The class of 2018 celebrated its commencement on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. Teresa of Avila church. This class of 23 students was offered scholarships worth more than $240,000 and accepted in excess of $172,000. The following Catholic schools will welcome our alumni this September: Bishop Loughlin High School, Cristo Rey Brooklyn, Cristo Rey New York, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Loyola School, Nazareth High School, Notre Dame High School, St. Jean Baptiste High School, St. Vincent Ferrer High School, Xaverian High School, and Xavier High School. Additionally, the following public high schools will welcome our alumni this September: Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Clara Barton High School, Edward Murrow High School, Providence High School (NC), Science Skills Center High School, and Uniondale High School (LI). Our Graduate Support Director will stay in touch with them through this important transition and monitor their continued academic successes. After many years of preparation, in the classroom and at summer camp, we are proud and excited for them to take the next step on their education journey.
As part of the 8th grade religion curriculum, students learn about church history and Catholic Social Teaching. During the last marking period, students read Fr. Greg Boyle's book Tattoos on the Heart as a way to see all their textbook learning come together in real life stories. Fr. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program in LA. This year, the 8th graders were given the special opportunity to meet Fr. Boyle when he spoke at Xavier High School. Students were moved by his and the homies' stories. Of course, they couldn't pass up the opportunity to get some signed books!
Thanks to the generosity of Poly Prep, BJP held our annual field day on May 4th, 2018. After spending the morning at BJP reflecting on goals for the upcoming camp season and creating a camp contract for themselves, students loaded the buses and headed to Poly. Once there, the student government utilized Poly's fields and organized relay races, dodgeball and kickball games, and tug-o-war. One of the female advisory groups beat everyone in tug-o-war this year, including against the staff! It was a day full of fun, teamwork, and motivation for our brothers and sisters.
The 5th graders made a trip to the National Museum of Mathematics. After working diligently on their New York State Tests, the entire grade had a fun afternoon learning how math is all around them and how much fun math can be. Students ate a yummy lunch at Shake Shack before participating in a code breaking activity at the museum. Once they broke the code, they were free to explore the many hands-on exhibits the museum has to offer to help teach math concepts (see the picture of the mirror to help teach symmetry). Upon returning to school, one student commented, "I didn't know a museum could be so much fun!"
BJP students led their own Stations of the Cross to end the day and begin our Easter break. Students read passages from the Bible, wrote and shared personal reflections for how that part of Jesus's suffering fit their lives, and reflected/shared how that fits into the larger world community. It was a very prayerful and reflective way to spend our time together.
The 8th graders paid a visit to the Jewish Heritage Museum in Manhattan. The trip tied together the work they were doing in the classroom learning about WWII in history, reading Night in ELA, and preforming monologues of real Holocaust survivors in public speaking. The visit to the museum included tours and talks by survivors and ended with a look out onto the harbor and a view of the Statue of Liberty over a garden of trees growing out of rocks, symbols that there is hope, life, and liberty even in the darkest of times.
Thanks to ChildSight for giving every student at BJP a free eye exam! The best part is that ChildSight also gave those that needed them a free pair of prescription glasses (even if they already had glasses). They will even replace the glasses once in the year if the student loses them or breaks them, which is a high probability when talking about middle school students. No more saying you can't see the board!
The night before Christmas break the BJP community gathered for the annual book give-away and Christmas bingo. Individuals were able to take 5 free books of their choice to keep and help build their libraries at home. Students got books about the solar system, the human body, and history, classics like Dickens, and fun reads like anime, comics, and graphic novels. After that, families went over to the church social hall and competed for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer prize packs. You had to pay close attention and yell BINGO before everyone else. It was another fun, relaxing way to get to know each other outside of the classroom to build our loving BJP community.
The 5th and 6th graders performed a scene from their reading class novels in choral fashion. Twice a week Br. Hoover, SJ pushes into the reading classes and students get to practice their public speaking. During the first marking period, they worked on the skills of AMPLIFYING and enunciating. Students had a an eager audience at assembly to show what they could do.
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