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St. Dominic School Robotic Program

SPRK+ (Students Parents Robots Kids)

During the final semester of the 2016-2017 school year, St. Dominic students have been learning how to write computer code.They now have accounts at several coding websites that teach different coding languages such as Python and Java, as well as SCRATCH from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Learning to code is an increasingly important skill as it uses all the STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.)
It also teaches and reinforces critical thinking skills as well as utilizes strategies to help when you have written your code incorrectly!

Learning to code is definitely a "student - led" process. Certain students instinctively figure out the process and demonstrate to classmates how to solve problems. They are instructed to show and teach others how to achieve the goals they have acquired. This not only helps the other student, but reinforces the concept in the mind of the student who is teaching.

All this coding has been inspired by the addition of our new robot, affectionately called "Sparky".  Thanks to a very generous donor to our Magic Match program, we were able to purchase this robot as an initial investment in our new Robotics Program. We hope to invest in additional robots and continue to build our Robotics program.

Internet Safety Presentation from the Illinois Attorney General's Office:

On Tuesday, May 23, an Internet Safety Specialist from the Illinois Attorney General's Office will present four age-appropriate programs on Internet Safety. All Students in Grades 2-8 will participate. A special Parent Session will also be held. Please call the school (224-0041) or email Mrs. Nan Wood (nwood@stdominic for more information.  All parents are invited and encouraged to attend any or all sessions.

With 8th Grade Graduation upon us, here is a link to past 8th grade graduations:

To view the 2016 Graduation video, please copy and paste the link below into your favorite browser.

Technology Continues To Be a Vital Part of St. Dominic School

At St. Dominic School, all K-8th Grade students enjoy two 40 - minute computer classes each week.

Pre-school students have one computer class per week.

During these classes, we focus on:
  • the Microsoft Office Suite of products including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher.
  • Google applications such as Google Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets and gmail. We use Google Classroom and Google Apps for Education. Students in Grades 5-8 all have approved school email accounts to receive and send homework assignments to their teacher.
  • Educational websites that focus on Math, Reading, Spelling, Science, Social Studies, Religion, Internet Safety and Security, Music and Language Arts. These educational websites correlate to topics instructors are teaching in the classroom, in order to reinforce classroom instruction.
  • Keyboarding - students use Typing Master keyboarding software (thanks to a grant from Adams Electric Cooperative). With this software, students learn the correct procedure for typing with all fingers to improve their typing accuracy and speed. 
  • Computer Coding and other STEM skills
  • Movie Maker and other multi-media programs
  • Web 2.0 tools 
  • A new Robotics Program inspires creativity, collaboration, STEM skills and lots of fun!!
If you would like to visit any of the educational websites that we use during the year, please feel free to access my bookmarking website:
The account email is simply: stdom8.
There is no password.

During the year, I will be adding many of the websites that we use during class to 

Be sure to check back often to discover educational websites that your student can enjoy and keep learning from home!

Thank you!
Mrs. Nan Wood
Computer Instructor

Pictures of St. Dominic students enjoying the many educational opportunities that are offered in our state-of-the-art computer lab:




In our school computer lab, we  have 25 new HP  All-in-One computers with large 23" monitors.  (Thanks to the family of Carl Wiskerchen.) There is a new server and new filter system in place. Fiber Optic technology is now installed for fast, reliable internet service. (Thanks to the Tracy Family Foundation.)  Each teacher has an iPad with an Apple TV, as well as a Smart Board and Elmo Documentation Camera.  The 7th and 8th grade students use the new iPad Air which they take with them to all of their classes throughout the day. They are allowed to take their ipads home to complete homework assignments.  They have a new sync cart to charge their ipads and for Mrs. Richmiller to add educational apps.  The fifth grade and 6th grades use chrome books and netbooks in the classroom. The younger grades also use ipads and have their own sync cart. As far as technology goes, St. Dominic School continues to stay ahead of the curve!

Thank you.
Mrs. Nan Wood

                              Images of some of our new technology:

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