Waterloo Catholic school wants computer for every kid

News-DemocratFebruary 18, 2014 

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Waterloo is working toward becoming a one-to-one school, where each student will have a computer at his or her fingertips.

The kindergarten through fourth-grade teachers all now have Google Nexus 7 Asus tablets, and the upper grade teachers are all getting Google Chromebooks. School officials plan to move to a one-to-one initiative where each student will be provided a laptop that will be their own with Chromebooks for all students in grades fifth- through eighth-grade.

The plan for the Nexus tablets is for there to be one tablet for every two students in grades kindergarten through fourth. The details are still being finalized, but the devices may be in place as early as August.

The purchase of this latest technology is being made with funds through the school's annual Education First campaign.

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Saint Paul's Lutheran School in Troy is hosting its second annual E-Cycle event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the school parking lot, located at 106 N. Border St. The event is open to the public.

The recycling event will take electronic items including computers/laptops, video game systems/games, electronic toys, CD/CDRW/DVD drives, hard drives, disk drives, scanners, printers, speakers, monitors, TVs (limit of two), medical equipment, phones, office equipment, power cords, cables, wire, all appliances and electronic household items, among other items.

Any donations will benefit student scholarships, the athletic program and the 2015 seventh- and eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact the school's recycling volunteer Jim Walls at 618-677-4976 or 618-420-9259.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Jack Glassman will present "Super Lasers: How Lasers Work and What They're Used For" during an upcoming Teen Science Cafe.

The event is hosted in part by the SIUE Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research, Education and Outreach. Glassman, an associate professor of physics, will explain how lasers work through hands-on activities. He also will take attendees through an exploration of real-life applications of his research.

Glassman will speak to ninth- through 12th-graders from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Cahokia High School, located at 800 Range Lane. Individuals who would like to attend the event are encouraged to email kingann@stclair.k12.il.us or feldhakelh@stclair.k12.us.

To learn more about the initiative, visit the Gateway Teen Science Cafe website -- http://www.teencafestl.org -- or call the SIUE STEM Center at 618-650-3065.

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Immaculate Conception School's MathCounts team of Elena Biske, Spencer Biske, Dan Haller and Jacob Hennes finished in second place at the regional MathCounts competition Feb. 8 on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

MathCounts was originally developed by engineers to promote high achievement in mathematics at the middle-school level, with this regional contest being sponsored by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers St. Clair Chapter. By virtue of the school's second place finish, the Immaculate Conception team will advance to the state competition on March 8.

Elena was honored for scoring third place overall individually, and Spencer placed 11th as an individual and was the highest scoring sixth-grader at the challenge.

Immaculate Conception in Columbia also won the first place team trophy in the small school division, while coming in second place only to large school champion Liberty Middle School of Edwardsville. Other students who participated in the MathCounts competition were seventh-graders Mason Babcock, Andrew Gibson, Lucas Herrmann, Sarah Rose and Jack Sainz and sixth-grader Robbie Guetterman. The students are coached by math teacher Karen Weiler.

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Two local foundations based in Granite City -- St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Madison County's It Starts Here Foundation -- have joined forces and recently awarded $40,000 in scholarships to students in Madison County.

The 2013 scholarship recipients are as follows:

* Katrina Cordova, who attends Southwestern Illinois College

* Samuel Richey, who attends Saint Louis University

* Stephanie Swanson, who attends Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

* Amanda Wineburner, who attends SIUE

The two foundations have also established the Congressman Jerry Costello Scholarship, which was made possible through the funds raised at the 2012 event "An Evening with Congressman Jerry Costello" presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Madison County.

The 2013 recipient of this $16,000 scholarship is Molly Etling of Freeburg. She attends University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Columbia High School senior Ian Boyer-Edwards has been selected as a finalist for National Merit Scholarships to be offered for 2014. Ian has met all of the requirements necessary to advance to finalist standing from a field of 16,000 students. The merit scholarship winners will be announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation beginning in April, May and July.

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