And the winners are:
Grades 3,4,5,6 -The Green Team:Linda Ashby, Kasey Kaczorowski, Matthew Mell, and Michael Seitz
Grades 7 & 8 - The Red Team:
The students took on the challenges of building a Confetti launcher from rubber bands, duck tape ,paper cups, and paint stirs, solving math puzzles, hitting a target with a paper cylinder, completing a word brainteaser, and getting past the spell of Topnosis. Congratulations to all of the students for a great effort at the Olympiad and at ALL of the AIU events this year!
Special thanks to the Moms that staffed the Olympiad- Mrs. Patterson, Mrs Clark, Mrs Kirsch and Mrs Mell. Thanks also to Mrs Sheedy who generously provided the prizes for the day!
St Philip students remembered all of our Veterans and active duty service men and women at a special prayer service for Memorial Day. The children sang patriotic songs, prayed for parishioners and friends by name who are currently serving in the military, and read an essay by a St Philip student about her uncle who fought in World War II. Special guests Bob Gentile and Dave Seretti from Frank R. Kirk American Legion Post 145 participated with prayer and the playing of TAPS to end the ceremony.
Four lucky students had the chance to see what it's like in the Principal's Office from the other side of the desk. Kasie and Hannah Gamrod shared Principal duties with the assist from Kevin and Michael Mikush serving as Vice Principals. The student Principals made morning announcements on the PA, declared a dress down day and visited classrooms to award prizes to the best behaved student in each homeroom as just some of their many duties.
St. Philip musicians had their chance to perform this week in two venues. Band members delighted the audience with great renditions of favorite tunes while the 5th grade serenaded their audience with selections especially suited to the recorder. All 5th graders learn to play this instrument throughout the course of the year and showcase their talents in an end of the year concert in the school courtyard. Thanks to Fr. Walt for saving the day by inviting musicians and concert goers alike into the Church when inclement weather threatened the performance. Congratulations to Mr. Miller for the students fine performance.
Congratulations to 8th graders Lauren Kanavy along with Ashley Mell and Jodie Mulcahey who served as May Queen and Court members respectively at the May Crowning ceremony held on May 21. The annual event was a wonderful tribute to Our Lady and was beautifully presented by the 8th and 2nd graders. Thank you.
The St. Philip Girls' Varsity Track Team took 2nd Place in the recent Diocesan Track and Field Championships held at Robert Morris College, Neville Island Complex. Competing against 12 other schools, the SPS girls' Relay team of Sydney Bonds, Jenna Buckley, Sarah Green, and Hope Grefenstette were 1st place finishers in the 4x100 relay. Team member Sarah Green went on to take the number 1 spot in the javelin throw and 2nd place in the long jump earning a total of 4 medals for the day.
A group of 8th grade Thinking Caps students 2 St. Philip Alums who are St. Ignatius Scholars at Bishop Canevin attended the World Affairs Council Program - Around the World in One Day held in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Folk Festival. The students attended a panel discussion on the importance of learning a second language entitled "An Interconnected Globe and Your Future: Do You Know Where You're Heading?" A member of the Peace Corp, Congressional Foreign Policy Aid, and and International Business Consultant encouraged the students to broaden their horizons by traveling and studying abroad as well as taking formal study and informal cultural immersion in a foreign language. The students also took part in a Mini WorldQuest quiz session and were permitted to visit the food bars and country displays presented by the Folk Festival and enjoy the International entertainment.
The second grade read the Story The Bremen Town Musicians.
They designed the sets and performed the play for Grades 1 & 3.