One Last Goodbye

Dearest Students, Families and Friends at St. Gregory,

I just wanted to post one last thank you to all of you.  The generosity that you have shown me over the past year and a half has been incredibly heart-warming. You’ve helped me to grow and learn.  You’ve helped me to become a better teacher and a better person.

Thank you.  Thank you!  THANK YOU!!

I will forever remember my time with all of you with extreme joy and gratitude.  


If you remember one thing, remember this:

Be nice… and when it’s hard to be nice, try harder.

If you can remember a second thing, remember this:

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No chickens. No babies.

Do’t be afraid of trying new things.  Don’t whine about trying new things.

When something is hard to do, it usually means that you need time and help to learn that thing… and that’s what school should be all about.

I’ll miss all of you,

-Mr. Stepan


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I’m sorry for any unrest that this may cause…

I will be teaching at St. Gregory for one more week.

While the circumstances for this news had nothing to do with me, I am very happy to get to spend more time with all of you.  Get ready for a few more days of this face!

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Our party will have to wait until next week.  We’ll discuss tomorrow in class.

-Mr. Stepan

Family Math Night – Gr. 5

This year our school hosted a family math night on the theme “Math Is Everywhere”.  These are words that teachers say all of the time.  The intention with the St. Gregory math  night was to make those words come to life.  We focused on HOW to see the math that is everywhere.

My grade 5 class is in the middle of learning about 3D Geometry, specifically how to, “identify and classify two-dimensional shapes by side and angle properties, and compare and sort three-dimensional figures.”

We started by looking for examples of 3D geometry around the world.  We drew a lot, then we thought about our drawings:

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Students had to apply their knowledge of 3D shapes and start thinking about how those shapes (and their elements) make up the world around them.

To quote a parent “Killing 2 birds with 1 stone….Math AND learning about the world out there.  Nice!”  

She nailed it.  Not only does this kind of learning expose the complexity of shapes, but it also gives students lenses with which to wonder and discuss “the world”.