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February 2014

7th Grade English – Expanding Our Authorship

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By: Ms. Theofiles

7th Grade English Teacher

As I reach the midpoint of my first year at St. James Academy, I can’t think of a better group of students in terms of creativity, critical thinking and sense of fun. Students in 7th grade English have been diligently working on various types of creative writing assignments.

Writing has been an important focus for 7th grade English for many reasons: to prepare students for the rigorous writing programs they will meet in high school and college, to expand critical thinking skills, and to foster self-discovery.

blog4 This week, we have been wrapping up our discussion of  A Girl Named Disaster, a novel by Nancy Farmer. Students created their own stories based on the stories presented in the book. These stories include elements of the spirit world. The main character, Nhamo, often tells stories of alternate realities in order to comfort herself and those around her. We spent the week peer editing, writing, and using our African Story Telling Hut, modeled after the dare (men’s meeting house) in the book, to foster creative thinking. Read More

Thank you Mrs. Dawson!

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jdOne of the great aspects of St. James Academy is our faculty.  We have talented and inspiring teachers who have dedicated their careers to our school.  After  31 years of teaching here, Mrs. Judy Dawson has decided to retire. Her dedication and commitment to our community will always be remembered. She plans to stay connected with our community. We would like to share below a letter that Mrs. Dawson sent to Mr. Adler.

Please join the SJA community in thanking Mrs. Dawson for her years of service by leaving a comment below. Read More

Math Counts!

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Can you solve this math problem?

A four-digit integer, WXYZ, in which W, X, Y and Z each represents a different digit, is formed according to the following rules:

  1. X = W + Y + Z
  2. W = Y + 1
  3. Z = W – 5

What is the four-digit integer?

St. James Academy students participate in math Counts!Do you have the answer? If you like this type of problem, you may be a candidate for SJA’s Math Counts program! Math Counts is a program designed to stimulate student interest in math. Students are motivated to do well and compete at annual competitions. Read More

First Lego League- Beyond the Classroom

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Congratulations to the members of our Lego Robotics team for competing in the First Lego League (FLL)
Competition at Carroll Community College on Saturday, January 25. FLL is a program designed to create excitement and exploration about technology, science, and engineering. Teams from all around the world participate in this annual challenge.

The challenge is based on a set of real-world scenarios that scientists and engineers face in today’s society. The teams had to use critical thinking and problem solving strategies to work together and create innovative solutions. Teams had to design, build, program, and test autonomous robots using Lego Mindstroms technology. Then, the teams had to research a real-world scenario in the field of this season’s challenge theme, “Nature’s Fury.” Read More