Another Great Year for SMS at Regional Science Fair!

SMS Science Fair winnersTwelve of the St. Mary’s Science Fair winners participated in this year’s regional Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF).  Of the sixty-four projects in this year’s middle school science fair at St. Mary’s on February 22, fifteen received awards, making them eligible to enter SASEF at the University of Tennessee on March 27-29, 2018. Projects were divided into two categories, biological and physical sciences.
St. Mary’s is pleased to announce that our students received the following overall awards, certificates of excellence, honorable mentions, and special awards:

Overall SASEF Awards:

4th Place: Mateo Gorrondona – Solarly Tublar
5th Place: Amelia Van Berkel  Boiling Away Toxic Fracking Chemicals; Elizabeth Brands: Power My Life
Certificates of Excellence: Alyssa Shedlock: Mouse Meals Affect Wheels; Trey Phillips: Green and Clean: the Science of Filtering; Amelia Van Berkel; Elizabeth Brands; Ryan Rearden: Can Green Roofs Take the Heat; and Mateo Gorrondona
Honorable Mentions: Alex Eshleman: How to Maximize Root Growth; Charlie Goodwyn – How Far; Luca Filigenzi: 3-2-1 Launch

Special Awards:

Navy’s Office of Naval Research AwardMateo Gorrondona
Society of Automation Award: Mateo Gorrondona
Society of Women Engineers – Smoky Mountain Section AwardElizabeth Brands
Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers AwardElizabeth Brands
The SASEF is sponsored by the University of Tennessee and numerous local companies and agencies and draws students from 23 counties in East Tennessee.  The goal of the fair is to promote teaching the scientific method in science, engineering and math.  St. Mary’s students are recognized for multiple honors each year.
 

Winners Named in SMS Science Fair

Congratulations to our students in grades 6-8 who recently participated in the 2016 St. Mary’s Science Fair on February 18th.  Fifteen of those students received awards for their projects. The winners from each category of Physical and Biological science will attend the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF) at the University of Tennessee in April. We are so proud of the efforts of all of our young scientists!

Physical Science Fair winners (4)

Physical Science Fair Winners


Physical Sciences: 1st Sydney Mesmer, “Earth Lovin’ Oven”; 2nd Amelia Van Berkel, “Water, Water Everywhere, but not a Single Drop to Drink”; 3rd Sarah Tackett, “Pearly Whites”;  4th Ryan Rearden, “Do you hear what I hear?”; 5th Mateo Gorrondona,  “You Keep It a Little Warmer in Here” Honorable Mention:  Anna Kasemir, “World Wide Whisper”; Ryan Audet, “Ball Bearing and Magnets”
Biological Sciences: 1st Catelyn Krings, “All the Buzz”; 2nd Elizabeth Waltman, “Denature or Die: The Importance of Protein Denaturation for OAS sufferers”;  3rd Joseph Duhamel, “And the Eye Color Is?” ; 4th Ashlyn Riikola, “A Stomach’s Worst Enemy”;  5th Jacqueline Audet, “Is that cat fat?”;   Honorable Mention: Elliot Barnes, “Hot or Cold: Left or Right”; Paige Halcrow, “Bacteria Counts”; Emmett Brown, “Acid Rain Hurts”
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Biological Science Fair Winners

St. Mary’s Students Named to the All-East Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir

Honor Choir

SMS Music Teacher, Mrs. Carol Villaverde, McKenna Garibay, Sydney Mesmer, Marigrace Tidwell, Paige Halcrow, Molly Deinhart, Ethan Sherlock, Joshua Harris, Ian Kilevori, Not pictured: Anna Kasemir

St Mary’s School recently participated in the East Tennessee Vocal Association Honor Choir Event held on November 20th-21st in Chattanooga, TN. This year’s All-East Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir was made up of over 275 advanced 7th & 8th grade vocal students from 29 schools throughout East Tennessee. Other honor choirs at the event included 9th Grade Honor Choir, Women’s High School Honor Choir, Men’s High School Honor Choir, & the Mixed High School Honor Choir.

Students learned and memorized their voice part on five pieces of music prior to attending honors chorus. This year’s conductor was Deborah Dunne Sousa, Director of Music at the Episcopal School of Knoxville and Lecturer in Music Education at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches courses in elementary and middle school vocal music methods, supervises field experience and oversees student teachers and interns in elementary and middle school vocal music education. Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade students for such an accomplishment!
St. Mary’s School is located in Oak Ridge, about 15 minutes outside of Knoxville. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the school is known for its excellent math, technology & science programs, as well as small class sizes, individualized instruction, athletic programs & after-school care. For more information about the school, staff, and student body, please visit www.stmarysoakridge.org.

St. Mary’s Students Give Generously to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry

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St. Mary’s School Student Council presents a check to Mrs. Mary Ann Gubanc for St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. Mrs. Kim Bellofatto, Assistant Principal is pictured left along with Sister Marie Blanchette, O.P. Principal, right.


 
St. Mary’s School students and faculty gathered on Monday, November 30th for an all school assembly to share some great news with St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.
Student Council President Elizabeth Waltman opened the ceremony by congratulating the students on their accomplishment in surpassing their goal for collecting food items in November. She then addressed Mary Ann Gubanc, Coordinator of St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, telling her that the Student Council was saddened to hear that the Food Pantry was not able to offer holiday baskets for the Thanksgiving season due to lack of funds.
The Student Council decided that they needed to do something to make sure that the Christmas baskets would happen. They set a very lofty goal of collecting as a school 2,015 items (for the 2015 school year) to replenish the Food Pantry. Elizabeth was excited to announce that the school had exceeded their goal, collecting 2,325 items with the support of the St. Mary’s Religious Education program and interested parishioners who came to the school daily to drop off food. In addition, the students at SMS had recently participated in a Silver Coin Challenge to raise money for charity. Student Council proposed giving the funds raised this year with St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. By unanimous vote, St. Mary’s students agreed and the Student Council was able to present a check for $1,859.85!
DSC_0618 goodMrs. Gubanc shared with the children that the Food Pantry had decided that they would not be able to include meat certificates in the Christmas baskets this year, but because of St. Mary’s School’s generosity, they will be able to offer the certificates. She said, “Because of what you have done here, which is amazing for children so young, you have had a direct impact on many, many families.” St. Joseph’s Food Pantry is serving approximately 500 people each month.
St. Mary’s is an award-winning Catholic school, founded in 1950, that offers Pre-K-8th grade classes. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the school is known for its excellent math, technology & science programs, as well as small class sizes, individualized instruction, athletic programs & after-school care. Please schedule a tour to learn more about our programs and extra-curricular activities. Phone: (865) 483-9700.

St. Mary’s School (Oak Ridge) Receives $10,000 Physical Education Grant

St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge was honored to be selected as one of twenty Tennessee middle schools to have been awarded a 2015 Shape the State grant to improve its physical education program. The grant, valued at $10,000 is funded by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. Ms. Ashley Williams, BlueCross BlueShield of TN visited St. Mary’s School on Wednesday to present the $10,000 check to Sister Marie Blanchette, OP, Principal and Mrs. Shannon Adcock, Athletic Director. Mrs. Adcock also received a check for $1,000 to spend at her discretion for PE, nutrition and wellness efforts. SMS Photo 3
According to the state Department of Health, about 40 percent of Tennessee children are overweight or obese. Obesity dramatically increases a person’s risk for dangerous health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The Shape the State grants continue a longstanding practice of BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation’s supporting efforts to fight childhood obesity in the state.
Mrs. Adcock and other Shape the State grant winners recently gathered for training from SPARK professionals on using the program with their students. Additionally, they have received complete SPARK curriculum materials, as well as accompanying exercise equipment.
SPARK was launched in 1989 after being developed by researchers at San Diego State University. Since then, its evidence-based curriculum has been used in public schools, YMCAs and other settings across the nation.
St. Mary’s is an award-winning Catholic school, founded in 1950, that offers Pre-K-8th grade classes. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the school is known for its excellent math, technology & science programs, as well as small class sizes, individualized instruction, athletic programs & after-school care. Please schedule a tour to learn more about our programs and extra-curricular activities. Phone: (865) 483-9700.

St. Mary’s (Oak Ridge) Lady Crusaders Varsity Volleyball Team Crowned Season and Tournament Champions for the Third Consecutive Year

VB ChampsThe Knoxville Independent School League (K.I.S.L.) held its annual Volleyball Tournament last week at St. Joseph’s School with the finals being held on Friday, October 2nd.
The St. Mary’s varsity volleyball team from Oak Ridge took first place in the regular season and swept the tournament securing their 3rd consecutive Championship.
“We never dropped a set” said Coach Rob Halcrow beaming with excitement. “A THREE-PEAT! We couldn’t be happier to have won both the season and tournament for the last three years”, he added.
Coach Laura McKenna said, “Their hard work paid off big-time. This is a fabulous group of girls that gave it their all on and off the court”.
VB Father SheltonWhen asked how they did it, coach Halcrow had this to say… “Dedication from everyone involved. The tremendous job of our athletic director; giving us the support we needed to be successful, each player’s willingness to commit to every practice and game without fail, and our wonderful parents who without their support none of this would be possible.”
 
St. Mary’s Catholic School is located in Oak Ridge and was established in 1950 to provide a Christ-centered education to students in Pre-K through the 8th grade. For more information about our school, please call (865) 483-9700 or visit www.stmarysoakridge.org.

St. Mary’s School Dedicates a Beautiful Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe

St. Mary’s Church and School in Oak Ridge celebrated Mass on Sunday, September 13th with a special blessing and dedication of a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The statue from Mexico was donated by Tomás and Bertalilia Léon of St. Mary’s Church in Jackson Tennessee. Sister Mary Rebekah, O.P., middle school religion and history teacher, maintains a relationship with the Léon family from her previous teaching role at St. Mary’s School in Jackson. She commented, “The Léon Family has always graciously supported the efforts of the Dominican Sisters.”
In preparation for the special day, members of the Knights of Columbus made an “Ark of the Covenant” to carry the statue from the church to the school. After Mass, the statue was mounted by the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard as the entire congregation processed through the school to the main entry foyer for a special dedication and placing of flowers at Our Lady’s feet. Over 250 parishioners and guests continued the celebration in the gym with live music and delicious food. Sister Marie Blanchette, O.P. Principal of St. Mary’s School described the moment, “It was a day rich in God’s blessings. It was beautiful to see the whole parish come together to honor the Mother of God. The devotion and love for Our Lady were tangible. From now on when someone walks in the doors of St. Mary’s School, the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe will serve as a reminder of the love Mary and her Son has for each of us. What a blessing to our school and parish community!”
St. Mary’s Catholic School is located in Oak Ridge and was established in 1950 to provide a Christ-centered education to students in Pre-K through the 8th grade. For more information about St. Mary’s School, please call (865) 483-9700 or visit www.stmarysoakridge.org.

St. Mary’s Brings Home the Gold for the Second Consecutive Year

Several area middle schools were invited to Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) on Aug. 15 to participate in the 2015 KCHS Volleyball Feeder Fest Tournament.
The tournament lasted more than eight hours, with some teams playing up to six games each. The Varsity volleyball team from St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge took first place in the overall pool and continued its winning streak through the finals, securing its second consecutive Feeder Fest championship.
The St. Mary’s Junior Varsity team also did very well, as they took first place in their pool and second overall in the finals. Both teams are coached by Laura McKenna and Rob Halcrow.
Coach McKenna said, “Both the JV and Varsity teams have exceeded expectations in play, team bonding and sportsmanship. The girls have laid a strong foundation for another spectacular season. As a coach, I could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication the team has shown and I look forward to helping the girls gain confidence in their volleyball skills and grow on and off the court.”
Coach Halcrow said, “They did GREAT! This says a lot about our training program. We are the second smallest school in the Knoxville Independent School League, so we rarely make cuts. Pretty much if you show up to tryouts you’re in. I’m very proud of every player.”
St. Mary’s Catholic School is located in Oak Ridge and was established in 1950 to provide a Christ-centered education to students in Pre-K through the 8th grade. For more information about St. Mary’s School, please call (865) 483-9700 or visit www.stmarysoakridge.org.

St. Mary’s School Wins Elementary Award for Street Painting Festival

St. Mary’s School wins the Elementary School Award for the “Tree of Life” chalk drawing at the Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.
Congratulations to Mrs. Lowden and students Jean, Marigrace, Breea, Brock, Sophie, Ethan, Sofia, Emma, Emery, and Anna on a job well done!
A very special thank you to Mrs. Amy Schoenthaler for directing the students’ work.
St. Mary's School Wins Street Painting Award
 

St. Mary’s School Varsity Volleyball Team Named 2014 KISL Champions for the Second Year in a Row

St. Mary’s School Varsity Volleyball team has again been crowned the Overall Knoxville Independent School League Champions for the 2014 season.
St. Mary's School Volleyball Champions
The varsity team was the undefeated season champions in regular season play, won first place in the tournament, and ended the season as KISL champions with a record of 17 wins and no losses. Coach Halcrow said, “Our season began on a great note winning Gold at the KCHS Feeder Fest.  This only motivated the girls to work harder in the gym during our short season. As a coach I couldn’t be happier with the result.”