Dear Parent / Guardian,
Welcome back! We are in the home stretch of the school year and it feels like the days are passing by at warp speed. We have quite a variety of articles in this month’s newsletter from gardening to STEAM projects. Don’t forget to click on Summer Sports Camp link at the bottom to see all of the great opportunities for your children.
Wishing you a Happy Easter!
The Catholic Central High School Admissions Team
Spring Planters Made Easy – A Simple DIY
We love outdoor planters for so many reasons. They bring us closer to nature, they surround us with freshness, they add color and brightness and they bring a sense of charm and character. What if we tell you that you can enjoy all of these perks AND it will be low maintenance AND you can do it yourself for a fraction of the retail cost?
We have two planter options to share with you. Both make a beautiful addition to any porch, deck or outdoor area. What’s even better is that while these beauties do need partial shade, they do not require deadheading or picking!
What you will need:
- 1 – Sweet Potato Vine
- 1 – White Bacopa Flower
- 1 – New Guinea Impatiens or Million Bells
10-12” Hanging Pot
- 3 – Purple Bacopa Flowers
- 2 – Vinca Vines
Here are a few tips to consider:
- Decide if you would like your planter to bloom all at once or in stages. That will help you decide if you should choose all of your plants so that they are at the same or similar stage in their life cycle so your planter blooms evenly or if you should choose your plants at varying life cycles to spread out the blooming.
- When planting, fill the pot ¾ full with soil, then place the vines in the center. Arrange the Bacopa so it cascades over the edge and then if you are adding flowers, tuck them in between the vine and Bacopa. Use some of the remaining soil to secure plants in the pot.
- If using an existing pot, be sure to measure it and adjust the quantity of plants you need according to your pot size.
Catholic Central’s Global Perspectives Engineering Project
Catholic Central’s Advanced Integrated Science classes are underway with their Global Perspectives Engineering Project focusing on the Global Water Crisis.
Being a global project means our CC classes partner with classes in other countries (Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Ukraine). Further, our students are able to partner, one-to-one, with a specific student from their partner class and communicate via video file on a shared website hosted by LUV. They start by introducing themselves to each other and progress in their alternate communications to discuss their local water environment, what the water crisis means to them and ways to improve the current situation. This 6-8 week collaborative project culminates with the students in each class designing a water filter and building it into reality using a 3D printer.
The mission at LUV is to globalize the classroom and facilitate seamless collaboration between students from around the world via pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses. To be successful in the jobs of the future, students will need to apply learning across various disciplines and collaborate across national, social and economic divides. By participating in LUV courses, students not only develop cutting-edge STEAM Skills, but also the softer skills of global collaboration and communication.
We are excited to be implementing this academic project that also provides an opportunity to fulfill Catholic Central’s Core Values: Wonder, Lead, Strive, Serve, Love and Honor. Not only will our students gain more experience working outside of their comfort zones, they will be building world community and sharing the mission and values we strive to follow.
Catholic Central High School – 2019 Summer Sports Camps