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!

Math-A-Thon Thank-Yous

Thank you, Math-A-thon volunteers and Back-up Bakers!

The first annual St. Michael’s Math-A-thon went off without a hitch last Friday, January 20th, thanks to an amazing volunteer team.

Volunteers included Ivelise Badillo, Joe Corrado, Michelle Gastrock, Susie Huerta, Celta Lacambra, Shanti Martinez, Bridget Peyton, Mike Peyton, Julia Rebert, Alisa Reed, Rich Reed, Michelle Slavin, Terese Souvignier, Gladys Tom, and Tawanna Wilson.

The Back-up Bakers supplied tasty treats for the teachers to enjoy during the Math-A-Thon and for the rest of the day. The bakers were Leah Walker, Carly Flagg, Angela Edwards, Haley Ochoa, Michelle Slavin, Laurie Kaye, Heather Walsh, Gina Reyes, and Kristen Salkowski.

Thank you all for helping make the Math-A-Thon a delicious success!

-Cathryn and Dina


Eagle’s Quill Wins Again!

For the eleventh year in a row, Eagle’s Quill has been honored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.  The 2016 version of our annual publication received a ranking of Excellent.  St. Michael’s is the only K-8 school in Arizona to be awarded; the only other school in the state recognized by the contest was Brophy College Preparatory School, a high school in Phoenix.

Forging ahead, the magazine currently is seeking submissions to its “2016 Rewind” contest, which ends January 31.

Eagle’s Quill

In Monday Chapel the winners of the third Eagle’s Quill contest (“Once Upon a Time”) were announced.  The winners for writing were Scarlett Street (fifth grade) and Katherine Hawes (eighth grade).  The winner for art was Serena Hsu (seventh grade).  The next contest is “2016 Rewind: Greatest Hits of YOUR Year” and the deadline is Tuesday, January 31.

Students are always welcome to submit writing and art that does NOT pertain to the current contest at any time, up until the final deadline in early April.

Boy Scouts in the El Tour de Tucson

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Members of the St. Michael’s Boy Scout Troop 122 completed their Cycling Merit badge on Saturday by riding 54 miles in El Tour de Tucson. Congratulations to Nick Martinez-Ross, Nate Crutchfield, Dean Favre, and Cameron Liu. The boys trained for seven weeks for El Tour. Many thanks to their trainer, Charlie Weesner, and parents Dave Ross, Kelly Favre, and Merle Crutchfield for training with the boys and riding along with them in El Tour.

Digital Citizenship Certified School

digcit-school_badges_588x121pxWe are pleased to announce that St. Michael’s has been named one of Arizona’s few Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certified Schools for the second year in a row! There are numerous criteria to fulfill before applying to become a Common Sense Certified School. This is an annual certification, and criteria must be completed during the current school year.

“Whether it’s cyberbullying, students divulging too much personal information online, or online issues creating classroom-management issues, schools across the globe are navigating the behavioral and social issues that stem from students’ online lives. To help students harness technology for learning, all schools, particularly those integrating technology into the classroom, should be working to help students learn how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology.” – Common Sense Media

St. Michael’s takes this responsibility seriously, and we teach digital citizenship K-8!

In Our Community

Cristie Street, mother of Scarlett Street (fifth grade), received a great honor last week from Greater Tucson Leadership, which recognized her as its “Woman of the Year,” as reported in the Arizona Daily Star.  Cristie serves on the board of numerous community organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, and in her capacity as co-founder and CEO of Nextrio has directed more than $1 million in goods and services to nonprofits. She was previously named Small Business Leader of the Year by the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Greater Tucson Leadership will host a gala at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort on February 11 to honor Cristie and its other recipients. Congratulations, Cristie!

El Día de los Muertos Chapel

Thanks to all of the parents, family members, and students who volunteered with face painting for our El Día de los Muertos chapel last Friday, October 28. Your help was greatly appreciated by all. Special thanks to Vicki Lázaro, who has dedicated her time and talent face painting for the past five years. Thanks also to Julia Rebert for helping us find the fabulous Mariachi Azteca del Sol group. We had a wonderful chapel dedicated to the lives of those who are no longer with us. Congratulations especially to the eighth graders, who sang beautifully, read poetry, and created special memories for all of us.

-Sra. Van Straalen

In Our Community

Alumna Cate Webb (Class of 2014) was named by azcentral (The Arizona Republic‘s website) to its “Super 25” preseason list of top girls’ volleyball players to watch this year.  Only three Tucson students made the list.  Cate was also recently recognized as the Athlete of the Month at University High School, where she is a junior.  Way to go, Cate!