The students of Saint Joseph School recently participated in a regional competition of a statewide math contest – The Sumdog Contest. The competitions are set up by Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 and are on the website www.sumdog.com. The program is designed to find a student’s strengths and challenge the student from that level. The students can participate during school or from home.
In our first attempt at participating in the Sumdog contest, our 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students competed with students from public and private schools in Franklin, Dauphin, Cumberland, York, and Adams Counties.
We are very pleased to announce that our students did quite well in their first contest! In fact, on October 22nd, Saint Joseph School made FIRST PLACE in the daily contest! Also, four of our 1st graders were in the standings for the top 50 point scorers of all students who participated in the competition! Good job, Josie, Cody, Xiomara, and Ella!
Despite a few technical glitches with the internet at the middle school, our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students also did very well in the contest!
On Oct. 25th, at the conclusion of the contest, we learned that 1,587 students from 28 schools had participated. In total, the students answered an outstanding 430,982 questions between themselves and in the contest!
The top five schools were:
1st place – Ferguson School, York
2nd place – Saint Joseph School, Hanover
3rd place – St. Patrick School, York
4th place – St. Andrew School, Waynesboro
5th place – Corpus Christi School, Chambersburg
Our Superintendent of Schools, Livia Riley, called to congratulate our students on a job well done!
The coordinator of the program from LIU#12 sent a special email congratulating our students on their fantastic achievement!
The teachers and our principal, Mrs. Mummert, are very proud of our students and their great work! We also look forward to watching the progress of our other classes as they enter the Sumdog and other competitions throughout the school year.
On October 22nd, Saint Joseph School was the daily winner for the "Sumdog" online math competition. We placed first over 25 other local schools!
Several classes at Saint Joseph's are participating in this contest.
Our first grade students have been doing quite well, in fact, some are in the top 50 of all students who are participating in the contest. They are: Josephine Tayman, Teagan Funkhouser, Cody Yourishin, Angello Salazar, Austin Rollman, Xiomara Harnois, Sophia Walter, and Gabriella Golden.
Congratulations to all our students who are participating in the "Sumdog" contest!
Throughout the week, students talked about their Halloween costumes, "trick-or-treat", and the fun they would have at the Fall Fest! Parents and their children looked forward to a dinner of BONEYARD BARBEQUE'S delicious pit beef, GENOVA'S tasty pizza, mac and cheese, cole slaw, fruit salad, and a great variety of wonderful desserts. They just couldn't wait for our Fall Fest!
Then, on Friday, our school families came together for our Fall celebration. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food. The children provided an awesome costume parade, and prizes were awarded for the scariest, funniest, most creative, and the best group. Our judges -Monsignor Lyons, Father Kelly, and Mrs. McMaster - did a fine job of choosing a super participant as the winner in each category.
After the parade, the students danced to the music provided by our DJ. They danced to fun songs, such as YMCA and the Hokey Pokey, as well as to tunes by today's celebrities. Next, our students participated in their favorite event, "Trick-or-Treat." Students walked along the spooky path in the decorated hallways of the parish center while our 8th grade students sat at stations along the path giving treats to the younger students. Students were delighted with their "bags of treats."
The Fall Fest was truly great fun for everyone who attended!
We thank Mrs. Amy Miller, Mrs. Micki Schneider, Mrs. Mary Wells, and Mrs. Betsy Ernst for their dynamic work in planning and coordinating this awesome event for our school family. We also thank all the volunteers who so generously donated their time and talents to help.
Special thanks goes to BONEYARD BARBEQUE and GENOVA'S PIZZA for their very generous donations to our Fall Fest Event.
This year we will celebrate Grandparents Day on November 11th. We have invited the Grandparents of all students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 for special programs, classroom activities, and lunch with their grandchildren.
Morning Program - 10 AM to 11:45 AM
Grandparents of Kindergarten through Grade 2 will attend the morning program which includes a Veteran's Day Prayer Service. Grandparents will visit the classrooms and then have lunch with their grandchildren.
Afternoon Program - 12 Noon to 1:50 PM
After Noon, Grandparents of Grade 3 through Grade 5 will join us for the afternoon session. They will have lunch with their grandchildren, visit their classrooms, and then attend the Veteran's Day Prayer Service.
If Grandparents have grandchildren in both grades K - 2 and grades 3 - 5, all their grandchildren will eat with them during the first lunch at 11 AM (with the morning session).
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 have received the invitation letters for this special event. We ask that you return the bottom section of the paper by November 4th.
Technology never ceases to amaze me! This year, we are using Remind 101, a text reminder application that allows us to periodically send out school reminders via text message. This service is free, depending on your cellular service text messaging rates (meaning standard text messaging rates my apply). It will strictly be used for school reminders only.
We know some of you worry about security! We will never see your phone numbers, nor will anyone else who signs up. The website to answer any questions you may have is www.reminder101.com/faq.
To participate in receiving text message reminders, simply text (717) 428 - 7444 with the message @shamr. You may choose to opt out at any time by texting stop to the above number.
On Wednesday, October 16th the Hanover Fire Department will present a fire safety program for our students at the Elementary School. This program was to be held on Friday, October 11th, however it was cancelled because of the early dismissal due to local flooding that day.
Each year, our Hanover firemen create and perform a special skit for the children that explains fire safety rules and demonstrates good procedures, such as how to exit your house safely and how to establish a family meeting place. Of course, Helmet, the fire dog, participates in the skits. Helmet captures the children's attention and adds wonderful humor to this very valuable learning experience which helps the children focus on and remember the safety skills.
Then, on Friday, October 18th, our Home and School Association will provide the Fall Festival for our school families. In this event, the children enjoy supper with their family, participate in a costume parade, dance to the music provided by a DJ, and have "Trick-or-Treat" throughout the hallways of the Parish Hall. The Fall Festival is always great fun for our students and their parents. We hope you will join us for this special event!
On Tuesday, October 9th, students "Celebrated Life" with Pro-Life Cupcake Day. The children each received a decorated cupcake and a special bookmark in honor of the Pro-life celebration.
Throughout the year, our students learn about the beauty of God's creation and pray that people will respect life. They participate in the Spiritual Adoption Program and pray for all babies and the unborn, asking God to bless and protect them.
We thank Mrs. Annie Kilkelly and Mrs. Louise Rupp for coordinating and sponsoring Pro-Life Cupcake Day for the children of Saint Joseph School. Our students enjoy this meaningful celebration and will continue to pray for all God's children.
Mr. Terrance Golden
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