Painting and Drawing Through the Year
By Elise DeGeeter
The art students have been learning so much and experiencing new things in the third quarter! The elementary students began the third quarter by finishing their Go Texan artwork. After finishing this, the students worked on their picture frame puzzle designs. They created an abstract design on the frame using two layers. They then put in their new school picture and gave it to their parents for Valentine’s Day. After this, they were hard at work on their 3D alien pets using spools. They also drew math shapes using the opposite-opposite technique. They then painted over these shapes with tempra watercolor. Lastly, the elementary students made multi-cultural collages. Using the color wheel, grades first through second grade drew and painted paint pallets. The third through fifth graders drew and painted guitars. Their artworks were food-themed. Each students could choose different food cultures like Mexican or Italian. The students then decided which colors went along with their food theme. They painted their guitars using these colors. The elementary students had a busy and fun third quarter.
The Artisan students had a fun Friday project where they made geckos. They used wire and threaded the buttons through the wire. The students also made 3D scorpions. They used twisty metal to weave the scorpion’s body into a pattern. Many of the students’ artwork was entered in the St. Pius Academic Rally, and they came back with great results.
The Art 1 students also made 3D scorpions. Instead of the metal, however, they used a soft wire. For their fun Friday project, the students made baskets. Next, the students made a hummingbird using pointillism. They were able to express their artistic talent. Lastly, the students drew five still lifes.
All in all, the art students had a great third quarter!
Loud and Proud
By Camila Baldasso
The Advanced and Beginner Bands worked diligently this past quarter. The Advanced Band prepared for their annual competition on April 4 during the school day. They will play
Flight of Eagles, Dancing Kites,
They prepared these songs by slowly working on each section, tuning, and balancing out the sound. Trombone player Dylan Michaels said, “I was nervous for the competition because I didn’t know how well the other schools played.”
The Christmas Concert was a success this year. The students in band got to wear festive colored tops. The songs were well played and enjoyed by everyone. Clarinet player Sarah Frain said, “My favorite thing about the Christmas concert was playing for other people because they rarely hear us play.” Their next concert will be the Spring Concert.
The Houston Area Private School Band was accepting students last quarter. To audition for the band, the students submitted a recording of them playing two scales and two lines of their
. The students who were selected for the band were Emma Nguyen, Gabriel Yeung, Isaac Cabello, Ivy Yeung, Jack Weaver, Lauren Nguyen, Ryan Gruen, Andrew Sudkamp, and Eli Blasini.
The Beginner Band was working hard learning how to play their instruments. They were working on their essential elements book and are going to start working on tunes for the spring concert.
Both bands are doing their best to improve their skills!
Advanced band students listen to instructions during rehearsals.
Serving As STUCO
By Elise DeGeeter
At the beginning of the third quarter, one of students’ favorite activities took place—the STUCO sponsored Talent Show! The students had a great time watching and performing in it, but STUCO was behind the scenes hard at work. The judges, Mrs. McBee, Ms. Festa, Mrs. Kim, and many other teachers had a hard time selecting which talented students would perform. After their decision had been made, STUCO fine-tuned everything with the performers at dress rehearsal. After all of these behind the scenes events took place; the performers did amazing jobs in the Talent Show, on February 3.
Aside from the incredible Talent Show, STUCO also worked hard with Red Ribbon Day, STUCO store, and attending their monthly meetings. On Red Ribbon Day, February 15, students wore red shirts to remind them the meaning of Red Ribbon Day – to be aware of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The students also wore crazy socks so they could “sock it to drugs.” The theme of Red Ribbon Day “Caring for yourself. Caring for others.” taught the students to care for their bodies by staying away from drugs and alcohol abuse.
By Ashley Bowring
The Stretch classes have been working extremely hard on their projects and goals for the end of the year. The exceptional learners have been continuing to work and progress on their projects. The students have been exceeding Mrs. Ickert’s expectations by being on task and diligent. The Stretch program students worked on many projects this quarter. For instance, one of the Stretch groups was making blankets and bandanas for rescue dogs and cats. These blankets and bandanas will be going to Citizens for Animal Protection (CAPS). They are going to drive the completed items to the center sometime in the spring. What a great way to help the animals!
There has been a major improvement from the beginning of the year among the younger stretch students.. The students have been reading very fluently! Reading comprehension has greatly improved with these scholars. They have been practicing and practicing with sound exercises to help the students with their listening skills. Over all the Stretch classes have been improving greatly between the beginning of the year until now!
Creating New Experiences In Spanish and Art
By Gabriela Clinton
The sixth grade Wheel students have shown Saintly spirit as they worked nonstop on crafts and fun projects. Mrs. Stieber’s third quarter class had their hands full of crafts, such as copper metal molding, pinch pots, animal sculptures, puzzle art concealing their names, and mini mat weaving. To do so, the sixth graders practiced using different tools to bring out features and texture. For example, there were eight different sized molding tools that students learned to use carefully without putting in too much or not enough pressure on their copper metal molding. They also needed to apply the right amount of paint on their pinch pots or animal sculptures. One of the students, Sophia Knobbe, agreed with most students when she said, “The students mostly enjoy the fun projects. I enjoyed weaving baskets the most.” This proves that hard work and enthusiasm together make one great experience, considering that basket weaving must be done extra carefully. Mrs. Stieber expects all her students to work to the best of their ability, and that meant following the procedure, listening to directions, and asking for help. She always made time for the students who need help. Besides beautiful art projects, the sixth grade Wheel art class took home important lessons, like time management.
The Wheel art class isn’t the only group of sixth graders having fun. In the Wheel Spanish, Mrs. Fasci taught her students how to ask and respond to questions in Spanish. The students have also reinforced their knowledge about different Spanish speaking countries in the world. This will help them when they have to go on business trips or just vacation when they are older. Before they get there, though, the students set goals to conjugate different regular verbs that end in
. To accomplish these goals, they engage in Spanish conversations in class to practice using them. Besides verbs, the students sang and danced to their Spanish music projects and Spanish skits. This was a fun way to get students interested in a new language while having fun. Sixth grader Eva Turner said, “We enjoy the music projects because we get to learn the songs and make up fun dance moves.” The sixth grade wheel Spanish class agreed that their class was
Eighth grade journalism students enjoy the studio tour of KHOU-11.
Yearbook and Cutouts and Deadlines, Oh My!
By Jade Garrido
Deadlines, deadlines, and even more deadlines! The efficient journalism students have been working swiftly this third quarter! The Journalism 1 and 2 students have been refining their photo-editing skills on cutouts in
. They have also been creating intricate layouts in
. In addition, they have also been working diligently to complete their yearbook pages before the upcoming deadlines! Besides the indoor-routine, the students are over-the-top eager to fly the new drone, which you will see flying through the skies at Fun in the Sun Day (weather permitting)!
The journalism students have also been extremely responsible and have been working creatively on their duties. They have been keeping up with the deadlines, especially the weekly deadlines for the
broadcasts! During the year so far, the journalism classes have been taught photography, video production, and writing skills!
The usual journalism routine consists of having a brief meeting at the beginning of class and then the students get to work on their yearbook page, taking pictures, or filming
The students are evaluated by their progress, their dedication for deadlines, and their engagement in class. “The students are slowly getting pages done, but they are picking up the pace!” Mrs. Kimmitt said. This third quarter has definitely been productive!
The Lenten Season
By Daniela Esqueda
Behind the scenes of StJPII, Mrs. Richard, the Religion Coordinator, has a lot on her hands. Some of the many things she does is directing Saints Families, training the altar servers, and preparing for regular Friday Mass and other special Masses. Saints Families is held at least once every month and is led by one or two eighth graders. They gather as if they were a family. The families work on activities and pray as a group. Every Mass, the altar servers take a big part in the services. They are trained at their parish to serve there, and then they get trained at school in the fall.
Recently, Lent started on March 1. The StJPII community had an Ash Wednesday Mass where they distributed ashes in the shape of crosses on everyone’s forehead. We also prepared for Lent by having the Stations of the Cross performed by the theatre arts students and the sixth graders’ annual performance of the stations depicted by shadows was scheduled for right before the Easter break. Mrs. Richard will also be hosting a special Stations of the Cross in the chapel for the parents and students before the Crawfish Boil on April 7.
The sixth graders will be participating in a retreat during April and they will be holding a bake sale to raise money for a school in Honduras. On the other hand, the seventh graders will be participating in the Rice Bowl to benefit Catholic Relief Services. What a great way to help others in this Lenten Season!
By Andrew Thampoe
This past quarter students in computer classes with Mrs. Resweber have been quite productive. The students from first through eighth grade worked hard on coding projects, making robots, and reviewing and reinforcing their knowledge of computer science.
The students in elementary computer classes worked on understanding the computer language
which is a simplified version of
. They used the code to produce software that demonstrates what they have already learned in class. They also practiced typing faster and more accurately.
In Computer 1, the students used
Lego Mindstorms EV3
robots to perform tasks they input software on the computers. They tasked the robots to do things such as moving based on color and luminosity, pick up and put down objects, and measure gyroscopic traits. They also used Ozobots that ran based off of sequences of colors.
Computer 2 has also experimented with
. They used
parts to make robots that ran on their software. They also finished their
final projects. The project consisted of interactive variables as well as a storyline. It took all of the second quarter and a bit of the third.
This past quarter has been one of much refinement. The students have been doing their best to improve their knowledge of the field of computer science as well the uses of products that come from it.
On a Roll
By Emily Colgan
National Junior Honor Society has rolled into the new year. They created the giant pizza for the wall in the lower-elementary hallway. The pizza is a tracker for
is a reading program that the whole school is excited about. All of the students are ready to see which grade level can get the most cheese and toppings on their slice of pizza, by how many books they read in a friendly competition.
NJHS is also working hard to serve the community. They went to the Ballard House to serve food to cancer patients. The patients there stay free of charge and NJHS volunteers served them food. NJHS volunteers visited with the patients after they served them.
Back in February, NJHS inducted new members. During the induction 23 new seventh graders and three new eighth graders joined the honor society. These new members had their first meeting on February 14.
The NJHS students started off great in the second semester!
Music to Our Ears
By Taylor Schababerle
Editor in Chief, The Spirit
The elementary music students have had one busy quarter! In first and second grade, the students worked on their annual play,
The Summer Camp
. They practiced reciting their lines and their stage presentation to get ready for their show. Mrs. Dao also taught them music theory and famous folk music. In third grade, the students worked on harmonizing during folk songs. The fourth graders are doing very well on their recorders, and they even performed duets!
The Honor Choir students had a very active quarter working on
The students in the lead roles are Beatriz Eade playing Mrs. Hannagan; Theresa Ngyuen and Cate Broussard are playing Annie; Harry Hageney, Emma Holden, and Coach Hertlein are playing Mr. Warbucks; Emma Welsch and Alexa Halim are playing Grace. These students received the lead roles because they have shown dedication to honor choir, and have been in it for many years. So come out and see the show May1-2!
By Catherine Dang
Continuing a hard working year, the fourth graders in Spanish have been working on structures of a sentence using vocabulary words, analyzing the different school rules between El Salvador and the United States, and learning the different school supplies in Spanish. The fifth graders have been identifying after-school activities and discussing schedules using a clock. To study for tests, the students go over pages in their workbook and review their textbook.
In Spanish 1 and 2, the seventh and eighth graders worked on the use of the verb
, which means there is and there are. They also did listening activities to test the way they hear things in Spanish. They worked in groups to create a skit for a project and presented it to their class. You might have also seen them on stage at the Talent Show. The middle school Spanish classes prepared a song,
for the talent show and performed it in front of the whole school. They sang, danced, and had a great time on stage.
Ready, Set, Read!
By Daniela Esqueda
Students in the library have been working hard this quarter. Every grade goes to the library at least once a week and students can check out up to two books. Mrs. Lamb, the librarian, uses a system to organize the books called the Dewey Decimal System that helps students understand how to find all sorts of information from nonfiction books to novels. There are books for all levels of reading and each book has a sticker of a different color. You can look on the Lexile Color Chart to check what level of reading the sticker means.
Mrs. Lamb talks about many different topics with the students. Some topics are how to listen, how to take notes, and using organizational skills. Some of the skills students should always use are SCORER, studying, and using your planner. Mrs. Lamb also assigned the seventh and eighth graders to do an Author Study Project with a partner where they researched a well-known author, gave interesting facts about their author, and wrote recommendations of why a person should read their books. Sounds like the StJPII students have a lot on their hands in the library this quarter.
By Jade Garrido
No wonder learning Spanish was as easy as
uno, dos, tres
! The elementary Spanish classes have been off to a great start this last quarter! The
Pre-K and Kindergarten classes have been studying vowels, numbers, and colors. In first through third grade, the students were reviewing school items, clothing, and locations! There was no doubt that these scholars were eager to learn a second language!
The younger students are encouraged to understand the Spanish language by listening to catchy songs and reading stories led by Mrs. Linares. The older students comprehend Spanish vocabulary by following a specific program. Both classes discuss different Spanish-speaking countries and their unique cultures. Also, the scholars who are fluent in the Spanish language are required to speak Spanish to Mrs. Linares and their classmates every class!
The usual Spanish class includes praying, introducing the lesson to the students, and reviewing previous concepts. Mrs. Linares evaluates the Spanish learners by their participation and, for the older scholars, by their responsibility with their homework and projects. “They are used to the program and know what to expect,” Mrs. Linares said about the students and their progress. This batch of students were definitely the Spanish busy bees this quarter!
In The Spotlight
By Brian Nehme
The choir students were doing many things in this third quarter. They were preparing to go to competitions like the Houston Symphonic and Band and Chorale Competition coming up in April. They practiced for these competitions by sight reading, like singing a song they had never seen before. Have you ever seen them perform at Mass? If you haven’t, they sing every other week. They were very comfortable with the Mass songs and liked them a lot. The choir students did a great job this quarter!
Have you ever seen any of the TARTS performances? Well, they had a performance called
A Stone in the Road
early in the quarter, and now are practicing for the lenten Stations of the Cross. The students were working on learning their lines and preparing for their big play coming up in May. They worked individually to learn their lines; they also worked in small groups that helped them to develop their character. They played games and practiced improv to help them not get scared on stage. The TARTS class did an awesome job last quarter!