“The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”: We will hold a Discovery Center - Third Grade Homerooms: Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration Project Kick-off - Special Assembly tomorrow, September 23rd, 2:30-3:15 p.m., at which we will be welcoming Ms. Jill Ellis, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum School and Family Programs Manager, who will present “OYSTERS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY”. We are so excited about this Center project introduction as well as the upcoming important work the third graders will engage – an incredible philanthropic and preservation project of global proportion! For more information about the CBMM’s Oyster Legacy Program as well as all its offerings, check out their website: http://cbmm.org/. Hope to see you on Friday!

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A Discovery Moment: Global Collaboration Day Scavenger Hunt Winners!
(Email Blast to Respective Parents - September 22, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:03 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: SCAVENGER HUNT WINNING TEAM ... Second Annual Global Collaboration Day Activity ...

Fourth Grade Team and Respective Parents,

The winning team for the Global Collaboration Day Scavenger Hunt is …

KRAY 3Ba: Congratulations, 'L', 'T', 'S', and 'C'!

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Wonderful Team Work!
Mike May

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A Discovery Moment 5.3: Reverse Engineering Caine-Inspired Arcade Marble Runs
(Email Blast to Parents - September 22, 2016)
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A Discovery Moment 5.3: Third Graders ‘Reverse Engineer’As They Collaborate on Marble Runs!
(Students begin their first Small Group Engineering Design Challenge: Caine's Arcade Marble Run.)

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A Discovery Moment: CBMM Third Grade Homerooms Field Trips!
(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - September 20, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:47 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Little, Melissa <mlittle@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Third Grade [Wide] DC-CBMM Field Trips on the Horizon ... Chaperones Needed, Please ...
Importance: High

Dear Third Grade Discovery Center Parents,

We have a wonderful opportunity presently to extend the Discovery Center program beyond the walls of our St. Paul’s Lower School! Connecting the Center’s nautical science and marine engineering activities with the third grade social studies unit on the Chesapeake Bay, I will be taking each homeroom class in turn to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland:

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Would you please review the flyer & permission slip attached with your child and return it to me ( c/o the Discovery Center) no later than Monday, September 26th. (Flyers will also becoming home with your child tomorrow, September 21st.

Also for these trips we will need one parent volunteer to help chaperone for each time. That parent chaperone will also need to drive his or her own car, for there is limited seating on our school van, driven by yours truly. Those who are interested in going (and driving) please email me, also by next Monday. Suggested I follow the protocol for selecting parent chaperones for all third grade field trips, I will “have a drawing from those interested and will let you know who was selected” for each trip. I hope you will considered coming with us on this incredible trip!

Best regards,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment 5.3: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!
(Parent Share - September 17, 2016)

STUDENTS SHINE WHEN DISCOVERING!
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'P' literally shined this week as he tackled the process of reverse engineering.

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'J' took the lead this week as his team tackled the process of reverse engineering.
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'A' took keen interest and took very seriously the process of reverse engineering.

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'M' quickly tackled the process of reverse engineering, and then circulated through the room helping her teammates as well as others.


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'M' thoroughly enjoyed as she persevered through the process of reverse engineering.

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'J' thoroughly enjoyed as he diligently worked through the process of reverse engineering. Welcome to Discovery, 'J'! Welcome to St. Paul’s!
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'G' quickly donned the role of leader for his team as they ‘collaborated and communicated’ during their first Discovery challenge: LEGO “Team BUILDING”. Bravo, 'G'!
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'W' quickly donned the role of leader for his team as they ‘collaborated and communicated’ during their first Discovery challenge: “LEGO Team BUILDING”. Bravo, 'W'!
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'C' did a great job with his team as they ‘collaborated and communicated’ during their first Discovery challenge: “LEGO Team BUILDING”. Bravo, 'C'!

So proud of you all!




A Discovery Moment 5.3: Engineering in Reverse?!
(Email Blast to Parents - September 17, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 8:09 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.3 ...

Dear Discovery Center Third and Fourth Grade Parents:
A Discovery Moment 5.3: Engineering in Reverse?!

Students tackle their first Discovery Building Challenges in the Center:
Third Graders ‘Reverse Engineer’ as They Collaborate on Marble Runs!(Students begin their first Small Group Engineering Design Challenge: Caine's Arcade Marble Run.)
Tinkering Collaboratively, St. Paul’s Fourth Graders ‘Reverse Engineer’: Dissect Robot Toys.(Problem-solving engineers discover how something works to determine ways it can be improved.)
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For Details and Additional Photos, Check Out On-Going Postings on this Wikispace Project Page:
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/B.%09Tinkering+Collaboratively+-+Reverse+Engineering+%283rd+%26+4th+Grades%29
So proud!
Mike May
Problem Based LearningThe Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment 5.2: Global Collaboration Day!
(eBulletin - September 15, 2016)
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A Discovery Moment 5.2: World Collaboration Day!
Fourth Graders kick off a Year of Global Proportions through a School-Wide Scavenger Hunt:
“Can We Save the World Through Engineering?”

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Check us out weekly @
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A Discovery Moment: CBMM Special Assembly Preparation / Invitation!
(Email to Lower School Community - September 11, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:07 AM
To: Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Faus, Dave <dfaus@stpaulsschool.org>; Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; Scott, Mick <mscott@stpaulsschool.org>; Sottak, Kevin <ksottak@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Jamie <jsmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Hawley, Peter <phawley@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: CBMM Special Assembly ... An Invitation ...

Lower School Community,
What a wonderful assembly this past Friday, the Matsiko World Orphan’s Choir, and with much appreciation to Nick Holland and Bryan Powell for bringing this special group to us! Bravo for these youngsters! Now for the upcoming Special Assembly #2 for the 2016-2017 school year … I would like to introduce this assembly, slated for Friday, September 23rd, 2:30-3:15 p.m., as part of a Discovery Center-Third Grade Homerooms, and partner organization with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, collaborative:
“Our Chesapeake Bay Heritage: The World is Our Oyster in Saving Our National Treasure”.
We are so excited about this project introduction as well as the important work the third graders will engage – an incredible philanthropic and preservation project of global proportion! Included here (and attached) are a letter of support from Kate Livie, CDMM Director of Education, and an outline of the Oyster Project Assembly, presented by Jill Ferris, CBMM School and Family Programs Manager, for your students and your further information:
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As always, thank you for your consideration and support for our young PBL-STEAM enthusiasts!

Best,
Mike

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment 5.2: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!
(Parent Share - September 10, 2016)

GLOBAL COLLABORATORS EXTRAORDINAIRE
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'B' approached his first team challenge thoughtfully and collaboratively - what a team player!
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'S' stealthily approached her team's first challenge - what perseverance!
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'A' enthusiastically joined his team for its first challenge - how he encouraged his teammates!
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'T' quickly assumed a leadership role for his team's first challenge - Bravo!


A Discovery Moment: Historic Ships - U.S.S. Constellation Overnight ... LAST CALL!
(Email Blast to Third Gradel Parents - September 8, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2016 4:34 PM
To: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>; Storck, Patricia <pstorck@stpaulsschool.org>; Simons, Stacy <ssimons@stpaulsschool.org>; Horst, Kara <khorst@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: LAST CALL ... Third Grade U.S.S. Constellation Overnight Adventure ...

LAST CALL!
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Dear Third Grade Parents:

We would like to announce a possible exciting addition to our 3rd Grade’s Colonial and Chesapeake Bay units of study and our Discovery Center’s 3rd Grade Nautical Engineering unit of exploration:

A Nautical Engineering “All ‘Bout Historic Ships” Sleepover …

The U.S.S. Constellation Overnight Adventure
A St. Paul’s Discovery Center – Historic Ships in Baltimore Collaborative
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Overnight Programs Overview: http://www.historicships.org/overnight_adventures.htmlSample U.S.S. Constellation Schedule: http://www.historicships.org/documents/ConstellationSampleSchedule_001.pdfSample U.S.S. Constellation Menu: http://www.historicships.org/documents/ConstellationSampleMenu.pdfVideo of a Scout Troup in Action on U.S.S. Constellation: https://youtu.be/THQEmpGS-VM
Please consider this a “heads-up - interest survey” and “save the date”; and after reviewing the links and attached flyers, would you indicate your willingness to have your child participate by responding to this email. The event will run one weekend (SAT-SUN) in late September.
We will need a few parent chaperones to attend as well; if you are interested, please indicate that, too.
If interest indicates, more detail to follow!
Best,Mike May


A Discovery Moment: Global Collaboration Day!
(Email Blast to Respective Grade-Level Parents - September 8, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:34 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; and respective grade-level teachers
Subject: HARVARD EXPERT SAYS SCHOOLS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION ... COME 'DISCOVER' THAT WE DO!

Dear [Kindergarten/First/Second/Third/Fourth]Grade Parents:

September 15th is Global Collaboration Day …


HARVARD EXPERT SAYS SCHOOLS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDEGLOBAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

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Which sparks the Questions: Are we addressing the needs of our students to learn to be globally inclusive citizens? Are they learning the technology and communications skills they will need to navigate our global economy? If not, the time is now.

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In an article recently published in Education Week by Fernando M. Reimers, a professor of international education and the director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program at Harvard University, addresses the issue head on:
Preparing students to live and work in an integrated world and contribute to improving society fulfills public schools’ intended purpose. But many schools fail to provide students with such opportunities at a moment in history when the need has never been greater… Educators around the world, and the children they teach, must take the time to learn from one another… Using technology, educators can encourage students’ project collaboration with peers in other countries to reinforce these learnings.
(Full article here: EdWeek: Turning Students into Global Citizens)

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/08/03/turning-students-into-global-citizens.html?utm_source=NEWSLETTER+LUV+Current++%26+Past+Clients+%28updated+August+2016%29&utm_campaign=95f4e301f6-The+Responsibility+to+Teach+Global+Inclusion&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2a26419588-95f4e301f6-110687973

At the Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School, we’re already connecting students for project collaboration with peers in other countries. Our goal is to globalize the classroom through pioneering STE(A)M courses, provided by partnership with the Level Up Village organization. Level Up Village delivers pioneering global STEAM enrichment courses that promote design thinking & 1-to-1 collaboration between students around the world. Together, we provide the curriculum, the technology, the teacher connections and access to a network of global partners around the world to facilitate seamless global collaboration between students. Here are [some] upcoming Center projects as examples:

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Kindergarten Global Storybook Engineers
In this eight-week course, together with their Global Partner, students learn fables, stories and myths from different cultures - and then explore how they can re-engineer the outcome using household and crafting materials!
Related Skill Set
Literacy = Students learn myths, fables and fairy tales from many different cultures.Engineering = Students engineer clever methods to ensure your storybook heros’ endings are always happy!Global Citizenship = Students share your hands-on engineering experiments by video with your Global Partner Student (who lives in a developing country).
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First Grade Global Sound Artists
In this course, students build their own guitar, spinning drum and pan pipe as they understand sound and learn how to appreciate culturally diverse music.
Related Skill Set
Learn about Music = Students develop an understanding of vibration, pitch and volume.Build Your Own Instruments = Students build your own musical instruments: guitar, spinning drum and pan pipe.Global Exchange = Students talk to global partners, explore different sounds from around the world and learn to appreciate culturally diverse music.
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Second Grade Global Explorers
In this course, students become environmental detectives: they take virtual field trips, learn about classification of animal kingdoms and prepare a multimedia green screen presentation about an indigenous species of their choosing.

Related Skill Set

Virtual Field Trips = Students take virtual field trips to various biomes and habitats and learn about their indigenous species.
Green Screen Presentation = Students learn how to use a green screen by making a multimedia presentations about a species of their choosing.
Global Citizenship = Students collaborate by video with their Global Partner Students (who lives in a developing country) to work on a green screen presentation project.

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Third Grade Global Scientists
In this course, students learn about water - how it can be polluted, cleaned, tested, stored and understood at an atomic level. Students will complete a global research project about water usage and conservation while getting to know their Global Partner in a developing country.
Related Skill Set
Chemistry = Students earn about the water cycle and how water can be tested, cleaned and stored safely.Engineering = Students design, build and tweak water filters, biodomes and water towers.Global Citizenship = Students collaborate by video with your Global Partner Student (who lives in a developing country) to research water usage and to help bring clean water to the world.
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Third Grade Global Doctors: Anatomy
In this course, students collaborate with Global Partner students to learn about World Health and human body systems by performing specimen dissections and discussing health issues in their respective countries.

Related Skill Set

World Health = Students explore the dynamics of health from country to country.
Specimen Dissections = Students master basic anatomy by completing animal dissections every class.
Global Citizenship = Students collaborate by video with your Global Partner Student (who lives in a developing country) to discuss global health issues and potential solutions.


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Fourth Grade Global Web Designers
In this course, students learn how to code websites and work with their global partners to design and publish a social awareness website on the theme of global climate change.

Related Skill Set

HTML / CSS = Students learn how to code websites with HTML and CSS: the two skills which provide the basis of most of what we see online.
Global Climate Change = Student understand global climate change and learn about climate initiatives around the world.
Problem Solving from a Global Perspective = Students collaborate with their Global Partner Students on a website, showcasing their research, culture and hobbies.

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Fourth Grade Global Inventors
In this course, students collaborate with Global Partner stuents who lack reliable access to electricity. Together, they design and build solar-powered flashlights by harnessing the power of 3D printing and renewable energy tech!
Related Skill Set
Engineering = Students master the Engineering Design Process and learn about electricity and 3D printing.CAD/3D Printing = Students get to grips with industry-standard CAD (computer aided design) software for 3D modeling.Global Citizenship = Students collaborate by video with a Global Partner Student (who lives in a developing country) to solve a global issue.

We Are St. Paul’s Discovery … “Going Glocal”!
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Come Discover With Us in Our Discovery Center… **http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/**.
Best,
Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower Schoolb
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A Discovery Moment: Global Collaboration Day!
(Email Blast to Lower School Community - September 6, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 1:31 PM
To: Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Gahm, Joni <jgahm@stpaulsschool.org>; Dugger, Barbara <bdugger@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Second Annual Global Collaboration Day hopes to connect every school ... ONCE AGAIN FOURTH GRADERS NEED YOUR HELP, PLEASE ...
Importance: High

Dear Lower School Colleagues,

Thursday, September 15th, is Global Collaboration Day.

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The fourth grade Discovery Center students once again will celebrate beginning this week and next with their SECOND ANNUAL ENGINEER SCAVENGER HUNT, seeking problems to solve which take on a more ‘GLOBAL’ perspective. As with last year, you do not have to do anything, really, other than be aware of their presence outside your room as well as the “global issue” you are “concerned about”. See email trail below for additional details. (Students will be monitoring each other in the hallways – it is part of the competition – so behaviors ought to be under control as they scavenge the lower school halls.)

Thank you for your support of the budding GLOBAL engineers, and HAPPY GLOBAL COLLABORATION DAY!

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Mike

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A Discovery Moment 5.1: Student Spotlight ... BRAVO!
(Parent Share - September 3, 2016)

NEW YEAR ... NEW FRIENDS ... NEW CHALLENGES

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'B' was so thoughtful as he joined his new Discovery Center group, participating in our first challenge…
During our follow up discussion about how we focus on the process over product, 'B’s remark, “It is the journey that counts,” impressed us all!


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'E' was so thoughtful as he joined his new Discovery Center group, joyfully participating in our first challenge!
'A' quickly donned the role of team player as she joined her new Discovery Center group, participating in our first challenge!


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'K' easily joins her new Discovery Center group in her new school, already donning the leadership role!




A Discovery Moment 5.1: Conundrums! Conundrums! First Week!
(eBulletin - September 8, 2016)
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A Discovery Moment 5.1: Conundrums! Conundrums!
Lower Schoolers face their first Problem Solving Challenges in the Center:
Third Graders, “Where Do I Sit?”
Fourth Graders, “I Got Your Back!” and “LEGO ‘Team’ Building”
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Check us out weekly @
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A Discovery Moment 5.1: Conundrums! Conundrums! First Week!
(Email Blast to Third & Fourth Grade Parents)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2016 6:29 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Wagoner, Jill <jwagoner@stpaulsschool.org>; Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: A Discovery Moment 5.1 ...

Dear Discovery Center Third and Fourth Grade Parents:

A Discovery Moment 5.1: Conundrums! Conundrums!
Lower Schoolers face their first Problem Solving Challenges in the Center:
Third Graders, “Where Do I Sit?”
Fourth Graders, “I Got Your Back!” and “LEGO ‘Team’ Building”

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For more photos and activity details, check Discovering Discovery wiki project page @
http://stpdiscoverycenter5.wikispaces.com/A.%09Discovering+Discovery+%283rd+%26+4th+Grades%29

Best,

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment: It's a New Year in Discovery - The Center Celebrates Its 5th Year !
(eBulletin - September 1, 2016)
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It’s a NEW YEAR - Celebrating the Discovery Center’s 5th Year!
“So what will happen in the Discovery Center this year?”

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A Discovery Moment: Sparking Interest in Girls for STE-A-M !
(Email Blast to Admissions and SPS & SPSG Communities - August 30, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:00 AM
To: Donovan, Martha <mdonovan@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>; Hawley, Peter <phawley@stpaulsschool.org>; Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Faus, Dave <dfaus@stpaulsschool.org>; Evins, Penny (SPSG) <pevins@spsfg.org>; Kearney, Susan Bond <skearney@stpaulsschool.org>; Scott, Mick <mscott@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: FW: [New post] Why it’s So Important to Spark Girls’ Interest in STEM and How to Get Started

Martha,

Thank you and Peter for sharing SPS admissions statistics with us lower school teachers at our opening meeting When I read this article about the importance of sparking girls' interest in STEM [STEAM] and (re)considering not only the ratio of lower school girls to boys but also Dave's opening remarks about continued coordination between SPSG and SPS, thought you and others might enjoy it as well ...

http://www.levelupvillage.com/important-spark-girls-interest-stem-get-started/

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Our hope is to inspire connections across campuses as well as around the globe!

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"You Go, STEAM Girlz!"

Best,
Mike

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment: New DC-ESP Offerings!
(Email Blast to Third & Fourth Grade Parents - August 25, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:32 PM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Hooper, Julia <jhooper@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: LOOK FOR THESE ...

… Discovery Center - ESP MineCraft and Scratch Video Game Design Workshops for Fall 2016-2017:

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A Discovery Moment: Welome to a New Shool Year in Disovery!
(Email Blast to Third Grade Parents - August 20, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:32 AM
To: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: Welcome to a New Year in Discovery ...
Importance: High

Dear Discovery Center Third Grade Students and Parents:
Welcome to a new school year! I hope you enjoyed your summer and are excited as I am for yet another Year of Discovery. In addition to our customary PBL-STEAM Projects, i.e.Tinkering Collaboratively: Reverse Engineering, Scratching the Programming Surface: Hour of Code, and Inventing Unconventionally - Automata ‘Crazy Machines’, this year we are adding incredible new curricula to the Center: Engineering Global Connections: Level Up Village with ‘Global Doctors: Anatomy’ Dissections, and ‘Global Scientists: Chemistry’ Environmental Preservation Experiments, punctuated by STEAM-BLAST DAYS ‘Mystery Packages’ (see attached flier explanation of this innovative approach to discovery)! Yes indeed, the Discovery Center Theme this year will be: “We Are St. Paul’s – Going ‘Glocal’!”

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We all are enjoying the remaining days of summer … yet anticipating an awesome school year ahead!

Warm regards,
Mr. May

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment: Welome to a New Shool Year in Disovery!
(Email Blast to Fourth Grade Parents - August 20, 2016)

From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:10 AMTo: May, Mike <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: Welcome to a New Year in Discovery ...
Dear Discovery Center Fourth Grade Students and Parents:
Welcome to a new school year! I hope you enjoyed your summer and are excited as I am for yet another Year of Discovery. In addition to our customary PBL-STEAM Projects, i.e. Tinkering Collaboratively: Reverse Engineering, Scratching the Programming Surface: Hour of Code, and ‘Hurricane to the Rescue’ Cardboard Boat Regatta, this year we are adding incredible new curricula: Engineering Global Connections: Level Up Village with ‘Global Inventors’ Tinker-Cad-3D Printing, and ‘Global Web Designers’ Coding & Publishing Social Awareness Websites, punctuated by STEAM-BLAST DAYS ‘Mystery Packages’ (see attached flier explanation of this innovative approach to discovery)! Yes indeed, the Discovery Center Theme this year will be: “We Are St. Paul’s – Going ‘Glocal’!”
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We all are enjoying the remaining days of summer … but anticipating an awesome school year ahead!

Warm regards,
Mr. May

Mike May
Problem Based Learning
The Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School

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A Discovery Moment: DRIVE "Book Report" - STEAM-BLAST DAYS!
(Email Blast to Lower School Community - August 17, 2016)

From: May, Mike
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 8:21 PM
To: Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>
Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>
Subject: STEAM-BLAST DAYS ...

Colleagues,

I want to share with you a brief “book report” on Drive by Daniel H. Pink, one of our summer readings; specifically how it has impacted, moreover how it reaffirms the design of our Discovery Center! In the author’s section “Ten Ideas for Parents and Educators”, I am delighted to see that such ideas are carried out daily in the challenges presented to our students: DIY Report Cards, Offer Praise … The Right Way, Help Kids See the Big Picture, and the occasional DC out-of-class-assignments in Apply the Three-Part Type I Test for Homework. But there is one of the author’s ideas – Have a FedEx Day – which we will embrace even more so in the Center this coming school year, called STEAM-BLAST DAYS, and attached for your information is a description of this novel approach!
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Thank you for your consideration,

Mike

Mike MayProblem Based LearningThe Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment: NSTA-STEM Conference - Forming Partnerships!
(Email Blast to Lower School Community - July 30, 2016)

From: May, MikeSent: Saturday, July 30, 2016 9:26 AMTo: May, Mike (mmay@stpaulsschool.org) <mmay@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: NSTA-STEM Conference - Developing Partnerships ... GOING GLOCAL!
Colleagues,
Just a quick update on my trip to the NSTA-STEM Conference in Denver Colorado: quite an experience!
The theme of the conference was “Developing Partnerships”: "As our nation recognizes the importance of STEM education to our economic future, we are beginning to see collaborations in STEM education between preK-middle schools, high schools, higher education, and business and cultural communities, with varying degrees of success and impact. The sessions [presented] demonstrate an impact and have been successfully implemented ….”
Participating in discussions with panelists representing formal and informal education institutions from a number of areas, sharing strategies they have implemented to leverage their resources and increase their impact by developing strong long-term partnerships with museums, governmental agencies, and business and industry, as well as other formal and informal education entities across the spectrum, I was so pleased to discover comparably, St. Paul’s Lower School is already well on its way in creating and implementing such partnerships. Bravo to you all!
I would like to continue to develop through the Discovery Center, and with your help, initiatives that will create unique, successful partnerships – both locally and globally – that support your classroom programs as well as where our lower school students benefit; cannot wait to discuss details with you when we return to school late August!
We are St. Paul’s … “GOING GLOCAL”!
Thanks for your consideration,
Mike
Mike MayProblem Based LearningThe Discovery Center at St. Paul’s Lower School
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A Discovery Moment: Discovery Center Program Published!
(Email Blast to Lower School Community - June 24, 2016)

From: May, MikeSent: Friday, June 24, 2016 10:00 PMTo: Lower School Community (SPS) <lowerschoolcommunity@stpaulsschool.org>Cc: Powell, Bryan <bpowell@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Katherine W. <ksmith@stpaulsschool.org>; Smith, Jamie <jsmith@stpaulsschool.org>Subject: 'Discover-ed' Exciting, 'LUV-ly' news ...
Colleagues,
Exciting news! The Discovery Center will be highlighted on the Level Up Village world-wide blog in the next few weeks, through an article “An Exciting Hands-on Tour of Human Body Systems at St. Paul’s School in Maryland”, sharing the third grade LUV course of study Global Doctors: Anatomy and the Center’s Global Doctors Seminar Week. This incredible LUV course along with two others engaged by fourth graders and ESP-ers last year, Global Inventors: 3D Printing and Global Video Game Designers, provided our Crusies via the Center invaluable global connections with peers in Uganda, Costa Rica, and India. I will send you notice when the article is published, so stay tuned! In the meantime, the following links to recent articles purporting the value of the ‘LUV-connection’ through such notable publications might also be of interest to you:
Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/creating-meaningful-global-connections-bridget-suvansri;One.org: https://www.one.org/us/2016/03/29/how-3d-printing-provides-new-modes-of-learning-in-rural-kenya/; and,Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanprice/2016/03/26/this-edtech-startup-helps-kids-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world-learn-steam-subjects-together/#5ec8900622ab.
Enjoy!
Hope your summers are going well,
MikeLEVEL UP VILLAGE ARTICLE - STP DISCOVERY CENTER
AN EXCITING HANDS-ON TOUR OF HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS AT ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL, MD
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Mike May at St. Paul’s School invited parents including Dr. Dawn Gretz to give hands-on presentations about the skeletal system, the nervous system, circulatory system and more to students in the Discovery Center during Global Doctors Seminar Week.
Mike May at St. Paul’s School invited parents including Dr. Dawn Gretz to give hands-on presentations about the skeletal system, the nervous system, circulatory system and more to students in the Discovery Center during Global Doctors Seminar Week.

“Does anybody know how many bones there are in the body?” asked Dr. Dawn Gretz. “Very close. There are 206 bones in the human body, but when you’re born, you start out with 300. Some of them fuse together and become one.”
Later in the lesson, students donned scrubs and clustered around the table while Dr. Gretz taught each one how to use a bone saw and then how to cast the broken leg of a dog skeleton.
This lively, hands-on lesson about the skeletal system took place at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland, this March as part of Global Doctors Seminar Week.
Organized by Mike May, facilitator of the Discovery Center at St. Paul’s School, Global Doctors Seminar Week consisted of six presentations on human body systems led by volunteer St. Paul’s parents as a culmination to the students’ Level Up Village Global Doctors: Anatomy course.
Five doctors and an EMT engaged students in a variety of activities such as the dissection of a (very large) cow’s heart, a virtual tour of a Johns Hopkins operating room while an operation was in progress, and a role-playing exercise to better understand how neurons and neurotransmitters transmit messages. May was delighted to invite parents into the Discovery Center for this series of lessons.
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“Cooperation and collaboration with parents is essential for an effective educational community,” said May. “I have always felt comfortable and privileged to connect with SPS parents, who have made all the difference in our students’ experience.”
St. Paul’s launched the Discovery Center under May’s guidance in 2012 to enhance the traditional academic curriculum of the lower school through inquiry-driven, project-based learning (PBL) in response to a complex question, problem or challenge.
“We all recognize that U.S. education can and should be doing more to prepare our young people to succeed in the 21st century. Skills such as problem solving, innovation and creativity have become critical in today’s global economy,” said May. “Integrating 21st century skills into the teaching of core academic subjects, particularly in the area of STEM education, is a win-win proposition for everyone involved.”
Before…and after he realizes there is an insect inside the abdomen of the frog he’s dissecting! Just one of many memorable moments in Global Doctors: Anatomy at St. Paul’s School, MD.
Before…and after he realizes there is an insect inside the abdomen of the frog he’s dissecting! Just one of many memorable moments in Global Doctors: Anatomy at St. Paul’s School, MD.

St. Paul’s School is committed to educating students of character and integrity who are motivated lifelong learners prepared to succeed in today’s complex world, explained May. To achieve that goal, the School has identified several areas of strategic priority, including global education.
The school partnered with Level Up Village starting in the fall of 2015 to bring global collaboration to the Discovery Center with courses such as Global Inventors (3D printing), Global Video Game Designers and Global Doctors: Anatomy.
“It’s clear that the St. Paul’s community understands the importance of making global connections. And it’s up to every one of us to ensure our children receive them,” said May. “The folks at Level Up Village have provided both innovative STEM curricula and incredible humanitarian venues for us to succeed in reaching our goal; we are most appreciative of their work!”
Students learned to cast a broken bone on a dog skeleton under the direction of parent volunteer Dr. Dawn Gretz during Global Doctors Seminar Week.
Students learned to cast a broken bone on a dog skeleton under the direction of parent volunteer Dr. Dawn Gretz during Global Doctors Seminar Week.

In all their Level Up Village courses, students at St. Paul’s School follow the same curriculum and exchange video messages with global partner students to share what they learned, while asking questions about daily life, hobbies and popular culture in each other’s countries. St. Paul’s School also helps sponsor STEAM education in the developing world through Level Up Village’s Take a Class, Give a Class model: a portion of tuition is used to donate the same courses and all supplies to the global partner organizations.
During Global Doctors Seminar Week, May took the global exchange one step further. He made a video of each parent presentation on human body systems so his students could share the entire experience with their global partners at RIC-NET in Ghana. What a great way to ensure students on both ends of the course could benefit from these wonderful parent presentations!
On the other end of the Global Doctors: Anatomy collaboration were students at RIC-NET in Ghana. They followed the same curriculum and exchanged video messages with their partners at St. Paul’s School in MD throughout the course.
On the other end of the Global Doctors: Anatomy collaboration were students at RIC-NET in Ghana. They followed the same curriculum and exchanged video messages with their partners at St. Paul’s School in MD throughout the course.



A Discovery Moment: Teacher Reflection
(Presented at Faculty Summer Work Reports Session - August 23, 2016)

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The Discovery Center
Project [Problem] Based Learning, STEAM, and Global Education

There has been a debate in Education of late: Do We Do Project [Problem] Based Learning or STEAM? Both PBL (project [problem]-based learning) and STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some -- as we have attempted here in the St. Paul's Lower School Discovery Center since its inception four years ago -- are leveraging the strengths of both to do STEAM and PBL. With a push for deeper learning, teaching and assessment of 21st-century skills, both PBL and STEAM help target rigorous learning and problem solving. They are not exactly the same, but they can easily be connected to teach not only STEAM content and design challenges, but also authentic learning and public, high-quality work. In fact, we know that STEAM education isn't just the content, but the process of being scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists and technological entrepreneurs.

Broadening our scope to a wider stage this our fifth year, Going 'Glocal" by also encompassing more of Global Education will be the focus of the learning in the Discovery Center! We don't think there's any denying that the world has become a smaller place. And we think it needs to be an important priority of our school to have ways of helping kids recognize that globalization is something they have to understand and respect and become one with – not just because of the economy, but also because there are all these different cultures and different peoples of the world, and if we're all going to make it together, we've got to understand each other. And, what better way to develop empathy for – no, celebration of – others than to wrestle with common problems and collaborative solutions through PBL-STEAM projects!

Here are some ways that PBL and STEAM can complement each other as we deliver Globally-Charged instruction in our Discovery Center:

From Design Challenges to Authentic Problems

Many of us have experienced, either as a teacher or student, the bridge design challenge. It often unfolds in this way. Students are given the challenge to make a bridge out of materials that will hold the most weight. These materials might be marshmallows, glue, toothpicks and the like. Students are given multiple opportunities to try out ideas and refine their work. It might culminate in a public content or presentation day when the bridges are tested for the last time. This is a fun and engaging design challenge that encourages the freedom to fail as well as opportunities for revision, reflection and using critical thinking skills.

In the Discovery Center, PBL can take this design challenge up a notch. Instead of just designing a "fake" bridge, students actually make recommendations to real architects and engineers for local bridges that 7need repairs. Some further math or physics content might be intentionally included and scaffolded so that students end up writing a rigorous design briefing and make a public presentation to the architects. Here the work can be more authentic and perhaps make a real difference as students truly become designers of real-world STEAM work.

21st Century Skills

One of the essential elements of PBL is the 21st century skillset. These skills are often defined as the 4Cs – creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication -- although there are many more, including technology literacy and health literacy. In a PBL project, we teach and assess one or more of these skills. This might mean using an effective rubric for formative and summative assessment aligned to collaboration, collecting evidence, facilitating reflection, and scaffolding many quality indicators and collaboration skills within the PBL project. Although STEAM design challenges foster this naturally as an organic process, PBL can add the intentionality needed to teach and assess the 21st century skills embedded in STEAM.

For example, we might choose to target technology literacy for a PBL-STEAM project, build a rubric in collaboration with students, and assess both formatively and summatively. In addition, the design process, a key component of STEAM education, can be utilized. Perhaps a design process rubric is used in the PBL project, or even an empathy rubric that leverages and targets one key component of the design process. When "marrying" PBL and STEAM in projects, the 21st century skills not only fit well, but fit intentionally into the assessment process.

Integrated Disciplines

Project [Problem]-based learning can target one or more content areas. Many PBL teachers start small in their first implementations and only pick a couple of content areas to target. However, as teachers and students become more PBL-savvy, STEAM can be great opportunity to create a project that hits science, math, technology, and even arts content. The key is to start with the content. When we design projects for the Discovery Center, we need to leverage the backwards design framework and begin with the end in mind. The questions should be: What STEAM content will be assessed? What products will students create to demonstrate mastery of these many content standards?

As STEAM focuses on integration of content, pairing STEAM with PBL can hit not only STEAM content, but also content outside of the core STEAM subjects. English can be integrated, as well as foreign languages and social studies. It's all about designing effective PBL that targets these content areas.

As STEAM and PBL continue to grow in implementation within our Discovery Center, and we grow in our understanding of both, we hope to continue to fit them together in curriculum and instructional practice. Additionally, these two approaches can capitalize on each other's strengths and fill each other's potential gaps. The key is an intentionality in design that recognizes what might be missing from each approach. We will also continue to engage in a design challenge to create STEAM-PBL projects, and share our work with like-minded practitioners.

Global Education

This year the Discovery Center will partner even more than in the past with Level Up Village, an organization that delivers pioneering global STEAM enrichment courses that promote design thinking and 1-to-1 collaboration between students around the world.

The LUV mission is to globalize the classroom. They want to provide the curriculum, the technology, the teacher training and access to their network of global partners around the world to facilitate seamless global collaboration between students.

How does it accomplish this? They provide a turn-key solution for schools to equip students with the skills they need to navigate an increasingly global economy. Schools offer their courses during the school day, after school and in the summer. By partnering with them, schools directly sponsor STEAM education in the developing world through our “Take a Class, Give a Class” model. Their pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses align well with the goals of the Discovery Center by promoting design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real-world problems between K-9 students in the U.S. and partner students in developing countries.

By participating in these courses, students also develop the softer skills of global collaboration and communication, which are now targeted in ISTE, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Launched in 2012. Furthermore, LUV runs courses at more than 100 U.S. schools in 20 states, with 30+ Global Partner organizations in more than 20 countries.

Looking back, it has been a wonderful four years of ‘Discovery’ for our St. Paul’s Lower School students within the Center, and in turn for their teacher; but moreover, looking ahead, the realm of PBL-STEAM-GLOBAL possibilities is only limited to the imaginations of the children.

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Discovery Center Planning 2016-2017
(Presented to SPS Administration- July 12, 2016)

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A Discovery Moment: Global Read Aloud Possibility 2016-2017(Email Follow Up to Mission Committee - June 4, 2016)
Presentation to Mission Committee = Global Read Aloud
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Thank you, Mission Committee members and Jenn, for the time to present another seed idea for a global outreach reading project. For further clarification, especially for those primary class (K-2) representatives, here is the link to the Prezi presentation:








Let me know if you have further questions at this time? As follow up, please know that I will be phone-conferencing with the LUV folks on Monday morning, and in touch with Bryan about specifics.

Have a great summer!
Mike