Grades 4 – 8 Spelling Bee: Champions - Richard Yeboah, first place; Runner Up - Krish Sharma; finalists - Sander Armbruster, Jacque Dieck, Pranav Gogineni, John Grasse, Aryan Kapur, Lexi Kass, Emily Lazarus, Alex Li, Tayte Matthews, Mishaal Omer, Lydia Rogers, Adam Schlidt, William Schneck, Riya Singh, Serena Suson, Ashley Zhu, and Faraaz Zia.
Grades 4 and 5 Geo Bee: Champions - Krish Sharma, first place; Lucy Irwin, second place; and Rohan Singh, third place; finalists - Aidan Canga, Sanjit Madireddi, Qasim Omer, Sohum Sharma, Ryan Simmons, Ella Wurtzbacher, and Riya Vijayapal.
Middle School Geo Bee: Champions - Andrew Li, first place; Anna Marshall, second place; finalists - Hena Allaqaband, Carlos Castro-Lopez, Mona Khosla, Alex Li, Davis Peacock, Riya Singh, and Richard Yeboah.
St. John Vianney
The K5 students were introduced to STEAM stations. This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The recent stations had the students working with all things snow.
Students in Mrs. McRae’s WIN groups worked on drawing conclusions and inferencing as their target skill this week. One of the activities had students look in mystery bags where there were mystery picture clues. They had to decide what all of the pictures had in common.
Mrs. Scaffidi's fifth-graders practiced giving constructive feedback during one-on-one peer editing conferences. Students focused on word choice, ideas and organization while working on their persuasive essays.
First-graders in Mrs. Klement's class just finished a unit on animal habitats. Each of their habitat units of study focused on a mini book. These nonfiction, fact-filled readers helped the students focus on key information and reading for details.
Fourth-graders have been working on being observational drawers. They have been drawing a still life of fruit, focusing on drawing what they actually see, not what they think they see. The lights helped them see color value and shadows more clearly.
The K5-first-graders had a fun time in their STEM Lego class last Friday.
St. Joseph Catholic
Last week, we joined other area schools in celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Activities here at St. Joseph Catholic School included an All School Mass, Open House, Ice Cream Social, Book Fair, Forensics award ceremony, Comedy Sportz assembly, Buddy Bingo, Student and Teacher appreciation days, and several other enjoyable events. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many things that make our school community special!
St. Mary’s Visitation
The 2017 SMV National Geographic Bee was recently held at St. Mary's Visitation. Students and parents cheered on the finalists who competed to test their geographic knowledge. This year's winner was eighth-grader Timothy Swietlik, who will go on to take an exam to qualify for the state competition. Other SMV finalists included eighth-graders Will Hansen, Luke Sauer and Josh Dascoli; seventh-graders Drew Hodermann, Jake Merrick and Joe Walters; sixth-grader Joe Stewart and fifth-graders Anna Zierer and Max Mindy. The contest is part of the National Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society.