SPC wins Top School in the Poster Session at the Regional Science Fair!
On March 4th and 5th,17 seventh grade students entered the Region 2 Science Fair Poster Session at the Museum of Science and Industry. SPC was one of 39 schools at the science fair and proudly brought home the trophy for Top School! It is on display in the UGC.
Sixteen students received a Gold award and one student received a Silver award. Many students also received Special Awards. Ten students will be moving on to the State Science Fair Poster Session in May. One student is an alternate.
The previous weekend one eighth grader, Joseph N., entered his project in the Regional Paper Session held at Guerin. He earned a Top Paper award and will move on to State Science Fair Paper Session in May. Joseph is also the Vice President of the Student Board and had a key role in the Awards Ceremony at MSI.
These are the students who exhibited at the Regional Science Fair Poster Session. Evan J. earned a Silver Award. Madeleine R., Isabella V., Amelia (Amy) D., Catherine L., Tabitha N., Adriana Z., Renee P., Lillian S., Kathleen D., Amanda B., Lillian N., Emilia F., Nathaniel D., Bradley O., Luke S., and Philip (PJ) S., each earned a Gold Award.
Many students also won Special Awards. Madeleine won a Special Award from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Bradley won an Engineering Award. Bradley and Emilia each won an award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. Amanda won a Superior Achievement award. Catherine, Isabella, Lillian N., Nathaniel, and Bradley each won an Award of Excellence. Ten students earned a Medallion which means they will go on to the State Science Fair. These students are Amanda, Catherine, Isabella, Lillian N., Nathaniel, Bradley, Amelia, Adriana, Emilia, and Renee. Tabitha is an alternate.
The students’ projects showed a wide range of interests from Botany to Health Science to Chemistry to Physics as well as Microbiology, Engineering, and Consumer Science.
All students at SPC in 7th grade do a science project and enter the school science fair, which we call Science Focus here at SPC, back in January. Then some move on to Regionals, and some of the Regional exhibitors move on to State.
We are all so proud of all of you!
Submitted by Christine Stypka, Science Teacher, grades 7 and 8
Congratulations to the SPC 4th & 5th Grade Battle of the Books Team on Second Place!
Parent volunteer and SPC Battle of the Books moderator, Mrs. Alyssa Barrett was thrilled to share the news about the 2016-2017 SPC Battle of the Books team this week. She said, "The kids did a fantastic job reading lots of books and coming together as a team in our competitions. It was a fun year." She added, "Thank you to everyone who helped make our year a success- Mrs Hughes for sharing the library with us, Mrs. Lushniak for your help as always, Mrs. Moran for your constant support, Mrs Gabriel for keeping us in track, Mrs Burke we'd have never made it to practice on time without your help, teachers for understanding as kids came and went at lunch!"
St. Paul of the Cross School is proud be a part of the Park Ridge Public Library's Battle of the Books. The SPC team, made up of 4th & 5th graders, is coached by parent volunteer, Mrs. Alyssa Barrett. For more information, click on SPC's Battle of the Books webpage here.
Congratulations 8th Grade Girls' 2016 Conference Championship Basketball Team!
Congratulations to our 8th Grade Girls' basketball team on their outstanding season! The team remained undefeated with a 17-0 record. They are the 2016 CSCC conference champions! For more exciting news about this team and other SPC sports, please click here.
Congratulations SPC Future City Team on 3rd Place at Chicago Regionals
St. Paul of the Cross School’s Future City Team won 3rd place out of 34 teams at the Chicago Regional Future City Competition at The University of Illinois Chicago on January 7, 2017. To read more about the SPC Future City Team, click here.
The following students were part of the team this year: Amanda B., Matthew C., Amy D., Kathleen D., Will F., Sean G., Evan J., Karl K., Mia K., Michael L., Mary Catherine M., Lily N., Tabitha N., Emily N., Joseph N., Bradley O., Renee P., Juliana P., PJ S., Patrick S., Isabella V., Madison W., Mackenzie W.
Congratulations SPC Academic Team!
Congratulations to our SPC Academic Team on such fine competitions thus far, with more to go throughout the year!
St. Patrick’s (just boys) - First Place
Trinity High School (just girls) - First Place
Notre Dame - Third Place
St. Ignatius - Sixth Place (out of 26 schools)
DePaul College Prep
Good luck to the team at the Loyola Academy meet on Saturday, November 12th!
To read more about the Academic Team, click here for the webpage.
2016 Spring Musical ~ The Lion King Jr. ~ May 18th & 19th
International Children's Art Exchange
The Seventh Grade participated in the International Children’s Art Exchange which is a program whose goal is to promote peace around the world through art created by children. SPC students created artwork showing images of world peace and the American way of life. Everyone’s artwork went to Greece where organizers divided it up and sent the art out to 20 different locations from several countries. In return, we received artwork made by children from all over the world. The work created by four of our students was kept to represent our school and the United States at an art exhibit in Aiani, Greece.
Congratulations (left to right) Gretchen B., Owen O., Julia B., Joseph N.
Holy Thursday ~ The Living Stations of the Cross
On Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016, the Fourth Graders prepared an absolutely beautiful Holy Thursday service. Students reenacted several scenes in celebration of Easter, starting with the Last Supper. They narrated and acted Jesus’ trial, the march to Calvary, and the death and rebirth of Christ. The fourth grade teachers organize the Living Stations of the Cross every year. Mrs. Dulski said, “It was remarkable. It has left us so faith filled and joy filled.”
We have many highlights from the tournament, which took place January 3-10, 2016.
Before the semi-finals boys game on Saturday, Caoimhe M. sang our National Anthem.
Please click here for more highlights.
Veterans' Day at SPC took on a special meaning as we gathered together to honor those who served and continue to serve our country. From Preschool through 8th Grade, involvement in the day's celebration was apparent. Our guests were greeted by students waving their hand-made flags, scouts conducted a flag ceremony, band students played the Star Spangled Banner and Taps, members of the choir sang the tribute songs of all our armed forces, a basket of student made cards was presented to our guest speakers (Veteran Tom Amirante - Commander of VFW Post 7712, Veteran Wally Eregish and Veteran Betty Horstman) for distribution to our local veterans. Our prayer service included prayers of petition, asking God to watch over all Veterans, and prayers of thanksgiving, thanking God for these men and women who have served our country in the military. “God Bless the USA/I'm Proud to be an American” was sung by all, expressing our true patriotism!
Congratulations Science Team!
Congratulations to St. Paul of the Cross School science teacher Mrs. Christine Stypka and 20 of her eighth grade students who participated in The 39th Annual Junior High Science Contest, sponsored by Fenwick High School on November 10, 2016.
The SPC team took 4th place out of 44 schools, with 600 students competing overall. Each student answered 100 questions covering biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and astronomy. The team awards are determined by adding up the top three individual scores on each team.
Students Aiden J., Katie N., and Marie T. had the combined scores for the SPC team to place 4th overall. Additionally, they were the highest scoring Catholic school team in the competition.
Two of the SPC students received plaques to commemorate their individual achievements. Aiden J. placed 15th and Marie T. placed 8th out of the 600 participants.
As a very special bonus, each teacher, no matter how his or her school ranked, received a microscope. SPC now has an Olympus professional research microscope that can magnify up to 1000 times.
We are thrilled for the entire team on such a fine accomplishment.
May 14, 2015 turned out to be a perfect day with the rain holding off for our all-school Walkathon! It was such a fun day from start to finish. Thanks to our dedicated Walkathon co-chairs, Paula Almquist, Eileen McManus, and Nicole O'Connor, along with all of their volunteers! Thanks to all of the pledge donors, parent volunteers, visitors, teachers, priests, staff and administration, and of course...the entire student body! Truly a community effort. Please click here for more photos of the day.
The Living Rosary
It was a beautiful way for our entire school to begin May, the month of our Blessed Mother Mary.
The 3rd and 6th grade prayer partners presented the living rosary. The student body gathered in the Upper Grade Center Gym to praise God for giving us His Mother, Mary. Our prayers were ones of thanksgiving to Mary for her protection and care during the 2014-2015 school year. We all participated in the recitation of the rosary. Third Grade and Sixth Grade Students were responsible for leading the prayers and the meditations, focusing on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.