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2016-2017

Grade 4 Social Studies Project

For their final Social Studies project students in 4-A and 4-B presented "Notable New Jerseyans."  People with a strong connection to New Jersey were researched.  Students wrote "autobiographies' of these notable personalities ending with "who am I?'  To make the project more interesting, some students chose to wear costumes, hats or even facial hair!  Our New Jersey personalities ranged from Clara Maass to Judy Blume, Grover Cleveland to Yogi Berra, Lucy Stone to Christine Todd Whitman and many more!

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STREAM Competition

On May 10th, several of our 6th-8th grade girls were invited to Holy Angels Academy in Demarest to participate in their STREAM Competition (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math.)  This year’s theme is "Music in Water.” 8th graders: Claire Cabanatan, Adrianna Cruz, Angela Mikelinich and Kimberly Lapola as well as 7th graders: Sophia Gonzalez, Erin Miskell and Anh Tran placed 2nd in the 8th and 7th grade division respectively. Allison Zambrano, Sara Tan, Liana Minichini and Faith Criscione placed first in the 6th grade division.  Congratulations to all!  

 

GSA Choir ranked Superior

The GSA Choir, Voci!, was awarded the rank of “Superior” at the 7th Annual iSing Festival.  64 students of the choir participated.  Congratulations to Ms. DeVone and to all the students.  

NJHS offers Easter Baskets

Members of our National Junior Honor Society made Easter baskets for the retired sisters at Villa Walsh in Morristown.  The baskets were handmade and filled with edible treats, donated by middle school students.   Together with parent volunteers and Mrs. Metallo, the students delivered the baskets on Good Friday.  It was a great experience for our students as they brought smiles and made Easter brighter for the sisters.  Click here for photos.

GSA wins 2017 Catholic Challenge

Congratulations to 7th grader Christian Hui for winning 1st place in the 2017 Catholic Challenge sponsored by the Archdiocese of Newark.  Students from other schools squared off "Jeopardy style" demonstrating their knowledge of faith, doctrine and church history.  Congratulations also to the other GSA team members, Candice Davila, Angela Mikelinich and Selena Kossup, who was a finalist in the last round of the competition.  Thank you to Mrs. Metallo for her time and dedication in our Religion Club and preparing the students for the challenge.

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6th Grader wins NJ Men's Gymnastics State Championship

Congratulations to Bobby Alessio for winning the All-Around Level 8 in the 2017 NJ Men’s Gymnastics State Championships held at Bloomfield High School last weekend. He placed 1st in all six events.  

Valentines for Veterans

Students from 3rd to 8th grade made Valentine cards for Veterans.  Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Commander Jack Kane of the Nutley VFW and Field Representative Nick D’Alessio visited our school and picked up the cards.  The cards were personally delivered to local VFW men and women.  Our third graders made a hit when they read a few of the cards to our guests.  

 

GSA Welcomes Students from Phoenix Center

Good Shepherd Academy students and staff welcome Phoenix Center students this past December for a friendly game of dodge ball, soccer and volleyball.  Carmine Colasurdo, GSA Physical Education teacher, headed the challenging, competitive, friendly games enjoyed by all.  Phoenix Center is a not-for-profit school serving the educational, behavioral and therapeutic needs of students ages 5-21 with autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral and intellectual disabilities.  

NJHS holds Toy Drive

On December 22, members of the GSA National Junior Honor Society delivered boxes of toys collected at school to the Center for Hope and Safety located in Rochelle Park.  The organization was thrilled to receive such generous donations.  The students collected, sorted and delivered the packages, that were to be distributed to those in need on Friday December 23rd, in time for Christmas.

Christmas STEM Project 

Students in Grade 3A participate in a STEM project: Creating Gingerbread Houses.  They did very well, with only one mishap!  Merry Christmas to all!

  

Hour of Code

Our students are once again participating in the worldwide Hour of Code™!

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code™, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-11). We have already joined more than 100 million students worldwide who tried an Hour of Code™.

With the Hour of Code™, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code™. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

“The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.” “The Hour of Code™ is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket science—anybody can learn the basics," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. "

When they finish each tutorial, the students earn a certificate. The Hour of Code™ is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications.

Please click this link to view photos of our excited and engaged students!

Sumdog’s Essex County Math Contest Results are in!

For the first time, a class in our school was the overall winner in the contest! Grade 4 was the class that scored the highest throughout the contest. As a result, GSA earned 30 free student subscriptions/memberships to allow access to all of Sumdog’s available games.

GSA also had six students who earned Sumdog’s Certificate of Merit for placing in the top 10! The top ten students are based on the number of questions answered correctly in the contest. (The maximum score is 1000.)

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Catarina Pita               Grade 4           1st place with a score of 995 correct answers
  • Sharon Pinto               Grade 3           2nd place - 994
  • Monet Nikolic             Grade 4           4th place - 955
  • Jerruel Cabalfin           Grade 2             6th place - 940                    
  • Katherine Tan             Grade 4           9th place – 919
  • Ysabelle Frum             Grade 3           10th place - 919

We also had an additional twenty-two students who placed in the top 50!

Approx. 70 GSA students from grades 2-7 participated on their own time. 461 students from 40 classes participated from throughout the county during the contest which was held from October 14 – 20 at Sumdog’s website, http://www.sumdog.com/.

SUMDOG Update:  Some of our students chose to participate in Sumdog's National Holiday Math Contest.  Our own Sharon Pinto from Grade 3A came in 8th place with a score of 994 out of a possible 1000.  Approximately 116,000 students from around the country participated.  Congratulations Sharon!

Girl Scout Cadets receive Red Cross Babysitter Training Certificate
 
On October 15th four of the Girl Scout cadets, Emily Capezio, Audrey Gailus, Stella Halpin and Valeria Idrovo, attended a Red Cross babysitter training in Fairfield.  This along with their American Heart Association first aid/CPR/AED certification make them ready to start their own little business!
 
 
Celebrating Archbishop Meyers
 
Sr. Jane, together with select 8th grade students, presented Archbishop Meyers a spiritual bouquet as he celebrates his 75th birthday, 50 years as a priest and 15 years as Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese.
 
 
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Girl Scouts on First Aid & CPR Training

Incoming 7th graders attended a First Aid/CPR/AED training by the American Heart Association.  They earned their Girl Scout Cadette First Aid badge. Jennifer Portorreal, Stella Marie Halpin, Emily Capezio, Audrey Gailus, Valeria Idrovo and Makayla Tramutola are members of Troop 20638.  Membership is open and ongoing. The scout year runs from October to September. The girls are working on their babysitting badge and their trailblazing badge.

 

Incoming 8th Graders graduate from the Belleville Jr. Police Academy

GSA students, Carmela Alessio, Selena Kossup and Mavi Ligaya, graduated from the Belleville Jr Police Academy on Friday, July 15. It was a great experience and accomplishment for these girls. Congratulations! #gsalife #gsapride

6th grader Audrey Gailus placed 3rd in "What the American Flag Means to Me" contest

Audrey Gailus represented Good Shepherd Academy (Nutley) as the 2016 third place winner in the St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus Council #2188 "What the American Flag Means to Me" contest. The judges read through all 67 submissions during the selection process, and all made the same selections. They remarked at how the winning entries gave them confidence in our country's future, and how they truly enjoyed reading them.

The first place winner was Lindsay Hoffman of Trinity Academy (Caldwell), and the second place winner was Natalia Goss of Aquinas Academy (Livingston).

 

Second Graders publish their 1st book

Congratulations  to our second graders for publishing their very first book!  Students chose their favorite season and wrote a free-verse poem highlighting the five senses.  All illustrations were also drawn by the students.

Outstanding Catholic School Graduate

Congratulations to Amritha PManojkumar, a recipient of the Outstanding Catholic School Graduate award, for her academic achievements and bearing witness to her faith.

 

GSA places first at STREAM Competition

A team of 8th graders, Jaida Diaz, Isabelina Gamboa, Alexa Perez and Amritha PManojkumar, from Good Shepherd Academy in Nutley won 1st  place at the Academy of the Holy Angels's STREAM competition held on April 27.  Their topic, "Green is the new black," showcased how to make clothes out of recycled materials.  They used old clothes to make new clothes.    STREAM stands for Science + Technology + Religion + Engineering + Art + Math.


 

 

NJHS Members Host Baby Drive

Members of the National Junior Honor Society hosted a baby drive and prepared all collected items.  They distributed baskets full of baby items to the mothers in need at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne.

 

Plant Daffodils Project by 2B

Students from Grade 2B planted daffodil bulbs in the Fall.  Look at how the daffodils have grown:

Fall:

 

Spring:

 

GSA wins Pi Day Competition

Congratulations to 7th graders, Carmela Alessio, Vivian Li, Mavi Ligaya, and Alisha Veera, who competed with other schools and won the Inaugural Pi (3.14) Day Competition sponsored by De Paul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ.  They solved all four mathematical problems using Pi formulas correctly.  Each won a gift card and a certificate. GSA also received a gift card and a giant chip message cookie.

2nd Graders Study Earth's Weather

Class 2A is studying the Earth's weather.   The children have learned all about the water cycle and are in the process of conducting an experiment to observe how heat causes water to evaporate.  Our water cycle experiment is currently hanging in our classroom windows waiting for sunshine!

 

Sumdog’s Essex County Math Contest Results are in again!

Our students from grades 1-6 participated on their own time and Grades 1-3 logged on during their computer classes as well. 663 students participated from throughout the county during the contest which was held from February 5 – 11 via Sumdog’s website, http://www.sumdog.com/.

GSA had seven students who earned Sumdog’s Certifcate of Merit for placing in the top 10! The top ten students are based on the number of questions answered correctly in the contest. (The maximum score is 1000.) Congratulations to the following students:

  • Catarina Pita              Grade 3           1st place with a score of 991 correct answers
  • Nicholas Beyer           Grade 6           2nd place - 985
  • Sharon Pinto              Grade 2           3rd place - 984
  • Andrew Villaruel          Grade 6           6th place - 968
  • Nicholas Mendez        Grade 6           7th place - 953
  • Leah Lorent                Grade 1           8th place - 940
  • Katherine Tan             Grade 3           9th place - 937

GSA also had an additional fifteen students who placed in the top 50!

 

Gifts for Kindergartners

Students in the 8th grade put together a special Christmas gift for each of their "Kindergarten Buddies." They recorded their voices reading aloud a favorite children's book, burned a CD, and created a CD label in Computers.
 
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Hour of Code

Our students are once again participating in the worldwide Hour of Code™!

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code™, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13).

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

When they finish each tutorial, the students earns a certificate. The Hour of Code™ is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications.

Click here to view pictures.

Grade 3A Science Experiment

The students were "archeologists" looking for "chocolate chips" in their cookies.  They were trying their best to remove them in whole pieces.  They used toothpicks [tools] and small paintbrushes to wipe away the "crumbs" [debris].  Afterwards, they enjoyed the sweet reward!

  

  

 

Kindergarten Buddy Program

The program promotes a favorable school atmosphere.  Kindergartners and 8th graders get together throughout the school year to do activities.  The younger students develop a sense of trust and familiarity around older kids, who can seem intimidating at first.  It also helps the older students understand their responsibility in being role models for younger children.  As part of the Halloween festivities, the eight graders made artificial minion pumpkins and gave to their Kindergarten buddies at the Halloween party.

  

 

 


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