Scholar Highlights

Check out the latest good news about our excellent scholars in the classroom below: 

Mr. Tice’s CAD Scholars

In CAD, students 3D-printed their nameplates and pencil holders. They first made them StL files so they could print out the mold. In addition, the students finished drawing the CAD classroom to scale and in 3D. Each student had to draw two or three assigned objects in the room. Then, they had to join two other students on their team to collaborate and expand the 3D classroom drawn. Finally, they had to work with three other students to establish the entire classroom. The six student teams learned to collaborate with each other on a large scale project, which can be so important in industry. Below are two drawings done by individuals in the class.

Posted by damian on Friday April 7 at 12:35PM
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Ms. Gabriel’s & Ms. Hughes’ Senior Theology Scholars

This week, the seniors delivered their “Last Lecture” speeches in Theology class. Modeled after Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, which became a successful book, the Class of 2017 shared with peers their answer to the question, “What wisdom would you share with your classmates if this were the last time you were going to see them?” Below are some insightful comments from our soon-to-be graduates:

Sean Bennett ’17: The things that you taught me were just the ones that I could fit in this 3 minute speech. I have learned something from every individual in this room. I hope that all of you have had the same experience of learning from each other. If not, the one thing I want you all to learn from me is that there is a lesson in every person that you meet in life.

Allen Fleureny ’17: I have been taught throughout my whole life that spreading love is something that is more valuable than spreading hatred. Love is what moves our country forward. We cannot spread anymore hatred because it will not get us anywhere.

Simon Jiang ’17: School is not only a place to learn knowledge but also a place for students to exchange their ideas and define their characters. We are all more than the way we talk, the way we look like and even our grades. High school has taught me to not judge people based on stereotypes.

Hayley Leger ’17: The happiness I feel when I get a new shirt or phone is nothing compared to the happiness I relive whenever I remember the long rides in Sharon’s truck, or accidentally punching Cali in the face freshman year. Even on my worst days, these experiences- no matter how embarrassing they are- stay with me.

Tessa Lewis ’17: There are no mistakes, only lessons we need to master. The idea of this is that we learn from everything and everyone, no matter the situation. You will be thrown into situations where you will learn from the experience and the people around you. Even if the situation is negative, we all learn from them no matter what the result is.

Jada Ross ’17: I think that this is what I have begun to realize: that we have no control over our future, yes we can study vigorously, join clubs, sports, and community service activities to help shape us to whom we want to be. And yes, we can work hard to for something we love earnestly, in hopes that one day we will achieve our goals. But sometimes God’s plan is better. Although we do not recognize it in the heat of the moment, we can look back at times things didn’t work the way we wanted and realize that God put us in a better situation.
Posted by damian on Friday April 7
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Ms. Scorza’s AP Government Scholars

Ms. Scorza’s AP Gov class has had some very noteworthy guest speakers, including her husband, Mr. Downey! He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and has worked for many government agencies over the years. Yesterday, he stopped by to speak to students about future careers in the federal government.

Posted by damian on Friday April 7
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Mr. Glozzy’s Studio Art Scholars

The SJP student artists have been extremely busy this semester creating unique and wonderful works of art. Among the more challenging projects, the woodcut prints done by the seniors and juniors were a resounding success! Each 6x8” wood panel was designed first on paper, then hand-carved, inked in various colors and pressed to high quality printmaking paper. Each print provides insight into the interests and dreams of our student body.

Elsewhere, freshman students have been busy creating exciting silhouette mosaic collage pieces. This project helps build valuable skills in iconic design, use of color and positive and negative space. The students well exceeded Mr. Glozzy's expectations and turned in some truly exciting and fresh works of art.

Finally, all of the visionary student work here at SJP will be proudly displayed at our Inaugural Steam Show (in place of Arts Night) on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Please come out and support the STEAM program, including Robotics, the Fine and Performing Arts, Graphic Design and CAD. It should be a night to remember!

  

   

Posted by damian on Friday April 7
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Ms. Griffith’s Geometry Scholars

Ms. Griffith’s Geometry scholars were challenged to a Quadrilateral STEAM application to create a perfect square using only string, tape and skewers in class this week. Students took many creative approaches for making sure the sides of the square were all the same length. However, the ultimate test was to make sure the diagonals of the square were the same length, to distinguish it from a rhombus.

Posted by damian on Friday April 7
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Pi Day 2017

Students at SJP competed in Pi Day activities on Thursday, 3/16 to celebrate March 14, Pi Day. (Note: thanks to a late-season snowstorm, the festivities were postponed two days!) The winners of the three competitions were:

Pie Bake Off: Charlie Cassidy ’19 with a delicious apple pie

Pi Digit Memorization: Kelli Aquino ’18 with 86 digits

Pi Creativity: Dalela Andrade ’20 with a St. Patrick’s Day themed pi drawing

Congratulations to all of our contest winners and participants!


Posted by damian on Wednesday March 22
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Mr. Olcott’s English Scholars

Mr. Olcott’s 10th grade English 2 Honors classes recently finished “Monkey,” a novel about a young Buddhist making a pilgrimage from China to India. This week, students are filming documentaries about Buddhism and will be presenting the short films to their peers in class on Friday.

  

  

Posted by damian on Wednesday March 22
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Mr. Koelsch’s Scholars

According to Mr. Koelsch, the following students are “crushing the first half of Quarter 3” in his math classes:

Algebra 1, Honors: Allison Burke ’20, Aisha Veras ’20

Algebra 1, CP: Havilland Crespo ’20, Alexandra Salguero ’20, Erica Shamshak ’20, Danielle Spillane ’20

Algebra 2, Honors: David Cheng ’19, Ronny Gao ’19, Sarah Gyurmey ’19, Jaehun Kim ’19, Shanice Saint-Fleur ’19, Elina Tong ’19, Mark Yan ’19

Algebra 2, CP: Prestly Getant ’18, Lyndsey Grier ’18

Posted by damian on Tuesday March 7
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Ms. Hughes’ Scholar

Ms. Hughes recognizes one of her advisees, Toren Langham ’19, for an excellent Third Quarter. According to Hughes, “Toren worked extremely hard throughout the Quarter and was rewarded with a strong report card.” Ms. Hughes and Toren are proud of the effort and the ensuing results.
Posted by damian on Tuesday March 7
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Mr. Macdonald’s Scholars

Mr. Macdonald’s English 3 Honors class, having been given a paper with no prompt for the first time, came up with excellent thesis statements about Raisin in the Sun completely on their own, noticing complex themes in the text that even he missed. According to Macdonald, “The ensuing discussions have been terrific, causing me to not even have to plan them anymore.”
Posted by damian on Tuesday March 7
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