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!

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.