Uniform Exchange Recap

We had another successful Uniform Sale and Exchange this past Saturday, when hundreds of items found new homes.  Thank you to all who attended, and especially to our wonderful volunteers: Barbi Reuter, Christy Collins, Klara Valent, Ava Neher, Sue Aaby, Shanti Martinez, Jennifer LaHue-Smith, and Cathryn Rose. We couldn’t have done it without you!

-Kristin Greenwood & Bridget Peyton 

SMA News

A big THANK YOU to Anna Martinez-Ross and Dave Ross of Martinez-Ross Marketing for sponsoring the December Coffee Corner. It was a great turn-out!

In Our Community

Last week, nearly four dozen high school seniors in the Tucson area were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. These students now have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered in the spring of 2018. Among the students recognized is Peyton Lewis, a senior at Salpointe, who graduated from St. Michael’s in 2014. Peyton was awarded the Outstanding Student Award from SMA, recognizing the highest grade point average for the graduating eighth grader. We are so proud of our alumni and their achievements in high school and beyond.

In Our Community

Tucson has a new stamp, and the designer is one of our students! On Friday, August 18th, the Grand Prize Winner of the 10th annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest was unveiled by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at the Postal History Foundation.  The Grand Prize Winner is our very own Tanvi Narendran (eighth grade).

Mayor Rothschild presented Tanvi an official Tucson coin usually reserved for diplomats. The stamps are legal custom USPS stamps and can be used for mailing letters.

Tanvi Narendran used colored pencils to create her unique picture of a beautiful green saguaro with a very detailed sketch of the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac in the distance.

Every year a student enters something new and original that catches the eyes of the judges. According to an article on kvoa.com found here, Tanvi felt “the San Xavier Mission was a great representation of Tucson and she knew that if she added something in the foreground it would add depth to the picture.”

The Tucson birthday stamps can be purchased from the Postal History Foundation, proceeds to benefit their youth education program.  To see Tanvi’s winning design or to order her stamps online, click here.

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!