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Teachers Headed to China!

Mrs. Laura Florek, and Wendy McCarthy, teachers at James B. Eads School, have been selected as members of the first cohort of International STEM Fellows. This program, created cooperatively by the Chinese Education Connection and the Indiana Department of Education, will send a select group of ten teachers to China in October to observe math and science instruction in Chinese public elementary schools.  When asked about her reaction to being chosen, Mrs. Florek wrote, “I am extremely grateful and humbled to have been chosen as a member of the first cohort of International STEM fellows.  This is an invaluable opportunity to travel to the People’s Republic of China. I am beyond excited to learn more about STEM education from experienced STEM educators and curriculum experts.”

About STEM instruction Florek stated, “Students love hands on learning activities at the elementary level. Little do they know  they are learning to communicate, collaborate, think critically, and express themselves creatively  as they engage in fun, hands on STEM lessons. As a teacher, STEM gives me the tools I need to spark their curiosity and shape the minds of my students at an early age.”

McCarthy added, “My colleague Laura and I wrote our proposal as a team. We are extremely fortunate to have two teachers from our district selected.  Upon returning from China, we will design multiple STEM lessons that will be shared within our district as well as at professional development conferences throughout the state. We appreciate the support that we have received from our superintendent, Dr. Jeff Hendrix, and our principal Mrs. Linda Bevil. 

In addition to their school observations, STEM Fellows will also visit Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou.  Hangzhou is the capital of Indiana’s sister state, Zhejiang Province.  The teachers will visit schools in several locations in Zhejiang and will also be presenting information about public education in Indiana at a conference for administrators.

The program is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, and the Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.  The Chinese Education Connection, an Indianapolis educational professional development and travel company, is coordinating logistics for the program.

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and has been an emphasis in recent educational reform initiatives.  Eads Elementary, in collaboration with Purdue University Calumet, will focus on STEM standards during the first semester of school.  Purdue teaching candidates will be working on their Science and Math methods classes at Eads this fall with an emphasis on the STEM standards.   Our collaboration with Purdue will afford our students the opportunity to be creative, work collaboratively, develop critical thinking skills, and build on their communication skills. Different aspects of science, math, literacy, engineering, and technology will be incorporated into the STEM lessons.

Walk a Mile for Disabilities

Our students had a coin war for a week and raised money to donate to a local charity.  Our amazing families raised $2,046.87 for Planting Possibilities.  The students went to the Munster High School track and walked a mile on the beautiful, warm day.  A pep rally was held to announce the amount the school raised and present the donation to Planting Possibilities.

Lake County Library Reading Contest
Eads Elementary raised the most money in the Lake County Library Reading contest for the second year in a row.  Students raised $3, 608.   Brooklyn Kuna was the top fund raiser in Munster as well as the county.
Principals Math Challenge

Students have been practicing their math facts all year.  Mrs. Bevil held a Principal’s Math Challenge open to any student who completed their Rocket Math facts. 

1st grade: 7 award winners
2nd-10 award winners
3rd- 37 award winners
4th-24 award winners
5th-16 award winners

First Lady Visits Eads

Indiana’s First Lady Visits Eads Elementary

First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana’s Bicentennial ambassador, visited Eads Elementary School to meet with fourth-graders.  The First Lady came dressed as a woman from 1816 in a navy blue dress and hat. The 4th graders study Indiana history.  The students were invited to stop in Mrs. Pence’s office when they visit the state capitol in May.

Mrs. Bevil, Mr. Anderson, the Munster Town Manager, Mr. Ostojic,a school board member, and several students welcomed Mrs. Pence to the school and told her about the things the students have been studying about in Indiana history.  The students made a picture for Mrs. Pence and gave her a box of Munster’s famous Munster Donuts.

Mrs. Pence told the students that she is the governor’s wife and was a teacher for 25 years.  She shared stories about where she works and lives.

The First Lady told the students she chose to dress from 1816 because of the Indiana Bicentennial celebration this year. And she is the ambassador for the festivities.

Mrs. Pence brought along a large map of Indiana with the counties all outlined and let the students put blocks on the map representing the 92 counties of Indiana. All of the 4th graders helped put the counties on the map.

Students were able to ask questions before Mrs. Pence presented the class with an Indiana Bicentennial book.



At Eads, we are extremely proud to have the opportunity to host education students from Purdue University Calumet as they finish their work preparing to be tomorrow's teachers. The Purdue Calumet students do their on-sight Science and Math practicum classes as Eads.  The students are expected to teach science lessons and math lessons after they have spent time observing in the classroom.  The teacher candidates get to participate in all aspects of the classroom during their time at Eads.  This is the last semester before they begin student teaching so they are getting exposure to the culture of a school and gaining knowledge of what the classroom is like for the entire day.

This year Eads and Purdue Calumet collaborated to incorporate S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) standards at all grade levels.  Kindergarten through fifth grade students produced S.T.E.M. projects that they shared with their parents at a S.T.E.M. Fair held on December 3rd   After visiting their child’s classroom, families were able to take part in S.T.E.M. activities such as robot programming, electrical circuit construction and testing, rocket launching, aerodynamics, indoor planetarium, Lego architecture, Star Wars computer coding, Spheros Sprk, and much more. 

The STEM Objectives for each grade level:

Kindergarten: Use senses to observe, sort, and describe objects according to their composition and physical properties
First Grade: Determine properties of natural and man-made materials and their most important uses
Second Grade: Observe and describe the motion of an object and how it changes with applied force
Third Grade: Define the uses and types of simple machines and use them to solve a “real world” problem
Fourth Grade: Design a moving system and measure its motion
Fifth Grade:  Design a prototype that replaces a function of a human body part.

(Building Snap Circuits)

(MHS Robotics Team Demonstrating Their Robot)