This year in the Northwest/South Bronx Region, students and teachers have brought new meaning to the phrase: “Think outside the box.”
For instance, students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) are reaping the academic benefits of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit, answering his call to be stewards of one another and protectors of the environment by brainstorming creative ways to affect positive change in the world.
Students at various schools have engaged in community outreach programs at local hospitals, senior centers and veterans’ hospitals. This has given our students the opportunity to do “hands-on” civic learning outside the classroom and put the words of the Gospel into action.
At St. Simon Stock in South Fordham, students are following through on the Holy Father’s latter calling—to be protectors of the environment—with the creation of self-sustaining rooftop gardens and community garden initiatives. This has provided students with a tangible way to engage and fulfill Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, which calls us to be stewards of our planet and environment.
In order to successfully innovate, it is crucial to recognize when new, available resources can be leveraged to enhance our teaching strategies. This year, eight of our regional schools adopted Eureka Math. Eureka Math aims to cultivate a deep understanding of mathematical concepts instead of relying on rote memorization. Although Eureka is a recent implementation in the region, both teachers and students have offered positive feedback on the curriculum.
The Northwest/South Bronx is proud to foster not only the development of well-rounded students who are capable of thinking critically and creatively, but also creating faithful, civically responsible citizens.