New Teachers on the Block

-Sara S., grade 6

We all know there are many new students here at StJP, but what about the the new teachers? There are four new teachers, so let’s meet them!

Mrs. Swdevineeney loves it here at StJP. She finds it very welcoming and friendly. At first, she was little nervous about taking on a middle school setting, but she finds her new 7th grade homeroom comfortable. She is enjoying the grades she teaches vey much. Mrs. Sweeney teaches math for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and is very fond of it. Over all, she feels welcome and one of the crowd.

Mr.Baldasano is also a new teacher here, and he is a 6th grade homeroom teacher this year. He loves it at StJP! Mr.Baldasano teaches 7th and 8th grade ELA, and he loves the subjects and tjeff-200x150he students he teaches. A fun fact about Mr. Baldasano is that he is also a huge Star Wars fan and can talk about the books and movies for hours! He finds the people at StJP very friendly and that they have welcomed him with open arms. He is happy with the middle school setting, and his encouraging words to students (via Star Wars) is, “Do or do not, there is no try.”

samMs.McGinley is the new, friendly 6th grade ELA teacher. She encourages her students in a “stress free zone,” by showing them that school can be a fun environment. She has the
students work together in group activities where they have a good time learning. Every day Ms.McGinley starts the class with a journal to get her students’ creative juices flowing. She remarked, ELA is my favorite subject so why can’t I make it fun?

Ms.McGinley is enjoying her time here at StJP so far, and is looking forward to the upcoming year. She encourages her students and has a good time with them. She noted,
“Being the new teacher on the block isn’t too bad.”

Mrs.Burkholder is the new librarian here at StJP. Some students may already know her
since her oldest child is in 6th grade, her middle child in 4th, and her second youngest child is in 1st grade. Mrs.Burkholder loves teaching and loves the library setting.
She told The Daily Protector, “Sister Sondra and Mrs. Ortaloni have made this [experience] amazing!” She loves being the new librarian here and loves to teach. Mrs.
Burkholder is in the library for every grade, but for 6th grade, she holds a study skills class, helping the students prepare for tests and stay organized. Mrs. Burkholder loves to read, and encourages her students to do the same.erin

StJP has 4 new teachers on the block who love it here and are having a great time as well. Be sure to say hello to our new faces on the faculty!


Lunch in the Library

-Ella W., grade 4

Lunch in the library is so much fun. There are so many things you can do at lunch in the library. You can do research on a Chrome Book, or you can pratcice your multiplication tables on the iPads, which is very helpful when preparing for math class. You can also check out a book, or read a book of your own.

It is a nice time to relax and read whatever you want. Another thing you can do is your homework, which saves you time for when you get home and you have many activities. These are just a few things you can do during lunch in the librscreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-7-41-09-pmary. It is perfect for you if you like to have a lunch on the quieter side.

If you are someone who likes to read, research, practice your skills, or relax in quiet, you should definetly try it out! All you need is your lunch a ticket from your teacher!

Calling All Reporters and Editors!

Are you a StJP student in fourth,fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade? Do you like to write? Do you want to share the news about StJP with our community? The Daily Protector needs your ideas and writing skills!

Last year, our team of students grades four and up posted over forty articles in a variety of styles from school news, local news, continuous stories, and our newest feature, “Creative Classrooms.” Watch this space for information about our newspaper staff meetings. We meet at lunchtime from 12:20-1:00. (Day and place will be announced when the school year begins.) Staff members bring their lunches, so we can eat, meet, and plan. 

Ideas or questions? Email us at

StJP Class of 2016 Mural

(Photo courtesy of Mrs. Terry Heinz)

Joining the work of the class of 2014 and 2015 is the new mural created by our current eighth grade. This recent StJP tradition features the design work of the students, challenging them to create a mural that reflects the individuality of the class. Once the design is selected (voted on by the class), the students create the work and add their signatures.

This piece graces the hallway just outside the Science lab on the bottom floor of the upper building. Congratulations to the eighth grade and Mrs. Heinz for their beautiful work!

Lessons from D.A.R.E.

-Sara S., grade 5

D.A.R.E has taught me so much in the past ten weeks. I know that tricky and very risky situations may occur at any time in my life. I could be asked if I wanted to eat or drink something that is illegal for me because I am underage. If I give in to the peer pressure I could get seriously hurt or sick . D.A.R.E has also taught me how stress can get very overwhelming for everyone, and how to communicate this effectively. I know that some choices are hard to make, and sometimes we don’t make the right ones. We have responsibility for these actions, and we need to know how much this could hurt us.

StJP fifth graders celebrated their D.A.R.E. Graduation on Thursday, May 26 at Saint Basil Academy

StJP fifth graders celebrated their D.A.R.E. Graduation on Thursday, May 26 at Saint Basil Academy

I have learned numerous facts about smoking and drugs in general. Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause lung cancer, mouth cancer, tooth loss, and other health problems. For example, chewing tobacco reduces the amount of blood that flows to the brain, which could hurt you physically and mentally. Without the right amount of bloodflow to your brain long term damage could occur. There is more than two hundred known chemicals in cigarettes, which could hurt anyone that uses or has used these harmful drugs.

D.A.R.E has also taught me resistance strategies for smoking, for example: avoiding the situation–staying away from any places that you know have drug users, and strength in numbers–hanging out with nonusers especially where drugs are expected. Walking away is another example. If someone asks you to smoke say no and walk away. Saying no while giving a reason or excuse is another strategy–giving an excuse or good reason to not use drugs, and changing the subject– changing the subject without giving into the drugs. During D.A.R.E we use a method called “FLIP THE FLAP!” Which means we use the D.A.R.E. decision making model: Define, Assess, Respond, and Evaluate, we use this method a lot to figure out our “What Should They Do?”section of our D.A.R.E.manual, which asked us questions about what someone should do in a hard situation.

The next thing we all learned about was bullying. Now, we had learned about this in the past at my school, so I knew a lot about this topic. I learned the five W’s of reporting bullying: Who, What, When, Where and Why.  These are all very important for the steps of reporting bullying and now I know them all–Who: tell a trusted adult,then who the bully was and most importantly, did it happen to YOU?, What: what kind of bullying, (be very specific!), When: the time of the bullying, and if it was recent and constant, Where: where you tell someone can be very important and this could also change what there is to tell, and Why: so this bullying can stop and so no one else can go through what you had to go through.

I have learned about a lot of other words and definitions like the My Help Network: a person or a group of people you can call on for advice, and that there is also a difference between tattling and telling. Telling is providing information to a trusted adult to help someone or keep them safe, while tattling is when you want to get someone in trouble for a harmless behavior. I can use this information to help me in the future by know what’s right for me to have and what is not. An example would be if someone told me “Hey Sara if you don’t take this I’m gonna punch you in the face!” I would know how to handle it.

In conclusion D.A.R.E has showed me so much and taught what and what not to do. I know that life can be tough, and we could be asked or pushed into something that we don’t want to do or that is illegal. My D.A.R.E officer has taught me and my fellow students so much and so well. I have learned about so much about drugs, smoking, tobacco and a lot more! I loved the experience of D.A.R.E and wish I could do it again!

Art Tips: Happy Mistakes


Artist Mary Kate’s charcoal study, using no eraser!

-Mary Kate M., Grade 7

When drawing you will always make a mistake. However some times your mistakes may work in your favor.

In the Art Workshop  program, erasers are rarely used. Teacher, Mrs. Cipolla, believes that some times mistakes can lead to happy mistakes. A little mistake can be turned around to fit the drawing. Not using erasers shows her students how to take a mistake and use it to fit the drawing.

Turns out almost all of her students have come across at least one happy mistake while in the program, and have learned how to turn a little accident around to make their work better.


Creative Classroom: Bio Poem

-Grace M., grade 7 wrote a poem about herself in a format called a bio poem.


Friendly, nice, kind

Daughter of Christine and Matthew

Who loves hanging with friends, enjoys reading good books, and likes summer vacation

Who appreciates weeks at the beach with family, adores playing field hockey, and goes to Mass every Sunday

Who fears big, crawly bugs, is scared during thunderstorms, and is frightened of the world ending

Who competed in and won the field hockey CYO championship game with her team, studies hard and gets good grades, and danced in a Walt Disney World parade.

Who wants to visit Disney World with her dance studio again, experience the excitement of dancing on stage, and wants to see the world at peace

Born and living in Glenside