The 7th and 8th grade students recently demonstrated their understanding of the Periodic Table, individual elements, and the structure of an atom. They learned that every element's atom has protons, neutrons, and electrons. The students chose different elements (Oxygen and Carbon are shown below) and represented an atom complete with the nucleus and shells/orbitals with the protons, neutrons, and electrons clearly described. The activity proved to be a fun, creative way for the students to illustrate their hard work during this particular unit in science class.
Over the past few months the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Francis de Sales School have been creating career portfolios. The students have taken skills assessments, interest surveys, and career assessments. They have also learned about the values most employers want in an employee and have worked to set future career goals. With these career portfolios in mind, the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Francis de Sales recently visited local businesses in order to experience what they have been learning for the past few months. The students visited The Downtowner to learn more about the restaurant industry, listened to a presentation at Community Home Medical, learned valuable small business start-up tips at Studio 906, and toured Online Engineering. All of these visits have greatly assisted each student in the continuation of their career portfolios. The students would like to extend a huge thank you to each business for allowing the group to visit and learn more about what local businesses have to offer.
Recently 3rd – 8th grade students at St. Francis de Sales participated in the school’s 3rd Annual Michigan History Day competition. History Day is an annual academic competition that affords each student the chance to explore issues, ideas, people, and events in history that he/she finds interesting. After choosing a topic that fits with the yearly theme (this year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in history), the students must decide on a category to present the material. Students can present original dramatic performances, documentaries, websites, research papers, or exhibits. Upon choosing the topic and category the students then begin researching, organizing the information, developing a thesis, perfecting a process paper, and finishing with an annotated bibliography.
Michigan History Day, which is affiliated with National History Day, is a program of the Historical Society of Michigan and has four competition levels: (1) School Competition – this competition recently took place at St. Francis School (2) District Competition – Michigan is divided into 11 districts. The finalists at the school competition move on to the District 11 competition (3) State Competition – The top three entries in each category at the district competition get to move on to the state competition; this year the state competition is being held at Bay City Central High School on April 30, 2016 (4) National Competition – The top two entries in each category at the state level will have the opportunity to compete at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland-College Park near Washington, D.C.
St. Francis de Sales School will be sending four students to the state competition in Bay City this year. 1st place was Madison Zellar with her project on Madame Curie. 2nd place was Paige Rochefort with her project on Bergen Belsen, and 3rd place was Delaney Zellar presenting Jane Goodall. Jude Way took the top prize in the website category for his project on Voyager 2. The two honorable mentions were Carson Sprader depicting Operation Neptune Spear and Daniel Michalik and his project on Osama bin Laden.
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Mr. Erickson is entering his ninth year as a middle school educator. He was born and raised right here in Manistique. Upon graduating from Manistique High School he moved to Owosso, MI where he completed his undergraduate degree at Baker College. Later, he earned his Master's degree in School Leadership and Technology from Michigan State University. He taught for three years in a rural South Carolina district before coming back to Manistique. In 2013 Mr. and Mrs. Erickson welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl, into their home and lives.