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Guardian Angels is First School in Tampa Bay to Receive STREAM Certification

Earlier this month, Guardian Angels became the first school in Tampa Bay to receive STREAM certification which is issued by the Florida Catholic Conference and the National Council for Private School Accreditation. They are the fifth school statewide to earn this distinction.

In 2016, Guardian Angels Catholic School introduced a STREAM curriculum. STREAM provides a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, similar to commonly-known STEM programs. It also includes two additional areas: religion and art.

“We are fully immersed in our STREAM program, and we are excited about the variety of learning experiences this program brings to our students. On any given day, our classes cover composting, coding, the catechism, classic art and so much more,” said Mary Stalzer, principal.

Some of the principles of a STREAM-certified school include:

  • They seek to increase the participation of groups that are under-represented in the sciences.
  • They increase content literacy for all students including those who do not pursue technology-related careers or additional studies in the STREAM disciplines.
  • They are inclusive. They serve a broad population and operate on the dual premises that math and science competencies can be developed and that all students need access to STREAM competencies to become full participants in 21st Century education.

Catholic schools welcome employees and students of all faiths.

Photos courtesy of Guardian Angels Catholic School


Students Find Relief in New Sensory Room at Morning Star School in Pinellas Park

Four years ago, Principal Susan Conza had a dream of building a Sensory Room for her students at Morning Star Catholic School. Now, it’s finally here and helping to calm and soothe children with autism and learning difficulties. The children are immersed in an environment that engages their senses to help them self-regulate when their nervous systems are over stimulated.

“When a student’s nervous system is overwhelmed this room is designed to help them regain control,” said Conza. “The children may also choose to go to the sensory room as a preferred activity.”

Another benefit of the Sensory Room is that children have a safe space if they become overwhelmed.

“We want to respect the privacy of children who need time and space to modulate their nervous system,” added Conza.

“Under the direction of an occupational therapist, the sensory room experience provides therapeutic benefits as well as helping children to improve fine motor and gross motor skills with movement activities.

The Sensory Room was designed with consultation from an occupational therapist and funded by donations from families and local businesses. It includes a bubble tube, water table, rice table, fiber optic lights, compression canoe, sound machine, large stuffed animals and more.

About Morning Star Catholic School

Morning Star Catholic School in Pinellas Park is a Diocese of St. Petersburg school that offers a full academic program from elementary to high school for students with learning disabilities and related learning difficulties. The goal is to help each child develop academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically in a caring environment.

Morning Star looks beyond labels to see and serve each child as a gift from God. There are many pathways to success. Morning Star seeks to help every student realize their dreams of the future.

The Diocese also operates a Morning Star Catholic School in Tampa.

St. Petersburg Catholic High School Announces Major Renovations to Main Classroom Buildings

St. Petersburg Catholic High School has announced a multimillion-dollar revitalization project of its two main classroom buildings, Bishop Barry Hall and Notre Dame Hall, marking the first major renovation to the classrooms since they were built in 1957. The buildings, including twenty classrooms and eight departmental offices, are expected to reopen by the first day of school on Thursday, August 9th.

Renovations include a refinished terrazzo in corridors and first-floor classrooms, new laminate flooring in second-floor classrooms, safety-rated and insulated impact resistant glass windows and doors, Apple TV and integrated whiteboards, dropped ceilings and enclosed air conditioning units, and an exterior restoration to Spanish Mediterranean architecture with the original red brick finish. Bathrooms renovations are expected by late 2018.

“The revitalization project transforms our classrooms into twenty-first-century learning centers,” Principal Ross Bubolz said. “Each and every student will be impacted by this project, serving current and future Barons for generations to come.”
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Major Renovations Underway at St. Petersburg Catholic High School from Diocese of St. Petersburg on Vimeo.