Centrally located in Richmond’s Museum District students and faculty of SGHS use specific collections and visiting exhibits at VMFA and the Virginia Historical Society to expand the academic program. Walking there and back in one class period allows faculty to capitalize on these widely recognized community resources, using the museums as an extension of our campus. Our faculty make connections between museum collections and history, culture, sociology, science, art, and more. By visiting local cultural institutions, we embrace the community in which our school is located and connect with the art and artifacts located in our neighborhood.
All School Field Trip to DC
One day of the school year is devoted to mobilizing the entire student body to Washington D.C. to explore our nation’s iconic buildings and cultural institutions. Designed and facilitated by faculty leaders, each of the four classes has its own specific itinerary tailored to the curricular focus for that grade level. Students experience first hand the treasures of museums, memorials and monuments gaining insight into pivotal leaders, historical events, government procedures, and the fabric of American culture.
Carytown is an urban shopping district near the school that features over 250 eclectic stores and restaurants within a nine block section of Cary Street. Students use this close proximity as a resource for Graphic Design, Video Editing, Sociology and Foreign Language classes. In addition, students walk to Carytown for lunch on early release days, taking in a variety of local restaurants in our community.
Beyond the Classroom
Summer of 2016 Programs
The Beyond the Classroom Study (“BTCS”) supports and funds study outside the classroom for current Saint Gertrude High School faculty. The grants awarded are for programs that enhance teaching skills and benefit SGHS students, and are not otherwise funded under the annual SGHS budget.
CodeVa: Exploring Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles & Project Bootstrap
With our Beyond the Classroom Grant, we participated in CodeVA’s Exploring Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles Teacher Training and CodeVA’s Project Bootstrap teacher training to integrate coding in the Algebra curriculum. Our goals for the training were:
- Increase knowledge of Computer Science and confidence in offering a variety of options for SGHS students.
- Get a full understanding of APCSP and the associated curriculum.
- Get a full understanding of best practices for delivering introductory CS curriculum with eye toward improving and expanding SGHS’ current offerings.
- Get a full understanding of best practices for integrating coding into the Algebra I and Algebra II curriculum.
- Join a local and nationwide community of educators working to provide CS and coding opportunities for high school students.
Each of us began the training in June with an online component. In July we attended sessions facilitated by CodeVA and held at Cosby High School in Chesterfield. Participation continues throughout this school year with a combination of quarterly workshops and online activities designed to build a professional learning community. Read More
Teaching the Humanities through Art
Kim Bullock (English) and Jamie Bowling (History) attended the week long Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington D.C. Read More
Tía Tula Spanish Teacher Immersion Program
Stefanie Wilson: This summer, I spent a week in Salamanca, Spain to study with a small group of Spanish teachers from the United States. We were in a teacher immersion program that focused on how to better teach our students a second language. Read More