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Maintained by 8th Grade – Editors: Christopher Sanders, Aria Teare and Natalina Sharpe

Scientists in the Making: Grade 3-5 Robotics Club

 

     Over the past two weeks we have had the opportunity to interview the following members of the grade 3-5 Robotics Club: Natalia Noviello, Nicole Noviello, Sofia Delle Cave, Gabriella Andreozzi, Mary McNeil, James Parris, Tyler Linehan, Greyson Diogo Sarah Donnelly, Donovan Tiernan and Azure Taeares.

The answers to the following questions are the team’s collaborative thoughts on their experiences.

Questions:

Have you enjoyed robotics club?

Yes, it was super fun. We loved racing the robots against each other.

What did you do?

We worked on building a robot that rolls on wheels with the LEGO Mindstorms kit.

It looked like a remote controlled car.

Have you done anything with robotics before?

Most of us haven’t, but some of us have.

Why did you join the Robotics Club?

We joined robotics because we were curious about robotics and it looked like a fun club.

What is your favorite part? Why?

Racing the robots was our favorite part because it was fun to have a friendly competition.

Was there anything that you did not expect?

We didn’t expect to race the robots against each other. It was a pleasant surprise.

Do you think robotics will help you in the future?

Yes, we think robotics will help us in the future when we are older and might be working in a science field. If you are an architect then you have to know how to use instructions to build things. Also if you want to build a homemade robot then you would know how to do it.

Do you recommend the Robotics Club to others?

Yes, it is fun to build robots with your friends and learn about science together.

Thank you to all of the students that participated in the interviews.

-Zachariah Grande, Joshua Greenberg & Sylvia Huyler

Header image by Christopher Sanders

 

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Christmas Time is Here

Christmas time is finally here at St. Augustine School!

At St. Augustine school, we celebrate the meaning of Christmas in many ways.  Most importantly, Christmas is a time where we celebrate Jesus’s birth. At the beginning of each Advent week, during morning prayer, we have a special prayer service. During the service a student council representative lights the Advent candle on the Advent Wreath.

The school organizes a coat and toiletry drive to help those in need of warm clothing and other needed items. Students bring in coats, hats, gloves, scarfs and toiletries. This year we collected  389 coats, scarves and mittens and 1400 toiletry pieces.  The items were donated to Mary House.

We held two concerts to celebrate the Christmas season. The performances included singing, dancing, drama and a Nativity play by grade 2.  All classes have Christmas Parties and may watch a Christmas movie. A special treat for the whole school is the band “School House Orchestra” which comes to play Christmas songs.  We certainly have many meaningful activities and a lot of fun at St. Augustine school during the Christmas season.

On behalf of the 8th grade class, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

By: Brigid McGrath, and Isabella Paliotti

A Time to Give Thanks

 

Thanksgiving is a special holiday we celebrate with our families. It is a time when we thank God for the life he has given each of us and for the food on our tables. At St. Augustine School, Thanksgiving is also a time when we share our blessings with those less fortunate.

Several weeks ago, our students began collecting items for food baskets which will be distributed to needy families in the area. These items include canned vegetables, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pasta, crackers, and cookies. Students and their families also made cash donations to purchase supermarket gift cards.

Our food baskets were assembled on Wednesday, November 14, in Mrs. Fera’s room. We were able to feed 20 families. Extra goods were also sorted and sent to local food banks. On behalf of St.Augustine School, we would like to send a special thank you to Mrs. Fera and to Mrs. Rufful for organizing our food basket collection. Also, thanks to our school families for their generosity.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

 

By: Brigid McGrath and Isabella Paliotti

Mrs. Kennedy PreK 3 TA

Mrs. Kennedy Interview Questions

What made you decide to work with Pre-K students?                                                       

It was an opportunity to mix learning and imagination in a happy and safe environment.

Have you worked with any other grade? If so, which grade do you think is harder to teach?     

worked in a high school in MA for many years.  Compared to high school students, Pre K students are often more enthusiastic about learning.                                                                                                                    

Was it your idea/ choice to enroll your grandchildren here? If so, do you think it was a good decision? 

I supported the decision for my grandchildren, Keira and James, to enroll at St. Augustine’s. They have the opportunity for Academic Excellence in a supportive environment and will develop healthy social relationships.

What made you pick a Catholic School to teach at? 

I attended a Catholic School. I love being part of a caring community.

What is your favorite part in teaching such young kids? 

I love the hugs, smiles and enthusiasm for learning.

Angelina and I are also new to this school this year, was it challenging to get to know the other teachers and become friendly with your co-workers?

 It was not.  The St. Augustine’s family is warm, friendly and welcoming.

Thank you Mrs. Kennedy for taking time out of your day to answer these questions and helping us to gather information for our blog!

Thank You,

           Ella Quetta

           Angelina Sousa

Interview with Mrs. Mathieu

1. How different is this school, from where you worked before?

St. Augustine School and Saint Philip School have a lot in common. They both promote a strong Catholic education that prepares each student for high school and most importantly encourages and promotes their Catholic faith.    

2. What’s your favorite kind of science?

I love all science but especially chemistry and biology.   

3. What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love to see a student succeed in their schooling and gain the confidence that comes from working hard and achieving success. 

4. When did you start to like science?

I always liked science but I really began to enjoy it when I was in elementary school.

5. How has your experience been at this school so far, and what do you like most about it?

I am so grateful to all at St. Augustine for making me feel so welcome and part of your family from the first day. The entire staff, priests, faculty and students have been kind and supportive which makes my transition to St. Augustine much easier.

Brigid McGrath & Izzy Paliotti

In Depth Review On Who Our Principal Truly Is! (Interview with Mrs. Rufful)

We had the opportunity to have a lovely on the spot interview with our new principal, Mrs Rufful. Please enjoy!

Q: What do you say is the best part of being a principal?

A: The best part of being principal is that I get to work with students and visit the classrooms.

Q: How would you describe yourself as a person?

A: I like working with people and getting to know them. Listening and talking to them about their experiences and stories.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: In my free time I like spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling and learning about how people live around the world.

Q: What is your favorite subject to either teach or learn?

A: My favorite subject to teach is Science it is inspiring to watch students set up experiments and experience science in action.

Q: What is your stance on bullying?

A: We have a zero tolerance when it comes to bullying. Bullying is immediately addressed and looked at in totality. The bystanders need to learn skills that help to support the victim, and not encourage the bully. The bully needs to be educated and needs to learn skills to replace the behavior of bullying.

Q: What is the biggest difference between Saint Augustine’s and any other school you taught at?

A: The school community at Saint Augustine’s is really committed to the education of children. The community of parents, teachers, staff, Father Forcier and Father Brice support an educational program that addresses academic and spiritual growth. They all work together as a team.

Thank you for reading our insightful interview with Mrs. Rufful.

By: Sylvia Huyler and Aria Teare

Photo Credit: Aria Teare

Mrs. Piccardi Pre K 3 Aide

Mrs. Piccardi 

        Pre-k 3 teacher interview

What made you decide to work at St. Augustine’s School?

I was here all the time volunteering so I thought I would join the school because they needed another helper.

Have you worked with kids before? If so, what age groups have you taught?

I used to be a dance teacher and taught all ages.

Do you like working with younger kids and why?

I do like working with younger kids because they have a lot of energy and are always happy and joyful.

Do you enjoy having your daughter in your class?

Yes I do, but it can be difficult at times.

What are your students learning at this moment?

We just finished learning about apples and now, we are now learning about pumpkins, fall and Halloween. We are also going to make bats soon.

Have you always wanted to be a teacher if not what other professions have you considered?

No I have not, I used to be a dance teacher as I said before. I was also a makeup artist

Gabriella Barreiro & Gabriella Paliotti  10/11/18

Photo by Christopher Sander/Photography Club

 

 

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the class of 2019, we would like to welcome everyone back to the 2018/2019 school year. We also offer a warm greeting to our new principal, Mrs. Rufful, and all new faculty, staff and students.

This year, our hope is that all students will work hard toward becoming well rounded individuals, with strong character, knowledge and faith. We believe we will learn throughout the year to grow closer to God and to follow the teachings of Jesus.

We hope everyone has a great school year, meeting new people and participating in fun activities. Make sure to follow our blog to stay on top of school news. We will be posting whenever there is something exciting going on in our school. We hope you have a blessed school year.

Editors: Natalina Sharp and Christopher Sanders

Final Blog as the Class of 2018

As the end of the 2017-2018 school year approaches we begin to reflect on the memories we have created. As the Class of 2018, we have been extremely occupied with graduation festivities. During this bittersweet time, we have realized how close we have become over the years.

Throughout the years, we have cherished the second home Saint Augustine School has given us. Our time here will not be forgotten. Saint Augustine School has helped us to mature into well-rounded young adults to help us in the future. From the extracurricular activities to the challenging academics not a single piece of knowledge has been wasted. Saint Augustine School helps their students to become humble, kind, strong, brave, and caring individuals. The faith that Saint Augustine’s has provided will last a lifetime. We, the Class of 2018, have grown in our love towards God because of the religious activities we experienced first hand everyday.  There is never a spare moment where God is not present in our eyes, guiding us throughout the day.

The friendships that we have made at Saint Augustine School will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will greatly miss our times together. From the laughing to the crying we shared together, we realized how we have become a family. We will forever love each other and wish the best for all the graduates during their  high school years and beyond. We would like to thank our fellow eighth graders for their help throughout the year with the blog. We appreciate every moment they dedicated to the blog.

One of the hardest goodbyes will be towards our teachers. They have helped us grow in our academics and faith. We have had many enjoyable moments together. Thank you for being our second parents. We will miss you greatly.

Lastly, we would like to welcome the new eigth grade editiors beginning in the Fall: Christopher Sanders, Benjamin Reyes, Natalina Sharp, and Aria Teare. We have great faith in them and wish them the best of luck in continuing the journey of the eighth grade blog.

On behalf of the Class of 2018, we would like to say how thankful we are for each other and our teachers. We have faced many challenges that have helped shape us into who we are today. We love Saint Augustine School with our whole hearts and will miss it greatly!

By: Lindsey Frisina and Danielle Verrecchia

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