SJLS Band at Angels Stadium!

“Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…”. (Click to listen!)

St. John’s Advanced Band had the honor and opportunity to perform our National Anthem at the Angels’ game on Saturday, September 15th.  Our small but mighty band of 8 joined with about 600 middle and high school students from around Orange County to play our nation’s song.

Before the game, they rehearsed with conductor John Carnahan from Cal State-Long Beach.  They quickly found out that it could be challenging staying together with 600 students stretched out the length of a football field.  They couldn’t rely on their ears to tell them if they were playing together.  Rather, they had to watch the conductor very closely.

After rehearsal, they walked onto the warning track at the stadium and performed in right field.  What an honor!  Later they watched the game with all the St. Johns families who came to support them!  It was a fun evening to sit in the St. Johns section of the ball park, where we knew many of the people nearby.  The band students continued to have fun by dancing together to see if they could get on the Jumbotron.  Their efforts were rewarded when they were showcased on the Jumbotron for all to see!  The evening ended with a fireworks show and a Nick Jonas concert.

Music is said to bring people together.  This is certainly true for St. John’s band.  They were brought together to honor our nation with the 600 students performing, a university band conductor, the 42,000 people at the game who heard them play, and the St. Johns families who came to support them!

By: Mrs. Krista Elliott, Music Teacher

 

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United in Christ!

The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is “Called To Be United in Christ.” It is a wonderful theme to encourage students, families, teachers, and the whole community. It reminds us that God has called each and every one of us to be connected to St. John’s and to each other. We are walking with the Lord together. 

Mrs. Fink’s class started the year off creating a puzzle. Each piece of the puzzle represents a student and their unique abilities, talents, and personalities. When we put the puzzle together though, we noticed there was a gap created in the middle that was in the shape of the cross. This reminds us that our completeness, or “oneness” is not something we can accomplish on our own – but we are consistently and daily called back to the cross. 

The students also participated in creating a video to show our theme verse! 

May God Bless our school year and let us truly learn how to be united in Christ. 

STEM…Saving Fred!

Saving Fred… our first STEM activity of the year!

Last Friday, 2nd graders were given their first STEM challenge.  Before we began our activity, we discussed what the acronym STEM stood for…. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.   I was impressed at the number of students who already knew what all four letters stood for and represented.  What they didn’t know is that the T can have a second meaning… Teamwork!!!

After dividing up into small teams, each group was given one gummy life saver, one clear cup, four paper clips, and one very cute gummy worm named Fred!  After hearing about Fred’s tragic boat accident, where the life saver was trapped under the capsized boat, the 2nd graders worked as a team to get Fred safely back into his life saver.

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Each group worked in their own way to first retrieve the life saver and then to work Fred safely back into his flotation device.  There were many failed attempts, but each group continued to work at it, talking to each other, testing new ideas and strategies.  In the end, Fred was rescued by every group at least once.

What I found most impressive, however, is that when the group completed the initial task, we added additional challenges.  Instead of complaining or giving up, each group embraced the new challenge, adjusted their strategies, and once again, worked as a team to save Fred!

With the addition of the new STEM lab, I look forward to having so many more opportunities to give our kids the chance to apply those science and math skills, to try out new forms of technology, and especially to work as a TEAM!!

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First Grade Fun!

The beginning of the year is such an exciting time! Everyone gets new shoes, new backpacks, new school supplies, new friends, and a new teacher. Students enter classrooms expectantly. Some are raring to go while others are more cautious.

Teachers are just as excited to meet their new classes and plan for a wonderful year. There’s a lot of work that goes into each person’s role.  Learning routines takes up a great deal of time and effort. Knowing that God has his hand on our shoulders gives us just what we need to do our best.

At the end of the first week of school, the first graders and their teachers celebrate all their hard work with a popsicle break. Job well done first graders!

By: Mrs. Demarest, 1st grade

STEM Lab Excitement!

The NEW St. John’s School STEM Lab has some exciting updates in construction!

  • Nana Wall (folding glass wall) is up!
  • Tech storage cabinets are up!
  • Ceiling tiles are nearly ready to go in!

Technology still to come:

  • THREE 85″ Flat-screen panels for instruction display
  • Apple TVs for all display panels
  • 3D printing lab (FOUR 3D printers already purchased!)
  • Integrated audio system for presentations
  • Steelcase Makerspace furnishing by Tangram Designs

Thank you to our school Auxiliary, church and outside donors who made this all possible!

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Tide Pool Learning Fun!

The 5th grade students and teachers wrapped up their school year by exploring the tide pools at Little Corona Beach.  Before going to explore the tide pools the 5th graders studied what the tide pools are made of and the different types of animals that can be found in the tide pools.  After visiting the tide pools the students then created an animal that they thought would be perfectly adapted to live in the tide pools.

By: Mr. Kyle Duport, 5th grade

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Kindergarten Movie Making 101

Is it really possible to make a movie with Kindergarteners?  Some may doubt us, but the answer is YES!! The movie making process with Kindergarteners takes time and a lot of patience, but it is a very rewarding experience when you see the finished project.  The first step we took was to pick an educational topic to focus on. At St. John’s, the theme Mrs. Grack chose was prepositions. Next, we read a book on prepositions called Bears in the Night by the Berenstains.  After reading the book, each student in our class was assigned a preposition to illustrate.

In the following class, we practiced our picture taking skills and learned about a variety of film shots from the American Film Institute.  We also learned about storyboards and their relationship to film shots by watching a deleted clip from the movie Frozen that was filmed using the original storyboards.  The third class was when we wrote our script. Each kindergarten class had to develop a storyline that included a problem and solution.  Each student in our class had a line and a preposition that they had include in the script. The themes for this year’s movies were: “Lost in the Forest on a Stormy Night,” “Where in the World are the Letterbooks?” and “How do we get to Disneyland?”

During the fourth week, we applied our knowledge about film shots and storyboards by making a storyboard that matched each of our written parts in the movie. One thing we focused on was making the storyboards as accurate as possible by including a picture of ourselves using the correct body positions and facial expressions. Next, it was time to take our camera shots.  We partnered up and worked together to get the exact photo that matched our storyboards. Some of us used the Green Screen and had to find a background that represented our storyboard picture. For example, one student wanted to be on a roller coaster with cotton candy and with the Green Screen technology, we made it happen!!

Last, Mrs. Grack applied her editing magic using Google Slides and Imovie.  As a class we chose the background music for the movie. Then, we added our audio after discussing how we needed to make our voices and words, clear, slow and expressive.  On the night of Expression Explosion, our movies debuted to our family and friends.

The movie took six weeks to produce, but we learned so much and are so proud of our accomplishment.  

By: Mrs. Grack, Educational Technology Teacher