Saints Peter & Paul 5th grader, Vincent Dyer, son of Dr. Paul and Kimberly Dyer, is the recipient of the prestigious Carson Scholar award for 2017. In a ceremony hosted by Dr. Carson, Vincent was recognized for being a student who "exemplifies academic excellence and humanitarian qualities." Vincent received a $1,000 scholarship invested toward a four year college or university and an Olympic-sized medal and certificate. He and his family had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ben Carson, founder of the Carson Scholars Fund.
The goal of the Carson Fund is to encourage students' interest in college at an early age. The monetary award also helps with the cost of that college education. Students in grades 4-11 are nominated by their schools and there can be only one nominee per school. This means that each school must be really selective in their nominations. Students selected must be leaders within their school community. Students must have a minimum 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale and must display strong humanitarian qualities. Carson Scholars participate in community service above and beyond what is required by their schools. Vincent finds ways to serve his community through involvement with the parish at Saints Peter & Paul, his den in Cub pack 190 and current scouting with Troop 190 in Easton. Vincent's 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Trevino, says of Vincent, "Vincent represents many of the qualities of a great leader. He shows dedication to detail and determination in his pursuit of success. Based on his essay, he also shows a wonderful compassion towards his mother."
Vincent's family is grateful to the teachers of Saints Peter & Paul who have provided guidance and a wonderful education of mind, body and spirit for Vincent. Mrs. Leve and Mrs. Trevino, his 5th grade teachers have been especially influential in Vincent's success in the classroom. Vincent's father, Dr. Paul Dyer, reflected on the Ben Carson Awards Banquet and said, "This was a very impressive event to salute over 300 new and returning Carson Scholars from the East Coast. The themes presented in the speeches by Dr. Carson and guest presenter, Steve Harvey, were hard work, innovation, helpfulness, creativity, and thankfulness." Vincent admitted, "This award encourages me to continue to get good grades in school and do the best in everything I do!"
When Saints Peter & Paul elementary and middle school art teacher, Rebecca Wheatley, had the idea to introduce her students to the "goal of innovation", she was not thinking about recognition. But recognition is what she has received as the nationally acclaimed Arts &Activities Magazine has featured Wheatley's sculpture in their May 2017 issue. The article is entitled Demonstrating Innovation Through Lighted Sculpture and speaks of the 8-foot high sculpture called Metamorphosis which took six months to create.
Students are "extremely proud of their effort and focus on this collaborative activity for the school and community." Editor and Publisher of Arts & Activities Magazine, Maryellen Bridge, sent the following:
"We enjoyed working with you, and hope you had a positive experience working with us. We look forward to hearing from you again, and hope you will share more of your successful lessons and projects with us in the future! All of us here at Art & Activities Magazine thank you for the important part you played in the success of this issue."
Saints Peter & Paul Students honored with St. Francis de Sales Award
On Monday, April 24, 2017 ten students from Saints Peter & Paul High School were recognized with the St. Francis de Sales Award in a ceremony held at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington. The award recognizes Outstanding Catholic School Seniors for excellence in faith development, scholarship, service, leadership and citizenship. The Saint Francis de Sales Award medal presented to each student, is cast in recognition of this annual convocation. The medal features Saint Francis de Sales, patron of the Diocese of Wilmington. The annual event is hosted by the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and Dr. Louis DeAngelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Wilmington. Exceptional young men and young women from each of the high schools in the diocese are honored. Mr. Jim Nemeth, Saints Peter & Paul high school principal sums it up like this. "Take pride in this well deserved recognition. It reflects a high school career of quality achievement, service, leadership, and most importantly, a positive impact on your school community." This year the award goes to:
Adam Alderfer, Berkley Andrews, Laura Dennison, Jennifer Douglas, Clare Kelly, Michael McCormack, Julius Rees, Mimi Sanford, Jack Singlestad, and Katie Schisler
Mr. Kristopher Long began his teaching career at Saints Peter & Paul Elementary School four years ago and is enjoying his time at the school. He admits that teaching was not his first choice of career when he entered college. He had his sights on becoming an athletic trainer but after a few classes, quickly decided that was not the career for him. In deciding what to do instead, he asked himself, What would I want to do for the next forty years;
He gave teaching a try and has never looked back.
Mr. Long is responsible for the Physical Education curriculum for PreK-8th grades, students four to fourteen years old. He said every day he has to be ready for anything. Some of the challenges he faces are, other events scheduled in the gym, learning every a student’s name and challenging students to the max. He has a solution for each challenge. If the weather is nice and he can go outside for class when another event is scheduled, there is no problem. It is getting creative when the weather doesn’t cooperate that can test his abilities. Fortunately, Mr. Long is a creative teacher.
Learning the names of so many students is another challenge but one that Mr. Long finds to be necessary and not that difficult. Mr. Long says the talent level of students in his class make it a challenge to keep them improving. Many of his students are involved in sports after school for Saints Peter & Paul or on club teams throughout the area. He wants to make sure his class can keep the talent improving.
Mr. Long is mindful of the fact that he teaches in a Catholic School. His subject lends itself to students getting a little more excited; than in other classes. He deals with sportsmanship issues by using Christian values. Mr. Long believes in setting a good example for his young students by modeling physical fitness.
He works out at the YMCA regularly showing that it is good to practice what you preach. In addition to teaching, Mr. Long is the Assistant Athletic Director. His duties are mainly to manage the middle school sports throughout the year. This includes scheduling, finding referees, and finding locations for practices and games. He also assists the high school Athletic Director, Tyler Larkin, in whatever he needs.
Mr. Long also is in charge of the Race for Education, an activity that brings revenue for the school. The revenue is for technology. Students in grades three through eight arrive at school on April 27th in gym uniforms. They are called to the gym by grade level and jog or run. Students have sponsors that pledge a flat rate for their efforts.It’s all about keeping kids moving and making the school a better place.
This is the fourth year of the very successful fund raiser and this should be the best year yet. Online donations can be contributed until the end of May.
Let’s keep kids moving!
Does social media affect your health? Is it possible to make a floatable phone that does not allow water to get into the case? Does flour affect the height of a cookie? The answers to these and many other science questions are on display in the Saints Peter & Paul gymnasium as the 2017 8th grade Science Fair unfolds. The Fair is an annual event assigned and encouraged by 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Mrs. Karen Christopherson. It is her hands-on, interactive classroom that inspires the creativity and critical thinking skills on display at the Fair.
Mrs. Christopherson has been at Saints Peter & Paul Elementary School for a number of years but not all of them in her current position of science teacher. Starting as an Aftercare aide and Sunday School teacher in 2005, Mrs. Christopherson became Aftercare Director the next year, while serving as an Instructional Aide, starting in 2007. Mrs. Christopherson’s love of science and her exceptional knowledge of the subject matter made her the natural choice to teach Middle School Science when the position opened in 2010. Mrs. Christopherson credits the generosity, program and skills of former teacher, Susan Pritchard, who helped her immensely the first year and a half that she taught. "This is Ms. Pritchard’s lab, her equipment that she passed on to me. Her spirit lives on and there is still a lot of her around here." Mrs. Pritchard taught for 35 years at SSPP and the science lab has a plaque outside the door commemorating her years of service to the school.
This is the 8th year Mrs. Christopherson has overseen the science fair and, according to Mrs. Christopherson, it has changed. "Over the years it has gotten more personal because students frequently pick a hobby or extracurricular interest." In October students begin the rigorous process by researching and choosing a project. It is a multi-layer project that includes a completed project, a written paper, a display board and an oral report on their findings. It is a lot of work and Mrs. Christopherson is aware that her young students can become overwhelmed. Some of them seek advice from former students while others rely on the patience and encouragement of their teacher. Mrs. Christopherson loves the Science Fair because of all of the skills her students learn. They learn, among other skills, "Public speaking skills, communication skills, how to use formal language, time management, and computer skills".
The Science Fair is judged by local scientists and there are first, second and third place in each of the two sections of 8th grade science. The judges do not see the names of the students, simply the display board and the written report. The judges look for creativity of questions of what is being tested, how well the results are communicated and if the method used was scientific.
The 8th grade Science Fair is an SSPP event that all will enjoy. Since it changes year to year you can enjoy it every year. It is a credit to Mrs. Christopherson and her love of science that her students are inspired throughout the year in her class.
On Monday, March 27, 2017, Marquee Brass, graduate students from Peabody Conservatory, a division of Johns Hopkins University, performed for Saints Peter and Paul School. Students from grades Pre-Kindergarten through eighth had the opportunity to enjoy a concert of remarkable music by musicians Brandon Cave, trumpet player, Buddy Deshler, trumpet player, Sam Bessen, French Horn player, Mike Minor, tuba player and Riscon Poonin, trombone player. The assembly began with the introduction of four brass instruments, the French horn, tuba, trombone, and the trumpet to the younger students. Then, each member of the group played a song and told background information of how he became a member of the group. Through this process, Marquee Brass wowed the students with various movie songs, such as “The Sound of Music”, “I Feel Pretty”, “Maria”, “The Pink Panther”, “Somewhere “Over the Rainbow”, “Lassus Trombone”, “Donde Esta Yolanda”, and “Amazing Grace” with a New Orleans jazz style. However, the last song played by the group was amazing. One student in the audience asked if one member of the group could sing. Marquee Brass answered yes and spontaneously Riscon Poonin, a trombone player from the Philippines, belted out the song, “Come Fly With Me”. The students and faculty were astounded by his incredible performance. Thus, Marquee Brass was a phenomenal assembly and enjoyed by all. Marquee Brass came to Saints Peter and Paul from Young Audiences of Maryland, the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development that provided financial support and technical assistance for activities and non-profit organizations, units of government, and schools, Talbot County Arts Council and our Parent-Student Association.
The sights and sounds of violin at Saints Peter & Paul from Class Acts Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development that provided financial support and technical assistance for activities and non-profit organizations, units of government, and schools, Talbot County Arts Council and our Parent-Student Association