Our Social Media Interns Take Over Facebook!

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page lately, or you’re not a fan yet, now’s the time!  This year Ms. Greynolds is working with three middle school students to develop frequent posts about all aspects of St. Michael’s.  These students are responsible for investigating, writing, and photographing the details of each post.

Stay tuned to www.Facebook.com/StMichaelsTucson for more sneak peeks about life at St. Michael’s!

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Coding Recognition

The following students completed Code.org’s Course 1 or Course 2 this year and received certificates.  Congratulations!

Course 1:
William Ruiz (KA)
Miles Gastrock (KB)
Lucas Stafford (KB)
Preston Miller (1A)
Eric Piña-Loucks (1A)
Kallista Favre (1B)
Ava Terpning (1B)

Course 2:
Chloe Harris (2A)
Alex Nordstrom (2A)
Lance Kaye (2A)
Jackie Peterson (2A)
Trevor Peyton (2A)
Delaney Reuter (2A)
Ben Teller (2A)
Jackson Tirrito (2A)
Joey Bernier (2B)
Griffin Birkinbine (2B)
Allison Even (2B)
Ethan Greenwood (2B)
William Levine (2B)
Makayla McClish (2B)
Jack Van Amburg (2B)
Malina Willard (2B)
Iliana Wisniewski (2B)
Alexa Blair (3A)
Jordan Goedel (3A)
Jack Greene (3A)
Casey Huerta-Rojas (3A)
Miika Lagat (3A)
Luc Leyton (3A)
Miner Rogers (3A)
Bobby Smith (3A)
Christopher Wilds (3A)
Ronnie Trezza (3B)
Conner Meades (3B)
Luke Peterson (3B)
Fiona Fischer (5A)
Ellie Greenwood (5A)
Tanvi Narendran (5A)
Audrey Newton (5A)
Abigail Nordstrom (5A)
Nico Rivera (5A)
Franklin Van Straalen (5A)
Nicole Witte (5A)
Catherine Bennett (5B)
Clare Daubert (5B)
Ava Neher (5B)
Chloe Pesqueira (5B)
Sophia Terpning (5B)

Summer Computer Activities

At the end of each K-3 computer class, someone is bound to ask, “How do I use that program at home?”  The vast majority of what we do in class is web-based, so here is a list of important links that you may want to bookmark on your home computers:

Studio.code.org: This self-paced site teaches computational thinking as a precursor to learning actual coding languages such as PHP or HTML.  Each grade in K-3 has a specific login site.  Grades 4 and 5 have usernames and passwords that work for the general login site.

Dance Mat Typing: We used this in grades K-3 this year.  It’s also an excellent review for older students if they have developed some bad typing habits.  It’s engaging and places lots of emphasis on correct fingers and zero emphasis on speed.

TypingWeb.com: Grades 3-5 use this site to work on typing speed.  It was also briefly introduced to Second Grade this year, but they do not have log-ins yet, so it will not save their progress.  Middle school students should also use this site to prepare for their typing tests at the beginning of the school year.  Please consider using Dance Mat Typing first if incorrect finger placement is an issue.  Students that do not meet the following Net Speeds on their iPads will be required to take a typing class during an elective period first trimester.  The test will be given during the first week of school in August.

  • 6th Grade: 25 wpm net speed
  • 7th Grade: 30 wpm net speed
  • 8th Grade: 35 wpm net speed

ABCya.com: This site has educational games for grades K-5 and is easily navigable by younger students.

-Ms. Greynolds



Music, Motion & Media Summer Camp

Camp is filling up!  Register now in order to save your spot!

Concerned about the large age range (rising 1st – 8th)?  We split the kids into two different age groups in order to engage them in developmentally appropriate activities.

Need extended hours?  We provide supervision in the gym from 8 to 9 am before camp starts and again in the air conditioned computer lab from 4 to 5 pm after camp ends.

Join us for one or two weeks of games, creativity, dancing, music, coding, yoga, band, and more!

June 1-5 and 8-12

K-3 Fine Arts Night Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers! In preparation for K-3 Fine Arts Night, the SMA is requesting volunteers to help assemble flower bouquets this Friday morning April 17th at 8:15am in the Parish Center. It shouldn’t take too long (maybe an hour or two depending on the number of people) to assemble and wrap the bouquets. Any amount of time given would be greatly appreciated!

We are also in need of a few adult volunteers to help with staffing both the flower and water stands located in the lovely village of Hamlin (otherwise known as Creswell Courtyard), during the lower school’s (K-3) performance of RATS. Assistance is needed beginning at 6:00pm (before the show starts), until the performance ends this Friday, April 17th. If you are able to help out with either or both events, please email Laura at zeiller@mac.com. We are grateful for your consideration!

Spell-a-thon Results

This year’s Spell-a-thon was a huge success. We raised $15,805.50. Congratulations to all families who participated. The winning rooms were Mrs. Schultz’s 3rd grade and Señora Van Straalen’s 6th grade class. The top three prize winners from lower school include: Ryan Hays 3B, Lily Hays 3A (tie) Lance Kaye 2A, and Mackenzie Carroll 2B. In middle school the top grand prize winners include: Clarissa Norton 6th, Alexis Jane Bissell 6th, Katherine Hawes 6th, and Cierra Faircloth 6th. The top family winners were the Hays Family, the Von Guilleaume family, and the Levine family. A big thanks to everyone who participated!

Reminder: All middle school students who turned in a pledge will receive a free dress day (To be announced).