The First in Math Race is on! Our racetrack has five races going on at the same time. Each student has a car with a symbol on the door to show what level he/she is on. All students are given the opportunity to experience the joy of moving ahead of their classmates no matter what lane their car is in. Every day you need to check where you are because you never know who played the night before. Everyone is a winner when you play! If no effort was given that week, your car is out of the race. Congratulations on the team effort in this classroom. On October 6, we had 15,411 stickers. At the end of the week a certificate goes home with the student who earned the most stickers all week. Mrs. Case
The 5th and 6th Grade students are settling in nicely to the routine of using their Interactive Math Notebooks (IMN). The 5th Grade students are beginning a new chapter focusing on multiplication. They have added a new “foldable” to their notebooks. The foldable summarizes the important Properties of Multiplication that students will use. We will be reviewing multiplication by two – and three – digits; as well as multiplication with money. The 6th Grade students are beginning a new chapter focusing on division of whole numbers and decimals. Students will investigate short division, learn the procedures for dividing decimals by powers of ten, and learn to write decimals less than one in scientific notation. Their knowledge base continues to grow as we are continually building upon previous learned skills. Mrs. Brennan
We know public speaking is encouraged at St. James. A demonstration speech was the first challenge for Grade 5 this year. We try to follow a C.L.A.S.S. action: Clear, Loud, Articulate, Slow, Smile (if appropriate). Some used the board to explain their “how to”; while others went step by step with the real thing! Walk through paper? Make items: crochet, Christmas card box, origami flower, paper airplane, bookmark, stained glass. How to: fold flag, check oil in car, make pancakes, write poem, run lawn mower, work bow & arrow, charcoal grill. Fellow students agreed that Sarah’s “Lemon Scrub” could be sold commercially after they used her product. Dominic’s “apple candle holder” was well received as well. Travis not only told “how to” make brownies, students sampled his finished product – um good! Students are asking, “When can we do that again?” Sr. Rita, C.D.S.
One of my goals this year is to expose my class to more current events. We have even dedicated an entire bulletin board in the classroom to posting these events. Our class reads an issue of Junior Scholastic every week that covers current events news stories. I, along with some of the students, have cut out and shared with the class interesting articles in the news. We have read and talked about articles on The Un-United Kingdom, the deadly Ebola virus, Big Ben’s cleaning, and the Ferguson uprising. Students were also stunned to learn that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the average middle-income family will spend $245,340 to raise a child born in 2013 until he or she turns 18. It’s a good feeling when students start cutting out and bringing in their own stories to share with the class. We hope to continue to expand our knowledge of what is happening in our everyday world. Mrs. Pacinelli
The Panther Pantry, our school store, is open for business. Our Panther Pantry has a wide range of school supplies at very reasonable prices. Filler paper, pens, pencils (regular and primary), notebooks, erasers, book covers, markers, crayons, and glue – just to name a few. The Panther Pantry is open every morning before school begins. Our 8th grade clerks are very friendly and knowledgeable. So if you are in need of supplies, don’t forget our school store. Our prices can’t be beat! Mrs. Norton
Can you keep a secret? Grades 7 and 7A toured Better Baked Foods of Erie on October 17. They witnessed the processing of a new product coming off the line for the first time. The breakfast sandwich would be in the stores shortly and the students saw and held the wrapped final product. No one was supposed to tell until the product was actually on the store shelves. Mr. Joseph Pacinelli, alumnus of SJS and President of Better Baked Foods, gave a presentation about the facility which is fifty years in existence. Wearing white smocks and red hairnets the students first stopped at the hand washing center and then proceeded to witness cheese being shredded, pepperoni placed on pizza and a robotic arm placing completed boxes in cartons. There were lots of tricks through the morning as Mr. Pacinelli encouraged questions and said that anyone who didn’t ask one had to do math problems or diagram English sentences for the rest of the day. Everyone had questions! One good question was, “How do you get a job at Better Baked Foods?” The answer, first you must have a high school diploma, and second, pass a drug test. The last trick of the day was walking through the freezer at -25 degrees F. The tour ended with a treat – individual cheese or pepperoni pizzas and candy from Deacon Adamczyk who works there. We thank you, Mr. Pacinelli and all our tour guides Mr. Kyle Hinsdale, Mr. Jerry Pacinelli, and Mrs. Laurie Needham. We had a great time and we’ll be back with more questions. Sr. Martha, C.D.S.