On Wednesday, May 23, students took part in Sturgis’ annual field day on the St. John Paul II field. Students took part in games of soccer, badminton, frisbee, baseball and football. There was also an array of food served and a cotton candy machine.
“I enjoyed field day because it was a time for everyone to be outside away from their phones and just connect,” says freshman Student Council member Mariana Furner. “Student Council helped plan field day by organizing games and providing food. They also served delicious ice cream!”
Personally, I really enjoyed field day because it united students and faculty through much needed outdoor activity. It was a great way to celebrate the work we have all done throughout the school year together.
Many thanks to Student Council for putting together a such a fun-filled day. Also, thank you to all who donated food and supplies. We look forward to Field Day next year.
Sturgis Community Unites to Recognize Outstanding Students at Awards Night
On Wednesday, May 23, Sturgis East held its annual Awards Night at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa. There, Sturgis teachers and faculty commemorated students for their hard work and effort during the 2017-18 school year. The Awards Night is an alternative to practices such as the Honor Roll. It is a noncompetitive way for teachers to congratulate those who go above and beyond in their classes. For each class in every grade, two students are chosen for either the Outstanding Effort Award or the Outstanding Achievement Award. A few juniors received book awards. Finally, other awards included the William Sturgis Award and the Sturgis School Spirit Award. As the night rolled on, many students were left on the edge of their seats waiting to find out which teacher would call them to receive their award.
The Awards Night at the end of the year is an effective way for students to stay motivated and put forth their best effort during the school year in hopes of being invited to the event. However, students who do not receive awards should not be discouraged. Deciding on two students to recognize out of a whole entire class full of students is especially difficult for many teachers.
Congratulations to all the students who received an award. The Sturgis StormWatch staff would like to thank the Sturgis faculty for putting on such an amazing event. A big thanks also to Ms. Sheeler and her students for the wonderful music played before the ceremony.
Sturgis Puts an Exciting Twist on Summer Reading for 2018
This Summer, Sturgis will be experimenting with a new and engaging way for students to complete their summer reading. In the past, each grade has been assigned a different book. Then, when students arrived for the upcoming school year, the English Department would assess their students on what they read. Now, students have the freedom to choose what they read over the Summer. The Sturgis faculty compiled a list of 19 different books from a variety of genres that students from any grade can choose to read. Some of the optional texts include historical books such as For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age Chicago by Simon Baatz, war stories such as All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the philosophical book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and Refugee by Alan Gratz, a historical fiction book that describes the dangers of living in Nazi Germany in the 1930s, the unrest in Cuba in the 1990s, and the violence in Syria in 2015 from the perspective of three different children.
Rather than being tested on summer reading in the Fall, rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors will take part in group discussions about what they read and why they enjoyed their book led by the teacher who recommended the book for the summer reading catalog. Sturgis teachers hope that by guiding students to read about topics they are interested in, they will be encouraged to continue to read in their free time. We look forward to hearing Sturgis students’ feedback about this new style of summer reading!
For a full list of the Sturgis summer reading Catalog, click the link below.