What Are SPES Students Up To In Class?
At St. Pius, our student-centered classrooms provide an education that goes beyond what students know, understand, and are able to do.
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Celebrations of Learning - It's What We Do
At SPES, we think that it is important to celebrate not only all the things we are learning but the critical thinking and reasoning skills we have used. It is not at all uncommon for a class, or grade level, to celebrate upon completion of a unit, an experiment and/or a quarter of learning, oftentimes getting very creative in planning the celebrations!
Our Kindergarten Book Parade, held in early Fall 2021, saw every student lined up cheering for our Kindergarten students as they paraded around campus with the first library book they had checked out and read!
Fourth Grade Celebration
Our fourth graders celebrated the completion of a STEM project based on the book "Balloons Over Broadway" by Melissa Sweet. The students learned the history of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the gentleman who began it all with his marionette projects! The students' assignment was to construct a balloon puppet and design a way to keep it afloat overhead similar to the floats in today's Macy's parades. Since the third graders heard the story during their library class, the fourth graders decided to have their own "Macy's-style" parade for the third graders who appreciated the creative genius of their fourth grade friends!
So Much Learning to Celebrate in Kindergarten
There has been a lot of learning going on in the Kindergarten classes as the students are beginning to read and develop their math skills, as well as taking great strides in all of their other subjects! In addition to the Book Parade, celebrating the completion of their first library book, our Kindergartners have celebrated two SPES Kindergarten "dress up" traditions - '50's day and the traditional Kindergarten All Saints Day Procession
During the PreK students' studies about Advent and "Jesse Trees," the students celebrated by making ornaments to decorate the Jesse Tree at the entrance of school.