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STEAM is a buzz word in art education. It refers to adding art and design into the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The goal is for these subjects to work together and influence innovation among students. It is exciting to see how cross-curricular work can help students make connections, ask good questions and discover more about different subjects.

After seeing a display of artwork at the University of Michigan with the subject matter of scientific cells, I was inspired to see how Rossman’s science and art curriculum could work together to create a STEAM...Read more

Diving Into Google Classroom

A little over two years since its release, Google Classroom has revolutionized education in many ways. Because Google launched the program at a seemingly inopportune time—right at the start of the 2014 school year—I was initially reluctant to implement it without having time to explore it beforehand. However, Rossman’s technology coordinator, Becky Taylor, assured me that it was a very user-friendly program, and fortunately, I decided to jump in head-first, figuring that my tech-savvy students and I could learn how best...Read more

Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” In the sixth grade, students write a research paper about a world challenge for which they are passionate. The students then research that topic, take notes, create an outline, and write a research paper educating others about the important issue. Throughout the research process, students discover people who are heroes for their cause. They share with the class heroes they find and what heroic actions these people are...Read more

As part of our focus on America, fifth grade social studies journeyed to 1861 to study the Civil War in depth. Students built a background of knowledge by reading, discussing, watching and collaborating. They became experts on the differences between the North and South, the Underground Railroad, secession, the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, significant battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Abraham Lincoln as President, and much more.

After a comprehensive exam, students embarked on a journey through President...Read more

Third grade recently explored the trait of voice in writing. Students learned how to create strong voice by incorporating humor, dialogue, thoughts, and emotion. We discussed the importance of making a reader feel what the character is feeling (e.g. embarrassed, hurt or nervous). Each student was given an emotion to write about. They brainstormed a situation in which a character would feel that way and then thought of a logical conclusion. They couldn't use their emotion word in their story, but readers should be able to guess after reading. Can you guess the emotion felt by Madison's...Read more

Education is an invaluable resource we are given the right to enjoy. The sixth grade students at Rossman explored this idea as they learned how children around the world fight and strive for education. We reflected and wrote about our morning routines and the journeys we take to arrive at school each day. Learning about the dangers that some children in the world must face in order to achieve an education, the sixth graders recognized the value of education around the world and began to feel grateful for the education that they enjoy everyday.

We focused on one family’s trip to...Read more

Fifth grade recently embarked on a photography field trip to downtown St. Louis to experience the architecture of their great city. In art class, the students have been learning how to compose a photograph and used these skills to capture images of the architectural elements that inspired them. These elements included famous buildings, sculptures, landscaping, and other architecture that captured their imaginations.

The first stop on the journey was the Old Courthouse. Throughout the 19th century the Old Courthouse served not only as a house of justice, but also as a public...Read more

Inspired by Marci Ridlon’s poem “That was Summer,” Rossman School sixth graders recently wrote their own poems describing summer through their senses.


“That was Summer”
By: Christopher M.
Have you ever seen summer? Sure you have. Remember that time
When you sat in the car all day
and rode
and rode
and rode
Until you reached the lake?
The lake was so calm and quiet compared to the last few hours of engine noise.
That was summer.
Remember that time
When it was the Fourth of July
And...Read more

Internationally renowned writer Barry Lane will soon visit Rossman School to share his expertise and inspire students through writer’s workshops and an assembly.

Lane’s two-day visit is made possible by the Helen Schwaner Faculty Professional Development Award, which was presented Nov. 4 to Rossman School sixth grade teachers Debbie Brummit and Jim Holmes.

In 1996, the Cummings family established an endowment to fund this award, which is given annually to a member or members of the Rossman faculty to provide opportunities for furthering their professional development and...Read more

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