Awards Day will be on Tuesday beginning at 9:00 a.m. While we incorporate a lot of fun in learning and the culture of St. Anthony, one of the reasons parents choose St. Anthony is for the strong academic program. Awards day is the day which we focus on scholastic merits and recognize those who have placed top in their class. Awards such as perfect attendance and best effort will also be given on this day; however, please keep in mind that should your child receive the perfect attendance award, he/she must be in attendance through Mass at St. Francis on Thursday. The coveted House Cup will also be awarded on this special day. As always, parents are welcome to attend! On this special day, students may wear their House shirt with uniform bottoms.
As part of their unit of study on the varying habitats of animals, St. Anthony Catholic School PreK-4 students were visited this week by many kind animals including snakes, alligators, scorpions, and turtles. Students AND TEACHERS got up close and personal as they learned about the different animals and their habitats during the visit by Percy King with Amazing Animal Presentations. To see more incredible pictures visit our Facebook page!
“So what is “Arts Integration” anyway?” Have you heard this from a fellow parent or even wondered yourself? St. Anthony Catholic School is a member of the Mississippi Whole School Initiative and has be awarded grant money to further implement an arts integrated approach that enhances student engagement and develops our goal of increased critical thinking and problem solving for our students. Although many may confuse arts integration as just art activities added to regular instruction to make it more appealing or fun. It is NOT! For St. Anthony, arts integration is about the actual teaching of all standards not just in isolation but tandum with and connecting to other subject areas and real-life. Arts integration allows the students and teachers to explore and engage the arts to create expressions and demonstate mastery of student learning. But more importantly, “arts integration requires critical thought and original research when activated around big ideas, challenging themes and interesting questions that bring the content standards to life.” No wonder St. Anthony scored in the 80th percentile nationally on the Standard Achievement Test in Thinking Skills.
6th grade students demonstrated their skills developed previously in science & art class as they created three-dimensional figurative sculptures representing contour and proportion of the human body. During religion class, the students manipulated the scultures to represent the historical figures within the Old Testament. Students added details and specific content so that the individual figures could be easily identified.
St. Anthony students have been busy counting, sorting, collecting data, making preditions, measuring, problem solving and more.
Everyone is working around the clock to complete their Science Fair Projects and will be continuing so once school resumes in January. From groups of students in Kindergarten all the way up through individual projects in Sixth Grade, St. Anthony students are busy investigating the scientific process. Please remember to finalize your projects, gather your data, or collect your board materials if necessary throughout the next two weeks. Many classes will need all of your information at school as we return on January 3, 2012 in order to begin creating the Science Fair Board. You may want to get your board now since these can be hard to come by in the month of January! We will again have a few on hand to sell in the front office. The St. Anthony Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Look for more information to arrive from your teacher regarding Science Fair when we return after the holiday!