Three of our 8th graders were recently invited to spend the day at Chapman University after submitting entries into the University’s Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. Grace, Jenna and Lauren were able to learn about the Holocaust in a very unique way, meeting survivors of the Holocaust and learning about their personal stories. It was truly a phenomenal opportunity! A special adulation is due to 8th grader Grace, as her essay was a top three finalist in this year’s contest. The follow is Grace’s essay: Elie Wisel once said, “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” What did he mean by this? The Holocaust was among the most horrific and disgraceful periods in our world history. Why would we want to remember it? The answer is simple: We must guard against I t ever happening again. To honor those whose lives were senselessly taken and for those who endured and survived the trauma, each of us has the responsibility to listen to and learn from those who can tell us what happened. I listened to Hana Gruna’s story, and what I heard made my heart hurt. No human being should ever have been treated…
Five St. Angela Merici students recently competed in the 7th annual Damien High School Math Competition against 320 other students from 22 schools. Our five competitors, Michael, Matthew, Jenna, Luke and Connor, had their mathematics skills put to the test. Each team member was assigned one of four mathematics disciplines to compete in: Arithmetic, Algebra, Logic & Reasoning, and Geometry. All students did a great job representing our school. Michael placed FIRST out of 48 Eighth Graders on the Algebra Individual Subject Exam, and also got FOURTH place out of 131 Eighth Graders in the Math Medley. Connor placed SECOND out of 39 Seventh Graders on the Arithmetic Subject Exam and placed THIRD PLACE in the Super Quiz Bowl. Check out the video below for some highlights of the day:
St. Angela 8th graders created this video as part of a group project entitled "Where is the Love". Students were asked to contrast the priorities of a secular society with those of the Church, brainstorm ideas on how human dignity is disrespected in our world, and then create a video using the song "Where is the Love" from the Black-Eyed Peas. Students gathered both negative and positive images that demonstrated both disrespect and respect of human dignity, and used them with the lyrics of the song. Students also wrote a reflection and presented their project to the rest of the class.
St. Angela student Jenna M. demonstrated her mastery of chemistry by competing in and winning the California You-Be-The-Chemist Competition. The 7th grader won her school competition for the second year in a row, and came in first at the California State Competition that was held in Orange County, beating out other talented middle schoolers from across the state. By winning the state competition, Jenna was invited to the National Championship in Philadelphia, PA. In this competition, she faced the top students from around the county. Jenna again did an outstanding job, finishing in the top 39 out of over 50,000 competitors. Congratulations Jenna! Check out the interview with Jenna at 3:15 minutes into this video:
Five St. Angela students came together to form the Coding Cougars Robotics Team. This team assembled and programmed a small robot and entered the 1st annual Damien High School Robotics Competition for Jr. High Students. The competition included three challenges: programming your robot to dance to music, programming your robot to read contact sensors and successfully navigate through a maze, and programming your robot to read photo light sensors to traverse a black line through obstacles. The students had 5 weeks to learn how to operate and program the robot, and to create programs for each of the challenges. Small modifications were performed at the competition to adapt to the new variables presented. The Coding Cougars brought home the bronze metal at the end of the competition, beating out 21 other schools.
Our Student Council lead a project to drive home the anti-bullying message to our students.
8th grade students directed, filmed, edited, and stared in this music video which was shown at the 2015 Spring Concert.
The volcano science project is a fun engineering project in which student completely plan, design and create an erupting volcano. Working in groups, 6th grade students investigated different chemical reactions in order to create a successful eruption. This is an ending event to our volcano unit in which students have learned the causes of volcanoes and understand the building up of pressure (much like the volcanoes they create). The ability to work with others is an integral part of this project. Throughout the project choices must be made in design and responsibilities are delegated. This year's 6th grade class created some very unique volcanic themes.
Students who exceeded their Accelerated Reader goals this year were able to "dunk" a teacher. 6th grade students Matthew and Jack created this video for a morning broadcast.
In this project-based learning activity, 6th grade science students used digital technologies to measure heat loss in the home. Students used engineering skills to build an energy efficient "house", and a digital infra-red camera to measure how much heat is lost through the house. Students saw first hand the importance of environmental conservation.
7th Grade Students created this beautiful patriotic symbol out of broken glass, glue, and grout. It was auctioned off at our fundraiser for our school's general fund. Let Freedom Ring BuildingBuilding
Student Council Secretary Rebecca M. creates a newsletter and video featuring a different class each month. This month, the First Graders are featured.