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.
The building is full! With the return of the fifth grade to BJP, the assembly room was full of students eager to learn on the first day of school, September 6th, 2017. The 97 students (45 boys and 52 girls) had a 98% attendance rate during the first month of school, come from 17 different Hispanic, Caribbean, and African countries, and speak 5 different languages at home, including English, Spanish, Creole, Hausa, and Urhobo. With an 8 to 1 student teacher ratio and average class size of 12 students, they will be able to fully engage in the curriculum of reading, writing, math, religion, science, and social studies and co-curricular activities like public speaking, art, music, and advisory once a week, social justice Wednesday assemblies, and sports and activities. Here's to another successful year at BJP!
The 6th-8th graders returned from BJP's Camp Montmartre on the campus of Fairfield University. It was a jammed packed four weeks of reading, writing and math classes, swimming, campfire songs, teamwork, and spirituality. The theme was: wherever we walk, the report will go around. Students focused on building their integrity. Check out the video to see all the memories from camp 2017!
Congratulations to the class of 2017! The 24 eighth graders are now part of the Graduate Support Program as they enter their high school years and beyond. They were offered $219,335 in scholarships and accepted $175,835 of the monies offered. We can't wait to hear about the successes in high school!
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