Get the latest “buzz” on what’s going on around St. Bede School.

From current student to graduate notables and all the banter and chat from the new classroom learning aids like whiteboard tables and laptops to teacher training and certification updates, this is the spot to get in the know.


St. Bede Graduate Notables :

Central Catholic Baginski Scholars Program Senior Symposium –
Jack Maier, Max Nowalk, and Andrew Klabnik, all 2013 St. Bede graduates, presented their work in this program to the public during this symposium, the week of 24 April 2017.

You can find some information about the Baginski Scholars Program on the Central web site at this link HERE.

 Max Nowalk was honored with the overall best thesis for the program this year though all were “outstanding thesis” award winners. congratulations to those students and their valued, lovely families.




Two Global Competence Initiative Scholars:

St. Bede alumni Gabrielle Moran and Luisa Watkins, Class of 2013, will graduate from Oakland Catholic High School this May as Global Competence Initiative Scholars. Gabrielle and Luisa are members of the inaugural GCI cohort at Oakland Catholic. Over the course of four years, students in the GCI program must complete specific history, language, science, and literature courses. In addition to these academic requirements, students must also participate in 12 cultural encounters and 3 cultural engagements. The Senior GCI Scholars will present their culminating research projects to the public on Thursday April 6, 2017 in Oakland Catholic’s Joan of Arc Building Auditorium following a keynote address from the Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center. Congratulations Gabrielle and Luisa!


Future City Winners at the National Competition:

Congratulations to our Future City Team, who recently represented us in Washington DC.

Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station 90.5 recently did a feature on our team’s success. Cut and paste the following url to listen to the segment:



St. Bede School Student Notables:

Just this year, St. Bede students have celebrated Day of the Dead in Homewood Cemetery (complete with a Mexican hot chocolate, enchiladas and Dia de la Muertos Bread), painted sunflowers a la Vincent Van Gogh but using their feet, planted bulbs in the muddy ground for spring, had the previous class’s Joan of Arc Scholars visit from Oakland Catholic High School, gathered food for the needy, packed lunches for the homeless warming stations in the city, won awards at the East End Cross Country Championships, had a couple soccer teams go to the play-offs, and more.

In addition to their daily classes and the STEM and arts enrichment programs at the school, students enjoy a number of outside influences to bolster their math and science skills, to help with their creativity, to enhance their sense of the world, and to foster a sense of giving back to the community. Here we post photos to show off some of those students and activities.

The Carnegie Science Center’s Rockin Robots at St. Bede!

Carnegie Mellon University’s “Moving Fourth into Engineering” Program

Fourth Grade’s Beat Poetry Reading

The University of Pittsburgh Science Lab makes its annual trip to St. Bede School!


St. Bede School Teacher Notables:

Mrs. Hurley (Preschool): Meaningful Conversations in the Early Childhood Classroom
Dialogic Reading is an interactive technique used to encourage adults to ask questions and engage the child in discussion so they become the teller of the story. I am excited to start using this technique in my classroom where we love to read books everyday.

Mrs. Wallnau (Kindergarten) & Mrs. Truxell (Reading K-2): DIBELS Deep Workshop
DIBELS Deep is a brief diagnostic to identify students falling behind in literacy skills. In the workshop we learned how to administer and score the test, target instruction and monitor progress, and practiced suggested classroom activities, some of which Mrs. Truxell already uses with reading classes and Mrs. Wallnau uses with kindergarten handwriting.

Mrs. Petrarca-Ballog (Grade 1), Mrs. Graves (Grade 3), Mrs. Snatchko (Religion 7-8): Christianity in the Middle East
This was a day of prayer and reflection at St. John’s Ukrainian Church on the South Side where we enjoyed learning about and experiencing a Ukrainian mass, and hearing from a speaker about Christians in the Middle East.

Mrs. Marks (Grade 2): ALICE Workshop
This was a workshop on keeping all children safe in case of a violent intruder, either outside our school building or inside the building.
A – Alert L – Lockdown I- Inform C-Counter E – Evaluate. In this workshop, we were not only given verbal information, but we also acted out many different instances that could occur during the school day.

Mr. Riedel (Grade 4) & Mrs. Kelly (Grade 5): Levels 1 & 2 SMART Notebook Workshop
This workshop was basic training in the use of a SMART board in the classroom. We learned about using the SMART board as aid for instruction, review, and evaluation. The class reviewed the basics of the hardware hook-ups and software requirements. The most informative part of the class focused on using the SMART Exchange (a resource of many, many lessons that other teachers have created and uploaded in just about any subject area you can imagine!) and the use of the gallery and tools section (where you can make lessons using images and text from almost any website). It makes almost any material available to share with students!

Ms. Kozak (Grade 6): The Framework for Teaching: High Quality Questioning and Formative Assessment Strategies
This session focused on using Dr. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge levels to formulate questions and to assess student learning formatively.

Mr. Jones (Math 6-8): Rebuilding Computation Skills through Deep Understanding
We discussed the importance of learning the concepts taught in upper-level mathematics not through memorization, but through application to prior knowledge and tying-in new concepts to the ideas students learned in prior grades, all the way back to elementary school. It challenged me to see in my teaching where I rely too heavily on formulas and theorems and give those to students to solve problems, instead of deeply explaining why we use those formulas and why they work. I’m excited to apply what I learned in the workshop to my teaching in the math classroom.

Mrs. Killmeyer (Science 5-8) & Mrs. Miller (Math 3-5): Level 3 SMART Notebook Workshop
This workshop helped teachers who use and are very familiar with the SMART Board SMART Notebook program. We worked with more advanced applications that we were less familiar with. We also learned about the SMART EXCHANGE where teachers can create and share lessons with other teachers. This workshop will help us keep our SMART lessons new and exciting for our students. We will also be able to see, use and share lessons with other teachers.

Ms. Musisko (Art K-8): Lessons in Imagination
All of the art teachers in the diocese met with the Director of the Arts Education Collaborative to go over a new framework they developed for all schools in the Pittsburgh area. The framework helps organize and scaffold the art curriculum so that skills and concepts build and develop from year to year. It centers around asking “essential questions” and developing “big ideas” which allows students to make connections to other subject areas and to the world around them.

Mrs. Werner (Music K-8): Composition and Improvisation
As an extension to the current music program, I am excited to incorporate some of the improvisation techniques I learned with my students who are learning the recorder.

Mrs. Annichine (Physical Education K-8, Health 5-8): Life Skills Workshop
This workshop provided a complete K-12 curriculum designed to teach children basic life skills – everything from learning how to build a positive-self image to how to effectively communicate with others. The class was very informative, and I am excited to implement this new curriculum into our health classes next year. Each unit comes with a parent letter so you will not only know what the children are learning but also can continue the conversion at home.

Mr. Costello, Mrs. Sene, Mrs. Watkins (World Languages K-8): Unifying Cultures through the study of world languages.
The workshop demonstrated how to address in language classes the relative lack of cultural awareness among students of Elementary, Middle and High School. We reviewed and discussed several strategies and activities that can be used in class and with any foreign languages.

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