Catholic Schools Week kicked of this year on January 28th with an Open House and ended with our annual 8th grade volleyball game! Each day was designated as a special dress day – favorite sports team, tacky Tuesday, favorite color day, spiritwear day, and pajama day. There were also special activities for the students and teachers – “Most Wanted Band” (Police Band), Pacelli’s Got Talent Show, school family bingo, and a volleyball game.
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In a tribute to the founder of our parish and school, academic scholarships are awarded to four sixth grade students each year. Father Ed said, “Monsignor Quinn cared deeply about Catholic education, and it was very important to him to establish a school at Christ the King.” On February 1, 2018, after the Catholic Schools Week all-school mass, Father Ed announced the winners of this year’s Monsignor Quinn Scholarships: Julia D., Grace G., Robert G., and Lei Lei P.
The scholarship is open to all sixth graders at Cardinal Pacelli, and is based on academics, an essay and teacher recommendations. Julia, Grace and Robert were awarded half-tuition scholarships for two years, and Lei Lei was awarded a full scholarship for two years. “We are very proud of our students for this great accomplishment,” said Father Ed.
Pictured left to right: Fr. Ed, Julia, Robert, Grace, Lei Lei, and Principal Terri Cento
The competition was fierce as our eighth graders took on the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary basketball team, the Minor Prophets. During half-time, seminarian Jacob Willig spoke to the student body about vocations. He said, “Think about what God is calling you to do with your life.” The Minor Prophets narrowly edged out the Panthers in a final score of 46-49. Great fun was had by all, and we are thankful to the seminarians for spending their afternoon with us.
Our 8th grade class learned the importance of lending a hand to those in need in our community by providing and serving dinner at a local shelter. A group of students helped buy the groceries, others baked treats or donated items (toiletries, clothing, etc.), and then a group of students served the dinner at the shelter.
Our new parish building is coming to life before our very eyes! In early January the first floor slab was poured, creating the foundation for structural steel. Now, as the steel goes into place, our new building is taking shape.
For the past three years, Roger Bacon has invited local 7-8th graders to compete in their Science Fair. Students are put through the same rigors as the high school participants with a chance to win $1000 to the school of their choice. If students receive a high enough score, their project can also move onto the Regional and State competitions.
This year, we had two projects submitted, one on electromagnets (Dylan C. and Keilah C.) and the other on rockets (Mack G. and Andrew M.). Dylan and Keilah’s project earned 2nd place! Each team was able to see the scientific process in action. Great job to both teams!
Dylan and Keilah
Andrew and Mack
On January 10, 2018 students in grades 4-8 gathered in the gym for Cardinal Pacelli School’s inaugural National Geographic Bee. Led by teachers Megan Peterson and Patrick Cosgrove, eight student finalists answered a variety of questions about world geography. “It opens the world for our students as they think outside their own geographic area,” said Mrs. Cento.
It was a learning experience for all the students involved. The questions went beyond simple facts, prompting students to connect their prior knowledge with the study of geography. One question asked about the origin of the color indigo. Another asked about the locations of lakes formed by glaciers. The winner was eighth grader Braden S.
Cardinal Pacelli National Geographic Bee winner, Braden S, pictured with Principal, Terri Cento.
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The last 10 days of school before Christmas break have been filled with events for the students. Our “Get Your Jingle On” has been a lot of fun! Throughout the 10 days, students were treated to a special event each day. At the end of every day, we had a drawing of names for prizes. Trying to have fun and embrace the holiday spirit while still in school learning really worked.