Academic Newsletter

St Timothy Catholic School

Math Fair 2015

Students in grades 3-8 participated in this year's math fair. The math fair challenges students to work collaboratively to solve logic and reasoning puzzles. Based on the SNAP Fair model, students are encouraged to become experts in their own puzzle and also enjoy the challenge of solving other puzzles. Boys and girls in grades 1 and 2 also participated in the math event as they worked together in mixed-age groups to complete math activities.

Advanced Writing

Literary Journeys

Fifty-six students from grades 3-5 participated in this year's advanced writing program. The program was open to all interested students. During the first semester, students focused on descriptive writing. Using skills learned in the Traits Writing program students wrote descriptive essays focusing on Ideas, Organization and Voice. For the culminating activity for the semester, students opted to write about family traditions, or students participated in the Smithsonian's Every Picture Tells a Story project.

The second semester focused on the Traits of Ideas, Word Choice and Organization. Students wrote essays using the guidelines from the Washington Post's So much of life is contained in such small things. What holds meaning for you? essay contest as well as essays on memorable events and original works of fiction.

Selected student work was compiled into a literary magazine, titled Literary Journeys. Use the link above to access a copy.


Kindergarten students discussed ways to grow in their love for Jesus and ways to listen to their guardian angels. They worked on beginning sounds in words, and subtraction skills in math, and they honed their writing skills by describing what an animal looks like and what it does.

First grade students discussed zippy verbs and adjectives and brainstormed different ways to say the same thing. In math, boys and girls practiced measuring and in reading, students invented a machine to make a job easier.

Second graders worked on multiplication skills and developed strategies to solve multiplication problems. Boys and girls also refined their writing by focusing on word choices and ideas. In religion, students discussed the duties of the Pope and made connections between the work of bishops and the Apostles.


Third graders studied the harmful effects of ultra violet rays on layers of skin. Demonstrations were set up and students recorded the effects of the UV rays over time on skin. Boys and girls read Jalapeno Bagels and practiced recognizing proper and common nouns.

Fourth grade students practiced subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and found the least common multiple. Boys and girls also discussed the Declaration of Independence and identified reasons why it is important. In science lab students studied light and the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection. Students can state the Law of Reflection.

Fifth graders extracted DNA from strawberry cells and used microscopes to observe and record observations of the material. Boys and girls also continued their novel units and reviewed the ancient civilizations of Latin America.


Sixth graders worked on poetry projects in literature, and memorized lines as they rehearsed the Medieval plays for their performance in June. In science, students studied the earth's atmosphere and high and low pressure systems. Boys and girls learned about the causes of the Crusades, identified the different Crusades and their accomplishments, as well as their effect on life in Europe. In language arts students identified fragments and run-on sentences. In religion, students explained that the Church is worldwide and Catholics respect all faiths. In Spanish students practiced verb conjugation, including irregular verbs in the context of telephone etiquette.

Seventh graders demonstrated understanding of the indwelling of the Holy Trinity, as well as the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Literature students studied different forms of poetry and wrote several original works. In science, students experimented with acids and bases and determined the pH of different chemical compounds. In social studies students learned the factors and events that influenced the outcome of the Civil War. In Spanish students described classroom objects and discuss obligations.

Eighth graders have been working on their final five paragraph essay in language arts, and continued identifying adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions. In literature, students worked on more advanced poetry skills like iambic pentameter in sonnets and memorized poems for an end-of-unit presentation. In social studies, students discussed the civil rights movement and how the civil rights activists improved life for African Americans. In religion, boys and girls identified several different religions and explained ecumenism and religious freedom. In Spanish, students described weather, clothing and accessories. Additionally, boys and girls stated an opinion, described feelings, and stated what was happening, using the present progressive tense.