November 10, 2015
This fall, St. Thomas the Apostle had the pleasure of hosting Lend a Shoulder Day, an annual event led by Chicago’s Big Shoulders Fund. Lend a Shoulder Day, now in its 16th year, was designed to celebrate student achievement and to allow business and civic leaders to see first-hand how Catholic schools like STA are enlightening minds and brightening the lives of children in their communities. It was also an opportunity for students to engage with many of the supporters who help fund Big Shoulders programs for the benefit of schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, including St. Thomas the Apostle. Lend a Shoulder Day activities featured interactive science experiments in our newly renovated science lab, creative art projects, and math games for everyone to enjoy!
October 11, 2015
STA middle school students were introduced to careers in chemistry at the Illinois Chemical Education Foundation’s Career Conference held annually at the Museum of Science and Industry. The experience included a quiz game show on careers, a chemistry demonstration show called Weird Science and a hands-on, interactive industry exhibit area with representatives from Dow Chemical Company, AksoNobel, LyondellBassell, Cardno, Carus Group and other leaders in the field. Inspiring!
May 20, 2015
St. Thomas the Apostle School is proud to announce that STA alumna Savannah West, ’07, St. Ignatius ’11 has been named a Fulbright Scholar. A 2015 graduate of Amherst College with a B. A. degree in Political Science and Art History, Savannah will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in South Africa for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential. High achievement runs in the family – sister Delia West STA ’11, St. Ignatius ’15 has been accepted to Georgetown University while Paula West, a member of STA’s class of 2015 will continue the family tradition at St. Ignatius.
March 29, 2015
The impact of St. Thomas the Apostle’s inspirational science program was evident at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair held at the Museum of Science and Industry on March 7, 2015. Exhibits by eighth grade students Maurice Brooks, Adam Handy and Madelyn Whisenhunt, were all award winners at the event for non-public middle schools and high schools.
Maurice Books used a fan and a wind tunnel he created from a cardboard box to test how the number of winglets on a paper airplane effects lift and drag. Just Wing It earned Maurice third-place honors at the fair.
For Why am I Burning Nuts?, a second place winner at the fair, Adam Handy burned five different kinds of nuts to see which would have the most potential energy and burn the longest.
Lions and Tigers and Water Bears, Oh My! was a first place winner for Madelyn Whisenhunt. Madelyn checked moss, lichen, sand, pond water and Lake Michigan water to see where she would find the most water bears, or Tardigrades, microscopic organisms found in virtually every environment on earth from the benign to the extreme. As one of the top scoring students at the Regional Fair, Madelyn qualified for the State Science Fair to be held May 2nd and 3rd at Southern Illinois University.
Congratulations to all of three of these outstanding students for their extraordinary efforts!
January 30, 2015
St. Thomas the Apostle’s Catholic Schools Week celebration included a school-wide assembly featuring Katie Quick’s inspirational Fingertips Program. Combining live music with motivational speaking, The Fingertips Program encourages students to find their passion and follow their dreams. A teacher, life coach, motivational speaker and singer/songwriter, Katie had a positive message for STA students – with hard work, determination and a positive attitude, ANYTHING is possible!
“Cuz you’ve got the sun and you’ve got the moon at your fingertips
You’ve got to do whatever it takes to get your hands on it
And I know if you work real hard you can do anything
Cuz you’ve got it all at your fingertips.”