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!

SMA News – Teacher Appreciation Week!

We love our faculty and staff at St. Michael’s School!  Last week we celebrated our annual Teacher Appreciation Week and shared the love and appreciation our community has for the wonderful teachers here that love, teach, and care for our children each day.

As a favorite long-standing tradition, a Roma Imports Take-Home dinner was sent home mid-week.  Our Back-up Bakers provided an array of treats for a delicious “Cookie Bar.”  Jimmy John’s lunch was served Thursday.  Finally, Friday wrapped up with Tucson’s favorite Frost gelato and a surprise gift.  Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who brought in donations of wine, water, bread, gift cards, and more!  We couldn’t do it without all of your amazing support.  And finally a big Thank You to Amy Petrow and Haley Ochoa for planning, organizing, and implementing this sweet St. Michael’s tradition.  What a wonderful place to be!

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!

Science Fair Awards

The Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) was held March 29 and April 1 at the Tucson Convention Center. Almost 2,000 project boards were displayed and judged by a team of volunteer scientists and engineers.

Students could receive recognition from a sponsoring group, a Grand Award, or, in some cases, both. Grand Awards represent the top three projects in that category and grade level in the Southern Arizona Region.

We are pleased to recognize the following students in the fourth, sixth, and eighth grades who were awarded special recognition.

4th Grade
William Levine – “Want More Sugar”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Cellular and Microbiological Sciences

Jackie Peterson  – “Sharpie Take Down”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Chemical Sciences

Madeline Stagg – “Ruff Workout”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
The Whitney Award for Best Animal Related Project
Behavioral and Social Sciences

6th Grade
Zoe Flagg  – “Drought-Resistant Soil”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Boone Lewis  – “Worm Composting”
SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place
Animal and Plant Sciences

8th Grade
Nathan Chabin and Martin Gioannetti    – “Particles Matter”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Katherine Hawes  – “Bad Vibrations”
SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place
The Bookmans Love Of Reading Award
Behavioral and Social Sciences

UA Science: Sky School works with students in grade 8-12 to develop and execute field-based research projects for the regional science fair, run by the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF). Each student is paired with a University of Arizona undergraduate student mentor and a UA graduate student science advisor to conduct an original field study, culminating in a final presentation at SARSEF. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the scientific inquiry process, utilizing the unique environment of Sabino Canyon.  The following students received awards at SARSEF through this program:

Andrew Gioannetti and Willa Kleiner – “Biodiversity of Freshwater Macroinvertebrates in Sabino Creek”
SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place
Biodiversity Award
Community Service Award
Phoenix Comicon Science Award
Sky Island Advocate
Young Water Scientist
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Congratulations to all our winners!

In Our Community

Congratulations to Sarah Camp (third grade), who qualified for the K-3 section of the Arizona State Chess Championships, which will be held in Flagstaff in late April.  Keep that king well defended, Sarah!

Science Fair Winners

The annual St. Michael’s Science Fair, held the week just prior to our Rodeo Break, was a resounding success! The terrific efforts of our students were on display in the Student Center, and our budding scientists presented their results during poster sessions which were held at the STEM Festival. It was truly wonderful to see the scientific process in action across a diverse and creative set of investigations.

The winners of the Science Fair are as follows:
Fourth Grade
1st Place: Madeline Stagg “Ruff Workout”
2nd Place: Jackie Peterson “Sharpie Take Down”
3rd Place: Iliana Wisniewski “Desert Animal Picture Survey”
Honorable Mention: Ethan Greenwood “Get Growing”
Honorable Mention: Nico Levine “Germs Germs Germs”
Honorable Mention: William Levine “Want More Sugar . . . “
Honorable Mention: Megan Merrin “Geode Discoveries”
Honorable Mention: Malina Willard “Does Flouride Help Your Teeth?”
Sixth Grade
1st Place:   Boone Lewis  “Worm Composting”
2nd Place:  Zoe Flagg   “Drought-Resistant Soil”
3rd Place : Marlena Fest   “How Does Light Affect Our Eyes?”
Honorable Mention:  Atticus Smith    “A Slippery Situation”
Honorable Mention:  Aiko Levine “Is It Hot or Not?”
Eighth Grade
1st Place:  Katherine Hawes   “Bad Vibrations”
2nd Place:  Aidan Huber   “Let It Grow”
3rd Place:  Nicholas Darling   “Battery Wars”
Honorable Mention:  Nathan Chabin & Martin Gioannetti   “Particles Matter”
Honorable Mention:  Andres Peralta, Thomas Monthofer, Nick Zaetta “Think Fast”
Additionally, three of our eighth grade students have participated in a Research Apprenticeship Program through Sky School and the University of Arizona. These students are Willa Kleiner, Andrew Gioannetti, and Maya Sterling. They have been working with research mentors for many months, and their fantastic projects will also be competing at the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the end of March.

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!