The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

February 24, 2010

Ss. John & Paul celebrates Catholic schools

ASHTABULA — Each year Ss. John and Paul participates in Catholic Schools Week, giving students a break from their studies and a chance to spend time with friends while taking part in school-wide activities. This year’s theme was “Catholic Schools — Dividends for Life,” which reinforces our belief in Catholic Education. Catholic Schools Week comes at a critical time when the year begins speeding up before graduation for the seniors and summer break for everyone else.

“It allows us to celebrate who we are and it builds community. I think everybody had a good time,” said Terri Chadowski, school guidance counselor.

The week began Feb. 1 with a trip to the movies. The entire school left in the morning for Mentor to see James Cameron’s “Avatar” in 3D.

Senior Mikenzie Zullo enjoyed the chance to spend time with friends outside of class. “I thought it was a lot of fun because it gave us a chance to step back from the classroom atmosphere and do something all together,” Zullo said. “Everyone had a lot of fun during the movie since it was in 3D and almost everyone said they would want to see a movie again next year for Catholic Schools week.”

When students returned from the movie, they were able to play Ultimate-Frisbee.

Sophomore Ben Williams especially enjoyed the game. “It’s a great activity; it’s fun and good exercise,” he said. “We got to skip class for something fun but good for us and at the same time and everyone enjoyed it.”

Feb. 2 was Teacher Appreciation Day. We took time to thank our teachers by serving them breakfast and holding a morning assembly to show off their look-a-likes. Each grade had students that they felt most closely resembled their homeroom teachers dress like them. Each teacher posed with their “twin” for a picture and the entire school got to watch the faculty’s reaction.

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