The National Junior Honor Society earned money from the Halloween Boo Grams to bring some Christmas cheer to the elderly. The students made Christmas gift bags for the senior citizens who reside at the San Jose Manor Apartments, just around the corner from San Jose Catholic. The fourth graders also made cards for them to enjoy. In addition to bringing our gifts, the students sang Christmas carols and distributed coffee and dessert to the residents. All of the students worked hard practicing the Christmas carols, and a special shout-out goes to Bailey for singing two solos. The children experienced firsthand the joy of giving and thoroughly enjoyed their time doing for others during this Christmas season.
San Jose students participated in an Advent Retreat on Wednesday, December 5th. Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. Students learned about various Advent traditions such as the lighting of the Advent candles, the Feast of St. Lucia and the history of the Jesse Tree.
We would like to congratulate our middle school science fair winners for 2018-2019. These students rose to the occasion and took the top awards by grade level. There were 135 outstanding projects that were judged on Thursday, December 6th, 2018, which made for some very tough competition for our winners. We were fortunate to have over 30 judges from the community here to evaluate our students on their project knowledge and use of the scientific method. The top three students in each grade level will go on to compete in the Diocesan Science Fair on Friday, January 18th 2019, at Bishop Snyder High School. The nineteen students will compete in the Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair Monday, February 11th, 2019, at the Moroccan Shrine Center. A special thanks to Firehouse Subs for catering lunch for the judges, it was delicious!
Please join us in congratulating our winners.
|Marianna H.||1st Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team||Award - Best Use of SI Units|
|Thomas C.||2nd Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team|
|Tabitha D.||3rd Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team||Award - Most Relevant|
|Annie B.||NEFRSEF Team||Award - Best Backboard|
|Millicent F.||1st Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team|
|Maddox F.||2nd Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team|
|Magnolia F.||3rd Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team|
|Anna B.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Maura M.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Jalila N.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Abigail T.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Sophie C.||Award - Most Innovative|
|Juliana N.||1st Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team||Award - Best Use of Graphs and Tables|
|Ellie B.||2nd Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team|
|Blaine P.||3rd Place||Diocesan Team, NEFRSEF Team|
|Megan E.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Avyree S.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Stella S.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Anna S.||NEFRSEF Team|
|Olivia W.||NEFRSEF Team|
We would like to thank the many members of our community who volunteered to be judges for our Science Fair. This event would not be possible without the amazing efforts of these highly skilled volunteers. Thank you for giving our students a unique and valued experience.
Thirty-four students competed on Friday, November 30th in a school-wide geography bee that is sponsored by National Geographic. To compete in the bee, each student had to take a preliminary test and earn a top spot in his or her grade. The winners this year include Sean M.(1st place), Michael S.(2nd place), and Blaine P.(3rd place). Sean M. will take a test to qualify for the state competition. Congratulations to all the participants on a great performance, and best of luck to Sean as he continues in the process.
The highest award in scouting, the Eagle Scout, was recently awarded to a former San Jose student, Phillip Roussin. Phillip graduated from San Jose in 2014 and has worked for years to reach this goal. There are many requirements to achieve this award. Two of them are that scouts must earn 21 merit badges and conduct a service project that is helpful to a religious institution, school, or community. Phillip is in a very elite group as only approximately 5% of scouts make it to Eagle Scout. San Jose is very proud of Phillip and knows that he has learned much from this experience and will continue to be an asset to his community.