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MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL
hirteen years ago, Aquinas debuted
the St. Albert the Great Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math
(STEM) program in collaboration with
Johns Hopkins University's Center for
Talented Youth. This program is open
to all qualifying students beginning in
fifth grade and challenges students with
accelerated courses, better preparing
them for high school and possible future
study and work in the STEM field.
This coming school year, Aquinas is
pleased to announce an expansion
of our STEM program that will allow
rising seventh grade and eighth grade
students to apply to the program. Prior
to this change, only rising fifth and
sixth grade students were able to apply
due to the sequence of the program
curriculum. As a transient community
with many families moving regularly
due to government assignments, this
change will address a challenge faced by
new Aquinas seventh and eighth grade
students who have the aptitude for the
program but were previously prevented
from applying due to their grade level.
We are excited about this expanded
opportunity and the many benefits it will
offer to these talented students.
STEM students help Kindergarten students
make light up lightsabers on May 4th.
he attendees at this year's Middle School Musical were invited on a magical adventure
through the city of Agrabah as more than 80 of our middle school students, under the
direction of Mrs. Riley, performed Aladdin, Jr. Complete with a magic carpet, a genie, a
princess, an evil villain, and a wily street urchin, this production had something for everyone!
With a full cast and crew for four shows, the auditorium at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic
High School was full of family and friends excited to see the show. The Middle School Musical
is a much-loved Aquinas tradition!
Thank you to Mrs. Riley for her tireless dedication to the musical; she puts in many extra hours
to make this the successful production that it is, and her work is much appreciated. Also, a big
thank you to Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School and their drama department for
allowing Aquinas to use their beautiful auditorium. Finally, thank you for the many volunteers
who support the musical and our students to make this possible.
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