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!
With the weather turning warmer, winter sports and activities came to an end with the annual student-teacher basketball game. Every year, the boys and girls basketball teams try to overpower the teachers with their youthfulness in a friendly competition of skills. While teachers drain jump shot after jump shot and throw down dunks, the students aren't gasping for air by the fourth quarter like the adults. For the first time, students forced an overtime after the teachers gave up their lead in the fourth quarter. Not wanting to come to school on Monday with a loss, the teachers powered through and continued their undefeated streak. Good sportsmanship was shown throughout the game and all had a blast. BJP turns its attention to spring sports and activities now like track, baseball, and field games. Time to get outside!
Ms. White's 8th grade class took learning outside of the classroom with a visit to Liberty and Ellis Islands. The 8th grade curriculum focuses on post Civil War history, so how the United States has dealt with immigrants over the years is always one the most interesting concepts for students to study. After a quick stop on Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty, the class ate lunch and explored the immigration center on Ellis Island. The trip was made possible by the National Parks Trust Buddy the Bison program. The 8th graders returned to the classroom ready to continue their discussion on how the nation has upheld or limited the values expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
As part of Spirit Week, it was student teacher switch day! In addition to special dress down days like this, flag day, sports day, and wacky tacky day, the BJP community listed the 100 things they love about BJP for the 100th day of school and celebrated with the 6th annual Friendship Dance. The week was full of fun, celebration and reflection. On student teacher switch day, the kids dressed as teachers and the teachers wore the school uniform. Ms. Myers, the school counselor, led assembly with the following reflection:
Even though we may just be swapping outfits for the day, we can look at today as a way to step into each other's shoes and see things from the other's perspective. For students, think about how it would be if you were no longer a student and instead had to stand in front of the class all day? What if a student in your class was talking back and not following your instructions, would you feel frustrated? What if after standing on your feet for almost 10 hours, you had to go home and grade tests and homework all night, while also planning for the lessons for the days ahead?
For teachers, being a student seems like a thing of the past, but what if right now you had to time travel and go back to being in middle school? What if you really did turn in your homework but somehow the teacher never got it, would it feel unfair? What would it be like if you had to sit in a class for almost 10 hours, and then go home and do homework all night?
That's a lot of spirit!
Congratulations to 7th grader Jamari for winning the school-level National Geographic Bee! He will now take an exam in hopes of qualifying for the state level bee and then on to the national bee! All students participated in this yearly competition, preparing in social studies classes and checking books out from the library to study over the Christmas break. Each homeroom qualified five participates for the school bee and after students answered questions related to the oceans, states, continents, science, and world cultures, Jamari was the last one standing.
As families gather to celebrate the Christmas season, the BJP family met on Xavier High School's basketball courts for the Graduate Support Program's annual alumni basketball tournament. Alumni competed in a friendly 3-on-3 basketball tournament and played their favorite game from camp, dodgeball. After the games, alumni sat down to a nice meal and caught up on high school and college life, reconnecting with friends and meeting other alumni.
In addition to helping current 8th graders with the high school admissions process, the Graduate Support Program maintains a relationship with graduates throughout high school and college. Just another unique experience that makes up the BJP way of educating and caring for the whole person. Learn more about the three cohesive BJP programs by clicking here.
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