St. John’s Yearbook Awarded National Program of Excellence Award
The Delphos St. John’s Yearbook Staff has been recognized for creating a dynamic and engaging 2014 Yearbook.
Josten’s, the leading producer of yearbooks, announced Delphos St. John’s as a recipient of the 2014 National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award. This designation recognizes schools that embrace the yearbook tradition and have built a yearbook program that contributes to a positive school culture and climate that serves the entire school.
The award winning yearbook was created during the 2013-2014 school year and was distributed at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. Award winners were recently announced and St. John’s was presented with a banner and a plaque. The award winning yearbook staff was made of the following students (seniors and juniors in the 2013-2014 school year): Gwen Neumeier, Brelyn Stepleton, Emilie Fischbach, Erica Saine, Brooke Zuber, Cheyanne Bonifas, Elizabeth Winhover, Olivia Miller, Alyssa Martin, Tara Vorst, Haleigh DeWyer, and Alaina Backus. They were led by first-year advisor Michelle Stiffey.
Awards are given for schools that have achieved criteria in the following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing yearbook creation process. Every year, Josten’s sets three main goals. They are to have fifty percent of the student body appear in the book three times or more, to sell a yearbook to seventy percent of the student body, and to meet all deadlines. “We are proudest of getting 100 percent of the student body in the book four times” says Elizabeth Winhover. “It took a lot of creativity and dedication to make sure we made the yearbook a true representation of our entire student body.”
The award winning yearbook was the 60th Edition of the Delphos St. John’s Crest. It was made up of 144 pages designed by the students enrolled in the yearbook class. “Day in and day out the students worked to design spreads, write stories and captions, interview students and photograph everything from football games to science class,” says Stiffey. “I was blessed with a truly dedicated staff that was as eager to meet the goals set by Josten’s as I was.”
PRESCHOOL STARTS RECYCLING
We all know that recycling is important. But, for one preschooler it is more than important for him, it is a passion. Max Hohman’s love for recycling has changed the way we look at recycling. Each classroom is now equipped with a recycling bin. Not only do we teach the students how important it is to take care of our earth, we also are leading by example. Thank you Max for reminding us that we all need to work together to keep the earth healthy and clean.
Our 2nd grade students in Mrs. Holdgreve’s classroom read Aliens Don’t Carve Jack -o’-lanterns by Debbie Dadey during their time in the library with Mrs. Mueller.
They talked about Halloween poetry and read an old favorite by Jack Prelutsky, It’s Halloween, and selections from a new book, Hallowilloween, by Calif Brown. To wrap up the unit on Halloween, the students created their own pumpkins!
October 15th ended the month of Hispanic Heritage. Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1988. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it marked the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In honor of this month, the students at Saint John’s High School engaged in presentations that outlined the many Hispanic Countries around the world. The lively presentations were filled with music, food, anthems, dance and pictures. The connection to culture through presentations is a wonderful way to learn about Hispanics and their contributions to America.
Delphos St. John’s first graders are learning keyboarding skills in computer class. Introducing keyboarding at a young age is great for hand-eye coordination and letter recognition. At St. John’s, kindergarten and first grade students focus on using left or right hand to type a letter. Homerow keys are introduced in second grade with additional letters starting in third grade. After that, each grade level reviews their keyboarding skills and they begin to work on speed as they get older. Keyboarding is an essential 21st century skill enabling students to focus on their thoughts and ideas instead of fumbling around looking for the correct letters.
October 16, 2014 is designated as World Food Day. The students of Delphos St. John’s decided to do their own twist to recognize this important day. A food drive has taken place in our Preschool, Elementary and Junior High/High School. Our Blue Jays collected 1,415 non-perishable food items. All of these items were donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society food pantry. Sydney Fischbach, President of the Liturgy Team commented, “We wanted to help our little corner of the world. It is great to help people all over the world, but there are people suffering right here in Delphos.” Ralph Lauser of the St. Vincent DePaul Society was extremely pleased with this donation. “The shelves were pretty bare before this generous donation” said Lauser. Denny Hickey, treasurer of the St. Vincent DePaul Society commented “The society helps between 500-600 families a year. As of October 1, 2014, the society has aided almost 500 hundred families with food, rent, utilities or prescriptions. We are funded totally by donations from the public. One hundred percent of the donations we receive, goes to helping those in need.” Hopefully we have made our little corner of the world a better place to live!
High School student, Halie Benavidez, with her edible cell for Mr. Hopkins’ Anatomy and Physiology class. The edible cell has been a fun way for students to learn the structure and function of cells in the human body.