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May 23, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 15

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photo: Students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk present results from recent service project.

Students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk present results from recent service project.

Middle School Students Present Service-Learning Project to Peers

Middle school students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk gave an unexpected presentation to the student body at Chapel on Wednesday, May 4th regarding their recent service-learning project. A canned food drive was turned into a series of math lessons on measurement, data gathering and sharing, as well as a study of statistics of poverty in the United States and the world. Students collected a total of 2,000 cans.

In their presentation, students discussed poverty and hunger through the lens of mathematics. Seventh grader Eleni Segerblom said, “We learned about some of the statistics that tell us about how hungry some people really are. We learned about where our donations go and who they go to and how they get there. We learned there are much bigger problems in the world than math problems.”

By discussing poverty and hunger, students brought deeper meaning to the can drive. As the cans accumulated, they used different types of mathematical measurements — frequency tables, bar graphs, circle graphs, probability, surface area, volume, and more — to show the significance of the drive.

One of the ways that students deepened their discussion was by exploring the statistics of poverty and hunger. During the presentation seventh grader Adam Beaver said, “About 21,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations. Yet, there is plenty of food in the world for everyone.”

However, the power of numbers motivated students to create lasting change. A small contribution by each middle school student quickly grew to around 2,000 cans and boxes. A final vote on where to send the goods also took these numbers into consideration: 50% will go to ForKids, 35% to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception and the remaining 15% will head to Catholic Worker.

The middle schoolers inspired their fellow Wolfhounds to use their knowledge to improve their community. Fifth grader Kaleb Doyle said, “We have the freedom, the education, and the talent to give back at least as much, if not far more, than we could or should ever take. Here is some information that has been collected, organized, and illustrated in ways that we hope will help put things into perspective and inspire you to think outside the box to find ways you can make a difference.”

Thank you to math teachers Amber Seeley, Christopher Chagnon, and Mary McPhillips for guiding students in this meaningful service-learning project.

 

Clergy Assignments

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has made the following clergy assignments:

 

photo: Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School graduates.

Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School graduates.

Smiles Everyone

The seniors from the graduating class of 2016 at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School in Powhatan have a lot to smile about. This year, BSHs class of 2016 will feature 35 graduates at commencement exercises on June 4th. With a 100% college acceptance rate, these 35 seniors earned entry into over 46 institutions across the United States and internationally.

Over 90% of BSHs seniors received grants and scholarships to various institutions. Five seniors will be attending the University of Virginia and six will be attending the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the fall including Caroline Odell, who has been accepted to the leadership community. Seven seniors will be attending institutions out of state including Catawba College, Coastal Carolina University, East Carolina University, and the University of South Carolina.

Valedictorian, Austin Thomas, and Salutatorian, Olivia Klahn, will both be attending the University of Virginia. Joining them is Anna Ransone, a Lexus of Richmond Scholarship Finalist, who was accepted into the nursing program at the University of Virginia.

BSH is pleased to be the only co-ed Catholic school in the Richmond Catholic Diocese with a student population of 319 where students come from the Richmond City, Henrico, Midlothian, Chesterfield, Goochland, and Powhatan areas. Under the leadership of Mrs. Paula Ledbetter, Head of School, BSH provides its students with a rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced Placement courses, SAT Prep, and Dual Enrollment offerings through Richard Bland College of William and Mary.

Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School was formed by the historic merger of Blessed Sacrament High School at Belmead and Huguenot Academy in the fall of 1998. The joining of these two rich traditions resulted in the formation of Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, a preschool through twelfth grade Catholic college preparatory school.

 

photo: Gabriella with her parents, little brother Ian, 7th grade English teacher Mrs. Beth Army and Mr. Steve McCulloch, Fleet Naval Reserve representative.

Gabriella with her parents, little brother Ian, 7th grade English teacher Mrs. Beth Army and Mr. Steve McCulloch, Fleet Naval Reserve representative.

Americanism Essay Contest won by St. Gregory the Great 7th grader

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Virginia Beach, 7th grader Gabriella Amos has won the National Fleet Reserve Association’s Americanism Essay Contest for the 7th grade. Gabriella competed against thousands of other students with her essay entitled “What the American Flag Means to Me.” Gabriella first won the local region ($500.00 prize) and then won for the regional level ($1000.00 prize). Last, she was presented today in front of the entire school community the national prize for first place for $2500.00.

 

Seminarian Parish Assignments

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced the following seminarian assignments, effective June 4, 2016:

Continuing pastoral year assignment
Summer assignments

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