10/23/2012 2:34:00 PM Students enjoy new science lab
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Christ the King sixth graders Jessica Loboy and Jeffrey Nelson sit in science class.
MILWAUKIE — Finishing the details of putting together a new science lab was a joy for sixth grade teacher Molly Drenner of Christ the King Catholic School here.
“I’m so excited for the students to be able to collaborate and watch each other navigate through science investigations," says Drenner.
Gone are the days when Christ the King middle school students worked independently at their desks. With auction funding, along with a matching gift from a long-time parish employee, funds were secured to create a dedicated science lab in the growing K-8 school.
The converted computer lab (Christ the King supporters also raised funds for a mobile laptop cart) sets the stage for what Principal Joe Bridgeman envisions as the first stages of creating a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at Christ the King.
“We are preparing our students for the future, equipping them with problem-solving skills to participate in an increasingly scientific and technological world,” Bridgeman says.
Christ the King has increased enrollment by 32 this year. The parent group welcomed new families by organizing a social gathering in a local park during the summer and matching each new household with an experienced mentor family. “Parents really appreciate this gesture," says Megan Thyken, president of the Parent Community Organization. "It lessens the anxiety when their child can identify at least one familiar face.”