The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Science, Math, Technology Education Center conducted a recent site tour of our grades K-8 and determined that Blessed Sacrament School is a Recognized STEM School of Distinction at the MODEL Level.
Feeedback about Blessed Sacrament School included the following:
Blessed Sacrament K-8 School embeds a systemic thematic approach to leading and learning. Your school has established strategies of implementing community partnerships fostering connections between student studies and the world outside their classroom in a balanced approach in all content areas and equally responsive to cultivating the soft skills.
Seeing first hand your schools strategic approach to leading and learning through whole school themed concepts of Invention Convention to Mission to Mars along with the support from their community partnerships with Alamance Maker Faire, the NC Museum of Natural Science and others; instructional resources such as the Lab Learner, Open Court, Saxon Math; was impressive.
A culture of innovation resounded throughout the visit. Lab space for student exploration and inquiry was evident and especially presented with student run project displays. Students exhibited a keen understanding of purpose relating to coursework and relevance connecting to their world outside the classroom. Engineering design was additionally present as K-8 students shared the importance of inquiry, collaboration, team work, and improvement.
It was also noted that students could verbalize why they did what they did, and what they learned from the multiple activities shown. Speaking with students and hearing first hand their experiences through statements such as being "immersed in their projects" using the "engineering design process" was not just rhetoric but rather embedded within the schools culture.
It was clear that students have ownership and pride in the work they produce which is key to systemically engaging them in critical thinking and problem solving that will empower them to be life learners: equipped and ready.