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WA Catholic students complete chapter on earthquakes

The sixth grade Earth Science class of Wyoming Area Catholic School recently completed a chapter on Earthquakes. As part of their study they were challenged to design a seismograph. The problem presented to 6th grade was "Can you design a seismograph that can record the movements of simulated earthquakes?" Their sesimograph had to do the following:

1. Record vibrations continuously for 30 seconds.

2. Produce a seismograph that can distinguish between gentle and strong earthquakes.

3. Record seismic readings consistently from trial to trial. Students worked in groups. As a groupd they had to complete the following

skill objectives:

1. Design an experiment.

2. Evaluate their results.

3. Troubleshoot problems that occur during the design and build stages.

Pictures are the students with their completed and workable seismographs.

Pictured in first row are Ryan Potorski, Luke Bartley, Frank Wright, Zach Patterson, Steven Ulichney, Aidan McIntyre, and Marc Phillips. Second row, boys kneeling: Taylor Chronowski, James Kosik, Matt Loeffler, and Timothy Murphy. Third row: Madelyn Ross, Vaness Musto, Marissa Moran, Sarah Satkowski, Maddie Pavlico, Nicole Cirelli, Brenna Satkowski, Molly Holmes, Rachael Cochran, and Allison Burge. Fourth row: Amy Santayana, Sarah Cragle, Audrey Oakschunas, and Emily Jobson.

Dates to Remember

January 29: Night at the Races at 7 p.m., Wyoming Area Catholic Gym/Cafeteria benefits the school community

January 30: Open House from 12– 2 p.m.

January 30 – February 4: Catholic Schools Week Theme: A+ for America Catholic Schools

Catholic Schools Week

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2011 celebrates the fact that Catholic schools are an added value for the nation. Because of their traditionally high academic standards and high graduation rates, all supported by strong moral values, Catholic schools and their graduates make a definite contributions to American society.

Catholic Schools Week is celebrated nationally the last week in January. For 2011 the dates are Jan. 30 through Feb. 5th. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and activities for students, administrators, faculty and school staff, the community and families.

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of NCEA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Wyoming Area Catholic will begin Catholic Schools Week with an Open House on Sunday, January 30 from 12- 2 p.m. Other activities for the week include:

Monday, January 31

Morning Prayer Service

Grandparents Liturgy kindergarten through second grade at 12:15 p.m.

Color Day: Students may “dress down” to wear the color chosen for their class.

Pre-kindergarten and eighth grade- orange; Kindergarten and seventh grade- red; First and sixth grade- green; Second and fifth grades- yellow; Third and fourth grades- blue

Tuesday, February 1

Students will work on projects to express their appreciation to volunteers in the school and the community.

Students may “dress down” to wear clothes to support their favorite team or to wear Wyoming Area Catholic Spirit wear.

Wednesday, February 2

Mismatched Day: Students will be able to “dress down” in clothes that do not match or clothes that clash; add a crazy hat to the outfit.

Students will be treated to an ice cream sundae at lunch hour.

Board Game Day. Pre-k to eighth grade: Each student may bring in one favorite board game to play sometime in the afternoon.

Thursday, February 3

Spirit Day: Students may “dress down” in their sport or club uniform or in blue and white or Wyoming Area Catholic Spirit Wear.

In the afternoon students will attend a pep rally.

Friday, February 4

Father Hitchko Memorial Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

All students will wear regular school uniforms.

Teacher Appreciation Day.

Please note: On all dress down days, clothes worn must follow Parent-Student Handbook guidelines.

Night at the Races

The annual Night at the Races will be held on Saturday, January 29 at the Wyoming Area Catholic Gym. This event kicks off the celebration of Catholic Schools’ Week: A+ for America - Catholic Schools! Magic 93’s Frankie Warren will emcee this event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Race Time is 7 p.m.

There is the opportunity to sponsor a race and to purchase “horses” for race night. All information can be accessed on Edline. For the community at large, for more information, please call the school at 654-7982 to receive brochures and forms or to inquire about the Night at The Races.


Please keep sending in Campbell Soup Labels and Box Tops for Education. The containers for the labels are in the main hallway.

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