Thursday, February 16, 2017

How Important is Play in Preschool?

At ULS, we recently held an Open House event for the preprimary program.  As parents sort through the big decision about what path their child should take for preschool, I thought it would be useful to understand how "play" is an important component in the learning process. ULS preprimary educators seamlessly weave play and academics together.  The classroom for these young students becomes a vibrant and positive environment in which learning  and fun become synonymous.  Read more about play and learning in the article below.

Play in Preschool

Friday, February 10, 2017

How Important are College Rankings?

As our seniors are in the process of making their final college selections and our juniors are preparing to start the college application process, it seemed like the timing was right to examine the significance of college rankings.  This concise article offers a variety of professional opinions on how to utilize and how NOT to utilize college rankings during the college selection process.  This read is a nice "warm-up" to the upcoming College Planning Program being offered by ULS College Counselor, Joe Niemczyk, and Financial Advisor, Tony Drake.  

 How Important are College Rankings
Jesuit College Fair at ULS

Join us For the College Planning Program at Thunder Bay Grille @ 5:30pm.
RSVP Jennifer Becker   Jennifer.Becker@universitylake.org

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Importance of Theatre in High School

This February ULS students will bring Disney's High School Musical to the stage.  60 of our 148 students in grades 7-12 will be participating in the cast and crew of this new "American Classic."   Forty percent participation in a school activity that requires countless hours of practice and commitment speaks volumes about the strength of the ULS theatre program.  So, why is it important for students to participate in theatre?  What do the students gleam from the inordinate hours of rehearsal and performance?  Is it worth the disruption of your family's schedule so your child can participate in these dramatic productions?  The answer of course is Yes, Yes, Yes...  Check out the attached article that outlines some obvious and some not so obvious benefits your child receives when they participate in theatre.  See you at the show!

79 Reasons Why Kids should Study Drama in High School

                                             
Photo Courtesy of Jenn Mazza

Friday, January 27, 2017

Kids and Manners

I often hear adults discussing how our society is now void of manners.  We live in a time in which basic common courtesy seems rare.  Many of us long for an environment where simple respect and human decency are not oddities.  As parents, we can certainly help create a culture that is more mindful of manners. We can raise a generation in which basic manners are the cornerstone of building earnest compassion and empathy for others.  After all, compassion and empathy are the traits that will inspire us as a society to thoughtfully solve large scale problems.  Please enjoy the following article that provides practical ways to help children develop mindful manners.

Teaching Manners--It Still Matters: How to Teach Good Manners






Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What Makes Students Like School?

What are some of the key indicators that a child will like school?  A football field with astro turf? A state of the art theater?  Brand new text books?  An extensive hot lunch selection?  It turns our that children are much more emotionally sophisticated than to be pacified with the material aspects of a school.  Instead, students long to be heard.  They want to be at a school in which teachers, peers and administrators know them personally.  Children long to be a part of a school in which they feel connected and they are allowed to speak freely and be heard.  Giving students a voice is truly what makes ULS shine!  Read more here about what makes kids actually like school.  


Why Kids Like to Go to School and Why the Don't.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Integrated Studies

During the 2016-17 School Year, ULS has incorporated an all school integrated study unit about water. The study includes examining water through a scientific and environmental lens, in addition to looking at the symbolism of water in poetry and literature and visual art.  Integrated studies have been an educational approach for a long time, but the small size of ULS makes them especially robust. Enjoy the attached article that outlines some of the basic principles of the integrated studies strategy.

An Introduction to Integrated Studies


Friday, January 6, 2017

Kids and Curiosity 

Curiosity is a nebulous trait.  Unlike tangible skills such as mastery of multiplication facts, curiosity is hard to quantify and measure.  Regardless of its' ethereal nature, we know curiosity is one of the key ingredients to cultivating life long learning. Fostering curiosity in all students promotes a society of on-going innovation and improvement as students become adults.  At ULS, this understanding of the importance of curiosity is at the core of our curriculum and teaching methods.  Our teachers are experts at flaming the fires of curiosity in ULS students.  Read  more about the importance of cultivating curiosity  in this PBS article.

Let's Find Out! Three Tips to Raising Curious Kids.