Caring for the community...
7th Grade planned community centers to provide services and programs for residents of their neighborhoods. As part of their summative assessment, they found reasonable dimensions for these spaces, along with the area and perimeter of rectangles, triangles, circles, and irregular shapes.
6th grade took a day off from multiplying fractions to learn about fractals. They learned how to create fractal triangles, where similar figures repeat on progressively smaller scales. Wait to see what we do with them after the break!
The creative juices were flowing in language arts this week for seventh grade. Using our analyzed texts from our Kristallnacht study, we highlighted powerful words and phrases to create poetry. The students captured the intensity of the event with maturity and grace. Nice work, seventh grade!
Religion class took a legal turn as seventh grade students learned legal language while participating in their first ever mock trial. Each student was assigned a different role, and they prepared for the trial by each reading various passages in the Bible that related to their character. Judge Pontius Pilate's courtroom really came to life as cries of "Objection!", "Order in the court!", and other phrases were called out. In the end, the jury decided that although the prosecution had a stronger closing statement, the defense presented a better case. Afterwards, students reflected on what they learned.
Prosecuting attorney Hannah reflected, "It showed us how even if we're given an opinion that we may not believe in, we can use our intelligent skills to defend the opinion anyways." Witness John the Disciple (Diego) said, "I found it interesting that the witnesses had really good things to say. And it was fun!" Defendant Jesus (Miguel) wrote, "It was interesting because we were trying to see how someone else would think about Jesus." Pharisee Fola summed it all up by saying, "It's hard to make Jesus look bad."
With a smaller class on Tuesday, eighth grade engaged in a debate on the impact of electric vehicles. They found a variety of resources to support their arguments, and the teams used technology throughout the debate to continue finding, recording, and sharing their ideas. They realized that the issue is not as clear-cut as they might have initially thought, since the production of an electric car releases a lot of greenhouse gases, but driving one does not!
On Friday, the eighth grade class joined the PreK for most of the morning for Easter enjoyment. They began the day sitting with each other at mass then continued the fun with an Easter egg hunt around the campus. Despite the cool weather, the students had a great time with their prayer partners.
- Spring Break: March 23rd through April 3rd. Classes resume Monday, April 4th.
- April 8th: 80s Day for students
Have a safe and relaxing spring break!
Mrs. Prinzivalli and Ms. Denten