We have some great activities planned for our students outside of the classroom in October! On the 16th, we will take a pilgrimage where our students will be walking in the footsteps of a future saint when we visit Boys Town. The seventh graders will have the opportunity to hear some of the history of Dowd chapel and the part that Fr. Flanagan played in choosing what the stained glass windows would depict. They will see the home where Fr. Flanagan lived and worked hearing stories about the children he helped along the way. Ask your seventh grader about the desk students built for the man they thought of as a father— one of the few secrets they were able to keep from Fr. Flanagan as it was being built. Students will visit the Hall of History and hear more stories. All of this and more will be our experience. We encourage students to go back and visit with their families to take even more time to learn the history of this place and this man who may become a saint in their lifetime.
Our day will end with the viewing of the Academy Award winning movie “Boys Town” starring Spencer Tracy. It’s a wonderful movie and even more meaningful after visiting Boys Town, hearing the stories and seeing the actual Academy Award. It is a day filled with prayer as we hear the good work of Servant of God Flanagan whose story is a part of our very own Omaha history.
Also in October, we have been given the opportunity to attend Marian High School’s production of “The Sound of Music”. The cast includes one of our very own seventh graders, several other students from SPSL and several of our alumni. It will be so fun to see current and former students in what I’m sure will be an amazing production!
In Religion classes, we are just starting to study the Mysteries of the Rosary. Students will learn about each of the mysteries ending with the creation of their own website based on one set of mysteries. My prayer for them is that at the end of this unit and after they leave seventh grade, our students will be able to pray a complete rosary without a prayer book in front of them.
Seventh grade Math classes have completed reviewing are moving on with more algebraic topics! Some of them are working with Scientific Notation while others are moving into learning about integers and using all operations with them. One thing all of them could be doing at home is visiting that Diagnostic Arena in IXL to evaluate where they are in their math skills development
It is a busy fall in seventh grade!
I’m so excited we are starting our first weeks of school. I want to extend a very warm welcome to all of the students and families returning to our school this year in seventh grade. We especially welcome those who are new to our school. Open House will be here before we know it; I hope to see you then.
Seventh grade is such an exciting time in the life of a student. I pray that each of you come in with great goals and expectations. Let’s begin this year together keeping in mind the sentiments in this back to school prayer:
Prayer for the Start of a School Year
Our creator, our savior, our companion,
bless this journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
Refresh our souls
and renew our spirits
as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to.
We welcome those who are new to this community and
ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them.
Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to this school,
and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn.
We have had a lot going on the last couple of weeks as we wind down this school year. On Tuesday, May 15, we had our Living Rosary with the crowning of Mary. The seventh graders practiced hard for this, and I think they did a beautiful job of providing a prayerful opportunity for our school. With the eighth graders gone as of the day before, we like to look at this as seventh graders taking over the leadership of our student body.
After the service, we were treated to a cookie and juice reception in the cafeteria with treats provided by and served by our wonderful parents! Thank you to all who helped out with that. After cookies, we had about fifteen minutes of recess; the students enjoyed that time to unwind after leading such a beautiful prayer service!
As mods and classes are coming to an end, we traditionally take our students on a field trip to practice the lifelong skill of bowling. This is always a fun event for the kids, and this year was no different. We saw many unique ways of getting strikes! The students always have fun socializing with one another while getting their games in.
After bowling, we walked up to Bowling Green park to enjoy a picnic lunch. The students then did everything from playing wiffle ball on the baseball field to basketball, to catch. Some even discovered an old fashioned game of telephone as they realized if you stand on either side of the bleachers you can hear someone talk through the railing and you can communicate. Seventh graders are so fun when they discover things like this!
We have just a few days left of this year; it feels like we just got started! I hope that your seventh grader had a wonderful and memorable year. I know that I have learned a lot from this group of seventh graders, and I wish them the very best as they move on to eighth grade. They will be in my prayers as they prepare to make the transition from our school to new adventures in high schools. Peace and blessings to all of the wonderful families who make up this group of students.
Have an awesome summer; I hope you are able to get a lot of family time with your kids.
Hello! I am Mrs. Linda Harrison. I am blessed to be starting my fifteenth year at St. Pius X / St. Leo School teaching both Math and Religion to our seventh graders. My husband Chris and I have four children who all graduated from SPSL. That was awhile ago and now our sons are very busy in college; our daughters are both recently married. One of our daughters is a teacher, and one is a nurse. Chris and I are members of St. Leo the Great Parish.