The question often comes up at this time of the year regarding the process used for class placements. The practice continues to be that the classroom teachers offer the best recommendations for placement of students. Much thought and consideration go into this, and it is the current grade-level teachers, working together as a team, who make the recommendations for placement. The first consideration is to place a student with the teacher and in the class where he or she can be most successful. In addition, teachers, knowing each child’s personality, chemistry with students, and learning style, make class recommendations to the division directors. We do not encourage parent requests for specific teachers; however, should a parent have particular requests, we recommend speaking with the child’s current teacher about the reasons for a request. All teachers work very hard and thoughtfully in composing recommended class lists with the ultimate goal of having balanced class groupings in which each student can have a successful school year. We appreciate the trust that is given by parents as these placements are made, and know that our partnership on behalf of each child yields a great outcome.
Having competed in Mathleague.org’s regional elementary school-level math competition in December, six of our 6th grade mathletes have qualified to compete in the fourth annual state-level competition! The following students will compete with other top-scoring students from around the state at University High School on Saturday, May 6: Naomi Capaldi, Olivia Cho, Sam Clark, Jack Douglass, Aiko Levine, and Boone Lewis.
The test materials expose students to broad concepts from number theory, statistics, probability, algebra, geometry, and more. The competition is structured to promote and reward the application of problem-solving strategies and working together to share ideas and techniques. Participation in this competition promotes excitement for achievement in mathematics, and we are so very proud of our terrific math students. Good luck, mathletes!
The annual Declamation Day competition for grades 7-8 is scheduled for this Friday, April 15, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. (or so) in the Student Center. A select group of 20 seventh and eighth grade declaimers are set to perform their memorized poems in front of judges and a gym full of students, teachers, and family members. Three students chosen Friday by the judges will perform their poems again during Fine Arts Night in May. A small number of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders will also recite their poems during the judges’ deliberations this Friday. All are welcome to attend!
The deadline has passed for writing and art submissions to this year’s Eagle’s Quill, with the exception of art for the front and back cover. The title of this year’s magazine is “Quidditch and the Quill,” and students may submit original, color, vertical sketches, paintings, and photos on the theme of Harry Potter by the cover contest deadline, April 27. We prefer that cover submissions do not include text–we’ll add the title during the layout process. The winner of the front cover contest receives a $35 gift card to Michael’s (the art supply store, not the school!), and the back cover winner receives a $25 gift card.
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Jennifer Gould will be returning to St. Michael’s next year as the Director of STEM Education. She will be taking the lead on this next chapter of growth and excellence as we bring a more visible presence and significance to STEM education at our school. In addition to STEM, she will be teaching middle school math and serving as a grade-level advisor. Currently, Ms. Gould serves as the Co-Director of the STEM Center at Tucson Hebrew Academy as well as the Math Department Chair. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education from UCLA with extensive experience teaching both Math and Science in intermediate, middle, and high school settings. She is well versed in the integration of technology in teaching and learning. Ms. Gould always has a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm for everything she does and works to develop positive relationships with students and colleagues. We look forward to welcoming Ms. Gould back to the St. Michael’s family this summer.
Word of mouth continues to be our best marketing tool by a landslide because our parents are wonderful ambassadors for the school. Your positivity has a large impact on admissions and marketing. In addition to all the situations in which you find yourself sharing the good news of St. Michael’s, here are three ways you can reach out to your friends and the public on Facebook:
1. Share the occasional St. Michael’s Facebook post on your own timeline – Even just liking our posts will show up on some of your friends’ news feeds, but sharing them will reach a larger audience. Don’t overdo it though. Even just a monthly share can go a long way.
2. “RSVP” to our Facebook events such as the Musical and the Gala by saying that you are Going – Our events traditionally have very large attendance, but currently you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Facebook event! We don’t actually use this information as a formal RSVP, but once again, your Facebook friends will see that you are attending, and anyone visiting our Facebook page will see a better representation of our events’ popularity.
Thank you for continuing to spread the word!
There will be a film screening of Beyond Measure, a just released documentary by the same director as The Race to Nowhere, at The Loft Cinema on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. Some of the nation’s leading educators are among those featured in the film. The film screening is presented and sponsored by The Gregory School, compliments of the generosity of a trustee. Parents are welcome to attend this screening.
We are excited to announce the 2015 members of the National Junior Honor Society. Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is open to all seventh and eighth graders who achieve both a minimum of a 3.7 G.P.A. as well as a determined completion of hours of service to the community. The seventh graders have a requirement of twelve hours while the eighth graders must complete at least twenty. In total, our students contributed over 700 hours of service! National Junior Honor Society members must also demonstrate qualities of leadership, citizenship, and strength of character. We celebrated our new and returning members during a special luncheon held last Friday, May 15. Congratulations to the following students:
Jade Arrington, Macey Brown, Zuleyl Castro, Olivia Clark, Kayla Conway, Ela Fuentevilla, Anthony Hsu, Zoe Krone, Keeva Krueger, Kelly Roberts, Ela Romanoski, Delaney Sanders, Katherine Schepelmann, Holland Sterling
Cielo Bejarano, Gracie Clements, Kate Connelly, Arantza de la Torre, Kaitlyn Divijak, Alexis Irwin, Elly Karlowicz, Holly Labus, Morgan Lewis, Marcia Lopez, Connor Martin, Libby Monthofer, Sofia Redondo, Cali Rusing, Izzy Scovil, Ellie Standifer, Genny Standifer