After eight rounds, sixth grader Wells Robinson was the last man standing in the 2013 SMS Spelling Bee! Outspelling 35 other contestants, Wells nailed the word “demonstrable” for the win. He will now move on to the Rhode Island Independent Middle School Spelling Bee on Monday, February 11 here at St. Michael’s.
Mrs. Stieff and Mrs. Hutchinson’s fifth grade students hosted an Ancient
Egypt Museum this afternoon, in culmination of a six week unit on the subject. Ever wonder how those pyramids were constructed? Curious about the mummification process? The students had all of these answers and more, as they presented their research to members of the school community. Their handmade costumes that replicated outfits from the time period provided an interesting contrast to the iPads they used during their presentations!
Mr. Drayton’s eighth grade science classes recently put their physics knowledge to the test to create homemade musical instruments. Constructed from materials like plastic piping, funnels, cans, and water coolers, the students demonstrated their ability to produce different musical notes and rhythms.
The next installment of our four-part 75th Anniversary Community Lecture Series will take place on Tuesday, February 12th at 7pm in the Hill House. We are excited to announce that the featured speaker is global youth activist, Ronan Farrow. A writer, human rights lawyer, and diplomat, Farrow (age 25) founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Author Ann Hood recently visited students in grades three through eight. Hood was on hand to speak about her historical fiction series “The Treasure Chest”, which is set in Newport. Crediting a grammar school teacher for her love of reading, she explained how an idea she had while sitting in the classroom blossomed into her popular books about famous historical figures, such as Clara Barton, Alexander Hamilton, and Harry Houdini. In addition to “The Treasue Chest”, Hood has written several adult novels and her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Parade, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
“The Yaghan were a nomadic tribe indigenous to Tierra del Fuego, an island group that is divided between Argentina and what other country?” Do you know the answer? Seventh grader Ainsley Weber did! Her correct response of “Chile” secured her first place in our 2013 Geography Bee. She will represent St. Michael’s in the statewide competition in Providence later this Spring. St. Michael’s fourth through eighth graders competed in the school finals for the National Geography Bee this morning. Placement in the finals is determined in preliminary rounds held in the classrooms in December. The Geography Bee is an annual event at St. Michael’s and is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The ten finalists that make it past the preliminary rounds answer questions that include a mix of economic, social, and historical themes at a whole school assembly.
St. Michael’s is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generosity of its students and families, we were able to donate $1,500 worth of children’s toys to the Providence Ronald McDonald House. At this evening’s Holiday Assembly Michael Fantom, Executive Director at PRMH, was on hand to accept the donations. He stated that the items will be used to create boxes for each of the 18 families currently staying at the facility, so that they will have something to open on Christmas morning.