|6/4/2017 2:25:00 PM|
St. Matthew says goodbye to graduates
HILLSBORO — St. Matthew holds a prayer service for its 25 graduates at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, at St. Matthew Church, with a student and staff luncheon following at 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Graduation is set for 6 p.m. at the church, and a reception in the parish hall will follow.
St. Matthew remains committed to a curriculum rich with STEM activities and opportunities. As part of this ongoing effort, the students welcomed some exciting new residents into the school building: four female buff ducklings. They arrived in the sixth-grade classroom in April, just a couple days after they hatched, and nearly have doubled in size. This trimester’s gardening elective class will be raising the ducks in the classroom and in the school garden. They will be studying the benefits of ducks in the garden as a useful way to control pests as well as providers of free fertilizer.
In an effort to reduce waste, St. Matthew also has started a new recycling program. Sponsored by the Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling Program, St. Matthew middle school students are mentoring the younger grades as part of the effort, teaching them which items are recyclable and where they should be deposited in the school cafeteria. It is their hope that less material will end up in the landfill. The food waste that is collected is then added to the compost bin for use in the school garden.
As the students enjoy the beauty and new life springtime provides, it is also time for St. Matthew graduates to prepare to move onward to new and exciting opportunities.
While some of this year’s graduates will go on to local Catholic high schools and others will attend neighboring public high schools, they all will leave St. Matthew with a Christ-centered education and commitment to community service — both central to education at St. Matthew. The school community wishes them luck as they continue into the next chapter of their academic careers.
Here are the graduates: Sam Allie, Carter Borror, Wynne Brown, Anthony Cafferata, Emily Clauson, Nicole DiMarco, Savannah Fitts, Jalynn Gill, Alejandro Ibarra, Garrett Jewell, Ella Jewell, Josh Lee, Elizabeth Maloney, Sara Muller, Emily O’Connor, Patricia Ostrowski, Oscar Romeo, Jose Sanchez, Maddie Schmitz, Annika Shumaker, Cydney Stables, Makenna Stone, Lydia Wanner, Ellie Will and Carmen Vasquez
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