During the month of October, the monthly book report that the students do for Mrs. Cunningham is very special. The students each research a famous personality that has had an impact upon our world. They read a book about their person and created a "Bottle Buddy" replica of their subject. The students also did digital research with Mrs. Yakes in the Computer Lab, and then they produced a PowerPoint to support their oral presentation about their famous personality. On Halloween, the students came dressed up like the historical figure they were reporting about and shared their information with their classmates. This English Language Arts / STREAM* project is a favorite in the school as everyone tries to figure out who is who! Can you figure out who these students represent as you look at these pictures?
In preparation for the South Cook Regional Spelling Competition, twenty five of the best spellers of St. Alphonsus-St. Patrick School participated in our school spelling bee on Tuesday, January 23. Cheered on by their classmates, the students from grades 4-8 who won their classroom competitions did their best to spell some very challenging words in the all school Spelling Bee! Participants from Grade 4 included Gabrielle, Josie, Blake, Nina and Olivia. The Fifth grade spellers were Nick, Cianna, Jacob, Emily and Claire. From sixth grade, the challengers were Tess, Matthew, Maia, Drea and Max. The seventh grade super spellers included Sophia, Michael, Jackie, Frank and Nick. Eighth grade competitors were Luke, Sam, Ian, Reagan, and Alex.
Every one of these students showed poise and spelling prowess as they stepped up to the microphone to spell a number of very difficult words.
The third place finisher was Luke from the eighth grade. Sixth grader Tess came in second place after some fast paced rounds with the final bee champion, Alex from grade eight. Alex was a repeat champion and also competed in the regional competition last year! He represented our school very well on February 5 through some fast paced spelling and vocabulary rounds and showed impressive poise and preparation throughout the competition.
On December 16, the St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School Drama Club and Stage Crew, along with Lucky Star Productions, performed a wonderful musical play that transported their audience back to the Old West. The student performers and their director, Mrs. Margie Novotny, along with many helpful parent volunteers and staff representative, Mrs. Terri Riordan, worked for months to hone their thespian skills and musical song and dance routines. Mr. Mike Bruno also worked with the stage crew to create all of the sets and backdrops for the play’s action. All of that hard work culminated in an outstanding performance filled with lively song and dance routines, lots of plot action, and plenty of humorous twists and turns. The play received rave reviews from those in attendance. Everyone enjoyed seeing the play on a real stage thanks to Mount Assisi Academy who allowed us to use their facilities.
This charming musical drama was hugely successful thanks to the dedicated sponsors, the hardworking student performers, and the many supporting parents and staff members who helped with arranging all of the other necessary components of the play. The entire school community took delight in watching “our kids” work musical magic on stage as the Wagon Wheels West story unfolded. Everyone, actors and audience alike, look forward to future performances by our drama club members!
This year more than 180 students in grades 6-8 entered the Lemont VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. The theme this year was “America’s Gift to My Generation”.
This year thirteen winners were announced on Sunday, December 3, 2017. We are proud of our six students who were awarded a certificate and a one hundred dollar cash prize. Congratulations to Luke, Lia, Michael, Sophia, Ryan, and Jackie. Their essays were submitted to be judged in the district competition.
As part of their Language Arts Class with Mrs. Bruno and their Technology Class with Mrs. Yakes, the eighth grade students recently created Public Service Announcement type videos. They did their best to express what our 2017-18 school theme means and showcased how we live the theme, We Are One Body. The students worked together in small cooperative groups on the scripting and taping, but then each student created their own take on the final video presentation. The students are pleased to show off their writing and speaking skills, their videotaping, editing and production skills, AND our wonderful school and the ways that "We Are One Body!" All of the videos are available for viewing on a special website. Click on this link to visit the website.
The fourth and fifth grade book reports this month have been collaborative journeys between technology classes and English/Language Arts, and have even involved some creative fine arts! The students selected a biography book about someone who has made a difference in the world. All of the students read their books, did digital research in the computer lab, and took notes to facilitate their final projects. The fourth graders created professional looking PowerPoint presentations. On Halloween, the students came in character, and dressed as their famous person. They used their PowerPoint presentation to share all that they had learned about these important historical figures. The fifth graders followed a similar research phase but then composed a script and narrated their report into a video creation program in the computer lab. Their work has been gathered onto a website for sharing to a wider audience. You can access their presentations here: https://sites.google.com/stals-stpats.org/historicalfigures5th2017/home .
Both groups of students also created “Bottle Buddies” fashioned to represent their famous biography subjects. These creations are currently lining the hallway with a few clues so that passersby can try to discern whom each bottle buddy represents.