Pre-freshmen Jacob Askar, Anthony Perez, Michael Nair, and Gabriel Sacasa take a much needed break after a four-hour-long band rehearsal on Thursday, Oct. 19. The Blue Jay Band Booster club provided jambalaya, snacks, and soft drinks for the band members who are preparing for the District VI Marching Band Assessment Festival on October 30 at Joe Yenni Stadium. The extended practice came on the last day of first quarter exams. Needless to say, the students were grateful for the relaxation and sustenance.
October 17, 2017
Meet “JAYsie” (right), an adorable 3 ½-month-old Maltipoo puppy to be featured during the live auction portion of this year’s Celebration at the Disco Ball! The annual gala is set for Saturday, Oct. 28 at The Cannery and is disco-themed for 2017. Additional live auction items include diamond earrings; a Napa Dream Vacation; a Camden, Maine getaway; dinner with Fr. Fronk; a signed Steve Gleason jersey; a catered sailing charter for six; and a week in Breckenridge, Colorado. Tickets are selling out fast, so do the hustle and get your tickets online! Raffle tickets are also available now for online purchase. Don’t forget to dig out your bell bottoms and boogie shoes—disco costumes are encouraged!
October 16, 2017
Lunchtime Crunch Time…
In case Blue Jays wanted to learn one more vocabulary word following their first quarter English exams, crunch time is defined as “a critical moment or period (as near the end of a game) when decisive action is needed.” Once the English/Biology II, Fine Arts II, and other Monday exams ended, students switched gears to their Tuesday tests. Freshman Hunter Richardson helps pre-freshman Conner Zimmerman through a tough math problem similar to ones that will be on Mrs. JoAnn Schexnayder’s Algebra I exam Tuesday morning. Richardson had Mrs. Schexnayder’s class last year and volunteered his time during lunchtime crunch time on Monday.
October 12, 2017
These Blue Jays on the freshman football team arrive first to the locker room to get ready for their big game against Rummel at John Ryan Stadium. Front row, from left: Jay Scott, Walker Mannino, Maxwell Jubenville, and Geoffrey Morris; back row, from left: Win Schibler, Luke Besh, Patrick Lavie, Jamal Wright, Hayden Morris, Tripp Haddad, Chris Gillen, and Giovanni Licciardi.
October 10, 2017
“I Can, I Will”…
The Jesuit student council, with the help of guidance counselor Mrs. Mary Favalora, led a lunchtime pep rally unlike any other in Traditions Courtyard. The pep rally was not for a football game. Not for a swim meet, or a wrestling meet. In fact, it wasn’t for an athletic event at all. It was a PSAT Pep Rally, the first of its kind at Carrollton and Banks.
In order to get their minds right for the school-wide Wednesday testing day, student council members attracted a large number of Blue Jays to the pep rally corner of the courtyard. From the second floor balcony they threw No. 2 pencils and “Thinking Caps” to students in the crowd. Mrs. Favalora led the group in a pump-up speech, which concluded with the cheer, “I Can, I Will!” Student council executive aide Paul James ended the pep rally, chanting “I believe that we will merit!” The PSAT Warrior-hopefuls in the junior class aim to win the battle tomorrow against the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.
October 6, 2017
Though his homeroom may not have walked away victorious after their intramural game, pre-freshman Connor Campbell was there to support the members of 806’s flag football team during the first half of lunch. The Intramural Sports Program provides an opportunity for students of all grade levels to participate in recreational sports. Under faculty supervision, grade-level leagues are formed for touch football, basketball, as well as other possibilities throughout the year. In each sport, homeroom teams compete against each other in games held during the lunch period.
October 2, 2017
For the third year in a row, the Spanish Department has showcased a traveling exhibit during Hispanic Heritage Month to highlight a famous Hispanic artist. The exhibit is located in the Resource Center. Salvador Dalí was the first featured artist in 2015. Diego Rivera was showcased in 2016, and this year’s exhibit features Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter famous for her bold self-portraits. For two weeks, teachers can bring their classes to the library and use the exhibit in their assignments. Spanish teacher Andrew Dykema used the exhibit to teach his students about looking at and analyzing art, self-image and beauty standards, and the relationship between Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The class also watched a short film about the Museo Casa Azul in Mexico. The exhibit is on display until Thursday.
September 29, 2017
Respect Your Elders…
…is a common phrase among the senior class of 2018. In fact, the seniors chanted “respect your elders” today at the pep rally during the noise battle among the grade levels. During lunch, however, the class of 2018 fell to their elder rivals in the annual Senior-Faculty football game. The faculty won the game 14-0.