On Wednesday, the eighth grade class took center stage as they shared their MYP Community Projects with teachers, parents, classmates, and community members. These presentations are the culmination of months of hard work and service in the local and global community. We are so proud of the leadership and maturity displayed by this class as they designed and implemented these service projects. Well done eighth grade!
Although all of the eighth grade students worked tirelessly on their MYP Community Projects, we wanted to highlight the work of one in particular. Hannah V. has been at St. Matthias since preschool and served as an advocate for inclusive education policies in her project. With the guidance of her mother and Dr. Morten, Hannah created a video about the benefits of inclusive education. All of the junior high students gathered to watch the final product and learn more about inclusion. Great work, Hannah!
The seventh grade students visited the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois. Candy, our thoughtful docent, guided the students through the exhibit and was impressed with their knowledge of this tragic time in history. During lunch, we had the privilege of listening to the story of a Holocaust survivor named Ida, a "hidden child" who was separated from her family and reunited with her twin brother after forty years.
Who needs Alex Trebek when you have Ms. Sagert hosting a history of basketball themed Jeopardy game? The seventh grade students split into several groups and competed as a fun way to review before their assessment.
As you know, we added the advisory program to our middle school this year. Advisory is a time for students to interact with their peers from other grade levels outside of the classroom setting. We focus on building community within and between the grade level groups. This week, Ms. Nolan wanted to emphasize teamwork. First, each student thought of their favorite animal. Then, without speaking, the students had to organize themselves in order from largest to smallest. From gorillas to worms, we certainly had our own animal kingdom over at Dank Haus!
-Remember, there is no school tomorrow (Friday, May 20). Eighth grade families, please remember to join us from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Dank Haus for our class dinner!
-Students and parents are invited to volunteer for our spring cleaning day on Saturday, May 21. Please contact Tony Lopez, Athletic Director, for more information. There will be a BBQ for all volunteers after!
-All students who participated in sports this year are invited to attend the 2016 Sports Banquet on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 PM.
-Please join us on Thursday, May 26 for the Spring Art and Music Show! Mrs. Reckamp and Mr. O have been working around the clock to make sure this is a great event that celebrates the importance of fine arts in our schools. Please return those permission slips!
-On Friday, May 27, the eighth graders will spend the day at Six Flags, followed with dinner at Borelli's.
-There is no school on Monday, May 30 due to Memorial Day.
Ms. Denten & Mrs. Prinzivalli