The diocesan forensics competition, held at St Patrick’s Catholic School on May 2, honored the skills of public speaking. Sixth graders had to compose their own speeches and deliver them using appropriate tone, inflection, eye contact and composure. Seventh grade students competed by choosing a published speech or dialogue within the categories of poetry, drama, dramatic duo and declamation. Then they performed their memorized pieces with inflection, tone, pacing, and presentation skills within the allotted time limitations. Espiritu students first competed within their respective classes and the winners then went on to compete at the diocesan level. Our students won the following awards:
Thank you to CBS, Channel 10 Tampa Bay for allowing our Brownie troop to visit the set during Easter vacation and participate in a live segment. The girls had a wonderful time and were able to get a first-hand look behind the scenes of news broadcasting. Watch Segment Here.
Valuable Lessons Learned During Science Class Students in Mrs. Staggs’ seventh grade science class completed a STEM activity in whichthey were challenged to design a house made of cardboard that was both aesthetically appealing and able to withstand “hurricane force” winds. They researched hurricanes and home design. Additionally, they worked with a budget to “purchase” materials to build their house. The project culminated with a wind test: a leaf blower was used to simulate hurricane force winds.
Our National Junior Honor Society Students were recognized this week by St. Vincent de Paul for creating and executing their extremely successful “A Can For A Gram” program which benefited the organizations Community Kitchen and Resource Center. The student’s efforts helped families struggling with hunger and homelessness. Thank you to our entire Espiritu community for your continued support of our students and neighbors.
Espiritu competed in last Saturday’s Mighty Mu Packer Invitational Math Competition at Largo High. 2 teams of 4 students each from sixth grade math, Pre-algebra and Algebra I (24 students total) competed against 311 students from 14 different schools throughout Pinellas County. Each student competed in a 60-minute 30-question individual test, followed by a team-based round of twelve questions. Each school also competed in a 30 question Intraschool competition, in which Espiritu earned third place. Espiritu placed 2nd overall in the school Sweepstakes, which compares the highest average score per person per school. Awesome job mathletes!
Students in Mrs. Staggs’ eighth grade science class learned about chemical reactions through a hands on laboratory activity. In this inquiry based lab, students mixed household substances and made observations to determine whether or not a chemical reaction occurred. Students mixed water, dish soap, food coloring, hydrogen peroxide, and dry yeast to produce a warm, colorful foam they could touch. Experiments like this help students visualize concepts and make connections in ways that would not otherwise be possible.