Columbus Teacher is Keynote Speaker at University of Taipei

When the University of Taipei was looking for top international educators in STEM for its annual symposium, it turned to Columbus Elementary School’s Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn to deliver the keynote address.
Taiwan is looking to Finland, Japan and the United States to learn more about “cross-curricular” education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). That’s where Barrett-Zahn came in. As the science coordinator at Columbus – and as editor of the journal Science and Children – she was invited by the university’s Association for Research and Development to be a highlight of its symposium International Exchange: Cross-Curricular Core Competencies.    
It took place last weekend. While in Taipei, Barrett-Zahn also spoke on the same topic at Kang Chiao International School. There, her speech was titled Creating a Collaborative STEM Curriculum.
“The teachers, administrators and government representatives wanted to hear more about how we have integrated science with language arts and math in a way to support the learning of the whole child,” she said. “Taiwan is taking a careful look at some of the most successful global trends in education, including in Finland, Singapore, Japan and the United States. My view on teaching and learning with a strong science foundation was the key element of my speech and follow-up panel discussions.”
While her visit was brief, she did manage to take tours of Elephant Mountain, Daan Forest Park, Longshan Temple and Taipei’s busy market streets.
“It was a whirlwind trip, yet so satisfying because I've extended my global colleague pool,” she said. “I will surely continue to share ideas and collaborate with a wonderful group of science educators from Taiwan.”
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The Columbus Chess Club sent 11 students to compete in the National Scholastic K-6 Chess Champions in Nashville, Tennessee on May 9-12, 2019.  There were 2252 chess players representing 46 states competing on 700 teams in 16 sections. The Columbus Chess Team won six National Awards.

In the first event, on Thursday May 9, 2019, the chess students competed in 11 rounds of Blitz (speed chess). Constantine won 1st place for chess players rated under 1000 and Dylan Minchez came in 1st place for chess players rated under 800. The Columbus team placed 7th place in the nation for Blitz chess.

Five students competed in the K-6U1000 section. These students are now National Champions, coming in 1st place after playing seven rounds of chess over three days.

Playing in this division were Constantine Zalatis, Dylan Minchez, Ignacio Valencia, Dylan Solovyev, and Aiden Rodriguez. Constantine won a second individual award coming in 5th place winning 6 of the seven rounds and Dylan Minchez won a second individual award coming in 25th place winning 5 of the seven rounds. All of the Columbus students on this section of the team were awarded wall plaques for coming in first place, in addition to their team trophy.

Four students competed in the K-5U900 section. They were Naolin Concha, Joel Salick, Giovanna Murgia and Gianna Murgia. These students came in 29th place in their section.

Guilianna Murgia and Ashley Corazao competed in the K-3U700 section.

The chess club wants to thank all of the parents, teachers, administrators, the Columbus community and the National Scholastic Chess Foundation for their essential support throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

                                                                                                               “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.” - LeBron James

By Mark Hegenauer


Family STEM

Family Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Night

On Thursday evening, nearly one hundred 2nd grade students and parents gathered in the Columbus School cafeteria to learn about STEM and problem-solve together as a family STEM team!  Antoinette Koehler, Kelly Kalinowski, Rana Rabadi, Vanessa Guzman-Cruz, and Fran DelFico, part of the Columbus’ 2nd Grade Team, prepared an overview of STEM and three separate challenges for all to grapple with.  Ms. Koehler addressed the families and kids by reminding them that STEM investigations are at the heart of every Columbus STR2EAMing into Learning Convention (Science, Technology, Reading/Research, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).  Ms. Koehler introduced the work this way: “STEM is hands-on problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and innovation; this is about working collaboratively and building resilience and persistence in the face of frustration or failure.”  She added that most important, “STEM is just ton of fun!”

The teachers challenged students and their parents to build paper airplanes that were quickly submitted to grueling flight tests.  Teams were then asked to build the tallest structure possible with a limited number of index cards. Last, using marshmallows and toothpicks, parents and kids designed stable, solid structures.   

Dr. Parvey and Mr. Galland were present, and Dr. Parvey rolled up her sleeves and assisted many families and kids in their constructions.  The Columbus STR2EAMing into Learning Convention will take place this year over three days and two evenings, from January 22 to 24th.  The Columbus PTA will also hold a STEM-oriented book sale throughout the convention days.