A team of faculty recently introduced our fifth grade students to Biblionasium. An online, interactive reading program, Biblionasium aims to make the traditional independent reading logs more interesting to growing readers by harnessing the power of friends and family in an enticing and interactive program.
Our fifth grade students took it a step further by designing a program that would teach their parents about Biblionasium. The girls enjoyed showing their parents how to use the site and even designed a treasure hunt as a "final exam" to check their learning. Please click the title to read more and view the slideshow.
As part of an interdisciplinary unit of study, the sixth grade has been focused on going to Mars! From reading Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream in english class, to charting how long it would take to walk to Mars in PE, to learning about the metric system, graphing, as well as latitude and longitude in math and the solar system in science, the sixth graders have been "lost in space." The girls recently visited the Challenger Learning Center in Rockland County where they went on a simulated Mission to Mars. Prior to the trip, the girls all applied for jobs that they would assume on the mission, both in Mission Control and on the Mars Transport Vehicle. There they performed such tasks as navigating the spacecraft to a safe landing; constructing and launching a weather probe to a Martian moon; maintaining safe life support conditions aboard; doing medical tests on fellow astronauts and analyzing rocks and soil from the Martian surface. We are happy to report that all returned to earth safely, proudly wearing the mission patches that they designed for their voyage. Next up, the girls will build a Martian landscape out of plaster and program their robots to explore this terrain. Follow and join in the social media with the #GryphonsOnMars hashtag. Check out @DuggsArt on Instagram or Twitter if you'd like to see the first pic!
Science teachers Michael Clancy and Noelle Tudor and six students recently attended the Talking Science Lecture at Rockefeller University in NYC. The group enjoyed research scientist, Dr. James Hudspeth's lecture about neuroscience and how the human senses work. In addition to the lecture, students watched demonstrations performed by students of Dr. Hudspeth, including how electroreception works in electric fish. The program provided an opportunity to take our students out of the classroom and allow them the opportunity to meet and listen to renowned research scientists. Students that attended the event have a strong interest in science, and really enjoyed the challenge of listening to a higher level lecture.
Holy Child students recently participated in retreats designed to encourage the girls to re-connect with their peers, faculty members, and ultimately themselves. Retreat themes explored spirituality, prayer, respect and trust. Anne Marie Altomare '16 shared her reflections about the experience. "The junior retreat was a class bonding experience with a lot of fun activities at The Cliffs rock climbing facility. The theme of our retreat was trust, and what better way to learn about trust than to be suspended 40 feet in the air on a rock climbing wall? Whether we struggled to reach the final stones on the walls, attempted the bouldering walls without a harness, or showed off our moves during the dance battle, we all felt supported by the rest of the class cheering us on. With sore arms we headed back to the temple and listened to Mrs. Ricci, a former Holy Child teacher, talk to us about three kinds of trust-- trust in ourselves, trust in others, and trust in God. In small groups and as a class we talked about the importance of trust and the difficulties that we face when we trust. By the end of the day, not only did we have a fun time rock climbing, but we also grew closer as a class."
Progress continues daily on the construction of our new Field House! As we watch the building take shape, both inside and out, we look forward to what the new facility will provide to our community. Not only will this state-of-the-art Field House enhance our athletic programs, the facility will enable us to expand our innovative programs for current and future students, and significantly add to the profile of our unique school. Pictured here are Athletics Director Amy Pare and Associate Athletics Director Beau Morki enjoying a quick tour of their new office area. What an incredibly exciting time at Holy Child as we look forward to a "bright and joyful future."
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