Middle School iPad Turn-In

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and this means it is time to turn in iPads for the summer. Seventh and eighth grade students will be turning in their iPads and charging cords on Thursday, May 25th. Devices must be turned in that morning in order to go to the class party that afternoon. If you are planning to be absent the last two days of school, please make arrangements with your homeroom teacher to turn the iPad in early.

In addition to the iPad, eighth graders must turn in both pieces of their charging cord or they will be billed $20 per piece. Both pieces should look like this:

Seventh grade students will be assigned the same iPad next year and will not turn in their charging cord and box next week unless they will not be returning. They must turn their iPads in for summer maintenance though.

Each student will fill out a form describing any damage to their iPad, and homeroom teachers will verify it before it gets turned in. Please take a look at your child’s iPad before it is turned in so that you are not surprised if billed over the summer for repairs.

National Junior Honor Society

We are excited to announce the 2017 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 800 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 12th. Congratulations to the following students:

Seventh Grade
Catherine Bennett, Clare Daubert, Sydney Even, Fiona Fischer, Ellie Greenwood, Lucy Harris, Serena Hsu, Xochitl Martinez, Varga Michaud, Nathan Monroe, Tanvi Narendran, Ava Neher, Abigail Nordstrom, Chloe Pesqueira, Jensen Peyton, Nico Rivera, Carmen Roe, Linden Solgonick, Jace Springer, Sophia Terpning, Franklin Van Straalen, Nicole Witte, Talia Zuckerman-Brown

Eighth Grade
Lilly Bedwell, Elliot Chubon, Brooke Dyson, Bella Foust, Andrew Gioannetti, Martin Gioannetti, Madeline Greene, Dylan Greenhill, Katherine Hawes, Francis Honaman, Aidan Huber, Ellie Kearney, Willa Kleiner, Thomas Monthofer, Sofía Peña, Cameron Strong, Nicholas Zaetta

National Spanish Exam

Every year our eighth graders take the National Spanish Exam.  This exam tests vocabulary and grammar, as well as both reading and listening comprehension skills. Congratulations to the following students who attained national recognition by placing in these categories:

Oro (Gold): Katherine Hawes and Andrew Gioannetti. These two students not only placed nationally but won cash prizes for their placement in the State of Arizona NSE competition.

Bronce (Bronze): Brooke Dyson and Cameron Strong

Honor (Honor): Elliot Chubon, Madeline Greene, Willa Kleiner, Andrés Peralta, Maya Leuthold, and Sofía Peña

Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, the National Director of the Exams said, “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious, because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2017.”

Way to go!

6th Grade Mathletes Qualify for State!

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!

Mathcounts Competition

On Friday, February 17th, a team of St. Michael’s Middle School Mathletes traveled to the JCC to participate in the Mathcounts Southern Arizona Chapter Competition. The eleven students to compete included five sixth graders (Naomi Capaldi, Olivia Cho, Jack Douglass, Aiko Levine, and Boone Lewis), one seventh grader (Tanvi Narendran), and five eighth graders (Elliot Chubon, Katherine Hawes, Aidan Huber, Andrew Gioannetti, and Martin Gioannetti). From our group of eleven students, four were selected to participate as an official team: Elliot, Katherine, Andrew, and Tanvi. The team placed fourth overall out of a field of fifteen middle schools! Katherine Hawes was the top-scoring individual participant from St. Michael’s School. Our students performed exceedingly well, and we are so proud of their fantastic enthusiasm for mathematics!

Holiday Bake Sale

The eighth graders are hosting a special HOLIDAY BAKE SALE this Friday, December 9. They will have your usual morning goodies as well as some pies and cookie platters that you may purchase to share with your office. Come out and join us for a sweet treat!

St. Michael’s Lego Robotics

robotics-teamThe St. Michael’s Lego Robotics Team traveled to Wilson K-8 School on Saturday, December 3, to compete in a regional tournament. A total of 25 teams were in attendance. Our fantastic team of ten enthusiastic boys performed admirably in this, their rookie season. During the unofficial practice round, their robot, which was nicknamed the Terminator, was able to score an impressive 51 points for the accurate completion of three missions on the competition board. In addition to competing with their robot, the boys were stellar in the presentation of their bat research, a project requirement in keeping with this year’s theme of Animal Allies. We are very proud of our team and their accomplishments. They demonstrated gracious professionalism throughout the day, and they certainly gathered a great deal of knowledge for future competitions.

Team Members: Logan Corrado, Jack Douglass, Leo Foust, Nick Martinez-Ross, Charlie Peterson, Jensen Peyton, JJ Salkowski, Atticus Smith, Kenny Strong, and Michael von Guilleaume. Coaches: Matt Santucci and Jennifer Gould

St. Nicholas Day Program

If you would like your middle school student to attend the St. Nicholas Day concert, please send a note to the middle school child’s homeroom teacher giving permission.  Students will not be allowed to attend without their parent’s permission.