Synthesizing their learning from the past few weeks, the sixth grade students showed off their knowledge in the cave painting gallery walk. Each student designed a cave painting to preserve their personal and family identities. Our seventh and eighth grade classes visited the gallery and were impressed with the new additions to our IB Programme. Keep it up, sixth grade!
The seventh grade students donned their sailor caps and attempted to navigate the murky waters of the Atlantic Ocean, also known as Mare Tenebrosum, using tools inspired by the Age of Exploration. Using cardboard and string instead of brass, each student fashioned a mariner's astrolabe and attempted to measure the altitude of objects in the room to determine their geographical location.
In Ms. McKenna’s Language and Literature class, 8th grade students continued reading the novel, Life of Pi by Yan Martel. Pi’s identity has been shaped by his name: the pride he has in it, the struggles with others’ handling of it, and eventually the revamping of it to a single Greek letter. To reflect on the significance that a name can hold, students presented informal monologues about their own names.
The first few weeks of P.E. focus on the cooperative/team games, before we move on to our softball unit. In this game, the kids truly had to work together. The goal was to keep as many pins standing on the scooter while moving it to the other end of the gym. Obstacles include: the other two teams! It was rewarding to see students developing strategies and taking on leadership roles in the game. Their excitement is infectious, too!
Every year, the junior high students participate in thoughtfully planned buddy activities with the lower grades. It is so important that we maintain a sense of community between our two campuses. This week, our eighth grade leaders paired up with Ms. O'Donnell's PreK friends for some fun and games on the playground. We look forward to many more buddy activities this year!
A Confirmation letter went home this week with 8th graders. It contains important dates for this year to put on your calendars. If your student will NOT be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, please reach out to Ms. Kanaley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mrs. McGovern (email@example.com).
-ASPIRE test results went home with students yesterday afternoon.
-Please return October lunch order forms to Mrs. Figueroa by Monday, September 12.
-Sign and return the last page of the syllabi packet to the homeroom teachers by Monday, September 12.
-September 18 is Catechetical Sunday. Please join us for 10:30 Mass at St. Matthias.
-Progress reports will be sent home on Friday, September 30.
Ms. Denten & Ms. Scheiber