Seventh and Eighth grade students presented their Science Fair projects at the Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair last Saturday. Our participants were selected by a panel of judges at our school science fair last November. At the awards ceremony Tuesday evening, our students received numerous accolades for their hard work, sweeping the first place title for 5 of the 13 categories. Two of our students were selected to go on to represent Pinellas County at the State Science and Engineering Fair, the largest academic competition in the state of Florida. Only seven projects received this honor.
- First Place Microbiology
- First Place Health and Biomedical Sciences
- First Place Mathematics and Computational Sciences
- First Place Engineering
- First Place Chemistry
- Fourth Place Environmental Sciences
The trike-a-thon was a huge success! On Friday morning, the National Junior Honor Society members paired up with Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Kindergarten classes to raise money for St. Jude’s Research hospital. Younger students raced around our beautiful outdoor track while older students cheered them on. The combined efforts resulted in raising $6,065 and an enjoyable time for all. Well done!
Please join us in congratulating, Mrs. Veronica Slain, our school Principal, on her selection to The Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy. This distinguished honor offers a job-embedded and research-based program for principal professional development for those selected. Mrs. Slain was one of only six private school principals chosen to receive this esteemed distinction in Florida.
The leadership program is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) and the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC). Education leaders throughout Florida were nominated by their district superintendent as leaders poised to make a difference in their school.
This demanding program provides an opportunity for school leaders to acquire new and innovative skills to help them make a lasting impact on student learning in their schools. It is a year-long course of study in which Florida principals, principal supervisors and education leaders participate in job-embedded and research-based activities designed to increase their knowledge and abilities about teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The rigorous professional development programs include three learning institutes and five school site “learning walks” to practice instructional leadership skills and build a cadre of school district facilitators.
Last week, seventh and eighth grade students participated in our school Science Fair. Since August, students have been working diligently on a science fair project of their choice. Following the scientific method, students conducted background research in English Language Arts class, designed an experiment, gathered and analyzed data, and communicated their results with their classmates and the school community. On Wednesday, November 7, students shared their projects with our judges – science professionals from our community. The judges selected 11 students who will go on to compete at the Diocese STREAM Fair
Thank you to everyone who helped support this year’s book fair! There were many volunteers who set-up, worked the registers, and packed-up. Thank you to Mrs. Jacke and the students for the beautiful decorations and to the students who helped with the character costumes and the book fair advertising. Thank you to Mrs. Shuler and her family for their contributions to the decorations and also helping with the planning of the fair. Many hands make light work and I am so thankful to everyone who helped!
The fair was a huge success with over $14,400 books sold – an all-time record! Of that, families donated $1,124 worth of books to our classroom teachers. Wow! Thank you to those who visited the fair (many families more than once!). I am so grateful for your generosity.
May you each be blessed with a fabulous Thanksgiving!
Peace and Blessings,
Mrs. Susan Salesses
Our Varsity girls’ volleyball team had a fantastic season this year. They were undefeated in regular season play and crowned champions of the Pinellas Youth Conference. They finished in third place out of sixteen teams at the Indian Rocks Tournament where one of our players was named MVP of the entire competition. Additionally, the Lady Patriots played to a first place finish out of twelve teams, in the Keswick Christian tournament.
The sixth-grade social studies students are learning about the first civilizations which developed in the Fertile Crescent, the area of the world known today as the Middle East. Rather than just reading about each ancient group of people in the region, the students took on the role of a recruiter. They were challenged to promote their civilization to star citizens who were looking for a good place to live.
Each group was assigned a civilization to study. After gathering information from the text and online, they had to decide how they would teach the class about the civilization and also advertise it. Some groups created PowerPoint presentations, mimicking newspaper or magazine ads. Others wrote and presented skits, imitating television commercials. Would you want to join the Babylonians and visit their famous Hanging Gardens, race one of the first chariots invented by the Hittites and Kassites, chose the security of the powerful Assyrian army, live next to the famous Chaldean leader Nebuchadnezzar, or sail the Mediterranean with the Phoenicians? After such quality presentations, potential citizens were left with a difficult decision.