My Favorite Part of Race Day
Race Day is important so the school can get money. We cannot run out of money! ~ Declan M. 3rd
My favorite thing on Race Day was seeing Ramy. ~ Stanley B. 4K
My favorite part of Race Day was actually running! ~ Kate M. 6th
I loved the hot dogs! ~ Allie B. 4th
Spending time with my friends. ~ Ronan M. 1st
What I liked about Race Day was the ice cream and the music. I liked the music because it got me pumped up to run. ~ Blakely A. 3rd
My favorite part of race day was running with Mary! ~ Emmie R. Kindergarten
My favorite thing on Race Day was seeing my mommy. ~ Josie B. 4K
Running was my favorite because I reached my goal! ~ Allison E. 4th
The best part of race day was getting to be out of uniform. ~ Maggie W. 6th
Something I liked about Race Day was my mom and dad cheering for me. Something I will remember is the teachers clipping my card. ~ Hazel S. 3rd
It was exciting, and I loved seeing the RAM Mascot. ~ Hallie M. 8th
Running laps and raising money for the school. ~ Mark O. 1st
My favorite part of Race Day was running with my friends! ~ Rose V. 7th
My favorite part of Race this year was the D.J.! ~ Taylor P. 6th
I will remember Race Day because of the hot dogs and Oreo ice cream bars. They were sooooo good! ~ William R. 3rd
This was the most fun I have had in the gym EVER! I thought it was going to be boring, you know, but it was so much fun. I got many more laps than I would have outside. I liked the walk lane and the run lane. ~ Audrey E. 5th
When I was running and then my mom caught up and passed me. ~ Annie A. 1st
My favorite part of the day was having a picnic with my friends at lunch! ~ Aiden W. 3rd
Running to get the most hole punches was my favorite part of race day! ~ Easton G. Kindergarten
My favorite part of Race Day was walking and talking with my friends. ~ Hayden Z. 7th
On Race Day we had to run in the gym. It was different but I was okay with it and still had fun. After my class ran, I also got to run with my 7th grade buddy. I had fun at Race Day! ~ Amelia G. 3rd
My favorite thing on Race Day was suggesting music to the D.J.! ~ Matthew J. 4th
I liked eating with my mom at the picnic. I really liked the ice cream! I chose a purple popsicle! ~ Isa Q. Kindergarten
My favorite part of this year's Race Day was running with my friends. We loved singing to the songs while we ran ~ Genevieve G. 7th
I got to exercise with people I don't get to exercise with every day. ~ Faith B. 2nd
My favorite part of the day was eating ice cream! ~ Gavin B. 3rd
I had more fun running with Mr. Danny and my mom in the gym. ~ Dean D. 7th
My favorite part of race day was running and then getting ice cream. ~ Posey C. 1st
The DJ was good and the music was great! ~ Daniel H. 8th
My favorite part of race day was getting to do laps without walking! ~ Giovanni B. 2nd
My favorite part of the day was getting to be out of uniform! ~ Jackson T. 3rd
The best part of race day was eating lunch together in the gym. ~ Alice H. 6th
I ran so fast after the first lap, that I felt like I was the top of the world. I liked that they played the Mario Cart music. That really helped boost my energy. ~ Chase F. 5th
I liked running and Karlee's brother Paul was even running in front of me! I liked that my dad surprised me after the picnic because he was out of town! ~ Hadley J. Kindergarten
My favorite part of the day was competing for most laps! ~ Adrian E. 3rd
It was great and memorable! ~ Taylor L. 8th
My Favorite April Fool's Prank
For April Fool’s Day, I would drop a giant water balloon on my friend's car. The water balloon will be on top of a building. I would wait for him to pull into the spot. He will get out of his car, and then I would release the balloon. He would see the water balloon burst all over his car! ~ Grant
On April Fool’s Day, people like to prank other people, but my prank was to prank my dogs. I would make a fake squirrel filled with confetti and peanut butter. When one of my dogs, Sparky, notices it he will run at it full speed. My other dog, Daisy, will follow, and they will begin chomping on it, Confetti will explode in their faces. ~ Jack K.
On April 1, 2023, it is April Fool's Day. I have this elaborate plan made to trick my friends. I plan on doing this prank where I’m going to buy a huge teddy bear, big enough for me to fit in. I’m going to take all the stuffing out, and I'm going to get inside of it. After I get inside it, my friend will stuff the teddy bear as much as possible with the stuffing and zip it back up. When my friends walk in one by one, they will be surprised by the teddy bear. They will sit there waiting for me. All of a sudden, I, the bear, begin to move. One friend thought they saw me, the bear, This shocked all my friends. Then I got up and chased them. They were so surprised I had pulled this plan off. They said this was one of the best pranks ever. Happy April Fools. ~ Stratton
April Fool's Day is celebrated on April 1st each year. It is celebrated by playing pranks on other people. One epic April Fool's prank would be an unplanned game of hide and seek. The night before you write a note explaining the game of hide and seek. You then also hide in your planned place which will be hard for people to find you. In the morning, they wake up and see the note and not you. They will begin to look for you. You should also move around to different spots sneakily, so you are not easily found. Once they begin to get freaked out you jump out of your hiding place and yell, “April Fools!” ~ Maliyah
April 1st, also known as April Fool’s Day, is a day to play tricks and pranks. This prank may be a bit extreme but that's what makes it epic! To pull off this prank you need help from someone or a few people. Before you begin, make sure this person has tiles. The prank may take a while so make sure the person you are pranking is distracted for a bit. First, you’ll need to remove whoever's mattress you’re going to prank. Switch out the mattress for a kiddie swimming pool, making sure it's a similar size to his or her bed. Fill the kiddie pool with water but don't overfill it. Put back on the sheets and covers of the bed trying your best to make it look as it was before. I recommend taking a picture of the bed before just to be sure it looks right. Also, make sure that the person’s room has doesn't have anything in it that can be damaged by water to remove it. Once the prank is set, get the person in the room. When they jump on the bed, he or she will go into the pool instead. April Fools! ~ Sophiana
April Fool's Day is on April 1. One epic prank would be telling your sibling that they have school when it is a holiday. You need to tell them that they have school if they do not believe you, it's all a part of the plan. Then you go to an online paper like Google Docs and turn it into an email that looks like it came from the principal. Show them the email and if they STILL don't believe you, do one more step. Have someone act like they are the principal and call and tell them that there is school. That's an epic April fool's prank. ~ Gage
This April 1st I will attempt to scare my brother. First, I will change the alarm on my Amazon echo to wake him up. Next, I will grab my life-sized joker cardboard cutout. After that, I will make sure I have everything ready. Then, I will wait for the alarm to go off. Finally, the alarm will go off, and put the cardboard cutout beside his bed. It will be the first thing he sees, and I will scare my brother! This is my April Fool’s Day prank. ~ Calen
April Fool's Day is on April 1st. On that day people normally prank their mom, dad, siblings, friends, and family. One epic prank is the beach towel prank. This year I'm doing this prank while I am at the beach. I will be digging a big hole and putting a towel over it. When sister lies on the towel, she will fall into the hole. It will be very funny! ~ Alandria
I would start off the day by pranking someone by putting egg yolks into some orange juice and telling him to drink it. Another thing I would do is by making a metal whistle and put it on my Dad’s truck exhaust pipe making it go whistling down the road. The next thing I would do is put a string attached to the bathroom sink handle and when whoever went to wash their hand first would get covered in feathers and confetti. These are the pranks I would do on April Fool's Day. ~ Rush
One epic prank is having a big water balloon drop on you. I will be pranking my sister by getting her outside and dropping a water balloon on her. I found a balloon big enough to put water in it. After putting water in the balloon, I’ll place it down somewhere she won’t see it. I will be on the top of my deck. When she walks out, I will drop the balloon on her. April Fool’s!! ~ Kelly
Each year on April 1st, people do pranks. One epic prank is to put dye in gum. You could get a block of gum that is colored and put dye in it. I would bring the gum to school. Everyone loves gum. Ask people if they would like to try this new gum. When they start chewing it, their teeth will become the color of the dye! When they smile, all you will see is the color of the dye. It will stay on until it wears off ~ Bryant Luke
April Fool's Day is on April 1st and people prank their friends and family. This year I have an idea of the most epic prank ever. I’m going to use my old slime tools to make a bucket of slime. To make the slime I need glue and contact solution. Once I make the bucketful of slime, I'm going to put it at the top of the door. My brother always goes to the bathroom in the morning, so when he walks in, he will get splashed with slime. He’s going to shower the slime off so next, I’m going to fill his shampoo bottle with hair dye, specifically the color pink, a bright pink. He will have bright pink hair for a while. This prank will be my best! ~ Rylie
April 1st is one of the most widely celebrated unofficial holidays. One idea for an epic April Fool’s Day Prank would be bringing a fart machine to school. I would start playing it whenever the teacher started talking. I think this would be an epic prank to pull anywhere, but it would be the funniest at school.
April Fool’s ~ James R.
One student at Holy Rosary decided to pull a prank on April 1st, 2023. A student wanted to pull an epic prank, so he decided to put sticky notes in one of his teacher's rooms. He decided to put sticky notes all over her desk, so she could not even see them! Her desk and chair were covered. That was epic. He said, “April Fool’s”. ~ Dean
April 1st is April Fool’s Day. This April Fools I’m going to scare my little brother by wearing a mask, turning off the lights, and hiding behind the door. I’m going to call him and then hide. When he comes inside, he will be confused and doesn’t know where I am. I am going to jump out and scream his name in a scary way. After that, I’m going to chase him and say, “I’m going to take you with me.” I am going to have traps set up with pictures of scary creatures around the living room and my room. My mom will probably get mad at me for pranking my little brother. I think it will be the best prank I’ve done on my little brother, and I think it will be worth it. ~ Yasiel
April Fool’s Day is the first day of April. One epic prank would be to fake spray paint my Dad’s Mustang. First, I will buy some fake spray paint or car sticker paint. While my dad is at work, I will start spray painting my dad mustang. When My Dad got home, he went to the garage to see the mustang and then he saw the spray-painted mustang. He will be so mad until I tell him it was a prank. He would be mad at me, but he was happy his mustang was not destroyed. This would be an epic prank. ~ Hayden
My victim would be my brother, Emiliano. In the morning, I would wait until he left his room for breakfast so l could put a banana peel inside his room. After breakfast, I would run to my room to watch it happen. Emiliano would go into his room and slip on the banana peel. Furious, he would run into my room to get me and then run into some invisible tape. He would go into the supply closet to get some scissors, which will cause a bucket filled with water balloons to fall on him. He will get soaked and the floor will get slippery. He will slip and fall, and I will laugh so hard, I might run out of air. Then, I would say “April Fools." ~ Miguel
April Fool’s Day is on April 1, and people prank each other in wacky ways. One epic prank would be to make every seat in a room whoopi cushioned secretly and camouflage them so nobody could see them. My friends and I were pulling a prank on the school. Our plan was to boobytrap every seat in our homeroom for April 1st. We would sneak into the school with our bags full of whoopi cushions and plant them on every seat but with a special device that camouflaged them. The way it worked would be to have a plate on the seat connected to a pressure sensor with the whoopie cushion on the bottom. The way it works is when the pressure sensor feels a certain amount of force it would open the whoopie cushions opening and make the fart noise. As people started to sit down for class we heard a beautiful noise, the whoopie cushion sound. When we went into the classroom, we saw confused students. The April fool’s prank was the greatest of all time. ~ Charlie
This year I will have an Epic April Fool’s Day prank. I will go to a store and buy all of their cheapest toilet paper. Then I would go to the biggest neighborhood I could find and roll every house. Every inch of the yard would be covered in each house. It would look like it was covered in snow. After I rolled the houses, I would get their garden hoses and spray the water on the toilet paper to make it stick to the trees and make it harder to get down. ~ Thomas D.
My April Fool’s prank this year will be epic! It will start the day before when I go to Kroger. I will buy my supplies. First, I buy icing and replace the toothpaste with icing. I put the icing in the toothpaste bottle and then wait until my parents brushed their teeth. I woke up to my mom screaming asking who messed up the toothpaste. I then ran to the bathroom and said April Fools! My mom joined my team, and we waited for my dad to brush his teeth. He brushed his teeth and spit it out! Then my mom and I screamed, “April Fools"! ~ Preston
April Fools is a day when people play pranks on their friends and family. It takes place on April 1st. I love April Fool’s Day. This year I am going to fill up the whole house with balloons so nobody can see anything. I am going to do it after everyone goes to sleep and then they will be surprised in the morning. Everyone will get up and step on the balloons. The balloon will pop and scare them! It will take a lot of time and effort, but I am willing to do it. ~ Levi
I'm known for always going the extra mile on April Fools. This year, I have something even bigger planned. I want to prank not just some random kids from my class. I want to prank all Middle School. I was going to pretend to be a substitute teacher for the sick teacher. It was brilliant! My new friend was going to help with the outfit, makeup, and the complications with the principal. I came into the school and announced that I was the substitute teacher. I went upstairs to Middle School. I introduced myself and taught classes. I did it; no one knew it was me. I fooled everyone! ~ Rose
One epic prank is putting multiple dolls in the cabinets and acting like they are teleporting the pop confetti canon. I will set this prank up by putting voices in the dolls in each cabinet to act like they are moving. Then make the voices circle around them. In the morning I will close the blinds so it will be dark and once someone walks in my prank will start. They will look around for the noise. Once they get close. I make another talk. I will make this a repeating cycle until they are in the middle of the room. Then I will pop out and say, “April Fool’s Day!” with a confetti canon and run away so I don’t get chased. ~ Jacob
April Fools’ Day has been celebrated for centuries with funny jokes, but I had something better in mind. This was a great day; I was going to trick my dad. He woke up one morning late after I had turned off his alarm. I switched the times in the house. Everyone had left to think he was alone. My dad decided to run some errands, yet all the stores were closed. He tried to call Joseph, my mom, and me but no one answered. He went to the gym again, but no one was there. It was “closed.” Something seemed off to him though, all of the places said “OPEN” in bold letters. He wondered what had happened. What was going on? He went home, and we were all asleep. I woke up and said, “April Fools!” ~ Marie
Just in on YouTube News…..April 1st, 2023: Ohio has seceded, yes seceded from the US. “We will work hard to keep it contained.” said current US President Joe Biden. “They will invade the world if we don’t stop them”, said music artist, now prime minister of Canada, Drake. “We were tired of the US oppressing our Ohioan heritage,” said Lebron James, the now president of Ohio. “We’re going to take over the world.” said famous Ohio resident Logan Paul. Ohio has now declared war on the entire world, and it will be a hard-fought war. Please support us in our fight against Ohio and all its tomfoolery. April Fools! ~ Jack H.
It was April 1st, April Fool’s Day. My siblings and I were planning to prank my mom and youngest brother. While setting up the Oreos filled with toothpaste, my sister poured out the Windex and fills it with blue Gatorade to match the color. I then move on to putting clear tape around the door, so Ryan will walk into it. We had set it up so perfectly. When the time came for them to come into the house, I opened the door and water fell on my head. My sister slips on soap on the floor, and my brother opened a box and fake cockroaches flew out at him. Ryan and my mom had pranked us. It was the best April Fools' Day ever, and I can’t wait to have another one. ~ Lissie
It’s the first of April, prank day, and we have it all planned out. We have four trucks filled with toilet paper rolls. We put two people in each truck and drive them to each side of the house. We got some toilet paper launchers from Amazon that we loaded into the trucks because none of us could throw a roll of toilet paper over the whole building. We loaded the launchers at 3:00 and waited. At exactly 3:10 we started blasting toilet paper all over the White House. We covered it in so much toilet paper, that security could not get to us! As we drive away, I look back at the mess and laugh. Happy April Fool's Day! ~ James B.
April first is considered April Fool’s Day, where people play funny pranks on each other, one year following the next. After Easter, my family and I always have chocolate left over, and I am going to use that to my advantage. I was thinking I would take the chocolate out of the foil and replace it with a grape instead. Then, I would fill the candy bags with plastic cockroaches, and I would complete it with the shock things, and it would surely get them. When they get home from school or anywhere they have been, I will offer them one of the “chocolates”. ~ Genna
On April Fool’s Day, I switched my brother's protein bars with dog treats. By taking out the bars from the wrappers and putting them in containers. Then I put the dog treats in the wrappers and sealed them. When he came back from his workout, he ate one of them, and he was disgusted. Then I came out from behind the door and said April Fools! ~ Thomas H.
April Fool’s Day is a day in the year when people prank each other. I personally do not like April Fool’s Day AT all, and it's all because of my aunt. My aunt is completely coo-coo. When my mom was a child, she said how the whole day of the year she was completely harassed by her all day. Every time she visits, she does it to us. It was so bad last year we said if she did it again, she'd be banned from ever visiting us again. So this year, I have a plan to completely ban her from my house forever by making everyone think my aunt did a lot these pranks. I got my parent’s mattress and put in the pool. When they got into bed, they'd freak out and fall into the pool. Then I’d put silly string all over each doorway so people would walk into the silly string. I will take the extra step to get some clothes ONLY my aunt would wear like feathered scarfs and put glitter in them. Then I set up my room to have soap and water all over again to make it look like I was fooled too. I did kind of enjoy pranking my family. ~ Ireland
April 1st is considered April Fool’s Day. This is the story of the most epic prank of them all. I got a doll head and an RC car, and I put them together to make an automated RC car. When I heard my dad call that he was off the call, we were free to come downstairs. I then moved downstairs and planted the car in his drawer. I then hurried back upstairs and waited for him to sit back down. When I heard him sit back down, I sat in my room and got on the controls. I went forward a bit to move the drawer. He immediately checked the drawer it was in, and I turned the car on and drove out of the drawer. My dad almost fell out of his chair, and I came down and asked what the problem was. He said that there was a doll car that drove out of his drawer. I pulled out the controller, and it drove to me as I screamed “APRIL FOOLS!” ~ Cooper
On April Fools people play jokes and pranks on each other which usually are funny. One epic April Fool's prank is that one time I paid the news to prank my sister Marie. I went to the local news headquarters and gave them most of my money to prank my sister. I told them that I needed a breaking news article about how jeeps, Marie's favorite car, were being banned from Tennessee. This is the car she wants! The newscaster accepted the cash, so I spent a couple of days writing a script, and it turned out to be great. I also photoshopped backgrounds for the news article. On April Fool’s, I turned on the news at about the time she started watching TV. The news broadcast was about to be on. We ate breakfast and that's when I got pranked because the food was for some reason modeling clay with dyed corn syrup instead of my pancakes and yellow stuffing instead of my eggs, and it was pretty funny. Now the news was on, and Marie was shocked about what she had said she was really wanting a Jeep. She was thinking about what she could do. The news then told me to say something to her and the news and I told her and everyone else watching! ~ Joseph
This April I will do the best prank. I will be in a cabin in the woods with my friends. When we go on a hike, there will be something strange in the woods. It will be one of my other friends who acts sick, so he didn't go on the trip. He will make noises in the woods. My friends will be very scared, but they will try to ignore the noise. My friend will bring a giant bug costume because all of my friends don’t like bugs. While he was making the noises, he started to move closer and closer to us. Then once it got closer and closer my friends started to get more and more scare. We will connect multiple speakers around the forest that play bug noises. Then my friends will want to leave. When we start to walk back, my friend jumps out of the bushes and started to chase us. Once we get back to the cabin, I will tell them it was a prank! ~ Mason
One epic prank that I'm going to do is for my stepbrother. I am taking his four-wheeler and hide it. I will take it to the woods and camouflage it will leaves and grass. When he goes to get it, he will search all over. April Fools! ~ John
I set up pranks around the house for my family. I put peanut butter around my kitchen floor. When my family walks through, it will be sticky. I will wrap my mom's car in saran wrap. She will not be able to get in without unwrapping the door! ~ Judd
On April Fool's Day, my family and I had an epic prank planned for my mom. We were going to give her a lottery ticket. We will make the ticket with winning numbers. When the day came, we gave her the lottery ticket at dinner and turned on the fake TV show that my friend and I made a while before with fake props. When it said her number, we all celebrated, but then have to tell her, “April Fools.” ~ Robert
I get to a house, and we got toilet paper. To make it epic, we will TP the outside and inside of the house. First, we put that toilet paper all over the inside of his house like in the bedroom, the living room, the kitchen, and the bathroom. Once we finished the inside, we do the outside of his house. So, we covered the trees, the mailbox, and the entire backyard. When he got home, he couldn't even get inside his house because we covered the front door and the backdoor. Then we all yelled April Fools! ~ Colin
For April Fool’s Day, I would drop a giant water balloon on my friend's car. The water balloon will be on top of a building. I would wait for him to pull into the spot. He will get out of his car, and then I would release the balloon. He would see the water balloon burst all over his car! ~ Grant
April 1st is April Fool's Day. The prank is going to be on my dad. My mom and I are going to cover the yard with tinfoil and tp the house. The reason we are doing the yard is that he cares a lot about the yard. The first thing we did is bought six rolls of tinfoil and a pack of toilet paper. Then we waited till he left. Once he left, we grabbed the rolls and started covering the yard and threw the toilet paper on the trees. We also set a camera up to see his reaction. When he got home, we started laughing hard because he was all mad and said, “Did one of your friends do this?”. Then we told him “Happy April Fool's Day” - Madelyn
A Hands-On Environment that Solves Real-World Problems
Here at Holy Rosary, we use a STEM curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is a project-based curriculum that creates a hands-on environment that helps students develop knowledge and skills they need to solve real-world problems. The modules that they work on start with three activities that build their knowledge. They then move on to a project that is guided and helps them to implement what they have learned in the activities. The final step is a real-world problem that the students work together in groups to solve. It is an open-ended problem, and they must follow the Engineering Design Process to come up with a solution and test it out.
PreK4 students are learning about floating and sinking. The final problem for them to solve will be to design a boat that will float across water and keep a message on it dry.
Kindergarten classes are learning about the amount of force necessary to push or pull heavy and light objects. Their final problem will require them to make something that will move rocks from one side of the room to another.
First grade is studying animal adaptations and how we learn from these adaptations to make things that help humans. For their final problem, they will design shoes to be worn in a certain environment.
Second grade students are learning about properties of matter. They have conducted experiments to test the insulation properties of certain materials. For their final problem they must design and make something that will keep a frozen popsicle cold when placed under a heat lamp for 30 minutes.
Third grade is learning about simple and compound machines. They have built models of levers, inclined planes, pulleys, and vehicles with wheels and axles. Their final problem requires them to design and build a compound machine that can get a plastic tiger out of a moat and safely back in its zoo enclosure.
Fourth grade classes are studying energy and collisions. They have built vehicles and tested how far they travel down ramps of different heights. They have also tested them in a variety of collisions. Their final problem will have them designing and building a restraint system to add to the vehicle that will keep an egg safe when the vehicle travels down a ramp and hits a wall.
Fifth grade is learning about Earth’s water and interconnected systems. They are researching ways to clean dirty water and remove salt from saltwater. Their final problem involves them designing and making a water filtration system to clean dirty water or to make a solar still to remove the salt from saltwater.
Sixth grade is learning about different forms of energy. They have designed and are now testing wind turbine blades. They will also be learning about heat transfer and will design a dwelling that uses less energy for heating and cooling, build a prototype and test it.
Seventh grade students are learning to be medical detectives. They are studying how diseases are transmitted, how our nervous system works, and how doctors diagnose diseases. In the upcoming weeks, they will be dissecting a sheep brain. They will also be growing bacteria and learning about the effectiveness of antibiotics.
Eighth grade is studying flight and space. They have learned about how planes fly and move through the sky. They have also studied drones and flown them. In the coming weeks they will be learning about space travel including how rockets work, how astronauts prepare for space travel and how they live in space, and the future of space travel to Mars.
Karla Paduck - HRS STEM Teacher
1st Graders are Experts!
I am an expert at basketball. I am good at shooting. I will play for Holy Rosary. ~ Sophia
I am an expert at math because I teach Knox and Chaley and Izzy and Kiser. ~ Jude
I am an expert at gymnastics. I will try new stunts. If I do not get it right the first time I will practice more and more until I get it right. ~ Jane
I am an expert at reading because I am the one of the top readers in my class. And I read chapter books in library. ~ Annie
I am an expert at gymnastics. I do cartwheels very well. I stick out my foot then I bend down. I do have the best cartwheel. ~ Lily
I am an expert at swimming because I do swimming Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. ~ Natalie
I am an expert at taking care of my mom when she is sick. I give her hugs because I love her. ~ Tessa
I am an expert at dancing to Taylor Swift. ~ Nora
I am an expert at gymnastics because I have practiced since I was a little girl. I love doing flips on the bar. My dream is to go to the Olympics. I have to practice. ~ Elaine
I am an expert at cartwheels because I can do 2 cartwheels. ~ Ella
I am an expert at playing transformers with my friend. It is so fun. ~ Colton
I am an expert at singing. I do not know how I got good at singing. I just became good on my seventh birthday. ~ Posey
I am an expert at painting. I like to paint flowers. My sister taught me how to paint flowers. It is very fun to paint. You should try it yourself. ~ Isa
I am an expert at making popsicles. I would like to teach you how you can make popsicles. First you put juice in the cups. Then you put popsicle sticks in the juice. Then you put the popsicles in the freezer. Then you leave the popsicles over night then you take the popsicles out of the cups. Last eat them. ~ Emily
I am an expert at gymnastics because I listen and jump on the trampoline doing front flips. ~ Chaley
I am an expert at math. I like math because I like to add and subtract. I am going to be an engineer. ~ Mark
I am an expert at cleaning. When my mom is out, I clean the whole house. ~ Izzy
I am an expert at swimming. I am just the best swimmer. I am the master of swimming. I have the best coach in the world. ~ Declan
I am an expert at math. I am an expert at being good. I am an expert at the Quarter arcade game. ~ Katherine
I am expert at basketball. I am a good teammate. I am good at scoring. You should come watch me play. ~Garreth
I am an expert at fishing because I can unhook a hook. I can also untangle a fishing rod. I know how to run a motor. ~ Kiser
I am an expert at chess because I got taught by a master at chess and I won a match with the master. ~ Knox
I am an expert at painting. I can paint and mix colors. The colors are really pretty. My mom hangs it on the wall. I love it. ~ Michael
I am an expert at climbing because I’ve climbed a lot of trees. ~ Porter
With Coding the Possibilites are Endless
There are many things I like about coding. One thing that sticks out is trial and error. You are in control
and can make things happen. From coding I have learned how to accept that challenge. ~ Cornelius M. 8th
I like coding because it is like a puzzle waiting to be solved. It gets a little bit harder as you go which has
helped me develop my critical thing skills. ~ Jacob E. 7th
The ability to code makes many things possible; games, websites, movies and more. I am learning to be
a contributor. ~ Asher B. 6th
Coding challenges me to think in more creative ways and tests my problem-solving skills. I can try tasks
more than once in different ways to find the most efficient way. Problem solving and logical thinking
strategies are what I am learning. ~ Nicholas H. 8th
Coding has helped me learn how to problem solve and be able to think more quickly. The problems are
fun and when we work with others and this gives us a chance to know them better and have fun together. ~
Lissie E. 7th
With coding the possibilities are endless! I have learned not all problems are easy to solve but there is
always a solution. Coding is very important in learning problem solving. ~ Charlie H. 6th
Coding lets you be creative, and it is fun. It helps me learn problem solving skills by trial and error. ~
Jackson E. 2nd
I think the best thing about coding is the experience. Coding is fun and challenging. I love coding such
things as making characters dance and having fun with Mrs. Craven. Things can be challenging but when
you figure out how to solve the problem you feel great! ~ Izzy B. 5th
Coding makes you think, and the activities are fun. I am also learning to type correctly and faster. ~
Clara S. 3rd
Coding is helping me connect with my dad because he is a technician and also helping me with math. It
gives me knowledge on how to do difficult things and how my future can be. ~ Mathew J. 4th
Coding makes me think about what I am going to do first and then I do it. ~ Michael M. 1st
With coding I am allowed to see problems and try to fix them. It allows me to be creative and make my
own designs. Patience and concentration are what I am building. ~ Hallie M. 8th
I am looking forward to Computer Science Week. We will be coding with others around the world and
problem solving. It’s going to be fun! ~ Thomas D. 7th
From coding I learned patience and tenacity. I have learned not to give up easily and to take my time
which I have applied to non-coding situations. It has helped me develop not only coding skills but
creativity. ~ Maggie W. 6th
We write code to solve a puzzle map on different planets. ~ Knox L. 1st
Coding is one of my favorite ways to learn. My hands are busy, so I stay focused. Dance party code
challenge is one of my favorites. The most important thing I am learning is how to think things through.
~ Beckett O. 5th
In coding I get to debug things and I have learned not to give up because it gets easier the more you
learn. ~ Isabella W. 2nd
In coding we learn many new things like typing, problem solving and math. We also have a really cool
teacher who lets us try new and fun coding sites and if you work really hard you might even earn a treat!
~ Riley M. 4th
I get to use my mind to solve problems and code with lots of different characters. I have so much fun
coding! The problems can be hard, but I can figure them out on my own, that’s why coding is the best! ~
Bridget C. 3rd
Coding is the way a chain of commands and actions are made for an exact result. If your code fails, you
must start over until you succeed. It has taught me problem solving skills, patience, creativity and to
look towards my future. ~ Harrison E. 6th
Coding is one of my favorite subjects. It takes a lot of thinking and time, but when you finish you have
created something you can be proud of. I realize with some work you can create something amazing. ~
Thomas H. 7th
Coding is a way to practice patience, test your critical thinking and have a feeling of accomplishment
while being creative in how you fix a problem. ~ Taylor L. 8th
Why Do People Write?
Writing is very important to people all around the world. Writing is expressing your thoughts and feelings through words. Through written words, you can inspire others to try and write as well. You can even change the world through your words. People express their thoughts, feelings, and even fears through writing. Writing makes the world a better understanding place. ~ Charlie Henderson
Writing is critical in people’s lives. It is expressing oneself through written words made up of letters. When people write, they communicate without having to use their voices. By writing it down, a person can document his or her life and pass it down to others. People can express their imagination and creativity through writing. All because of the ability to write, people’s lives can change. ~ Maggie Wiggs
Writing is crucial for many people’s lives. Writing is a type of communication through written symbols. People can express themselves and their opinions by writing. Through writing, people are creative and can imagine a whole new world. People write to document their lives and experiences so that we can know what happened where they lived. To write is to give of yourself. ~ Ethan Scott
Writing is an essential skill that most people possess. Without it, we might not have as many technological advancements as we have now because most of them involve writing and taking notes. Writing is a direct interpretation of one’s thoughts into written characters used to state opinions, tell stories or just a way to express someone's feelings or creativity. I think by now most people have written something which again shows how important it is and why we need it. Most people now type things instead of writing on paper, but typing is also a form of writing. Texting is a form of writing that lets people who have long-distance friendships or relatives. I love writing stories. Something about it to me makes it fun, and I love it. I know other people also enjoy it too, but writing isn’t just telling stories it can state historical facts and information about people or animals. Because writing was invented, we were able to evolve as humans and establish trading. Writing is so important because no one would be able to share ideas with one another without it! ~ Alice Hawkins
Writing is valuable for many reasons. Writing is expressing yourself through written words. Documenting helps people keep records. Communicating is helpful for people to help them remember. Telling stories helps people tell the past. These are all forms of writing. ~ Sam Duckworth
Writing is important to everyone. Through words, we can be creative and can tell a story through writing. Communication with words can help us express ourselves. Writing is sharing knowledge and can change the world. ~ Kate Murdock
Writing is the act of putting words onto paper. Most people write to inform. Lots of people also write for money, entertainment, or for creativity. People also generally write to show many people what they are saying and not repeat themselves. In conclusion, writing is a form of expression using an alphabet. ~ Asher Baker
Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper. Documenting your words helps you remember things. Writing helps you grow knowledge. Writing helps you express yourself. People love to write. ~ Finley Balderson
Writing is a major part of people’s lives for many reasons. Writing is using letters to form words that express your thoughts or feelings. When people write, they can help people remember the past. Through writing, people can tell a creative story. With writing, people can share their opinions. Because of writing, people can make a difference. ~ Graham Maloney
Writing is valuable to some people's lives. Writing is communicating through written words. People can also write documents to keep track of important history and lives. Many people are more creative than historical documents; they could make a story up. The stories can be serious, fun, fantasy, horror, and many more possibilities. People can make other kinds of stories to express how they are feeling. Overall, writing is great! ~ Ella Adams
Writing is very important to all people. Writing is putting words on paper to express your thoughts and helps you communicate with another language. Writing helps save knowledge and information. Also, it tells a story of why things matter. You can express yourself with your emotions through words. Writing can help by making you more creative. Writing can help many people and that’s why it is so fun. ~ Emiliano Velez
There are many reasons writing is useful. People document their lives through writing which can be very crucial. When people write, they can feel very expressed. Through writing, we are able to be a part of another person’s life! The art of writing is amazing. ~ Elaine Gafford
Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper. Documenting is important because it tells history. It is a way to express yourself in many different ways so that others will understand you. You can change the world with words. ~ Gabe Lanctot
Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is documenting memories through words and helps people express themselves. Writing helps tell a story and can give people knowledge about others’ thoughts. Writing is a fun way to change the world. ~ Leonie Dalle
Writing is important to everyone and can be fun. Writing is putting words together to form sentences. Writing can be communication; you can give or receive knowledge through writing. Through writing, people can express their thoughts and opinions about things. This is why we need to write! ~ Miles Kirk
Writing is valuable to our lives. Writing is putting your thoughts as words. When people write, they are expressing themselves. People can be creative with their writing because we can tell a story through our words. Writing has changed the world. ~ Aubrey Brown
Writing is a valuable part of every person’s life. Writing is expressing oneself through written or typed words. Writing helps many people learn about history. Through writing, you can share your opinions with the world. It also entertains millions of people all over the world. With the help of writing, you can even change the world. ~ Jude Cuneo
Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper to express yourself. Communication using words when writing helps others. People can gain knowledge by writing. Telling stories with words is a way to show writing is creative. Writing can change the world and how people see it. ~ Ella Joyner
Writing is very important to all people. Writing is putting words on paper. Writing helps us remember what we are getting from a store. It helps us to remember what happened. Also, you can gain knowledge through writing. We use writing in our everyday lives. ~ Anthony Mascioli
Writing is critical to people around the world. It is a way for people to express themselves through thoughts and feelings on paper. Written words help people communicate through anything they express or feel. Writing is a very expressive way of stating your thoughts on paper. When writing, people may gain inspiration, or thoughts on making stories of their own. Without written language, we would never know the beauty and art of writing. ~ Mckinley Doyle
Writing is so important! It is getting words, symbols, and numbers on paper so someone can read them. People can read others’ writing like in history books to gain knowledge. Writing can help us remember what has happened in the past. Writing can express creativity. Writing is important because it shows how we live and are free. Other important things come from writing like code, songs, and books. Writing is great! ~ David Harold Gwatney
Writing is important in people’s daily lives. Writing is communicating with written words. Through writing, people can gain knowledge. Writing can entertain people. People can express themselves using their words. Writing helps many people overcome challenges! ~ Mary West
Writing is valuable in people's lives. Writing is communicating your thoughts through written words. When people write, people can tell stories. You can also document your life in writing. Written words can give people knowledge. Writing has changed all sorts of things in the world. ~ Sam Platania
Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is the written form of an idea. Through writing, we can communicate. People write to express themselves. Writing helps make a name for yourself through creativity. Because of writing, people like you and me can change the world. ~ Stella Owens
Writing is essential to people because it is a way to communicate with people, Because of writing, books exist. Writing helps you to express yourself. When a person writes, many things happen. ~ Samuel Isaza
Writing is vital to people and the world. Writing is expressing yourself with words on paper. Written words can help people be creative. Documenting written words helps people remember events and communicate with others. Writing is life-changing! ~ Penny Soniat
Writing can be very good for people. It is very important to all people because it helps you express yourself. Communicating through writing is really useful because you might not want to talk. You can also document and remember things. You can write a list, or you can just make a ton of reminders. Writing helps you make a fun and creative atmosphere. You can do a lot with writing and typing; you can help people and even make someone's day. Writing can help people stop being shy because they use written words. This can even be a great experience! ~ Blaine Johnson
Writing is important for many reasons. It is putting words on paper. Documenting your words helps others learn about history. Communicating through words helps tell stories. Writing your actions tells why things matter. You can make people laugh or cry with your words. Writing can make a difference in the world. ~ Caroline Lazarini
Writing is important for many reasons. Writing is putting words on paper. When you write it can change other people's opinions. Writing can help you with communication. Expressing your feelings can be done through writing. You can accomplish a lot of things through writing. ~ Colin Morris
Writing is crucial for many reasons. Writing is when people make words into ideas and sentences. When people write, they can show their creativity. Through writing, people can also learn about the past or document their lives. People can be remembered and express themselves by writing, too. Because of writing, people can change the world to be a better place. ~ Harper Walls
Writing is critical for many people or ideas. Writing is putting ideas and words down on paper. When people put their words on paper, it shows creativity to many listeners. Through writing, you can show opinions and emotions. Everyday people gain more knowledge and history through people's written word. Because of writing, people discover themselves and their culture. Writing can change people’s hearts and minds. ~ Cooper Dunlap
Writing is important for many reasons because it is putting words down. It can help you remember some things if you forget them. Writing can also give you some examples of many things, you can help people understand. You can change things by writing a story. Showing creativity with words helps you show your imagination. All people can be creative with words! ~ Taylor Price
Writing is important for many reasons. Writing expresses people’s ideas in words. Writing documents help people know about history and help others remember things. People can be real or creative with writing. ~ Adam Macre
Writing is critical to people because they are putting words on paper. When people write they can express themselves. When people write they can remember their lives in the past. Everyday writing is important to communicate with each other. It is a great way to share! I want to be a writer because I have many things to share. ~ Jose Castro
Writing is crucial in people’s lives because it is communicating with written words. When people write, we can document the events of the past or tell a story as well. It can also inform people about things. Think of all the things people have learned from others’ writing. Writing is fun! ~ Thomas Fontana
Writing is important to people for many reasons. It allows people to put words on paper. People show creativity and express themselves through writing. Writing can help change people’s lives and opinions. Writing can be very fun and enjoyable. ~ Daniel O’Donnell
Writing is important to people. Writing is putting your words and thoughts on paper. Expressing yourself is something you can do through writing. Creativity can go a long way in storytelling. It is a way of documenting your story. Overall, writing is a way of remembering old thoughts and ideas. ~ Sam Bryan
Writing is important to all people. Writing is putting words and symbols on something to express yourself and how you feel. It can also be used as a way to document important things for the future. Writing can tell a story, give knowledge, communicate, and can do a lot of other things. Writing is a very important tool in daily life. ~ Harrison Edwards
What is so special about Autumn
I like playing in the leaves in Fall. My dad rakes the leaves and I only help him a little. ~ Palmer
My favorite thing about Fall is Halloween! ~ Maddox
I like making a big pile of leaves and playing in them! I like to go trick-or-treating and I like to dress up. ~ Karlee
My favorite thing about Fall is watching Halloween movies! ~ Easton
Fall is special because it is my birthday! Also, it is Halloween and because I get to dress up. Another word for Fall is Autumn. ~ Alice M.
My favorite thing about Fall is seeing all of the beautiful colors of the Fall leaves on the trees. ~ Alice F. and Miranda
Fall is special because it is in the month of October. It rains leaves, it gets really windy, and the trees blow in the Fall. It is also when I can dress up as Woody for Halloween! ~ Grayson
My favorite thing about Fall is playing in all of the beautiful leaves! ~ Emmie
Fall is special because the leaves fall down and you can catch a leaf when it falls down. It gets cooler, and we can go outside and play soccer, come back in, take a nap, and then go back outside to play and walk through the leaves to our friend's house! ~ Ben
My favorite part of Fall is jumping in huge piles of leaves! ~ Mary and Grace
I like Fall because the leaves are changing colors and I like that it's almost snow time. The weather is colder. ~ Emry
Confessions of a Preschool Teacher
What is it like to be a preschool teacher? Oh, my, how much time do you have? It is truly a calling that can only be answered by teachers whose passion is all about the little children and seeing them learn, grow and thrive. I would love to tell you that it is all sunshine and rainbows, but it is not, and that is ok. Preschool teachers know that every day won’t be a day for the record books, but it is those challenging days, the ones where you think that there is no way these kids and I are going to make it to May, that make the days of seeing a child's eyes light up because they got it, they understand what I am teaching. Sometimes, it is just seeing lessons being implemented by the children on their own that makes it all worth it. Seeing them sharing, communicating, playing, and being concerned for one another make being a preschool teacher so awesome.
As you probably know, being a preschool teacher is not for the faint of heart. We have potty accidents, boogers, snot, vomit, and some smells that we never figure out what it is or where it is coming from. We have tears, we have defiance, we have meltdowns. But, even through all of the gross stuff, we come back every day and do it all over again, it is our calling. Some things that we hear and see really keep us going. Preschool teachers hear it all. We know what you had for dinner, what you argued about, why you were late to school (the real reason), and if you said a bad word. We also hear a lot of sweet things, like I love you’s, you’re my favorite teacher ever, and I want to stay here at school forever. The list goes on and on, but here are a few of the things (true things) that we have heard and/or seen in our preschool classes:
Rebecca Macy 2K:
Did you know: preschool teachers get invited to parties at your house and your friends’ houses too!!! Even on your vacations!!!!
Did you know: your children do not need smartphones anytime soon- they call you from the vintage Fischer price phones throughout their day!!!!!! They always have good reception too!!!!
Did you know your preschoolers have a lot of love in their hearts? They are known to say, “I love you 1 billion, one hundred 20, 6 million plus 10!!!! That’s ALOT of love!!
Did you know they are very honest and observant- “is that a spider web in your nose?”
Jennifer Lazarini 3K:
Did you know: children will lick literally anything, and I mean anything? I have had to say “stop licking your shoe” more times than I can count. Hard to believe that so many are picky eaters!
Did you know that an unwritten requirement for teachers is being mind readers? Students ask for farm animals on an iPad. He doesn’t want a game with farm animals, nor a video or pictures…..we have to figure this stuff out!!!
Did you know that it is the little things that keep me going? Seeing a child implement something we have been teaching all year, like how to come in each morning and independently unpack their backpack and put everything away. Then to see them happily turn to a friend and help them do the same.
Did you know that children are resilient and want to talk about some of the hard things in life? “Mrs. Jemifur (who knew the name Jennifer is so hard to pronounce?) my cat is dead, and so is my grandpa”. There are no tears, they just want to talk it out.
Summer Bateman 3K:
Did you know fairies don't actually have tails? While learning about fairytales, a student said "but Mrs. Summer, fairies don't have tails!!!"
Did you know that some preschoolers have playdates with Jesus? During our religion lesson, a student said to me, "Jesus is coming over to my house next week."
Did you know that preschool teachers not only teach your children but learn so much from them as well? I have the best job because my heart is touched on a weekly basis! "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
Roxanne Doyle 4K:
Did you know the average four-year-old will ask 300 questions a day? You never know if the question will pertain to the lesson you are teaching or if they will ask you why they have pockets. Some of my favorite questions I have received from a four-year-old:
Why do we have elbows?
Why is it Tuesday?
Sometimes the question is just Why?
Melissa Wright 4K
Teacher: “Why did you just drink out of someone else’s water bottle?”
Student: “Because his water tastes better”
Teacher: “Why did you bring all of these Barbie dolls to school?”
Student: “ So they can get in the real pool.”
Teacher: “ What pool?”
Student: ......leads teacher to the bathroom and points to the toilet!!!!
Blessed to be a part of The ANGEL Program
My interest in The ANGEL Program began as an observer when I worked with preschool six years ago. Most of those years, an ANGEL teacher was present in the classroom. I was always fascinated and intrigued with the changes and differences that the ANGEL teacher made in the children's lives, in such a small period of time. As soon as the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance be a part of a team that makes such an impactful difference. ~ Mrs. Candace Davis
I am blessed to be an RBT with The ANGEL Program at Holy Rosary because it is fulfilling on a personal and spiritual level. Personally, my position allows me to offer support in an inclusive environment. As a parent to a child with ASD I know firsthand the importance and impact of early intervention. I also know the need and reward of inclusivity for all. As soon as I learned about the benefits of ABA, I know this was what I wanted to do. Spiritually, I am blessed to be an RBT serving at Holy Rosary ensuring that a Catholic education is accessible to all learners. There is no greater joy in life than to serve in a field that speaks to your heart personally and spiritually and that is why I love being an RBT with The ANGEL Program at Holy Rosary. ~ Mrs. Emily Corbitt
My favorite thing about being an ANGEL teacher is the people! In our program, we’re one big family. Everyone is so supportive, kind, and always there for each other and looking out for what’s best for our families and kids. In the ANGEL program, everyone helps out, and I think it’s so special how open and involved all of our families are. ~ Miss Julia Kersting
This program is special because we get to see our children grow and learn each school year. Even if our children graduate out of the program and or move on with a different staff member, we still get to see their smiling faces in the hallway! I feel like I make a difference with each child and I love that! I like my job because I also really enjoy the team of staff and teachers I work with! ~ Miss Grace Ann Thompson
Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I’m so fortunate to be a part of The ANGEL Program - I found the program out of sheer luck or should I say the program found me? Thanks to that luck and the support from the Holy Rosary community, I’m am now the program’s director. I am very blessed to work with our students - seeing their success with skills they once struggled with is what keeps me going on a daily basis. The ANGEL team we have created is one that I will be forever proud of - they are hardworking and special just like our students. Another reason I love my job is the Memphis Runs for Autism 5K. It is not only a fundraiser for the program, but it is also a celebration and an event that unites us all behind the mission. Every year, I am astounded by the community that comes out to support to our students, the program and our staff. This is why I do what I do! ~ Mrs. Emily Sater
What I like most about my job and The ANGEL Program is the unity amongst the staff, the difference we make, and the children. I appreciate how our staff is like a family; we show it by supporting one another and our children. It’s beautiful to see the progress we make with our kids and how happy it makes everyone: staff and families. We really are like one big family. ~ Mr. Danny Salinas
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April 26, 2022
Each year about this time, I look back to evaluate if I’ve help to make Math relevant to my students. Can they see where Math ties into their daily lives? Have I been able to relate as many topics as possible to what they will do as adults? Have I recognized the challenges that Math brings? What changes can I make for next year?
To keep students engaged, I use sayings (KeepAddOpposite), show motions (rise over run), and do projects that relate to the Math concepts we have been learning. We don't shy away from those "real world" word problems. We tackle them head on because at the end of the day, Math is a puzzle. It has to be taken step by step. What is the first step? What is the next step? And so on. What pieces fit together? Why are there steps? There are steps so that we get the same result as anyone else that might work through that same problem. A baker wouldn't throw all the ingredients for a cake into a pan and bake it. He or she has to follow the recipe and measure the right ingredients. Does the recipe need to be doubled? So many questions. That is why we follow a process. There might be a step or two we can interchange, but in the end, we end up with the same final product.
Below are just some of the ways we tie in Math to the "real world."
October 26, 2021
Geography is all around us! In 7th grade the students at Holy Rosary take World Geography. We learn to look at the world through “geographer’s eyes”. We look at how people and the world interact. We learn about the land features, water sources, economies, cultures, global connections, and much more.
One way I try to help the students connect to other places in the world is by having each student “adopt” a country for the year. They can choose a country that they have a connection with or just a country they want to learn more about. Throughout the year the students will create presentations to share with their classmates so that we can all learn more about places in our world. We always start with learning about 7th grade students in their countries. This helps our students make the connection that there are students around the world learning the same subjects, participating in sports and having some of the same hobbies or interests as a 7th grader in Memphis, TN.
As the year goes on the students will create other presentations on topics that might cover current events. When we have a presidential election, the students will share how their country elects leaders and how that country’s government is set up. When we are in an Olympic year the students will research about their country’s involvement in the summer or winter Olympics.
My favorite project is the one at Christmas. The students learn about Christmas traditions, history, and celebrations in their country. They also make an ornament that is connected to their country. It is always so fun to see the creativity of the students when it comes to making their ornament. We then decorate my classroom tree with these unique ornaments. I have students and parents tell me that they still put these ornaments on the family Christmas tree.
To celebrate at the end of the school year we have an Around the World lunch where the students bring a dish from their country to share with their classmates. The food is always so good, and the students enjoy celebrating their year of learning about the world. We have missed having the lunch the last couple of years, but hopefully we can return to having this celebration in the future.
Through these yearlong presentations and activities my hope is that the students will come to realize that the world has much to offer and that we are not all that different after all.
August 24, 2021
As the school year begins keep us safe at all times. Bless the children as they learn, play, and make new friends. Bless the parents that trust us to protect the mind, spirit, and health of their children.
Help us to appreciate all of the hard work of those around us. Help us to do what is right, but not always say.
Give us the grace and peace to accept the days ahead with joy and compassion. Give us the strength to work with all obstacles put in our way.
~ Mrs. Kim Schadrack – TLC Coordinator
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the halls of our school.
Come, Divine Teacher, make a dwelling place in our classrooms.
Be the strength of our teachers and the inspirations of our students.
Fill us with your grace in every moment of every day, that we may learn all that You ask.
Teach us to love our teachers and classmates with Your perfect love.
Grant us the desire to learn and the desire to know You, who are the inspirations of every soul. Amen
~ Mrs. Laina Haff – Jr. High Religion Teacher and Miss Erin Haff – HRS class of 2014
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we begin a new school year, we thank you for the opportunity to attend Holy Rosary. Send your Spirit to guide our studies as we work to deepen our faith, calculate math, comprehend reading, discover science, explore history, and all the amazing things we will learn and do this year. Give us wisdom, grace, patience, fortitude, and zeal as we approach our work as students, teachers, staff, administration, and parents.
Turn our hearts towards you Lord and give us a spirit of gratitude. Help us see the little things and respond in kindness. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
~ Mrs. Rhiannon Thomas – 1st Grade Teacher
Dear Lord, use my eyes to see my Holy Rosary friends.
Open my ears to hear my teacher's voice.
Open my mind to all of the new things that I will learn.
Let my heart remember that You are always near me in my classroom.
Help me to love my family, friends, and my teachers like You do.
I want to shine Your light so brightly at Holy Rosary this new school year.
~ Mrs. Sheila Balton – 2K Aide
September 29, 2020
We have had a good experience with Distance Learning. We engage the class through Google Classroom as much as possible. We are teachers - we can handle any obstacle thrown our way. We are resilient. We are islands in the stream, we rely on each other. As with any new situation, it takes time to get used to. The “new normal” has been a gradual thing, we are slowly getting used to everything. If you add a little bit of change at a time, it gets easy to carry any burdens. The parents are being extremely caring and considerate. They are being patient with all of our technology problems and helping us work through all of them together. They are fantastic!! ~ Mrs. Lawler
In the days leading up to in-service, I was very nervous. I was nervous about learning new technology programs, trying to balance teaching distance learners and in-person learners at the same time, and of course, trying to keep myself, my growing baby, and my students safe during these Covid times. While things have not been easy by any means, the collaboration and support among my department of teachers has been incredible. This situation has really brought us closer together as we help each other adjust to this new style of teaching and the obstacles that we encounter daily. Above all else, the way that the teachers have come together, has been a nice reminder of what a special place Holy Rosary is to work. We’re more than a department… we truly are a family. ~ Mrs. Hogan
I think overall, distance learning is going well. Having Google Classroom is fantastic, we are lucky that we are 1 to 1 with our laptops, otherwise getting classwork to the distance learning students would be a lot to figure out. One aspect of distance learning that I like is how the students are learning how to be more self-sufficient and work independently. Some of the challenges I face every day are traveling from room to room, finding enough time to work closer with the students, and technology issues, but the thing I have learned most from this experience is flexibility. The parts of this situation we are in that I like the least are anxiety about germs, not being able to work in small groups and not being able to work as closely with students that are at home. The best parts are the added technology, awareness of procedures for cleanliness and the different options for at home or in school. ~ Mrs. Bourquin
I really enjoy being back with the students. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to recognize faces and learn new faces despite the masks. I love being able to talk with the students, joke with them, tell stories, etc. It has been incredible to see the dedication the virtual students have towards their learning and their ability to adapt to the "new normal." It is a learning experience for all of us! ~ Mrs. Bledsoe
After over 35 years of teaching, I must say I did not know I would ever be in a situation like the one Covid-19 has provided. Since I have taught so long nothing shocks me, but this is a very interesting time. Each day brings new situations. I must say, I have gone through many emotions while teaching so far. First, I was happy to “see” all the students even though it is with masks and from six feet! I am overjoyed to be at Holy Rosary with people I have worked with for MANY years. Students and friends are great! Next, I am frustrated that I am technologically challenged. I am one of those people who will always push the wrong button, post in the wrong class, or delete something that I did not know I deleted. I feel there are many things from me wandering around in some cloud somewhere. I have issues texting, so you know I have computer issues; however, I have felt relief because my students, coworkers and children have come to my rescue. Let’s just say, I have provided many laughs. I have felt exhausted at times because the teachers are traveling from class to class, and I am not in shape! Wearing tennis shoes has helped that issue. I get panicked because I can’t see, so I know the distant learners have seen my eyeball at times because I get so close to the camera. But the one feeling I can say that I have felt since day one is pride. I am proud of Mr. Mullis who has been the driving force in getting us back to school. I am proud of my co-workers who have spent countless hours in and out of school. I am proud of my friends and daughter who answered endless questions about computers and help solve my problems! Most of all I am proud of Holy Rosary. We stepped up to the plate and hit a home run even though no one could watch because they could not be in the stands! ~ Mrs. Young
August 25, 2020
Angie Acerra ~ The Learning Center
Angie Acerra comes to Holy Rosary from Christ the King Lutheran School where she had worked since moving to Memphis in 2008. She is single and lives with her best friend Lyda. Her parents are James and Kathy Acerra of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and has one brother, Alex who lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
She is an avid Arkansas Razorback fan, and enjoys watching most sporting events. She enjoys reading and crafting and loves Dr. Pepper, Vitamin Water, and chocolate!
Angie has completed her first 30 hours of Orton Gillingham training and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Williams Baptist University.
While working at Holy Rosary, she looks forward to working with a team of people that want what is best for each student and is looking forward to meeting so many members of the Holy Rosary family throughout her time here. Angie’s favorite scripture passage is also her teaching verse: "The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith." 1 Timothy 1:5.
Welcome to HRS, Angie!
Kristen Crone ~ 2K
Kristen Crone is no stranger to Holy Rosary. She worked in our summer camp and after care programs, and was a substitute teacher here for about 10 years. She had also been a 2K teacher at SAA-SDS for almost 4 years. She lives with her 4 year old dog, Penny, and her parents, brother, and sister-in law are all in town and love Holy Rosary!
She enjoys crafting and going to just about any Memphis sporting event: Tigers, Grizzlies, 901 FC, and the Redbirds! And she loves the Chicago Cubs!
Kristen has a Bachelors in Liberal Studies in Education and a Masters in Teaching, both from Christian Brothers University. She is most looking forward to teaching her sweet 2K students how much fun school can be! “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Welcome “back” to HRS, Kristen!
Molly Cunningham ~ The Angel Program
Molly Cunningham is one of our new teachers in the Angel Program. She likes to shop and read and spend her time with her husband Randy, daughter Sierra, granddaughter Malyah, step-son Rusty and grandbaby Riley.
She has worked at Methodist University and Methodist LeBonheur Hospitals.
Molly has a Bachelors in Education with a Human Development concentration in schools and society, and an Associates Degree in General Education Studies. She has finished her first year of graduate school.
She is looking forward to building long lasting relationships at Holy Rosary while accomplishing goals for her Masters program.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whomsoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Welcome to HRS, Molly!
Lauren Luna ~ The Learning Center
Lauren Luna was born and raised in Memphis and recently returned back to the city with her husband Jacob and their Goldendoodle, Maggie, after living in St. Louis, Missouri for the past three years. She graduated with her Bachelors of General Studies with minors in Education, English, & Psychology from the University of Mississippi and received her Masters in Teaching with a concentration in Secondary Science from the University of Memphis.
While in college, she worked at Holy Rosary as an aftercare teacher, substitute, and Angel program teacher. In St. Louis, she taught high school biology and science electives and served as the science department chair and a mentor teacher. She completed dyslexia training this summer with the Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA) in preparation for her new position.
She is looking forward to working in The Learning Center with middle school and having a more individualized approach to teaching. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
Welcome “back” to HRS, Lauren!
Ela Melhado ~ Spanish
Ela Melhado comes to the Holy Rosary family from Honduras. 7 days after arriving in Memphis in 2017, Ela and her family were looking for a church to attend. Her GPS led them to Holy Rosary Catholic Church from Collierville! She remembers watching the families on the soccer field that day and thinking how wonderful it would be for her children to attend Holy Rosary. Two months later, Ela and her husband found themselves entering the Holy Rosary parking lot after scheduling a tour, not realizing it was the same place they had been two months before. It was meant to be.
Ela’s husband is Kenneth Melhado, and he works for the Honduran Consulate in Atlanta. They have three children, Kenneth Alfonso in 7th grade, Mia Fernanda in 3rd grade and Maria Isabelle in 4k, all at Holy Roasry. Ela loves to cook but does not like to unload the dishwasher! She enjoys dancing and crafting.
Ela has an Associates degree in education, and was in her third year for her ESL Bachelors degree before moving to the US. She taught ESL for 13 years on the preschool, elementary and junior high levels in Honduras. She just finished her medical interpreting training at the University of Memphis.
Ela is most looking forward to growing in faith, as a person and professionally, and being able to impact her students' lives in a positive way to help them become better human beings, but most importantly to be able to learn from all of them. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take a refugee in him.” Nahum 1:7
Welcome “back” to HRS, Ela!
Lauren Perrine ~ Music
Lauren Perrine is a native Memphian and proud Memphis Tiger fan! She has a daughter, Nancy Kate, who will be a sophomore at St. Agnes and a son, Will, who is in 8th grade at Holy Rosary.
She has been a member of a choir most of her life. She remembers she could not wait until 5th grade because that was the year she could join the choir at her elementary school. As an adult, she began to branch out as a soloist for churches throughout Memphis and the Diocese. In 2016, she decided to return to the University of Memphis and pursue a degree in vocal performance. She auditioned and was granted a full talent-based scholarship to attend the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and perform in the University's opera program. She appeared on stage with the University in five performances with principal roles in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, Aaron Copeland's The Tender Land and W. A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and was awarded the prestigious Ethel Maxwell Memorial Scholarship given to outstanding current music students. She also appeared on stage with Opera Memphis in two performances including a named role in Giacomo Pucini's Suor Angelica. For the past four years, Lauren was a staff singer at St. John's Episcopal church where she was a soloist and member of the Chancel Choir and the Memphis Chamber Choir and assistant for the Memphis BoyChoir both based at St. John's.
She loves to cook and entertain family and friends. She is most looking forward to hosting a big party as soon as the pandemic is over!
Lauren is very excited to begin her career at Holy Rosary! She believes that music adds so much enjoyment to people’s lives and has the unique ability to soothe hearts and minds. On beautiful days Lauren loves to look up to the clouds and think about meeting the Lord in the air and joining the heavenly choirs of angels. She believes music can teach us so much about the love of God and she cannot wait to share that love with the children of Holy Rosary. "Then we, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall be always with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
Welcome “back” to HRS, Lauren!
Rhiannon Thomas – 1st Grade
Rhiannon Thomas started her career in education as a first grade teacher in the Jubilee Schools at St. John where she taught for 4 years. She then went to St. Patrick’s as principal for 3 years, and then back to St. John as principal for one year. When the Jubilee schools announced their closure she opted to stay in Catholic schools and went to Incarnation as principal for the last two years.
She’s been married to Greg Thomas for 16 years. In 2015 he was ordained a deacon and he currently serves at Incarnation. They have a 7 year old son, Jaxon who is in 2nd grade at HRS.
Rhiannon has attended Catholic schools from 1st grade through graduate school. Her Bachelors and Masters degrees are from Christian Brothers University. She has received the St John Neumann Outstanding Service Award and Christ The Teacher Award for the Diocese of Memphis.
She is so excited to be part of the HRS family! Her heart has always been in the classroom; building relationships and guiding students as readers and thinkers. Rhiannon believes everything happens in our lives for a reason. And while we may not be able to understand it in the moment, it is all part of God’s plan.
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Welcome to HRS, Rhiannon!
Charity Webb – The Angel Program
Charity Webb is another one of our new Angel teachers. She enjoys swimming, watching movies, traveling the world and spending time with her son, Cornelius Martin, Jr., her step daughter, Riley and her fiancée, Cornelius, Sr.
Charity worked at Baptist Desoto for 10 years and has a Masters Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. She is getting married in December of this year and is most looking forward to getting to know everyone at Holy Rosary!
“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12
Welcome to HRS, Charity!