9/24/2013 3:24:00 PM St. Clare, Southwest Portland
St. Clare School photo
Teacher Tony Irlbeck and student Kellar McCarthy test network cables at St. Clare School.
Even before students arrived, it seemed it would be a good year. It was the usual whirlwind: moving furniture back into classrooms where new carpet has been installed, re-stocking the school office cabinets which are sporting new doors, and covering the walls with messages of welcome.
The school extended a special welcome to Jessica Dowling, new middle-school math teacher.
The school is continuing its centennial celebration, which began last month with a special mass celebrated by Archbishop Alexander Sample.
After a year of careful research and planning, St. Clare has begun a digital device program for 7th and 8th graders. Students will use a personal mobile device at school and home, giving them continual, easy access to digital textbooks, all of their ongoing class work and team-related projects, educational software and applications, and many other programs, such as word-processing, spreadsheets and graphic and photo design. During this pilot year, seventh graders will use iPads and eighth graders will choose from iPads, laptops, and Surface tablets.
Meanwhile, St. Clare is establishing a “Digital Dragons” team made up of 22 seventh and eighth graders specially trained as troubleshooters and mentors for other students. The school expect all middle-school grades to have devices by next fall.