We are preparing for an enriching Sacred Heart Goal Day next Wednesday, December 11, which will focus on Goal I, a personal and active faith in God, and Goal II, a deep respect for intellectual values.
Grades 5 and 6 will start the day participating in a Rube Goldberg challenge. This engineering challenge is an engaging way to bring science concepts to life while helping students learn how to think creatively and critically as well as problem-solve. Students work on building one of the most popular engineering STEAM projects—a Rube Goldberg machine––with the goal of creating a machine that can pop a balloon! They will be working in their advisory groups to design and build their machines out of recycled and repurposed materials.
Grades 7 and 8 will begin the morning with an assembly followed by their Quarter 2 exams. Their morning will focus on Goal II as they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the content on the exams. Grade 8 will also have the opportunity to visit the younger Gators in Kindergarten-Grade 2 with peer reading, math games, and recess play.
The entire Middle School will participate in an Advent prayer service and have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Later in the day, the Middle School will also dig into diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities and discussions in grade-level teams. This DEI work will help students work on their listening, empathy, and care for their peers’ opinions and perspectives. These activities will build the students’ experience in the classroom and together as a collective body. In a Goal IV year, we are focusing as a school community to come together through shared experiences and celebrations.
It is my sincere hope that through these experiences and the preparation during Advent at Stone Ridge, the girls will reflect and feel the love of Christ in our community.