spring 2019 fourth and Fifth Grades
SU 30 WWII Dogs Through Historical Fiction
During this course, students will read Duke (Dogs of World War II). We will discuss World War II and how dogs participated in the war. We will focus on reading skills such as comprehension, vocabulary, and keeping a reading notebook. Students will take a non-graded weekly comprehension quiz to track their understanding of the text. Throughout the course, we still learn about World War II and how the dogs were used in the War.
COST: $ 20 ROOM: Alfred 37
Miss Carrie Rooney is a sophomore early childhood education major. She is minoring in special education and considering a second minor in theology. Miss Carrie has been babysitting since she was 11; at the age of 15 she began training to be a summer camp counselor at Miracle Mountain Ranch. In 2017, she began to work at The Goddard School, a preschool in Murrysville. Miss Carrie was homeschooled through 8th grade and then attended private school. She looks forward to teaching in Step Up!
SU 31 Branching Into Government
This is a course that will be designed to teach students the different branches of our government as well as their right and duties at citizens. We will begin the course by defining what it means to be a citizen venturing off into what we do as citizens in our community. The course will transition from talking about how citizens help their communities to jobs in the government. Students will choose jobs they may be interested in pursuing to act as during a portion of the course to show in what ways they will help their community.
COST: $ 20 ROOM: Alfred 38
Ms. Gabrielle Sadekoski is a freshman majoring in Early Childhood Education with plans to be certified in PreK-6 with a minor in Special Education or Philosophy. She has several experiences working with and teaching children including observing and teaching in a third-grade classroom. She participated in a leadership/mentorship program for the youth. Her favorite experience has been working as a floater in a daycare for over a year and a half, but primarily spending her time with school-age this year. In her free-time she is out trying new things, reading, and spending time with family.
SU32 Basics of Boxing (limited to 6 students in grades 4/5)
In this boxing course, students will be learning about the basics of boxing such as how to shift weight, throw proper punches, jump rope, hit the bag, and will include work with the instructor by using mitts. THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH OTHER STUDENTS PERMITTED. The benefits for students are working on agility, eye-hand coordination, workout endurance, respect and good manners. This course can be looked at as a Physical Education class that is strictly boxing based. If you love being physically active and cannot stand still for more than a minute, then this is the course for you!
COST: $ 20 ROOM: Carey Gym Lobby
Mr. Sanders is a Junior at Saint Vincent College majoring in Early Education. Mr. Sanders had multiple experiences working with children. When he worked at the PPG ice rink in Downtown Pittsburgh, he gave multiple skate lessons. He mainly gave skate lessons to young children considering they had no idea how to skate. Many have come back and requested another skate lesson with him! He has two nieces in which he baby sits when in need of a baby sitter. One niece is 5 years old and the other is 6 months old. Mr. Sanders currently works at The Cheesecake Factory in Southside, PA. He is a dedicated and hard worker. He also works out and spends time with family and friends on his free time.
3:00 - 4:00pm
SU33 Wacky Wizards of Art
In this course, students will discover and study the works, processes, and materials of several “wacky” modern artists. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the works of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, and Wassily Kandinsky. Students will experiment with new materials, including found objects, natural materials, and more, along with learning new techniques for drawing, painting, and collage. Students can look forward to being hands-on with all new art styles, and letting their wild side take the reins!
COST: $ 20 ROOM: Alfred 24
Ms. Madison Starliper is a sophomore at Saint Vincent College majoring in Art Education. She has had experience with teaching this course in Step-Up in the Fall semester to grades 4/5, with 5th and 6th grade students through her job at the Boys and Girls Club of Shippensburg, PA, and with K-1st grade students through volunteering for vacation bible school at her home church, New Guilford Brethren in Christ. She is an active member of the March of the Bearcats Marching Band at Saint Vincent College and attends every home SVC hockey game. In the future, Ms. Starliper aspires to be an art teacher at the K-5th grade level.
SU 34 Problem Solving with STEM!
Through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, we will look at real world problems and learn how to critically think and problem solve through hands on activities. We will explore problems and solutions in order to come up with the most efficient solutions. We will learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as explore solutions to our problems. If you enjoy problem solving and finding new creative ways to solve problems this class is for you.
COST: $ 20 ROOM: Alfred 32
Mr. Benon Brewer is a sophomore at Saint Vincent College. He is an Education Major with a concentration in PreK-4. He is on the Saint Vincent men’s swim team and swims freestyle and competes in both sprint and distance. Mr. Brewer works as a lifeguard on campus and over the summer. Recently he has become a pool manager in Brentwood, PA. Out of the three prior years he worked as a lifeguard at his local pool, two of those years were served as head lifeguard. Over the past two years Mr. Brewer has also been an assistant coach for his local summer swim team. He has worked with children from ages 5-18 to help them accomplish their goals. He has also taught swim lessons on and off over the past couple years. Mr. Brewer looks forward to getting to know and teach his Step Up students.
SU 35 Stupendous Sign Language
This course teaches students how to engage in basic conversations using ASL, or American Sign Language. We will learn how to sign new phrases and words every week, in addition to the alphabet, which can supply for any missing vocabulary. Students will compete in games of Around The World and Pictionary to help retain the new vocabulary they learned, and eventually engage in signing entire conversations, learning how facial expression, body language, and posture are just as important as knowing the signs themselves. No prior knowledge necessary!
COST: $ 20 ROOM: Alfred 30
Miss Angela Zenchak is a freshman at Saint Vincent College, majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in Special Education. She has much experience working with children, including volunteering at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, where she moderates activities that teach children about the local wildlife. She also has volunteered at Saint Maria Goretti’s after school program in Pittsburgh, coached the Little Panthers basketball camp, observed her church’s CCD classes and a variety of Whitehall Elementary’s special education classes. She is a proud member of Saint Vincent College’s Early Childhood Education Club and Campus Ministry and enjoys spending her free time at the Saint Vincent Morning and Evening Prayers, listening to music, and reading
4:00 - 5:00pm
SU 36 Diggin’ Dinos
By taking this course, students will develop an understanding about the creatures that walked before man! Students will view different types of dinosaurs that existed during the Mesozoic Era. The students will learn new fun facts and how these animals lived during the early ages of the world. The students will have a say in what dinosaurs are learned about in class and each class will discuss a new dinosaur. The class will end with an archeological search to discover dinosaur bones and determine what dinosaur they have found. If you are excited and interested in dinosaur history, this class is for you!
COST: $ 20 ROOM: Alfred 38
Mr. John Yester is a sophomore at Saint Vincent College majoring in Mathematics with a certification in Secondary Education. He has had many experiences with children, including working at the Mount Pleasant Baseball Clinic at the Laurel Highlands YMCA, baby-sitting, and coaching at the local football organization in Mount Pleasant. He enjoys working with children and helping them grow and learn new skills. In his free time, he enjoys playing a variety of sports including football, basketball, and golf and being outdoors. He loves spending time with his family and friends.