BCS prepares for new science series
As we continue evolving with student needs and interests, Butler Catholic School has big plans for
implementing a new science program.
Students in fourth and fifth grades will soon be able to explore and reap the benefits of the Nancy
Larson Science Program, and we can’t wait!
“We recently had the pleasure of meeting personally with the program designer and founder, Nancy
Larson herself,” said Jennifer Friel, who teaches fifth grade at BCS. “She traveled from her home state of
Connecticut to train us in the new program.”
Nancy Larson Science challenges students through a combination of rigorous curriculum and hands-on
learning. Lessons are built on scientific conversations that encourage students to further their
knowledge by using scientific vocabulary on a daily basis.
Students will also have to opportunity to create take-home scientific booklets featuring scientific
reading materials, as well as their own writing, drawings, graphs, and charts. A corresponding program
website provides resources students can access independently from home.
Eventually, we’re hoping to include more students in the science series. With plans for third grade to
begin the program next year and second grade to join the year after that, BCS continues planning for the
academic continuity of all students.
We’re looking forward to future visits and interactions with Ms. Larson. This spring, we hope she’ll be
able to return to answer questions from and interact with students directly.
“Every student is a scientist and every scientist was once a child, eager to learn!” Mrs. Friel added. “The
program provides children with scientific discovery, vocabulary, work booklets, and study skills to
prepare them for a lifetime of learning and possibly a STEM career.”