Monthly Archives: March 2019

Great Resource for Any Student

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Dear NDV families,

 

I highly recommend the book Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley, Phd. and Terrence Sejnowski, Phd.  Barbara Oakley’s book A Mind For Numbers was a NYT best seller.  In Learning How to Learn, Barbara teams up with computational neuroscientist, Terrence Sejnowski to create a practical, neuroscience-based approach to learning.  A Coursera course based on this book has also become very popular.  The book and course are both excellent ways for middle or high school students to build their learning strategies toolbox in order help them succeed in their academic endeavors.  Here is a link to Learning How to Learn:  https://barbaraoakley.com/books/learning-how-to-learn/

Have a nice weekend!

Mrs. Tovarek-Welker

March Update

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Spring has arrived and we have another update from Middle School Technology.

Our Third Trimester is underway, here is what we will be working on in the coming weeks:

6th GradeSurvey Infographic Investigation: For this project, students will be learning about data collection, analysis, and visualization. In groups of three, 6th graders will create a Google forms survey with at least four questions investigating a driving question about issues impacting middle school students. Once we have our surveys, we will spend a class taking everyone’s survey so that we have some data to begin analyzing. Students will look at the data and unpack what it tells them about their peers, then create an infographic poster explaining what they have learned.

7th GradeCommon Sense Media – Finding Credible News: To prepare for our study of the credibility of information online, 7th-grade students used their search skills to determine whether a series of common misconceptions and questionable statements are true or false. Our next step is to look at the reasons why false information is posted online and how to tell the difference between credible and false information. Students will practice evaluating different websites for credibility and guess which sites are trustworthy and which sites are not.

8th GradeFinalizing Portfolio Websites and 3D Modeling with Sketchup: We will be completing our portfolio websites and then moving on to an exploration of the world of 3D modeling with Sketchup For Schools. Students will be introduced to the basics of the Sketchup interface and will then complete an example project.

 

Research Projects in the Lab

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Lately, the computer lab has been a hub of research as students learn how to investigate people, places and animals online. In the lower grades, students choose an animal to research for a report using the National Geographic Kids and San Diego Zoo Kids websites. In third grade, students choose a person they admire for a biography slideshow and use kid-friendly search engines like Kiddle and Dukster. In the fourth and fifth grades, students complete a research Infographic on a country using the CRS Ricebowl website and Google Explore tool (with safe search). The Explore Tool is in the lower right corner of any Google Doc, Slide, or Sheet and enables students to search online without leaving their document.

First graders researching animals for reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literary Character Day

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On March 3rd we celebrated Favorite Literary Character Day by dressing up as our favorite character! The 6th Graders and 2nd Graders read each other a favorite book as well. Some of the 2nd Graders even brought their own books they’d written!

 

CYO GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULES 2019

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3rd Grade(Blue):

3/9: vs Holy Angels @ 8:00 am @ St. Emydius           LOST 2-12

3/15: vs  MDA @ 5:00 pm @ MDA                                 WON 22-0

3/23: vs  Presidio Knolls @ 8:00 am @ NDV                WON  20-0

3/30: vs  St. Brendan @ 10:00 am @ Salesian              LOST 6-32

4/6: vs  St. Cecilia @ 9:00 am @ St. Cecilia                   LOST 2-13

4/13: vs  St. Peter Pacifica@ 8:00 am @ NDV               WON 12-2

5/3: vs  St. Thomas More @ 6:00 pm @ St. Thomas More  LOST 8-18

5/11: vs  SVDP  @ 8:00 am @ NDV         WON 18-10

3rd Grade(Orange):

3/9: vs St. Gabriel @ 8:00 am @ NDV                                   LOST 4-6

3/16: vs St. Stephen @ 9: 00 am @ St. Stephen                   LOST 8-23

3/23: vs St. Thomas Apostle @ 9:00 am @ NDV                  WON 18-8

3/29: vs St. Peter Pacifica @ 6:00 pm @ St. Peter Pacifica    WON 20-0

4/6: vs OLV @ 8:00 am @ NDV                                                   WON 14-4

4/13: vs West Portal @ 9:00 am @ NDV                                     LOST 8-20

4/14: vs St. Cecilia @ 2:00 pm @ CYO gym                                 WON 12-10

5/11: vs Salesian @ 9:00 am @  NDV                                              WON 16-6

4th Grade:

3/9: vs Stratford School @ 9:00 am @ NDV                     LOST 0-12

3/23: vs OLPillar @ 1:00 pm @ Event Center #2             LOST 2-4

3/30: vs St. Cecilia @  11:00 am @ St. Cecilia                    WON 6-3

4/6: vs Stratford School @ 8:00 am @ St. Emydius          WON 8-6

4/7: vs St.  Anne @ 2:30 pm @ St. Stephen                         LOST 6-10

4/13: vs  St. Anne @ 10:00 am @ NDV                                 LOST 8-12

5/10: vs  OLPillar @ 7:00 pm @ NDV                                  WON 9-3

5/11: vs  St. Cecilia @ 10:00 am @ NDV                               WON 14-4

5th Grade(Gold):

3/9: vs St. Thomas Apostle @ 3:00 pm @ St. Emydius       WON 18-2

3/16: vs St. Paul @ 11:00 am @ St. Monica                            WON 8-6

3/23: vs St. Stephen @ 3:00 pm @ St. Stephen                     LOST 10-15

3/30: Holy Name @ 11:00 am @ Holy Name                         WON 14-9         

4/6: vs St. Cecilia @ 12:00 pm @ St. Cecilia                            WON 26-11

4/13: vs St. John @ 1:30 pm @ St. John                                  WON 24-2

5/3: vs St. Peter Pacifica @ 7:00 pm @ St. Peter Pacifica      WON 16-15

5/11: vs St. Peter SF @ 9:00 am @ St. Emydius                       WON 16-6

5th Grade( Silver):

3/9: vs Good Shepherd @ 9:00 am St. Monica                  LOST 10-14

3/16: vs OLPillar @ 11:00 am @ St. Thomas More            LOST 12-15

3/23: vs Epiphany @ 1:00 pm @ St. Stephen                      WON 10-8

4/6: vs West Portal @ 1:00 pm @ West Portal                     WON 16-8

4/11: vs Good Shepherd @ 5:15 pm @ CYO gym                  LOST 8-10

4/13: vs OLPillar @ 2:00 pm @ St. Stephen                          LOST 10-12

5/3: vs Epiphany @ 6:15 pm @ Epiphany                              LOST 9-11

5/11: vs West Portal @ 2:00 pm @ St. Stephen                     WON 15-11

6th Grade:

3/8: vs St. Stephen @ 5:00 pm @ St. Stephen                     LOST 18-20

3/14: vs OLPillar @ 6:15 pm @  CYO gym                             WON 16-10

3/22: vs St. Stephen @ 7:00 pm @ Bayview YMCA             LOST 10-15

3/30: vs SF Christian Center @ 1:00 pm @ St. Emydius    LOST 16-19

4/6:: vs St. Monica @ 9:00 am @ St. Monica                         LOST 10-15

5/3: vs St. Monica @ 6:00 pm @ St. Stephen                         WON 13-10

5/4: vs  OLPillar @ 12:00 pm @ Event Center #1                  LOST 5-8

5/12: vs SF Christian Center @ 1:00 pm @ St. Emydius       WON 12-11

7th Grade:

3/8: vs OLPillar @ 7:00 pm @ Bayview YMCA                     LOST 22-29

3/16: vs FAIS @ 5:00 pm @ St. Stephen                                  LOST 20-21

3/22: vs St. Brendan @ 8:00 pm @ St. Brendan                     WON 26-18

3/30: vs St. Monica @ 12:00 pm @ St. Monica                       WON 23-15

4/7: vs Epiphany @ 1:00 pm @ St. Emydius                             WON 24-16

4/12: vs Good Shepherd @ 8:00 pm @ Holy Name                  WON 22-10

5/3: vs St. Anne @ 7:00 pm @ St. Stephen                                  LOST 22-25

5/12: vs Brandeis @ 2:00 pm @ St. Emydius                               WON 17-10

8th Grade:

3/15: vs DeMarillac @ 5:15 pm @ St. Emydius                LOST 20-26

3/16: vs St. John @ 12:30 pm @ St. John                          LOST 22-29

3/22: vs St. Peter SF @ 6:00 pm @ St. Stephen              WON 26-20

3/29: vs St. Brigid @ 8:15 pm @ St. Emydius                  WON 19-10

4/7: vs St. John @ 4:00 pm @ St. Emydius                       WON 22-10

4/13: vs DeMarillac @ 5:00 pm @ St. Emydius                WON 19-16

5/10: vs St. Brigid @ 6:15 pm @ St. Emydius                     WON 21-18

5/11: vs St. Peter SF @ 5:00 pm @ St. Emydius                 WON 20-14

 

 

 

 

 

Le mois de février

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  • Kindergarten has learned the body parts. They loved playing the game of “Jacques a dit” and singing the”Jean petit qui danse” song.

  • First graders can now talk about their hobbies and clothing.
  • Second grades are able to discuss what forest animals like to eat. They can also explain what scares them and why.
  • In third grade, we have been learning about French history and the Gaulois.

À bientôt