Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Flea on Santa's Tree

Written by Debbie Kucevich

The kindergarten classes are busy practicing for their upcoming Christmas Play,"The Flea on Santa's Tree".  Mrs. Seppi and the children will present their performance on Thursday, December 15th.  All the actors have been busy practicing their parts in the play.   The performance should a fun and festive.   Here are some photos of the KB Kids at their practice.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Case of the Purloined Purple Clipboard

A crime occurred in room 7B last week!  Ms. Feronti’s precious purple clipboard was stolen.

Six St. Pius teachers were named as suspects in the crime: Mrs. Baden, Mrs. Farina, Mrs. McGinnis, Mrs. Neitzey, Mrs. Prendergast, and Ms. Kucevich.

Students examined the crime scene and made observations about the evidence that was left behind in room 7B.  Students also scrutinized the suspects’ profiles, and conducted interviews with the suspects about their whereabouts at the time of the crime.  Officer Stephen McGinnis also spoke with students about how to examine evidence and conduct an investigation.  In Mrs. Norris’ science class, the students analyzed the evidence in the “crime lab” to determine which evidence pointed to the criminal.  In Mrs. McGinnis’ social studies class, students created maps of St. Pius which corresponded with route 450.  Students utilized their knowledge of directions, and clues that were provided around the school to locate the missing clip board.  Finally, students had to submit their crime report to Ms. Feronti, explaining who stole the clipboard, why the clipboard was stolen, and how the crime was committed.  It was revealed, finally, on Thursday, November 17, that Mrs. Baden, stole the beloved clip board, and that the clip board was stashed in the SSC.

The activity was engaging for both students and teachers.  It was an exciting cross-curricular collaboration that we hope to continue in the future.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Meeting Jeff Kinney

Written by Mrs. Neitzey, our Librarian

Yesterday evening, Caitlyn Cavanagh, Delaney Daffan and her mother Jessica, Cooper Mowrey and his mother Jackie, and myself had a great opportunity to go to The Avalon Theatre in DC to meet the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney. He spoke about how his stories began, and how his stories have grown to books printed around the world, movies (one is being filmed right now and the next one is being written), and to a stage production (with a hope to move the stage show to Broadway!) After he spoke with the group, he was available for photos, autographs, and a quick conversation. We were all thrilled to get the chance to meet Mr. Kinney! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Don't Sink!

Written by Mrs. Sparks

Fifth graders just completed a STEM challenge during their science lab. They worked for two weeks on solving a problem. Their rules were simple: “You and your team are in charge of designing, building, and testing a boat. The boat must be constructed on a flat surface. Your goal is to build a foil boat that can hold as many pennies as possible without sinking. You may not use any other materials to complete the challenge – only the one piece of foil.” They worked through an engineering design process while completing their task. 

In 5A, Group 4’s boat, designed and built by Joseph Ruddy, Kynnedy Wallace, Ben Hinckley, and Kai Brown, held the most pennies of both classes - more than 200. 

In 5B, Group 3’s boat, designed and built by Joshua Jones, Gabrielle Dauphin, Sean Kelly, and Jasmine Moore held the highest amount of pennies – 75.


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