With graduation a week away, the time to look back on this year and previous years here at SPSL and celebrate the journey is upon us. The following are excerpts from the eighth-graders’ Keynote Addresses to their classmates.
“No matter how many turns life threw at me, I could always rely on my friends at SPSL because they understand me more than anyone else. There are even a few people here I could consider my sister or brother because of how close we are and how strong our friendships are.” ~ Adrianna Webster
“Walking into preschool may have been one of my greatest memories. Even though I was scared and didn’t know what it would be like, I was so welcomed. After walking in, shy as a mouse, I came back home wanting to go back everyday because I made so many friends and learned so much.” ~ Wosuk Ando
“All the teachers I’ve had have made me a better student. They didn’t just teach me topics, they made me feel safe to always be able to go to them for help with anything. The education I have received here at SPSL will lead me to do more in the world.” ~ Abie Mihulka
“Overall, I would say to enjoy your time with your classmates as much as possible. I know this advice definitely would have been helpful for me to hear before starting eighth grade. Hopefully, if incoming students were to hear this advice, it would help them remember to cherish every moment of school.” ~ Maggie Morris
“But most importantly we learned how to pray, how to be kind, how to help others, and many more valuable lessons. These lessons are what make Pius so special.” ~ Caroline Sall
“Pius has helped set me up for my future and has taught me to think in a Catholic view. It has also taught me to challenge yourself and help others even if you don’t think it’ll help.” ~ Manuelli Bakou
“This whole experience taught me to cherish the times as they come and turn bad experiences into lessons to be learned for the future.” ~ Olivia Weist
“The one and only thing you can’t Google is your life, like the life before high school, the life before you were released into the world like the little birds you are.” ~ Hillary Adovlo
“In writing this speech, it puts in perspective how grateful we should all be to have the chance to go to a great school, with great teachers, great support, and have an overall amazing time, and I hope that while you all were writing yours that you could realize the same things as me.” ~ Anderson Lopez
“You guys have been the best class I could have ever hoped for. You made my childhood wonderful, and I thank you for that.” ~ Preston Leach
“All I can do is think memories are shared with everyone, and I have never been more happy that I got to share memories with you.” ~ Chelsea Okosi
“I thought this day would never come, and now that it’s here, I’m not ready for it to end. I have made the best friends I could ask for, and I just wanted to say thanks for all the laughs, dumb moments, dancing, singing, boring classes, good days and bad.” ~ Sophia Tripp
“I will never forget SPSL not because of the math problems and the tests I had to do but the memories and friendships I made here.” ~ Tim Herek
“I going to miss all my friends who helped me get out of card marks or color changes because they took the blame for me.” ~ Oscar Rowe
“For my friends and I, SPSL is our second home. All the hallways and classrooms are filled with memories from when we were younger from all of the fads we had like Silly Bands, Fidget spinners, and Crocs to the strange yet hilarious moments with our classmates.” ~ Anna Mertz
“I hope to see y’all once again, at least I hope to try. I won’t forget any of your faces that popped into my life. I’ve wanted this day to happen, but now it’s here, I don’t want it to end. Goodbye, class of 2019. Goodbye, all my fellow friends.” ~ Daniel Kampe
Thursday, May 2 is St. Pius X / St. Leo School’s first Service Day. Entitled “Mission Possible,” students, faculty, and staff will spend the day in service to the community.
The second and eighth grades have partnered up that day for multiple projects. One project is a letter of gratitude. Second and eighth grade partners will write a letter to the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Located in Clyde, Missouri, these sisters have been making and providing altar breads since 1910. The second project is a letter to our Congressmen about fighting hunger. Inspired by a group called “Bread for the World,” these letters will urge Congress to consider the hungry in our country and abroad when making budgetary decisions.
The third one is a donation drive for Youth Emergency Services (YES) here in Omaha. YES serves the homeless and at-risk youth population in our city. Designed to empower them to become self-sufficient, YES provides hot meals as well as transitional living programs to these young people. This is where we need your help. From Tuesday, April 23 through Wednesday, May 1, the second and eighth grades will be collecting the following snack items:
Snack sized chips
Snack sized crackers
We appreciate your assistance in helping us prepare for this day. Should you have any specific questions, feel free to contact us.
Eighth Grade Teachers
Down the stretch they come! After four plus weeks of research and organization, the drafting process is upon us. As the eighth graders finish the final touches on their Sentence Outlines, the rough draft process is beginning. With two weeks of class time before Rough Drafts are due – Friday, March 1 – eighth graders will want to keep pace with our goal of writing at least two paragraphs a class. Doing so will help prevent procrastination and the dreaded night before rush when all sorts of “technological issues” tend to occur 😉
A proud graduate of SPSL, this marks my seventh year teaching English and Literature at the school. 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.