Congratulations to all of our students who represented our school in KAAC Governor's Cup District competitions this past week! Our students who earned medals now advance to Regional competition next week. Congratulations and Good Luck!
Connor Klimek: 3rdPlace in Math
Bridget Egan: 4thPlace in Math
George Simpson: 4thPlace in Social Studies
Davis Russell: 5thPlace in Social Studies
Lucia Rodriguez-Agusti: 2ndPlace in LA, 5thPlace in Arts & Humanities
5th Graders Create Board Games and 3-D Playing Pieces
As the culminating activity following their study of Realistic Fiction, fifth grade students designed and created board games based upon novels read in their Literature Circles. Each game had to include the characters, setting, and plot of the books. Directions were written based upon guidelines learned in class.
This year the students integrated technology into the project! Guided by Mrs. Thompson, the students each used the 3-D printer in Technology Class to create their own playing pieces.
After presenting their projects to their classmates, the fun began when groups exchanged and played each other's games!
The Student Council would like to collect bottle caps for a Recycled Bottle Cap Prayer Bench on our Walking Path. First, though, we need a driver willing to transport 250 lbs of bottle caps to Evansville, IN and return with our 6 or 8 foot bench in March or April! (They'll have it made when you arrive, you'll just exchange our bottle caps for the bench. All will be pre-arranged with Mrs. Davenport, you, and the company.) If you're interested or know someone who could help our Student Council make this a reality, please contact Mrs. Davenport ASAP!
PreK scientists participated in an exciting cloud experiment! They used water (atmosphere), shaving cream (Cloud), and food coloring (water in cloud) to create the clouds in a cup. They observed the cloud become heavy with moisture. When it was heavy, the food coloring (rain) would seep through the cloud and fall into the atmosphere. They learned that rain is not magic, but instead clouds are tiny droplets of moisture, rather than solid, fluffy cushions. Great work, PreK scientist!
Congratulations to our KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly) team that earned the designation of being a Premiere Delegation during their conference in December. This takes the whole team meeting all of the expectations and deadlines while preparing for and attending the conference!
The Bluegrass team, made up of 6th and 7th grade students experiencing KYA for the first time, presented a bill on legalizing sports gambling in Kentucky. The Commonwealth team, made up of experienced 7th graders and all 8th graders, presented a bill on increasing the amount of funding for childhood cancer research.
As part of their preparation, they invited parents, guests, teachers, and elected leaders to join them for their mock presentations and debates. They were honored to welcome both former KY/US Rep. Anne Northup and KY Rep. Bob Heleringer. A HTPS grad herself, Mrs. Northup spent extra time with the students talking to them about her work in Frankfort, as well as Washington, D.C. She talked to them about their work to support their neighbors and continuing to use their God-given voices for positive change in the local, national, and international communities.
During the conference, the team had the honor of being invited into Speaker of the House David Osbourne's office at the Capitol. He spoke specifically with them about their bill ideas and where the House of Representatives currently was regarding their bills. The bill on sports gambling was actually in committee conversation that day, as the Representatives had brought in a national lawyer to consult them on the Kentucky Constitution in regards to gambling! He also spoke to them about continuing to be involved - whether that's as a volunteer, good neighbor, elected leader, or professionally in another career (referencing educators and community mentors).
A special congratulations to our Commonwealth bill sponsors Abby, Ava, Amelie, and Ben, who had their bill signed into KYA law by their peers. 6th grader, Griffin B, was named an Outstanding Delegate!
We appreciate Coaches Beck, A. Davenport, R. Davenport, Emberson, Hammer, and Scobee for making these teams possible. A special thank you to HTPS graduate, Jack Siebnaler, who returned as a senior at Ballard High to mentor our teams, too!
Students interested in a similar experience, but in regards to the work of resolution writing for the United Nations should sign up for our KUNA team. Once the team is formed, students will adopt a country to represent and write a resolution for the UN as elected leaders of that country. For example, if you were the United Nations representative for Rome, what proposal would benefit your country, as well as other countries to increase it being adopted by the UN as policy? Applications are due to Mrs. Davenport Thursday, January 9.
1st Graders Create Cards for SVDP Yearlong Efforts
First grade students created cards for Holy Trinity’s St. Vincent de Paul Society in Art class! They made Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and birthday cards to be handed out to parishioners in nursing homes or homebound all year long. Students enjoyed using their talents to help make someone’s day a little brighter.
Fr. Bill came in to visit the Kindergarten classes this week to help introduce the students to the Advent season. The students have been preparing in their classrooms by making Advent wreaths and discussing the meaning of the season. Kindergarteners have learned that Advent is a time of waiting for Jesus’s birthday. Fr. Bill came into the classroom to help the students learn how to make Christmas last the whole year long.
Our 6th -8th grade students involved in KYA will present their bill ideas to peers, parents, grandparents, teachers, Kentucky elected leaders, and other interested guests in the cafeteria on Monday, Dec. 9 from 3-4 pm. All are invited to join us to see their presentations and help provide feedback as they prepare for their conference. Their bill ideas include allowing sports gambling in Kentucky and increasing the funding for pediatric cancer research. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Davenport.
5th Graders Create, Publish, and Share Science Stories with 2nd Graders
The 5th grade wrote short creative stories about how an animal goes through metamorphosis. They created them on Google slides, air-played their stories to the CleverTouch board, and shared their stories with their classmates. Last week, they read the stories with the 2nd grade. We love this cross-curricular learning between science and language arts, as well as between 2nd and 5th grades!