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Pi Day CelebrationUpper hall students celebrated Pi Day on March 14 by participating in a Pi Day shirt competition, incorporating pi into their various class…

Pi Day Celebration
Upper hall students celebrated Pi Day on March 14 by participating in a Pi Day shirt competition, incorporating pi into their various class lessons and eating pie, which was provided by the eighth-grade class, as dessert after lunch. Voting for the T-shirt competition was done by the teachers.
7th-Grader Receives Award
Mr. Dante Centuori, director of creative productions at Great Lakes Science Center, presented seventh-grader Ava Thomas with the Creative Investigations award as well as the Audubon Society Award at the 2013 Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) held at John Carroll University in March. Ava’s science fair project focused on providing birds with buoyancy after an oil spill.
“Sadly, only 25 percent of cleaned birds survive their first year after an oil spill,” says Ava. “Volunteers use Dawn dishwashing detergent to get crude oil off of ducks, seagulls and cranes. But the soap removes the birds’ natural oils, too and that means they can’t float. The longer it takes the birds to recover their natural buoyancy, the less likely they will survive. So, I’m trying to find an environmentally safe product that can be applied to birds to restore their buoyancy.
“I experimented with a Proctor & Gamble product that has real potential, so I contacted them to share my idea. Initially P&G sent an encouraging email, but then I got a letter in the mail saying I needed a patent first.
“My Saint Anselm science teacher, Mrs. Wojnar, has encouraged me to pursue my idea. So, I’m not going to give up. I think I’m really on to something that could help and I’m pleased to be recognized by the Great Lakes Science Center and the Audubon Society.”
Special First-Grader Week
In first grade, each child has a special week when he or she brings in a display of pictures and special items. During that week, the parent comes in to be the guest reader of the child’s favorite book, which is kept in school for the remainder of the week. Then, each student in class writes a letter to the special child of the week to express what makes him or her a nice person. The letters are then bound and given to the student as a keepsake.

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