Last week, we said a final good-bye to our graduating eighth graders. On Wednesday night we had a wonderful dinner, prepared by 7th grade parents and served by the 7th graders. We began Thursday’s Graduation Day with our annual “Affirmations” in the church. Each student was recognized individually by the middle school teachers for his/her unique gifts and talents. Then, every class thanked the 8th graders for their leadership and sent them off with good wishes. It was beautiful and a very touching tribute to a wonderful class, with many tears from students, parents, and teachers!
The graduation Mass and ceremony went very well. In addition to diplomas, awards and scholarships were announced. Click here for a complete list of graduation award winners.
Congratulations to five of our graduating 8th graders who were recognized by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. Students in five western states submit essays on the impact of biomedical research on the life of someone they know. First place was awarded to Olivia Sendelbach for her essay, ”Positive Advancements with Scoliosis in Adolescents.” Honorable mention went to Ian Holloway, Tyler Graff, Elizabeth Eck and Grant Cunningham.
Now, it is on to Kindergarten graduation this coming Thursday at 10:30am in Banchero Hall. It will be just a few short years before we will be honoring them at their 8th grade graduation!
Please join us for our final school Mass of the year at 8:45am on Friday, June 15th. At the conclusion of Mass, we will welcome the students to their grade level for next fall and send them home to you after receiving their report cards. If you have an incoming PreK student, they are encouraged to join the fun. Mrs. Mastobattista will be welcoming them too. Just send them to the area near the choir where she will be standing.
I am very pleased to announce that we have hired a Spanish Teacher for next year. Mr. Allan Soto interviewed with us a few weeks ago and we invited him back for a practice lesson in the 5th grade. We were so impressed with his enthusiasm, love of the Spanish language and culture, and his energy. Following the practice lesson, a number of students approached Mrs. Austin and me asking if we could hire him. When I contacted his references, he was described as, “A hard worker who brings passion and joy to all that he does.” And as a “person who gives 110% to every task.” Sounds like a perfect fit for us.
If you have not already done so, please fill out the End of the Year Survey. We are always looking for ways to improve our program and we value your input.
I hope you and your family have a fun-filled, relaxing and safe summer. We’ll see you in September! Only 81 days until the first day of the 2018-19 school year.