This week marks the final week for the eighth grade at SPSL. To recognize this moment and to give the eighth graders a chance to look back and reflect on their time here, the final assignment in English class will be a Keynote Address. Eighth graders will have a chance to address their classmates, their friends one last time and reminisce about things learned and moments remembered.
I started crying ugly tears as I was writing this because I realized that I would be leaving these wonderful young women I love so dearly…Without Pius creating such a loving community for me to grow and meet new people, I would not have created these beautiful bonds which I hold in a special place in my heart. – Abby Wessling
My point is that life is a book just waiting to be opened, and like any good, entertaining book, it has its ups, downs, and plot-twists…Thank you for being in my first chapter, and I hope to see you in my second. – Grace Larson
Be adventurous in your choices. Whether or not you decide to join in a club or activity will make or break your chances of finding yourself. Be stubborn in your decisions. You are the only person who is expected to put yourself first. – Dani Stolze
This school has shaped me into who I am now, and I know it sounds really cheesy, but this school has taught me more than how to solve algebraic equations or how many cookies are in Jerry’s jar. It has taught me a way of meeting and making friends, how to act, and how to care for each other. – Simon Metcalf
Overall my years at St. Pius were amazing. The whole grade was truly just one big, happy family. – Shantise Pearson
A confidant is one of the necessities in life, and at St. Pius I have gotten to know a lot of them. When I look back at my experience at Pius I will always think of the people at this school… I will remember the many inside jokes and all the hearty laughs we have had with one another. – Julia Nubel
My time at Pius was a rollercoaster. I laughed, I cried, I struggled, but now it’s time to say goodbye, so long, adios, see you soon. – Janaizsa Lawson
You can’t let the sad times get in way of the good. That doesn’t mean you can’t grieve and take a break when it gets tough, but don’t let those times make you weak. Take that pain and use it to strengthen you. – Aliya Payne
Ever since I was little I always wanted to play in the pep rally and make our own shirts, and I finally got to do that. Even though you couldn’t tell which team was which because out shirts looked exactly the same, it was really fun anyway. – Melany Davis
When I woke up from this dream, I realized just how hard it will be to let go of Pius; the people, the activities, the environment. I know some of you are excited to leave, but I also know that at one point in time, every single one of you will look back at your Pius experience and miss something about it. – Meg Raabe
The community at Pius has always brought out the best of me and showed me what kind of person I really want to be. – Fiona Gautschi
I see immense potential in each and every one of you, and I know you’ll all do phenomenal things in your lifetimes. So take the the time you have in high school to make new friends, explore your interests, make mistakes, and step out of comfort zone once in a while. After all, you only live once. – Kyra Britt
We can all accomplish our goals and be successful in life if we do not give up. When you are losing, don’t give up. When you are embarrassed, don’t give up. When it is hard, don’t give up. Because Panthers don’t give up. – Andrew Washington
After this year, I won’t see a lot of the people that I’ve gone to school with for the past nine years every single day, and to me, that’s going to be the hardest part. These friends, you guys, my family, have helped me become the best version of myself I can be. – Elleiana Green
I know that people from other schools have those awkward looks at each other at Target and then look away, but at Pius, we all will scream and run to each other. I’m so proud to be part of the graduating class of 2018. – Audrey Swanson
Saint Pius is the birthplace of our friendship, and I will always have a special place in my heart reserved especially for this school – Grace Ridgely
Enjoy your past and memories but don’t let them define you; you can go further than the sky. – Josephine Romano
With Easter break approaching, there are a plethora of reasons to be in a celebratory mood. While there is THE reason, the religious reason, with Jesus rising from the dead and the significance of that to our faith beliefs, there are some Language Arts causes to celebrate as well — the Research Paper is done! I invite students to take a minute some time during break to look back at what they accomplished these past three months. What started off as something intimidating and time consuming has been conquered. What was just an idea or possibility has turned into a finish product. A task you scoffed at in August, you matter-of-factly managed in March. You are, to a degree, something of an expert at your chosen topic. Pat yourselves on the back and enjoy a much needed break.
The end is near. The rough draft of the research paper, which began back in January, is due this Friday, March 2. Students then will be taking a two week hiatus from the research paper and returning to the English class routine while they are being graded before returning for the final draft process beginning on March 19. Finish the drafting process strong this week, and be sure to go over the checklist prior to turning the rough draft in.
A proud graduate of SPSL, this marks my eleventh year teaching English and Literature in Catholic schools. Outside the classroom, I can be found passing the time in various stages of the writing process, reading, watching movies, fretting over Creighton's latest performance, and doling out questionable life advice to one of my ten nieces and nephews.