3rd Grade “A” Honor Roll: Jebran Gladwin, Cole Hamilton, Aryan Kumar, Kai McLelland, Owen Runci, Parker Staton
3rd Grade “A/B” Honor Roll: Christopher Bravo, Erin McClellan, Miriam Dennis, Khloe Kalinowski
4th Grade “A” Honor Roll: Andrea Boatright, Will Cuddy, Valeria Luna-Bautista, Sara Rae Nelson, Christopher Wallace
4th Grade “A/B” Honor Roll: Kelog Pufong, Gavin Browning, Dani Sanchez, Ellie Wolford
5th Grade “A” Honor Roll: Alexandra Wallace
5th Grade “A/B” Honor Roll: David Runci, Caleb Smith, Souad Dennis, Sarah Puckett, Ben Bass, Samuel Nelson
6th Grade “A” Honor Roll: Lucy Kumpel
6th Grade “A/B” Honor Roll: Randa Gladwin, Gabriel Morris
7th Grade “A” Honor Roll: Chandler Monetti, Ray Moody, Patrick Wallace
7th Grade “A/B” Honor Roll: Ava Thomas, Gavin Zimmerman, Eddie Bravo, David Boatright, Henry Hamilton
8th Grade “A” Honor Roll: Bryant Miley
8th Grade “A/B” Honor Roll: Stephen Moore, Kimberly Kent, Emma Graybeal
Valdosta, GA – Recently, two students from St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) participated in a school science fair competition. 7th grader Chandler Monetti and 6th grader William Saurina competed in the science fair competition, held by Georgia Association of Private & Parochial Schools (GAPPS). The science fair included middle school students in private and parochial schools across the state and was conducted virtually this year.
Monetti’s submission placed second in the state and focused on objects and how they affect the wifi signal. “I got the idea from the strangest source, doing homework,” said the 7th grader. “While I was doing my homework, the wifi was slow and I wondered what things could be blocking the signal the most in my house. This pandemic shows how important wifi is to our world and something blocking your wifi could mean you can’t work and you can’t learn.”
“We couldn’t be prouder of Chandler and her ability to dive into a real life challenge and situation and to discover a solution,” said SJCS science teacher Lauren Evans. “Her curiosity and problem solving skills led her to a topic most people may never have thought about.”
“I am honored to represent SJCS in the science fair and I hope I am able to share how science can help be part of the solution to some of the world’s problems,” said Monetti.
6th grade student, William Saurina, also participated in the GAPPS science fair competition, attempting to find a natural, clean, and efficient power source for use on Mars. Saurina used information from a video on Stirling engines and knowledge of SpaceX and polar caps to develop a turbine that uses the CO2 from dry ice to create energy.
“I felt very honored to participate in the state science fair representing SJCS and I hope many other creators use my ideas and improve upon them in some way,” said Saurina.
The goal of GAPPS is to create an environment where high school and middle school students can compete at their levels yet still be encouraged to grow in their faith.
St. John Catholic School Focuses on Connection & Community School Embraces Technology for Fellowship & Learning
Valdosta, GA – As the community settles into another week of school closures, one South Georgia school is continuing to gather together, virtually. St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) transitioned to its distance learning program March 16, upon suspending activities at its physical location due to COVID-19. In addition to educating their Pre-K3 - 8th-grade students, the school is also focusing on connecting the entire Eagle family using live online meetings, online resources, and social media.
“For us, one of the biggest priorities during this time, in addition to educational instruction, is to create opportunities for community engagement,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “We turn to technology to connect our families with live broadcasting events, virtual spirit weeks, and online resources like Google Classroom and Google Meet. It’s important for teachers, parents, and students to still be able to interact and bond with each other while being isolated.”
SJCS students connect with their teachers daily, through Google Meet and recorded videos which are accessible via the school’s website. Teachers and students connect, in real-time, and are able to ask questions, receive direct instruction and see one another. For younger students, teachers are using a blend of online materials, printed handouts and recorded lessons to further their instruction.
“I am so impressed with the way SJCS is handling online teaching and virtual instruction,” commented parent Randy Gladwin. “It has been a smooth transition, and the school’s leadership and teachers have been a crucial part of educating my children and keeping us together as an Eagle family.”
Social media is also playing a big role in staying connected during the closure at SJCS. Mr. Pellitteri is embracing Facebook Live; using the social media platform to broadcast a recent 7th grade student-led Stations of the Cross, deliver daily announcements and conduct weekly Mass for students. Photos and videos from parents and teachers continue to flood the school’s Facebook and Instagram pages, showing children interacting with their teachers, completing schoolwork and avoiding boredom.
“Being an SJCS eagle is more than coming to our school to learn,” said Mr. Pellitteri. “It’s about being a part of a community of teachers, parents, and students, who support and encourage each other, laugh with each other and pray together. Even if we can’t do those things in person, we will always find a way to stay connected."
On Thursday, March 12, during an afternoon press conference, Governor Brian Kemp addressed the state’s growing concerns by allowing school districts to close for up to 14 days. After careful thought and consideration, SJCS has determined to close campus effective Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, March 27, 2020. SJCS remains hyper-focused on your health and safety and will continue monitoring and sharing information about the developing situation with COVID-19. Should there be a need to extend the closure we will communicate that message with our families.
Making the decision to close schools is never an easy one. However, given the uncertainty of the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, we know this is the best plan of action for protecting our students, staff and faculty members. The school closures include all school building activities, extracurricular activities, athletics, and trips. During this time, absolutely no staff nor students should report to the building. All school related activities scheduled during the next two weeks have been canceled. Students are encouraged to utilize our online learning platforms (Google Classroom, IXL, KhanAcademy) during these two weeks if at all possible.
We understand that many will have on-going concerns about how these closures will impact their families; please know that we will not have answers to all of them. Our plans will evolve daily as we begin to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. However, we will continue to answer as many questions as we can through our website, social media sites, and local media outlets.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we work together to move past this pandemic health crisis. We are grateful for the constant guidance from Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Diocese of Savannah, our local school systems, and various other state and local agencies, departments and leaders.
We encourage all of our Eagle families to continue following the recommended personal hygiene prevention methods. If you begin to feel sick or experience symptoms, contact your health care provider via phone immediately. All providers are asking for potential patients to call before going to the office. Our hope is that we are able to return to our regular school schedule in a short time.