Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Six for six: One senior's college application success

Its baseball season again….and for those of you who keep track of statistics you can probably recite every player who ever went six for six at-bats.   I have no idea who that might be in the baseball world but I can tell you one Rosary student who has gone six for six this year.  Her name is Kelly Loughran and she is six for six in college applications resulting in college acceptances. 
Mrs. Crismon and I are often asked how many colleges a student should apply to during the application process.  Although there is no exact number, we often say six: two you can be sure will say “yes”; two that are likely to say “yes”, but there is a slight chance of “no”; and lastly, two that will probably say “no” but you want to take that risk and apply anyway.  Some people call that three-tiers.  Some call it safe, likely, and reach schools. I call it “no crying in April” because your choices will bring you good news, joy, and relief. 
One of the most important messages we send during the application process is “follow directions” and “listen.”  Kelly did that.  She applied to six universities and was accepted to ALL six.  She applied early action to Boston College, Miami University, and Notre Dame. She also applied to UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara.  She received six “yes” responses.  Kelly chose carefully, researching the universities that offered what she wanted and decided to forgo the angst associated with having to choose a university from among an unruly number of acceptances.
Kelly has decided to attend the University of Notre Dame and join her sister Kit and brother Ryan for the 2014-15 academic year.  She applied to The College of Arts and Letters planning to study in the Program of Liberal Studies. Congratulations, Kelly, and thanks for listening.

Mrs. Ellen Trojnar '69
Academic Counselor 

Kelly with her teammate Maddie McDonald and Ms. Andrea Barclay at the soccer senior night.

Kelly and her mom, dad, and brother.

Religion and technology: Finding holiness through smartphones

When you start class by asking students to take their cell phones out of their backpacks, you definitely catch their attention. Students in the Mission class at Rosary High School had the chance to incorporate technology with their religious studies by going on a video scavenger hunt around campus. 

With the guidance of their smartphones, they journeyed to various sacred spots on campus. These sophomores scanned QR codes at locations on campus that inspire holiness, such as the chapel and statue of Mother St. John Fontbonne, the foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  This QR code linked to a video related to curriculum in the class.


After watching the video, the students used their phones to answer quiz questions using Socrative, a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

This exercise in technology ended across the street from Rosary’s campus at Acacia Park, where the students wrote reflections on finding holiness in nature.

"My goal was expand my classroom beyond its four walls, " said religion teacher, Michelle Reagan.  "I want my students to see that what we study isn't limited to
textbooks. God is present in all that is good.  The scavenger hunt challenged them to see holiness in a new way."

The students enjoyed being able learn outside the classroom in their "family" learning groups– groups of students within the class who work to build relationships with one another while exploring their individual journies of faith. "It brought us together in our families and nature," said Alexa Brinegar ’16.