Crusher’s Game!

The students of Saint Joe’s had an AMAZING time watching the Lake Erie Crushers play their first game of the season.  We enjoyed fun, student-centered crafts and activities, like creating a sock planter, and experiencing a driving simulation!  We are so thankful to have been invited!


It is safe to say that the upper hall students of St. Joe’s enjoyed March 14 very much!  The seventh and eighth grade classes made City “Pi Lines” where their skyscraper heights were determined by the digits of pi. Sixth grade attempted to find pi by measuring the circumference and diameter of cylinders, and dividing them to show the ratio of pi.

All classes enjoyed pie desserts as well.  Some favorite flavors were french silk, banana cream, apple, lemon meringue, and buckeye! YUM!


Food Insecurity – Food Deserts

As part of the OSLN Food Insecurity Design Challenge, the eighth grade class has decided to pursue their idea of creating an “app” that would allow people in food deserts to receive grocery deliveries of fresh produce, protein, and dairy, if not available to them nearby.

We have been busy determining the criteria for eligibility for the program, and have recently started a story board for the app as a keynote presentation.  Students also tried our their digital graphic design skills as they created a logo for our program.

Overall we are very excited to continue our work on this challenge, and look forward to working with outside partners to make our dream a reality!

Activ Panel!


8th grade really enjoyed having the school’s new ActivPanel in our classroom for the past few days.  We used it to play some interactive matching games on our social studies terms, and to create a list of people who do and do not follow moral law.  The students were so engaged with the lessons, we can’t wait to get a permanent one for our classroom!

Food Insecurity Research

Recently, our school has become involved in the Ohio Design Challenge topic of food insecurity around the world.  The eighth graders chose to look into biotechnology, with a concentration on genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) as a potential solution to food insecurity in certain countries.  We began our research with a KNOW/NEED TO KNOW chart so we could specify our research moving forward



As a review game, 7th grade played “sign wars” to help them practice their adding integers skills.   Two players at the board would each pick a card from their stack, reveal them to the class and then to each other.  Black playing cards were negative and red cards were positive, and all students added the corresponding values together.  First one with the correct answer wins the point!  Below, Matt and Jake are documented during the different stages of the game.

Merry Christmas!

We LOVED our Christmas pajama day! It was a great way to relax and enjoy time together before the holiday.  Thanks to Mrs. Makruski for all the fun things you planned for us!

Interpreting Graph Data

Pictured below are the box and whisker plots that our sixth grade class created during a topic on displaying and interpreting data.  The data we used came from a parent survey asking questions regarding student transportation to and from school.

A few of our sixth graders presented their graphs at an early meeting of select Amherst City Council members. They interpreted their graphs so the information they presented to the City Council members was both informative ans useful!

Identifying Rational Numbers

Sixth grade just finished up a topic where they learned that rational numbers include any number that can be written in ratio (fraction) form.  These types of numbers include fractions, decimals, and even whole numbers.  Students showed their knowledge of plotting rational numbers on a number line during an activity where they had to correctly label a point on a graph, based on where their name stick was located!

“Plotting Pumpkins”

As a Halloween activity, eighth grade practiced their graphing linear equations skills when provided with the equation, or given a story problem.  They worked with values in slope intercept form to begin creating graphs by first plotting the y-intercept, then using the slope of the line to create more points on the line.  Pumpkin candy corns were used as points on the line, and as snacks 🙂