Monthly Newsletter = November 2009 =

Dear All

We have just completed the first quarter of school year 2009-2010 and student learning outcomes are promising. All of the students actively participated in the STA Second Annual Global Issues Conference on Technology. Two students participated in the IIAAG competition in Volleyball. More than half of our student body is on the Honor Roll. A group of student scientists from the class of 2011 are leaving this week for the International Super Science Fair at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
We have successfully organized our First Scholarship Golf Tournament and we are committed to continue in the tradition of making STA affordable and accessible to students who desire a good dose of knowledge! We are grateful to all individuals and organizations who continue to support our vision.

STA joined the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition this year. STEM Education Coalition is composed of advocates from diverse groups representing all sectors of the technological workforce from knowledge workers, educators, scientists, engineers, and technicians. The participating organizations of the STEM Education Coalition are dedicated to ensuring quality STEM education at all levels.
This year STA is taking the following steps to strengthen its STEM related programs:
(1). Organizing a school-wide conference on technology
(2). Training for the AMC (American Mathematical Competition)
(3). Participating in Ritsumeikan Super Science Fair in Kyoto, Japan
(4). Organizing a school-wide science fair
(5). Developing a Plant Tissue Culture Lab.

We are extremely proud of our new website and all the positive feedback with a parent corner section.


Monthly Recap

The first Parent Teacher Conference was held on October 9, 2009 with over 83% participation rate. We will extend the next conference time interval from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Sophomores and juniors were administered the PSAT-10 on October 14, 2009.

energysmallThe Second Annual Global Issues Conference was held on October 16, 2009. The theme this year was: Technology- How
it impacts our lives. This conference is aligned with our ESLRs in making “Responsible Citizens with Global Awareness”.
Several industries participated with exhibits of products with cutting edge technology. Student presented their research projects on topic ranging from amusement parks to entertainment, warfare, communications, architecture, health and many more. We extend our deep appreciation to all businesses involved in the conference, and congratulate our students for the quality of their work. We acknowledge Mr. Babia for coordinating the event.

Three faculty members from Teshima High School of Osaka visited our campus in October to explore student exchange opportunities between STA and Teshima High School. A group of thirty students and two teachers is expected to visit our school on November 2010. This will represent the third High School in Japan (with Ritsumeikan University High School in Kyoto and Tokyo Gakkan Niigata High School) involved with an exchange program with STA.

On October 26, 2009, the AP biology class attended a workshop on staining gram positive and gram negative bacteria at the University of Guam.

During the month of October, STA welcomed the following university representatives:
-    Loyola Marymount University, California
-    Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey
-    Chaminade University, Hawaii

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Chaminade visiting STA (10/26/2009)

Two students from STA attended “U-Penn” information session on October 7, 2009 at St. John’s School in Upper Tumon.

Faculty evaluation is ongoing with classroom observation in progress by the principal and survey of students and parents. We thank you parents for your feedback.

STA recruitment campaign will start in November 2009 until January 2010 with visits to Guam middle schools (public schools and Catholic schools).


Student Life

Sport activities marked the end of the first quarter with faculty vs students on the soccer field, the basketball court and “grass volleyball” on October 23, 2009. It was not surprising that the Masters won all competitions.

St. Thomas Aquinas Youth (STAY) for Christ lead the school community into “Walk for Life” on October 11, 2009 by joining with parishes and Catholic Schools of Guam in support of the “Right to Life”!

STA Choir was officially installed at the Cathedral-Basilica by Fr. Dan Ferrandiz. The choir performs each Sunday at 11:30AM under the direction of Mr. Norman Babia. It is truly a delight to watch them perform!

STA opened a chapter of BBBS (Big Brother Big Sister) and six students are providing volunteer tutoring service to middle school students from Agueda Johnston.

St. Thomas Aquinas Lions-Guam Chapter of the National Honor Society has been approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Honor Society Organization.

The class of 2010 organized a flea market for their senior trip on Saturday, October 17, 2009.

The freshmen class is gearing up for long hike followed by a spiritual retreat on October 30 and 31, 2009. Fr. Val and class advisors will serve as chaperones.

A dozen of students join with the principal for physical fitness after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome.


Summary of Upcoming Events

Guam Youth Congress will meet on October 31, 2009 at the Legislative Hall in Hagatna. Senior student Dara Namazi and Sophomore Regina Mandanas will represent STA.

STA Choir is invited to perform at Blessed Diego San Vitores Catholic Church in Tumon on November 08, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please come and support our choir.

December 8, 2009 is “Our Lady of Camarin” day. There will be a procession from the Cathedral-Basilica with all Catholic schools on Guam.

December 18, 2009: STA Science Fair from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, followed by Parent Teacher Conference from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

December 19, 2009: “Coconut Christmas” in the Prayer Garden from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

School visits:
-    November 23, 2000: Dominican Catholic School (Yigo)
-    November 24, 2009: Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School (Sinajana)
-    December 2, 2009: Oceanview Middle School (Agat)
-    December 4, 2009: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School (Agat)
-    December 9, 2009: Untalan Middle School (Barrigada)
-    January 8, 2010: San Vicente Catholic School (Barrigada)
-    January 20, 2010: St. Francis Catholic School (Yona)

Placement Tests for STA:
-    December 5, 2009
-    December 19, 2009

Typhoon Make-up day: December 21, 2009

Christmas Break starts on December 22, 2009.

Thank you,

Hauhouot Diambra-Odi, Ph.D.
Principal


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