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Monthly Newsletter = March 2009 =

Dear All,

The end of March will coincide with the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the last quarter of the school year. St. Thomas Aquinas school community has accomplished tremendous achievements including: (1) the completion of a five-year strategic plan, (2) the revision of the final edition of the policies and procedures handbook, (3) the revised version of the parent/student handbook, (4) winning an award in the Martin Luther King Essay Competition, (5) winning first place in the UOG Chemistry Competition, and (6) finalist in the Mock Trial Competition.

Monthly Recap

Students from the Latin Class visited the library of the “Redemptoris Mater” Seminary on March 9, 2009.

Students from the Chemistry Class participated in the UOG Chemistry Competition on March 10, 2009. St. Thomas Aquinas won the first place as a group and Norma Phillips won the first place in the individual category.

The National Latin Exam was administered to seven students on March 12, 2009.

Students from the Environmental Class visited the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Hagatna on March 18, 2009.

St. Thomas Aquinas organized its first “Guam History Fair” on March 19, 2009. Guest speakers included Mr. Gordon Ritter, Mr. Anthony Ritter and Mr. Jose Martinez who presented their project on “Pacific Island Proa”, and Mr. Bert Unpingco who elaborated on “The History of Guam Tourism”. We thank Mr. Andrew Mojkowski for coordinating the “History Fair”, and the judges (Mrs. Yahn and Mr. Palmore) for their time.

Parent-Teacher conference was held on March 27, 2009. Parent involvement was very high as usual.

Enrollment for 2009-2010 academic year is ongoing. During the month of March we had ten inquiries including eight freshmen and two juniors. Prospective students are welcome to visit our classrooms.

Student Life

A total of 16 students and 4 staff members from Tokyo Gakkan Niigata High School visited our campus on March 13, 2009.

Mr. Floyd Schrock, Assistant Director for International Admission at Linfield College, Oregon, visited our campus on March 13, 2009 as part of our College Guidance Program.

St. Thomas Aquinas Mock Trial Team will face St. John’s Team in the final on April 2, 2009. The winner will represent Guam in the National Mock Trial Competition in Atlanta, GA in May, 2009.

Students from St. Thomas Aquinas have expressed interest in growing an organic vegetable garden on school grounds. Donations of potting soil and gardening tools are welcome.

Fourth Quarter Sports: Alex Cornwell will play golf and Annabell Serious will join the paddling team of Okkodo High School. Please support our athletes.

Senior student Mitsihero Motomura has been accepted at the University of California at San Diego, and the University of California at Riverside.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic high School is welcoming Ms. Helen Chu who joins the faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas in the fourth quarter to teach English. Ms. Chu holds a MS from Harvard and has over 19 years of teaching experience in the international school circle and in the continental USA. She recently taught English, Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) at St. John’s School from 1997 to 2004 and was also an adjunct faculty in the Philosophy Department at the University of Guam from 2002 to 2004. Ms. Chu is coming back to Guam from New York where she spent the past three years working as a writer.
Ms. Chu brings a breath of knowledge and experience in secondary and post-secondary education well suited for our rigorous and demanding curriculum.
Please extend your cooperation to Ms. Chu.

St. Thomas Aquinas Youth Choir continues to shine at the Cathedral-Basilica on Sundays at 11:30 am. Please support our youth.

St. Thomas Aquinas school community thanks Ms. Patty Arroyo for providing lunch to the entire school on March 25, 2009, in conclusion of “Guam History Fair”.

Summary of Upcoming Events

April 1, 2009
WASC/WCEA Initial Visit for accreditation.

April 2, 2009
Final Mock Trial Competition.

April 6-13, 2009
Spring break

April 14, 2009
Fourth quarter begins

April 18, 2009
St. Thomas Aquinas Merit Scholarship Golf Tournament, Country Club of the Pacific (CCP), Ipan. We need volunteers.

April 24-25, 2009
Juniors and seniors will participate in a hike, community service and spiritual retreat.

Gratias tibi ago! Thank you! Si Yu’us Ma’ase! Arigato Gozaimasu! Gracias! Merci! Salamat Po! Gamsanamnida!

Thank you,

Hauhouot Diambra-Odi, Ph.D.

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