SJHS Parent Blast Sept. 19th
Mrs. Diane Wolfe

Monday, September 19, 2016

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” -- William Arthur Ward

Students in chemistry are learning to balance nuclear equations, and learning about the different types or radiation. They have seen samples of Uranium ores and a Geiger counter to show them how radiation is detected. We are following this up with "The Atomic Bomb Movie", narrated by William Shatner, that has footage from all of the nuclear bombs and tests from Hiroshima to the treaties between the superpowers in the 1960's, set to opera music. Students are glowing with excitement. (No pun intended)

As part of their Community Outreach Program, the Conway Police Department is attempting to provide a squad car each morning at Conway area schools. We are pleased to have Officer Elkins at our school each morning to provide both a presence and direct traffic should it become necessary.

The 1879 Cyber Cafe & Courtyard will be hosting a Middle School Movie Night on Friday, September 30th from 6:15 - 8 p.m.! Admission and popcorn is FREE! Hope to see lots of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders there to celebrate being back at St. Joseph School!

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 the junior class will take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The ASVAB is made available to high school students and other young adults who seek guidance and counseling about their future education and career plans. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of young people take the ASVAB, making it “the most widely used multiple aptitude test in the United States. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TEST IN TERMS OF CAREER DECISION MAKING, APTITUDE AND TEST TAKING EXPERIENCE. THEREFORE I AM ASKING THAT STUDENTS DO NOT CKECK OUT DURING THIS TIME.

This week the tenth grade honors biology class will host a "microscope field trip" for first graders. The little ones will be looking at the littlest things!

The 8th graders have been examining the encyclical "Laudato Si" by Pope Francis that is concerned with Caring for God's Creation. They are doing this in part to examine the Catholic Social Teaching Principle of Caring for God's Creation. Using their research of some summaries of this document, they have developed scripts and are making videos to display their understanding of the different chapters of this encyclical.