Kindergarten with Mrs. Gerren
Can you feel the excitement in the air? Do you see the children with huge grins on their faces? Do you see the excited teachers, parents, and friends of St. Paul?
We had an amazing day at our district meet! Each year I am impressed with the students of St. Paul, who step up and do a wonderful job of representing our school at the PSIA competition. (PSIA stands for Private School Interscholastic Association. It is an academic competition between private, parochial, and home schools.)
St. Paul Lutheran in Thorndale won 1st place in Elementary and 1st place in Middle School, which gave us 1st place overall out of 12 schools at the PSIA competition Friday, March 31st. We are back-to-back 1st Place Champions!
The students compete in different subject areas with some competing in more than one event. Many of our students are going on to compete at the State Competition in Fort Worth at TCU (Texas Christian University) in May. I am proud of all the students who participated and did their very best competing against other schools and home schools.
The students brought home 77 ribbons in total (1st-6th place). We have 18 children competing in 22 entries for State, and 17 entries who are alternates.
The overall results are as follows. Students in bold are State-bound and the students in italics are alternates for State:
- Creative Writing - First Grade : Reagan Cooper – 1st place, Second Grade – Kennedy Robinson – 2nd place
- Ready Writing – Third Grade: Kyla Daniell – 5th place, Fourth Grade: Bella Qualls 2nd place, Sixth Grade: Emily Owen 3rd place, Kyndal Robinson 5th place, Eighth Grade: Jacey Paulsen – 3rdplace, BB Dee – 6th place
- Impromptu Speaking – Eighth Grade: Kassidy Cargill-3rd place
- Modern Oratory – Eighth Grade: Reina King – 2nd place
- Prose Interpretation – Fourth Grade: Bella Qualls 6th place, Fifth Grade: Jenna Frias – 1st place, Haleigh Moehling – 2nd place, Sixth Grade: Kyndal Robinson – 5th place
- Storytelling – Second Grade: Ethan Kalbas – 1st place, Third Grade: Kyla Daniell – 1st place
- Calculator Applications – Seventh Grade: Logan Davis 2nd, Eighth Grade: Reina King-1st place, Ethan Williamson-3rd place
- Mathematics – Second Grade: Ethan Schramm-6th place, Fourth Grade: Cohen Moss-4th place, Fifth Grade: Madison Masek-5th place, Seventh Grade: Logan Davis-6th place, Eighth grade: Carter Brymer-4th place
- Number Sense – Fifth Grade: Emily Reeves-5th place, Sixth Grade: Dawson Gillmore-3rd place, Seventh Grade: Logan Davis-5th place, Eighth Grade: Carter Brymer 4th place
- Dictionary Skills – Fourth Grade: Payton Gillmore – 1st place, Allison Owen – 3rd place, Bella Qualls – 4th place, Seventh Grade: Emmerson Fisher-1st place, Rylee Pyeatt – 6th place
- Listening Skills- Seventh Grade: Ty Pesl-2nd place, Eighth Grade: Michael Herzog – 3rd place, Ashley Pesl – 4th place
- Maps, Charts, and Graphs – Fourth Grade: Payton Gillmore-3rd place, Mackenzie Sumner 5th place, Fifth Grade: Lily Churchman – 3rd place, Sixth Grade: Landri Martinka – 3rd place, Seventh Grade: Dean Johnson – 2nd place
- On Site Drawing- Sixth Grade: Landri Martinka – 2nd place, Eighth Grade:
- Jacey Paulsen– 6th place
- Science – Sixth Grade: Dawson Gillmore-2nd place, Landri Martinka-3rd place, Seventh Grade: Emmerson Fisher-1st place, Dean Johnson-3rd place, Eighth Grade: Michael Herzog-3rd place, Carter Brymer-5th place
- Spelling – Second Grade: Grant Van West – 2nd place, Ethan Schramm-4th place, Third Grade: Cameron Ford-3rd place, Fourth Grade: Allison Owen-6th place, Sixth Grade: Harrison Bender-2nd place, Natalie Newton 4th place, Seventh Grade: Emmerson Fisher-1st place, Dean Johnson-3rd place, Eighth Grade: Ashley Pesl-6th place
- Vocabulary – Fifth Grade: Jack Herzog-4th place, Haleigh Moehling-5th place, Sixth Grade: Emily Owen-1st place, Dawson Gillmore-2nd place, Harrison Bender-5th place, Seventh Grade: Emmerson Fisher-2nd place, Eighth Grade: Reina King-5th place
- Art Memory – Fifth Grade: Hannah Fisher-3rd place, Jack Herzog-4th place, Eighth Grade: Kassidy Cargill-5th place
- Music Memory – Third Grade: Ellie Kalbas-2nd place, Karstyn Cargill-5th place, Fifth Grade: Madison Masek-4th grade, Jenna Frias-5th place, Sixth Grade: Natalie Newton-6th place, Eighth Grade: Jacey Paulsen-3rd grade, Michael Herzog-4th place
- Informational Skills-Sixth Grade: Harrison Bender-1st place, Natalie Newton-5th place, Seventh Grade: Ty Pesl-4th place
The students have been working hard since November getting ready for the competition, but they are not the only ones. A huge THANKS goes out to all of the coaches for these events. We couldn’t have done as well as we do without their dedication, extra time spent coaching, and encouragement for their students. The coaches are Ms. May, Mrs. Halpain, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Reynosa, Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Brymer, Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Gonzales, Mr. and Mrs. Van West, Mrs. Churchman, Mr. King, Mr. Owen, Mrs. Melcher, Mrs. Kalbas, Mrs. Daniell, Mrs. Leatherwood, Mrs. Maines, Mrs. Williamson, and Mrs. Culp.
A huge thank you for all those who volunteered to help with the competition on Friday. They came to PSIA to grade, judge, assisted in directing a contest, or directed a contest. We are very thankful that you all came and supported us during the competition and lent us a helping hand. We couldn’t have done it without you!!
We would also like to thank Immanuel Lutheran School, Giddings who has hosted this event successfully for many years.
GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU!
Mrs. Kristi Gonzales
- Report cards were either sent home yesterday, or will be sent home today by teachers. Please review, celebrate!, sign and return next week.
- Band will resume next week for those who participate. Don't forget your instruments and music.
- The Lost and Found is at capacity, especially with jackets, shoes, jeans, and other valuables. Looking for something? Check with us!
- NEW! We have just received information for the Thorndale Youth Basketball League (boys and girls, grades 1-6). Registration forms are in the office, and are due back to the office by next Thursday, so they can be submitted for the draft. Draft is Saturday, January 14 at 10 AM or 12 PM, depending on age.
Good Evening, St. Paul Families!
I promised updates to information and schedules as we make our way to the new school year. This will be short and sweet, but please take a few minutes to read, as there may be changes to your schedules. And, welcome to some of our newest Lion families, who very recently enrolled and helped our school reach 126 students!
CONGRATULATIONS, and THANK YOU for enrolling your student in our new PRAXI portal! Good news is that you are one step ahead, as we work to get the system up and running. Bad news is that we need all the other students to enroll ASAP in order to actually train our staff and kick things off.
Thank you for being patient as we baby step into PRAXI. It's worth it!
- NOW - Classroom Orientations start next week! Parents/Guardians are asked to attend with their student. See website for dates, times, and other details. Don't forget the School Supply List is also available!
- NEXT - Check out the schedule for "Tell the Teacher More" meetings. There were slight adjustments based on family requests, or in order to allow our teachers a break in the midst of jam-packed schedules. Most updated schedule is attached.
- THEN - Time to confirm BAND and BUS students! Reply to this email if your student (Grade 5-8) is interested in the Band Program, and we'll send details. Likewise, reply to this email if your family is interested in the morning bus from Taylor, or the afternoon bus to Thorndale/Rockdale, and we'll get you booked.
- FINALLY - Deadline for fees and tuition has been extended to AUGUST 15. Until we get PRAXI up and running, you can contact the office for your back-to-school statement, and make payments directly to the office.
Awesome job done by our students from St. Paul Thorndale at the Spelling Bee!! Three students from Kindergarten, three students from 1st Grade, and 2 students from 2nd Grade competed at the Immanuel Giddings Spelling Bee on April 29, 2016. They participate in a written test, and then the top 6 go on to compete in an oral competition. They did an awesome job! Sydney Owen received a 2nd place and Karley Breithaupt received 3rd place for the Kindergartners. Ethan Schramm received a 1st place, Fen Reeves received a 2nd place, and Garrett Schramm received a 3rd place for the 1st Graders. Cameron Ford received a 3rd place for the 2nd graders. So proud of these young spellers.