The closing reception and awards ceremony for the Private School Arts Invitational took place yesterday. Artwork by Sabastian Salas came in second place in the fifth-grade division, and Eli Aldridge's artwork won Best in Show. The following students represented St. John's with their artwork: Eli Aldridge, Mia Bela, Matney Burns, Caroline Ellis, Ava Field, Edward Hofland, Allison Lamont, Eva Lickteig, Phoebe Martin, Malia Mitchell, Sabastian Salas, and Mary Silliman. We are so proud of our talented students!
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Last fall, fourth grade students learned about soil erosion and conservation. During their study, they identified soil erosion issues on the hill just outside the recess doors. In a meeting with Head of School Meshea Matthews, the students shared their concerns and potential solutions using visual aids, multimedia presentations, and 3D models. Afterward, Mrs. Matthews worked behind the scenes with various members from the St. John's community to discuss implementation strategies for the fourth grade's recommendations. During this week’s PA meeting, Mrs. Matthews and the PA were delighted to announce that the fourth grader's plans would come to life! View a short clip of Meshea thanking the students for their hard work.
St. John's French teacher Isabelle Boccara and Joumana Arraj, a French teacher at the Episcopal School of Dallas, have co-developed a French-language pen pal program for their eighth grade French classes. Since the beginning of the year, students have exchanged letters on various topics to practice their grammar and vocabulary. Additionally, they have forged new relationships as they get to know more about one another. The two groups of students even had the chance to meet and practice their French in person in November. We hope that these bilingual friendships will continue into high school.