From the College Counseling Office: YouScience is an exciting new tool for us, and it is being offered directly to our families for the first time. With this program, students will discover their unique set of talents through the revolutionary intersection of aptitudes, interests, and personality. It’s a completely new way to understand where your children will succeed and allows Saint Edward’s School to deliver even more effective and accurate college and career guidance. (*click headline to read complete letter)
From Louise Kennedy, English faculty: Just before our holiday break, we learned that three of the girls we have been tutoring in Kenya had passed their national exam. That meant they were eligible to attend high school. This was really big news for our group of hard-working student tutors. What we also learned is that there are prohibitive costs associated with high school (about $130 for the year for each girl) and that even though the girls were qualified, they might not be able to attend given their low economic status. The Kenyan school year begins in January, so we had to do some quick scrambling to help. Through a remarkable series of events and some good old-fashioned work over the break, we were able to team up with a non-profit to help with the paperwork and the filing of forms at the local schools. We were also able as a school to help with the tuition. I am so thrilled to announce that the girls started high school late last week. This is a huge step forward in their lives, and junior FionaZimmerman and I will be able to talk to them about their new experience when we visit in March. This is the joy of SES. We make a difference every day through hard work and empathy. So proud to be a Pirate!
Tenor saxophonist Kieran Colgan was selected to participate in the All-State Middle School Honor Band. Kieran was one of one hundred twenty-three students chosen from across the state to represent their school. The students rehearsed for three days and performed a concert that was part of the Florida Music Educators Association conference in Tampa this past weekend.
In addition, alto saxophonist Elise Mallon represented Saint Edward’s School, as she was selected to participate with the 2019 Florida Music Educators Association All-State High School Honor Band. She was among one hundred twenty-seven of the best players in Florida rehearsing for three days and performing a culminating concert in Tampa. Congratulations!
Mid-term progress reports for fourth and fifth grade students are now available online. A progress report is not written for every student. A progress report is written for students whose teachers wish to communicate with their parents at this time.
To access progress reports, parents should log into mySTEDS > click on their child’s name in the upper left corner > select the Progress tab > click on the Report Card link > then click on 4th/5th T2 Winter Progress Report.
From Fr. Tommy: Here is a quote from Rabbi Harold Kushner about Love and what each of us can do:
“None of us has the power to make someone else love us. But we all have the power to give away love, to love other people. And if we do so, we change the kind of person we are, and we change the kind of world we live in."
The Global Expedition Project is a semester-long project for all 6th graders that takes place in History, Skills, Science, and Art class. Each student will be randomly assigned a country and then will engage in an in-depth study to learn as much as possible about their country. Mrs. Bischoff, Mrs. Fykes, and Mr. Leonhardt are the creators of this project and their primary goals for students are to achieve more global awareness, learn new technology, and further develop their research skills during the project. Some activities include creating a website on Google Sites, making a Google Tour Builder, creating and filming a green screen travel video on iMovie, and designing a Choose Your Own Ecosystem Adventure on Google Slides. Students will be recreating a geological feature and artifacts in Art class with Mrs. Rogers. We will be kicking off this project in the next two weeks.
A note from Pape Seye, Upper School Dean of Students: On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, upper school student leaders will welcome the 8th grade class to our annual BOLD and GOLD day. Eighth grade students will be treated to a great day focused on leadership, team building and Upper School life. Students will leave Saint Edward’s and travel to Riverside Park where they will be grouped into small teams, each team led by two upper school students who will be their guides for the day.
While we don’t want to give away too much of the fun, there will be lots of challenging games, a speaker, a great lunch (Chik-Fil-A), snacks, drinks and some time to spend with upper school students learning what life in high school is all about. Your student should plan on wearing comfortable clothes including their class t-shirt, jeans or shorts, depending on weather, and tennis shoes. All students will return to Saint Edward’s just before the close of the school day.
CDC Flu Report: At Least 6.2 Million Sick This Season At this point during the 2018-2019 flu season, 6.2 million to 7.3 million people have been sick with flu. Looking back at last year, CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2017–2018 season was high with an estimated 48.8 million people getting sick with influenza. Chances are good the flu will be around us, so please get your Flu Shot (if not medically contraindicated).
People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: Fever* or feeling feverish/chills. Cough. Sore throat. Runny or stuffy nose. Muscle or body aches. Headaches. Fatigue (tiredness) Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. Think you might have the flu?Check out this 2 minute video to learn more.
Saint Edward's is excited to continue its partnership with National Geographic and will be hosting a Middle School Geography Bee once again. The preliminary round will take place during 10th period on Tuesday, January 22nd. Students do not need to make any preparations, but just simply try their best! The top 3 scores per grade will participate in our Middle School Bee in the Waxlax on Wednesday, January 30th at 2:45 pm. Best of luck to all contestants.