The eighth graders took a closer look into the events leading up to the Little Rock Nine integration. They analyzed photographs from the first day of school and discussed the effect of bystanders. Next, they wrote from perpetrator and bystander perspectives to gain an understanding as to how the choices people made shaped that day.
The sixth grade students donned their travel agent caps to plan an educational trip to Italy for high school students in the Chicago suburbs. Using their knowledge of the Roman Empire, they planned five excursions for the students throughout Italy. From Pompeii to the catacombs, these students covered every corner of bella Roma!
Our scientific seventh grades investigated why cells are so small. First, they mixed different sized pieces of carbon with food coloring. Then, they observed the results to determine which carbon pieces absorbed more. They did an excellent job finding evidence, drawing conclusions, and sharing their findings.
The seventh grade students participated in a gallery walk of images and texts related to the atrocities of the Holocaust. As a way to unpack this challenging material, the students participated in a silent conversation that allowed them to process and reflect upon what they had learned. Mrs. Prinzivalli and I are consistently impressed with the maturity of this group as they interact!
Sixth grade has begun learning a new prayer for religion class -- this time in Spanish! Our Spanish-speakers really stepped up and coached their classmates in small groups on how to pronounce the Our Father in Spanish. Ms. Kanaley and Ms. Scheiber are excited to see how much progress they make over the next month.
Despite the odd chilly or rainy day, we have been thrilled to welcome the warmer temperatures to Chicago. It's great to see our junior high students playing with their classmates at recess. Highlights include: woodchips, tag, four square, and (my personal favorite) see-how-many-times-we-can-toss-the-ball-over-the-fence!
-Tomorrow (Friday, April 22), is the annual Deanery Dance at St. Alphonsus. The dance begins 6:30 PM and ends at 9:30 PM. Students must register in advance and the cost is $20 at the door.
-Progress reports went home this afternoon. Please sign and return these to your advisory teacher by Friday, April 29. Questions about specific grades should be directed to the subject teacher.
-Please join us on Friday, April 29 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM to listen to Ava Kadishson Schieber as she relates her experiences from World War II and the Holocaust to our 7th and 8th grade students. RSVP to Ms. Denten so we have enough seating!
Ms. Denten & Mrs. Prinzivalli