Our Northern Westchester/Putnam schools are envisioning creative incentives to inspire students to excel.
In our Northern Westchester/Putnam schools this year, we witnessed great opportunities for innovation and the cultivation of positive student attitudes. We have welcomed the energetic direction of two new principals to the region at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Columbanus Schools, where administrators are implementing a uniquely Catholic student incentive program. With the goal of instilling core values into our students from bell to bell, the program motivates student engagement and promotes personal responsibility by intentionally celebrating good behavior.
St. Patrick’s School in Yorktown is transforming curriculum through the Galwicki Family Foundation Full STREAM Ahead program. Thanks to a generous grant from a proud alumnus, students in all grades have access to a new STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and Math) classroom, including 30 laptops, 6 collaborative TV monitors, and a 3-D printer. In embracing the program’s interdisciplinary mission, technology is being used by all teachers to complement instruction in every subject.
Underpinning all of the region’s work this year is a commitment to maximizing the use of classroom technology. St. Patrick’s School in Bedford incorporated blended learning into their classrooms by utilizing both online and digital platforms with traditional student instruction. Also enabling us to deliver on this important objective, several of our teachers are now Google Certified, proficient in using Google for Education to enhance classroom instruction. Google ChromeBooks are now fully accessible to students from grades K-8.