Bio: Mr. Westgate has worked in a variety of fields over his career. He worked as a professional rehabilitation counselor and computer trainer for 16 years at Good Shepherd Home in Allentown, worked for several colleges and universities as a computer instructor for 35 years, worked as a Educational Network Manager and Instructor for Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems for 8 years, and has been working as the Technology Instructor and Coordinator and now Technology Coach at St. Theresa School Since April of 2007.
A quick word about Technology at St. Theresa School for 2019-2020 School Year from Mr. Ken Westgate
As many of you may know by now I had planned to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Over the summer my plans have changed and I will be returning on a part-time basis for the 2019-2020 school year. My role will be slightly different than in my previous 12 years at this school. I will be serving as a Technology Coach. A Technology Coach trains both students and staff in how to maximize the school's technology resources in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve teaching and learning outcomes. I will be going into the classrooms each week to do this instruction and will be focusing on hands-on learning project-based experiences that also emphasize how to integrate the STREAM (Science Technology Religion/Reading Engineering Arts and Math curriculum content) into a true blended learning experience as part of the Diocese emphasis on the new curriculum they introduced for STREAM education last year. I look forward to working with all of our returning staff and students as well as our new students, faculty, and families in the year ahead. I am very blessed to have been given the privilege to return to this school that has been such a wonderful part of my life for many years now.
Some Final Notes for the 2018-2019 School Year
We have had another terrific year. Our Voya School Garden Grant began with some great indoor gardening using our Hydroponics and Aquaponics units along with some window gardens in Grades Kindergarten through Fourth. Our Outdoor Gardens were planted in late April and are flourishing as well. All of our outdoor Gardens are mobile making it easier to move them to the best places to get sun and rain. We did over 40 WEBinars this year covering many topics in science, the arts, and career education. We held four middle-school dissection classes covering the heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes using cow, sheep, and pig body parts. This helped our Middle School students get in-depth hands-on experience in learning about these organs and their role in our bodies. We did our first elementary school dissection doing an OWL pellet dissection with grades one and two.
The School added four new Interactive 4K HD Interactive Digital Displays to replace aging Interactive Whiteboard Technology. These mobile units are available on all floors and in Friendship Hall. We have added additional Roku Digital Information Displays in the Main K,1,2 Hallway, outside the new Office Location, and in Friendship Hall. Our new school security system is working very well and provides better management of individuals entering and leaving the building, as well as helping to monitor student activities in the hallways, in Friendship Hall, and on the Playground area.
Some additional notes for parents and students
We have made changes again in our Acceptable Use Policy so please read that carefully when you get it before signing it. If you have questions, please contact Ken Westgate for further explanation.
Genius Hour and MakerSpace Projects -- Middle School Students -- The resources below are intended as general resources for all Middle School Students working on STREAM and/or Maker Space Projects throughout our school year.
MAKERSPACE AND GENIUS HOUR RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS: (All documents below are PDF files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to open)
MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPUTER CLASS AND TEACHER REVIEW DOCUMENTS (Computer Foundation Skills)
(The above link contains security and storage management tips for teachers and students)
File and Folder Lesson Detailed