Freshman Matthew O’Neill — one of the assistant student managers for the Blue Jay varsity football team — is perfectly content flying solo with a deck of cards and deals himself a hand of solitaire during his free period on Monday in the Student Commons.
October 4, 2013
The Three Jokers…
Juniors in Ms. Nilda Rivera’s Spanish IV class spent the last period on Friday telling jokes as an exercise to demonstrate the management of both English and Spanish. The original joke is a simple one in English, geared for kids 5-10 years-old. The challenge is to translate the joke into Spanish, retaining the nuances that make it funny. This is more difficult to pull off successfully because culture does not translate. The trio of jokers, from left, Nick Rosenson, Anthony Taffaro, and Josh de Boisblanc discovered that a thorough understanding of the language is the key to delivering an effective punch line.
October 3, 2013
The Magic of Spontaneity …
Freshman Troy Reilly laughs in amazement at a magic card trick performed by Mr. Mike Dardant in Mrs.Kate Arthurs-Goldberg’s speech class. Mr. Dardant is the coach of Jesuit’s improv team, the J-Troupe. He visited speech classes today to introduce improvisational skills which are useful public speaking skills. J-Troupe auditions are being held Friday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium.
October 2, 2013
Resource-ful Blue Jays…
Sophomores Brady Stiller (left) and Nick Slay use the time afforded during a free period to conduct research in the Resource Center for a project that was assigned by Mr. Ron Rossi, longtime history teacher at Jesuit High School.
October 1, 2013
Rote Out, CBI In…
Pre-freshmen in Ms. Katie Single’s Spanish 8 class enjoy CBI – computer based instruction – that is becoming an important supplement to the curriculum. CBI provides immediate feedback with self-quizzes and features videos of tutorials for review prior to tests. Additionally, CBI engages Blue Jays with grammar and vocabulary games such as “Battleship” and “Rags to Riches,” as well as music videos that convey grammatical concepts. Rote is out, CBI is in. CBI: a new, different, and interesting way to learn Spanish, as these Jays will readily affirm. From left are Mike Hull, Joey Dupepe, Cari Robinson, Ryan Hamilton, Mason Peres, and Anthony Kelly.
September 30, 2013
There is always humor to be found in analysis class, right? Well, yes, especially in Mr. John Lavie’s learning laboratory where these juniors react with amusement during Monday’s lesson which focused on graphs of typical functions and shifts.
September 27, 2013
Planes, Brains, & Automobiles…
Freshman Austin Ros almost jumps out of his uniform during Friday’s lunchtime pep rally after he was the first to successfully sail his paper airplane into the front seating area of a very special Blue & White Mercury Grand Marquis parked in the Traditions Courtyard. Only three other Blue Jays – junior Peter Kim and freshmen John Crowson and Michael Scillitani – were able to accurately navigate their planes into the unique looking car from 20 feet away. The winners get to choose a free treat from whatever bag of goodies Br. Billy Dardis, S.J. happens to be selling to raise money for the Jesuit Missions.
Freshman Aaron Baker buys a frozen treat from Br. William Dardis on a too-warm autumn day after school. Br. Dardis regularly sets up a table outside the Student Commons to sell sweets to raise money for Jesuit’s Mission Drive.