The Girl Scout Troop at St. Anne School has had an amazing year of activities, field trips, and community service. The Brownie troop is comprised of energetic, creative and happy grade 2 girls, who will continue next year as grade 3 Brownies.
The St. Anne School grade 8 Class of 2019 walked down the isle of the Queen of Life Center on Tuesday evening to be recognized for their scholarship, accomplishments, and readiness to embark on their high school career and their next level of goals and aspirations.
In March, St. Anne School was visited by a team from the Western Catholic Educational Association to assess the progress of the school as documented in the accreditation self-study. The comprehensive visit included meetings with the administration, faculty, parents, Board of Directors, students, and an analysis of the work being done at St. Anne to bring the school’s mission to life. We are very pleased to announce to the St. Anne community that the Western Catholic Education Association has granted St. Anne accreditation status through June 30, 2025.
Grade 2 students read the book “Rosie Revere Engineer” about a girl in second grade who dreamed about becoming a great engineer. After reading the book, the students worked in small groups to plan, design, and build a model of an invention they thought of that would be useful for us in school. They then presented their inventions to the class telling everyone the name of their invention, what it does, and how it will be useful in school.
Campus was a sea of blue, gold, and a ton of Knight spirit Thursday as students from Kindergarten through Middle School enjoyed participating in the annual St. Anne School Field Day. The day started early with students joining their teams and participating in a football toss, sponge relay, beach ball volleyball, basketball, a soccer relay, a water balloon toss, and a baton relay race. Parent volunteers helped throughout the games and encouraged school spirit.
St. Anne School has a new butterfly atrium! Throughout the last few months, grade 1 students have learned about the lifecycle of the butterfly. Last week, the butterflies came to life and thanks to the St. Anne School Boy Scouts, were given a new beautiful home. The Boy Scouts built the butterfly enclosure, which is located near the Kindergarten/grade 1 playground.
Last week, our grade 8 students and faculty and staff chaperones ventured to Washington D.C. and New York City for a memorable trip that culminated what the students have learned about American history and culture.
On Friday, May 17, the Greek Gods of Olympus in the guise of grade 8 students descended from their lofty palace in the clouds and graced the mere mortals, the grade 6 and 7 students of St. Anne School, with poems, rhymes, and raps about their godly attributes, sibling rivalries, and fantastical adventures.
This year, St. Anne School made a conscientious decision to move from National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) to California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) as there was a need to find an honors society that fostered high standards of scholarship and was seamless with both public and private high school CSF chapters, which offer longer honorary memberships for all four years. This year, 60 St. Anne Middle School students were inducted into CJSF.
St. Anne School dads came on campus Wednesday for the annual Father’s Day Chapel. They were greeted with Krispy Kreme donuts, coffee, water, and "Dad's" root beer barrel candy. Once in the Queen of Life Center, the Father’s Day service was filled with students telling dads how grateful they are for all that they do, the HarmonKnights singing “A Million Dreams” to those gathered, student readings, and a special blessing of all fathers by Father Damien.
At St. Anne School’s recent Campus Ministry Knight, 16 students came together to help assemble blessing bags for the homeless community. The group discussed how when we do something for the least of God's people, it is as if we are doing it for God.
Today’s assembly recognized 40 outstanding St. Anne students as K-notable Knights. The K-notable Knights program encourages students to live out the Mission and Values on which St. Anne School was founded. Find out who the Christ-centered students were celebrated at the assembly.
Grade 1 students had the amazing opportunity to visit the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach this week. On a hike through the Center, students participated in hands-on activities to learn how seeds are dispersed and grow into adult plants. Along the trail, they observed many plants and animals. Students visited the butterfly garden to learned about the lifecycle of the insect, something they are also learning about in the classroom.
Blue and gold uniforms, worn by our extremely talented track and field team illuminated all nine lanes at the Tustin Track & Field Youth Invitational. On April 13, our Lower and Middle School student-athletes exemplified grace, determination, fearlessness, courage, and confidence. Many personal records were set, and our Knights led with triumphant victories to last a lifetime!
On Tuesday, grade 6 students set off to explore the California Science Center and see the Space Shuttle, Endeavor. The group saw the amazing 3D movie on volcanoes to tie in with their social studies unit on Rome. And, after a quick bite to eat, everyone admired the space shuttle in awe.
Ms. Kate Partynski came to visit the grade 7 students in Mrs. Inlow's class on Tuesday. Ms. Partynski works as a genetic counselor at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange and works closely with her team to analyze DNA and genomes for patterns and mutations, which can lead to cancer, diseases, and other health challenges. Ms. Partynski worked with the students to help introduce the last unit of the year: genetics.
Grade 6 students in Mrs. Inlow's class studied the affect temperature has on the density of fluids and how those densities interact with one another. This lab was based on the students’ studies of climate change and global warming. The class worked in their table groups and used tanks, along with other lab supplies, to complete the lab. The students also used food coloring to differentiate the different temperature fluids.
In another fun and exciting teacher experience auctioned off at this year’s Festival of Knights “Think Future,” grade 2 teachers Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Quin had a great time bowling at Saddleback Lanes last Friday with four lucky St. Anne students.
Last Thursday’s spring concert, “Lights, Camera, Action,” brought parents, students, faculty, and staff together to hear the musical stylings of St. Anne School’s very talented choirs and orchestras. The Queen of Life Center came alive with performances from the HarmonKnights Show Choir, the Shining Stars, the grade 3 and 4 Elementary Strings, the grade 4 and 5 Elementary Orchestra, the Middle School Orchestra, and solo vocal performances.
Last Friday’s Inaugural St. Anne School Family Kindness Knight was a huge success and brought together members of the entire community including grandparents, parents, students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the Kindness Initiative by painting tiles to display our commitment to kindness, and participating in amazing STREAM activities. The tiles will be installed in the lunch area during the summer break.
In November, students in Mr. Hartman's technology class received a special “culture box”from UNESCO, which works with schools in South Korea. The box included pictures drawn by students from South Korea, hand-made origami clothing, painted masks, and special Korean treats. Mr. Hartman's students, in turn, created their own culture box, to share our California and St. Anne culture. This past week, representatives from UNESCO delivered our culture box to grade 5 and 6 students.
April was School Library Month. With a theme of “Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library,” the month was designated as a celebration of school librarians and their programs. The St. Anne School Library held three exciting art contests during the month: a bookmark contest, a digital sign contest, and a visual art contest. The three winners of the bookmark contest were recently announced: Ella Conkle, Kindergarten; Lylah Neville, grade 3; and Joelle Al Ammar, grade 6.
St. Anne School mothers were celebrated in many special ways this week. On Wednesday, mothers were welcomed on campus with a rose and a delicious cinnamon roll before heading to the Queen of Life Center for the annual Mother’s Day Chapel.
Last week, Future Problem Solving students brought awareness to food waste in our cafeteria by making announcements and passing out flyers to grade levels throughout the week. On Friday, Peyton Averitt, Amani Krishan, Lilly Streech, Sienna Martinez and Olivia Fiore hosted a food waste competition. With the help of Samarah Averitt, the group sorted and weighed the food waste produced by each grade level. Read more to see the results.
Today’s assembly recognized 43 outstanding St. Anne students as K-notable Knights. The K-notable Knights program encourages students to live out the Mission and Values on which St. Anne School was founded. Find out who were the effective communicators celebrated at the assembly.
Fresh off of spring break, the St. Anne School faculty and staff gathered together on Monday, April 29, for a one-day retreat to examine the theme of “Communication and Collaboration.” Plaza de Magdalena generously donated its venue for the group to join together to discuss the mission and vision of the school.
The many kind acts of the St. Anne School community have now travelled all the way to Ghana, West Africa. Prior to Brian Williams visiting campus to break 24 bricks and officially name St. Anne School the “Kindest School in America,” the school shoe drive collected nearly 300 gently used and new shoes to give to families in Africa, some who have never had a pair of shoes in their lives. These shoes were presented to Mr. Williams in an amazing heart shape on the gym floor and later transported to Ghana.
The 2019 USA Water Polo National Development Team Selection Camp was held April 12-14, 2019. For one St. Anne student, this was to be a culmination of a long and arduous journey and a final chance to make the highly prestigious team. St. Anne grade 8 student Spencer Averitt is a 6’, 175lbs center defender who has been playing water polo for the past four years with Orange County Water Polo Club. He was selected by USA Water Polo to attend the camp based on his past performance at USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program camps and the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program National Championships.
Grade 4 students spent nine weeks working on an amazing social studies project that culminated in the St. Anne MPR being transformed into a California historical wax museum. Students selected a historical figure that influenced California. They then had to write a research paper about that figure and give an oral presentation dressed as that character.
Last weekend, Cub Scout Pack 872 held its first-ever urban campout on the St. Anne School campus. The super fun night included pitching tents and setting up camp under the stars, watching a movie (with popcorn and hot chocolate), pizza dinner, and many rounds of laser tag and other games in the outdoors.
Last week, grade 6 and 7 students each attended their own inspiring religious retreats. Grade 6 students visited and toured the grounds of St. Michael’s Abbey, while grade 7 students went to JSerra Catholic High School for their retreat.
Due to the generous donation of one of our annual fund donors, the St. Anne Early Child Development Center classroom environment is changing! Classrooms have received new classroom tables, community chairs, step stools, kitchen centers, shelving units and teacher workstations. These beautiful pieces are designed to promote open-ended play and crafted with the health and safety of our children as a top priority. When you have a few free moments we’d love to share our new look, please feel free to stop on by!
Last Friday, grade 5 students attended an on-campus field trip called "What's the Matter?" where they had the opportunity to develop an awareness and appreciation of the physical sciences with a traveling scientist. The students used the scientific method as they participated in a series of hands on experiments to explore the world of chemistry using the periodic table, observation, and experimentation. Students learned about chemical reactions, elements, classifying elements and much more.
St. Anne Pep Squad members enjoyed an exciting five-hour cheer camp on campus April 29. The students had the opportunity to learn a new cheer routine that included dance and stunts, as well as play some team bonding games. The camp included 10 grade 4 through 6 students who are part of the St. Anne Pep Squad, that started practicing together at the beginning of March.
As part of an amazing teacher experience auctioned off at this year’s Festival of Knights “Think Future,” students had the opportunity to enjoy “Tea and Tweets” with the grade 1 teachers. Each winning student was able to invite a friend to join them for a tea party and painting bird houses with the teachers!
The St. Anne School Future Problem Solving team competed in the 35th California Future Problem Solving State Bowl outside of San Francisco this past weekend. St. Anne School students and alumni received numerous awards across eight divisions including the Presentation of Action Plan, Multi-Affiliate Global Issues Competition, Global Issues Problem Solving Division, and Community Problem Solving Division.
On Monday, Mr. Hartman's NOW Plus grade 7 students had the opportunity to Skype with George Khairallah, a 14-year-old grade 9 student in Mtayleb-Lebanon, a suburb north of Beirut, who attends Saint Joseph School. Students enjoyed the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the daily lives of students in another country.
Grade 5 students worked together to create heartfelt posters of The Stations of the Cross. The purpose of the project was to gain a deeper appreciation for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the suffering He endured for our salvation. Read more to view their iMovies.
Thank you to the many generous St. Anne School families who contributed to the success of this year’s Festival of Knights. Throughout the evening, St. Anne community members enjoyed a silent auction, live auction, and various opportunities to support innovation for our wonderful students. We raised a total of $185,000 from the event.
History came alive for grade 4 students when they traveled to Sacramento last week. The itinerary included a tour of the Capitol Building where students learned where the California State Senate meets and how bills and laws are created. Students then visited the California Railroad Museum where they were introduced to the transcontinental railroad and explored life-size trains.
The first St. Anne School beach clean up took place on Saturday, April 13 at Doheny State Beach. It was a beautiful, sunny morning to gather together to show kindness for God’s creation. More than 25 students and their parents from many different grade levels pitched in to collect several bags of trash from the beach.
St. Anne School’s HarmonKnights have once again taken first place! Last weekend, the team performed at the “Music in the Parks” competition held at Placentia Presbyterian Church to an audience of family, friends, students from other choruses, and two judges. The showchoir took first place with a superior rating. There were a total of eight middle schools competing in different divisions.
St. Anne School alumna Paige Gohr, Class of 2013, and athlete diver at Georgia Tech, will be participating in the award-winning program, Jackets Without Borders, this May. The student athletes will travel to Puerto Rico and build home foundations for families so that they can qualify for FEMA support.
Last week, grade 2 students took a trip to a "New Land" as they reenacted what it was like to immigrate into America through Ellis Island in 1910. Students wrote a letter on why they wanted to come to America, completed medical records and birth certificates, and could take anything they could fit into their suitcases to make the voyage. When they arrived, they worked through stations including being tested on the Pledge of Allegiance and applied for a new job here in America.
Recently, St. Anne grade 8 student Kempton Bohn was featured on the Word on Fire show. In Mr. Ercoli's grade 8 religion class, students are taught to think critically and explore life's deepest questions. Kempton boldly decided to reach out to Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, Robert Barron, for some great philosophical and theological advice.
On Sunday March 24, the Cub Scout Pack 872 held an event, which included annual Pack photographs and a crash-course on coin collecting. The coin collection event gave each young Scout the opportunity to fill in a State Quarter Book and/or National Park Collection Book with quarters of every variety. The coin collection event is just one example of the kinds of fun events Cub Scouts get to participate in. We want to announce to the St. Anne community that we will be holding a recruitment week during April 29 through May 3.
Today’s assembly recognized 40 outstanding St. Anne students as K-notable Knights. A part of the St. Anne community for more than a decade, the K-notable Knights program encourages students to live out the Mission and Values on which St. Anne School was founded. See the list of students honored!
This week, St. Anne Kindergarten students have been exploring waste and pollution and looking at the affects of how waste and chemicals impact our land, water, and air! During one exercise, students took clean water and made predictions as to what might happen if they added waste to it. Then the students wondered what might happen if they tried to clean the water by removing the waste.
St. Anne parents and Middle School students put together more than 300 Easter baskets for those in need. One hundred and fifty of the baskets were delivered to the 3rd battalion, 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton, while the remainder of the baskets will be delivered to Illumination Foundation next week. Thank you to all of the generous St. Anne School families who donated to help fill the baskets.
St. Anne ECDC students went on a special journey with Noah this week, celebrating the book of Genesis 6:9, Noah obeys God. Noah, played by St. Anne ECDC Director Denise Slocum, led all of the animals, played by the students, on a journey through campus and then loaded them, two-by-two, onto the ark (ECDC amphitheatre). The voyage lasted 40 days and 40 nights.
Kindergarten through grade 2 students showed off their amazing skills at this year’s talent show. From singing to a comedy show to piano and dance, it was a show like no other. Sixteen students performed in front of the student body, parents, faculty, and staff.
Grade 4 students were blessed with a Christian retreat here at St. Anne School last Friday. The retreat focused on how we are all called to live as disciples of Jesus and it included an emphasis on the Beatitudes and the loving example of St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Kindergarten through grade 5 students got to experience a hands-on learning opportunity with hatching chicken eggs. The students learned about the chicken life cycle, how a chick hatches from an egg, and how to take care of an egg during the chicks’ development.
This week, grade 3 students have been learning about the solar system in science. With the use of the merge cubes—an interactive manipulative that is billed as "the hologram you hold in your hand"—students gathered information about different planets in our solar system, and transferred those facts to a fact book designed by Mrs. Kephart.
Kindergarten students got to enjoy their Easter themed STEM Friday during nutrition today. The students were challenged to build the tallest structure using Easter eggs and play dough. They worked together in teams to figure out how to keep the structure together!
In an amazing display of skill and ability, St. Anne School HarmonKnights took first place in showmanship, sound quality, and overall performance at the “Light Up the Stage” Show Choir Competition hosted by Luther Burbank Middle School this past Saturday. Thirty-one St. Anne students represented the only private school in the Middle School competition, and competed in the intermediate division. The competition included four schools and five divisions from novice to advanced. Due to the HarmonKnights success this year, they will move to competing in the advanced division next year.
This week, St. Anne Lower School held a special assembly celebrating its students’ writing. In January, all students in Kindergarten through grade 5 participated in a creative writing exercise in which they could write a story of any genre either as a class, in pairs, or on their own. All of these stories were then sent to The Imagination Machine, a professional children’s theatre company. With more than a 30-year history of inspiring and celebrating children’s creative writing, The Imagination Machine enhances the writing curriculum and offers exciting and educational assemblies.
Today, St. Anne School grade 2 students presented members of Orange County Kids Helping Kids with a donation of more than $3,000. Recently, our wonderful students participated in the “Grade 2 Read-A-Thon Challenge.” All of our scholars geared up to read their hearts out to earn money for the local charity organization, which is led by two St. Anne alumni students, Anna Nemeth and Elliott Drake. All together, St. Anne grade 2 students read 5,061 minutes.
Peyton Averitt and the grade 5 Future Problem Solving team are bringing to light the amount of food waste and loss here at St. Anne School. The team of students presented background information about this topic in front of the student body, parents, faculty, and staff at today’s assembly. An in-depth PowerPoint presentation was presented discussing the team’s connection to this topic and Peyton’s initiative to reach out to the CEO of Grades of Green to find ways to partner with our school and inform our community about creating trash free and waste free lunches.
Today’s assembly recognized 39 outstanding St. Anne students as K-notable Knights. The K-notable Knights program encourages students to live out the Mission and Values on which St. Anne School was founded. Find out who the responsible citizens were celebrated at today’s assembly.
This week, St. Anne Preschool through Middle School teachers and administrators had an amazing experience with Dr. Richard M. Cash, Ed.D, an award-winning author and educator. Dr. Cash spent one and a half days visiting all Lower School, core Middle School, and two Pre-K classrooms to observe and specifically look for trends of student learning and teaching strategies. After observing classrooms, Dr. Cash collaboratively worked with groups of teachers to teach them specific differentiation strategies that stimulate deeper thinking and discussion within students.
Five St. Anne School students took on the challenge of attending the Battle of the Books Tournament at St. Margaret's Episcopal School last week. Students participating in this program were asked to read a set of 20 books over the course of the school year. The tournament consisted of three rounds during which the team was asked questions about these books.
This week, students in the St. Anne School Future Problem Solving program received their evaluations for their Qualifying Problem competition booklets under the topic of food loss and waste. The FPS coaching team is excited to once again represent St. Anne School at this year's 35th California Future Problem Solving State Bowl competition at the The Nueva School in San Mateo, CA from April 26- 28, 2019. Students will compete under the topic of stress and anxiety. Students will be competing for the chance to win first place in the junior, middle, individual, and MAGIC divisions, and represent the state of California at the international competition this June in Massachusetts.
This winter, St. Anne School grade 8 students took the national High School Placement Test (HSPT) for local private high schools and had great success. Overall, St. Anne students made huge gains in all areas of the test. The composite score increased significantly from last year to this year. Additionally, St. Anne students’ scores were reported higher in all test areas than Middle School students at other competitive schools.
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters sprung to life onstage in Seussical JR. last week. More than 80 Lower School students, directed by Danielle Melilli, transported audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus.
Last Tuesday and Thursday, grade 8 students had the unique opportunity to visit the County of Orange Superior Court of California in Santa Ana. The field studies included a tour of the courthouse, including a personal visit with Judge Gary Paer in his courtroom.
On Friday, March 8, Middle School students Dominic Collaro, Sofia O'Keefe, and Karen Tian, with their parents and their English teacher, Mr. Lay, attended the 20th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, “Purposeful Telling: Through Memory to Action” at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. Our student representatives expressed themselves in art (Karen Tian), poetry (Dominic Collaro), and prose (Sofia O'Keefe).
The St. Anne School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team attended the Spring Showdown held last Saturday at LEGOLAND California. The team competed in programming robotic missions, core values, robot design and an on-the-spot challenge that could not be pre-programmed beforehand. The team came away with the second place trophy in robot programming from a field of 37 teams from Southern California.
St. Anne School once again has the great honor of receiving the 3Ts of Education grant through the Pacific Life Foundation. This program was set up by Pacific Life to benefit schools in the areas of faculty training, technology integration, and curriculum enhancement.
Last Friday, Pre-K through Middle School students came together for a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed Buddy Day. The grade 7 students visited their Pre-K buddies and explored in the classroom and created St. Patrick's Day crafts.
St. Anne School Kindergarten through grade 5 students were treated to a special performance last Friday by the acclaimed TaikoProject, an innovative taiko drummers group using the ancient Japanese form of percussion, performed modern and traditional drumming with an innovative aesthetic. Students also had the opportunity to perform alongside the group.
St. Anne ECDC celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a fun day wearing pajamas and cooking green eggs and ham! The children practiced their fine motor skills by cracking eggs, counting, discovering color changes, predicting outcomes and charting their responses on whether or not they like green eggs and ham.
St. Anne School launched its first-ever after school guitar class. The class started in February, and so far the students have learned basic chords and strum patterns, as well as how to play several songs including “Eleanor Rigby,” “Hokey Pokey,” and “Yellow Submarine.”
Last Friday, grade 4 students participated in a really fun end-of-chapter activity utilizing their knowledge of fractions to bake cookies! They needed to simplify, add, and subtract fractions and mixed numbers from a recipe to know how much of each ingredient to add. Students worked in groups and were able to eat the product of their efforts.
Winner of the St. Anne School 2019 Middle School Geography Bee, Nate Minton, grade 7, is headed to the National Geographic California State GeoBee on Friday, March 29 in Fresno, Calif. Nate will compete against students in grades four through eight for a chance to win college scholarships and the opportunity to be named the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.
Parents voted and St. Anne School won Hulafrog’s Most Loved Private School for 2019! Hulafrog is the go-to website for kid-friendly activities and events around town. Winners were announced in February through a special newsletter and Facebook post that went out to all of Hulafrog’s parent subscribers and fans in the area.
Grade 7 students modeled different types of fossils during a unique fossil lab. The students formed models of cast fossils, mold fossils, and trace fossils using Play-doh and shells. Each student was responsible for making their own fossil models and documenting their work on their lab packet.
At the end of each semester, students in grades 6 through 8 are awarded academic awards, Honor Roll and Head of School Honors. For the fall 2018 semester, at total of 40 grade 6 students, 42 grade 7 students, and 45 grade 8 students made the Head of School Honors list; 10 grade 6 students, eight grade 7 students, and seven grade 8 students were awarded Honor Roll for the semester.
Grade 7 students in Mrs. Inlow's biology classes kicked off a new unit on Changes Over Time with a mini-project on the "Father of Evolution," Charles Darwin. Students had to collaborate and work together to research Charles Darwin, write a biography, find both positive and negative articles published about Darwin and his theory, annotate those articles, and present their findings on a PowerPoint, poster, or book format.
On February 10, 2019, six of Pack 872’s most senior members (the “Webelos II”) crossed the physical and spiritual bridge from the Cub Scout Pack into the Boy Scout Troop and earned the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light award is the highest rank in Cub Scouts and achieving this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. This momentous occasion was the culmination of a long, difficult, fun, and rewarding journey of many years for: Jason Brown, Brody Church, Eric Fiore, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Martín Turnbull, and Felipe Moreno-Naya (present in spirit).
Kindergarten and grade 1 students were surprised by a pop-up STEM activity at their nutrition break today. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the students were challenged to a Cat-in-the-Hat building contest. Using their engineering skills in small groups, students worked together to see which team could build the tallest structure using only red and white plastic cups and notecards.
At our February 15 assembly, three St. Anne School grade 8 students were recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dana Point Post 9934 Chairman Jack Durish and Cmdr Wayne Yost for earning the top three places at the local level for the Patriot's Pen, a nationwide held writing contest. The three students, Sofia O'Keefe (First Place), Maggie Knauft (Second Place), and Ashley Mason (Third Place) were awarded a certificate, medal, and a monetary award.
Students, parents, faculty, and staff came together Monday morning to welcome Brian Williams of Think Kindness back to campus. In an amazing display of kindness and school community Mr. Williams officially named St. Anne School the “Kindest School in America.”
Throughout the school year, St. Anne students spend time in both social studies and N.O.W. Plus, learning about other cultures. This week, during N.O.W. Plus, grade 7 students were asked to share exactly who they are with others, by telling everyone about the country/countries of their heritage, bragging about their family history and/or their connection to historical figures (such as Austin Casdorph's relation to Founding Father George Washington), and sharing an item or tradition that illustrates those roots.
Through an engaging and interactive in-school field trip, grade 5 students had the opportunity to “Walk Through the American Revolution.” The educational presentation included friendly competition and a lively retelling of this important historical time. Students dressed in colonial wear that portrayed their assigned character, and brought props specific to their character.
This week, grade 8 students had the special opportunity to partake in their annual and traditional spiritual retreat as NET Ministries visited campus. This year, the focus of the retreat was "Fully Alive," and included games, activities, and talks geared at encouraging teens to always remember their lives have great purpose, and that God created everyone to be truly happy.
Studying math equations just got even more interesting. While studying for a chapter test, grade 6 students decided to change things up and incorporate a gallery walk. In pairs, the students solved an equation and then designed a short presentation to explain how to solve it. They used vocabulary such as " isolate the variable" and "inverse operations," then they started the gallery walk; one student gave the presentation while the other student walked around and listened to the other presenters. Then, everyone switched.
St. Anne School teacher Eric Hartman recently attended the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) conference, in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is a haven for thousands of educators who are on a mission to discover the knowledge and resources they need to engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity. Administrators, curriculum and technology leaders, teachers, librarians, and champions of ed tech all have an opportunity to discover innovative strategies and best practices for integrating technology into their schools, classrooms, and libraries.
Monday morning’s Parent Think Tank featuring Dr. Jacqueline Winkelmann was an amazing, thought-provoking discussion about the teen brain and the effects of vaping, cannabis, and prescription drug use. To access the recorded presentation, please log in to mySAS and go to the “Live Steam” tile.
Artwork from 29 St. Anne Middle School students has been selected for display at the 2019 Santa Margarita Catholic High School Junior and Senior High Art Show. The show is on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the SMCHS Library. Awards will be given out at promptly 6:30 p.m. to the first, second, and third place winners in each category. Even if you don’t have a student with work on display, all are welcome to attend the show.
Grade 2 students travelled to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles recently to explore bones of the triceratops, gems of the earth, and fossils galore! In the nature lab, students investigated some native fossils, animals, and plants of the Los Angeles area. Everyone had an amazing time culminating their science unit on fossils.
During the 18 weeks of Mr. Hartman's technology elective, students spend about 4 1/4 weeks learning about ethical hacking, also known as "white hat hacking," which refers to an ethical computer hacker, or a computer security expert, who specializes in penetration testing and in other testing methodologies that ensures the security of an organization's information systems.
Cub Scout Pack 872 kicked off a new calendar year full of Den and Pack activities with its annual Pinewood Derby race. This thrilling event gives Scouts the opportunity to build their own cars and fulfill their “need for speed” as their souped-up wooden vehicles hurtle down the track at speeds approaching 20 miles per hour! Scouts won all kinds of awards and trophies from best design to top speed. As you can see from the pictures, this is an event that will be long remembered by these young Scouts.
Today’s assembly recognized 35 outstanding St. Anne students as K-notable Knights. The K-notable Knights program encourages students to live out the Mission and Values on which St. Anne School was founded. Find out who were the effective communicators celebrated at the assembly.
St. Anne Middle School students dived into an in depth discussion on world religions last week with Mr. Matthew Zemanek, director of youth evangelization at St. Timothy's Parish. Using a balanced mix of historical and anthropological research, as well as personal testimony, Mr. Zemanek explained how he grew up in a Catholic family, but felt restless, so he decided to leave the faith to pursue his own journey and discernment.
This morning’s grade 3 through 5 talent show was a spectacular display of student flair. The show consisted of 22 students with a total of 18 acts from singing to dancing to piano performances, and a magic show.
As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration we had a Bible Verse Door Decorating Contest to celebrate our faith at St. Anne School. The winners will have a free dress day on Tuesday, February 26. Read more to see the list of winners.
The Kindness Initiative at St. Anne School includes offering students an opportunity to participate in some type of service or charitable collection at our school each month. Today our students joined with their buddies to make Valentine cards to show kindness to someone who may appreciate it. A portion of the cards will be delivered to the Marines at Camp Pendleton, and the rest will be delivered to the Illumination Foundation Children’s Resource Center in Stanton.
Students from grades 3 through 8 enjoyed STEM activities during their nutrition break on Friday in the daycare center as part of our Catholic Schools Week Celebration. Religion teacher, Mrs. Joyce; science teacher, Mrs. Kephart; and technology teacher, Mrs. Foley led the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities.
St. Anne School’s Annual Geography Bee included 12 passionate students competing against one another in the finale held in front of the entire Middle School last week. The participants included: Michael Renzulli, Hudson Powers, Jack Ebner, Jonas Mosley, Nate Minton, Hunter Melton, Uma Guerrero, Alejandro Turnbull, Colleen Aitken, Zachery Alderson, Katie Kraiss, and Nathan Chu.
Grade 7 students in Eric Hartman’s class are participating in The Climate Ambassador PBL (Project Based Learning) experience, which showcases student presentations, with a focus on climate change and topics such as deforestation, the greenhouse effect, fossil fuels, world oceans, and weather patterns such as floods and hurricanes. In addition to St. Anne—the only participating school from the United States—the project involves grade 8 and 9 students from 15 additional countries.
Grade 8 students in Mr. Wheat's NOW Plus class are beginning the annual St. Anne Shark Tank Project, in which students flex their entrepreneurial muscles by creating their own company that aims to solve problems in innovative ways in a variety of industries. Individually or in pairs, students will look for ways to create "a better mousetrap" that improves on existing products or services already out in the market.
Dressed in their best colonial clothes, grade 5 students took part in a wonderful experience last week that taught them about how people lived in the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. Students had the opportunity to learn how to design their own bar of soap, create a candle, make and dress a doll from corn husks, quilt a square for a blanket, bake cookies, form paper into art, draw a shield, create the first American Flag, dance a colonial reel, write with a feather quill, and learn some of the first American created games.
Grade 4 students and teachers recently visited Mission San Juan Capistrano and were given docent-led tours of the beautiful mission grounds. The tour allowed the students to hold real adobe bricks and find out how the Indians made them; touch an actual cow hide to understand the ranching part of mission life and the products they traded with others; and see the original bells that rang throughout the surrounding area to let the missionaries and Indians know when to eat and when Mass was starting.
St. Anne Lower School teachers Lisa Aguirre, Colleen Foley, and Lindsey Mastrangelo had the opportunity to attend the California League of Schools Technology Conference in Monterey. This was a professional development conference specifically tailored to educators, and offered a variety of presenters and tools to utilize in their classrooms with technology such as iPads, Chromebooks, and MacBooks.
Today, St. Anne School celebrated Buddy Day by creating kindness goals for the New Year. Buddies came together to discuss ways to be more kind at home, at school, and in the world. They then wrote their kindness goals on a heart that will be displayed on the Tree of Kindness in the gym.
Prior to Christmas break, grade 6 through 8 Spanish students wrote Cartas de Navidad, or Christmas cards, to the grade 4 and 5 Spanish students. Spanish student's really enjoyed giving and receiving cards from their very own "Clase de Español" pen pal for the entire month of December.
This Week at St. Anne
This Week at St. Anne School: June 10 – 14
Monday, June 10
Book returns and home-copy buybacks – 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If you are interested in an Honorary Knights parking space, please contact Adriana Gomez, Director of Advancement at Agomez@st-anne.org for more information on how to receive your very own reserved parking space.
Auditions for the 2019-2020 HarmonKnights Show Choir were held recently. Students performed a 30-second POP song and rigorous choreography to make the squad for the upcoming school year. See the list of students!
Will your students fit into their uniforms next year? If not, please donate your gently used uniforms! Please place any gently used uniforms that you'd like to donate in the collection boxes located in the front courtyard next week.
Please remember to pick up all medications from the St. Anne School Health Center by June 7. We are unable to keep medications not picked up due to space. If your child is attending the St. Anne School Summer Knights Day Camp, and he or she has an Epi Pen or inhaler, it will be transferred over at the end of school.