At the Winterville Regional FIRST Lego League tournament on Saturday, November 23rd, the Saint Peter Wiredcats Blue and Green robotics teams both qualified for the NCFLL State Championships to be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at NC A&T State University in Greensboro! Our teams, which are comprised of middle school students, were among seven teams selected to advance. Wiredcats Green also won the prestigious 1st Place Mechanical Design trophy. Teams were judged on their engineering research project, core values (team building exercises), robot design, and their performance in a robot game competition.
Wiredcats Blue Team members are Wright Collins, Carlos Garcia-Hernandez, TJ Gribble, Keaghan Heffernan, Tiago Marlow, and Tyler Nguyen.
Wiredcats Green Team members are Isabella Calix, Jamie Galinis, Caleb Jones, Jasmine Pandya, Emi Peterson, Gerald Reiling, Michelle Saucedo-Trinidad, Mark Warren, and Sunook Yoon.
The teams are coached by John Bell (head coach), Erin Cvetan, Katie Howard, Chelsea Haigwood, and Kristin Schimmoller. Team members' parents helped make the Wiredcats' tournament success possible by providing volunteer time and support.
Saint Peter Catholic School is blessed with an amazing faculty! That's why we encourage everyone to participate in nominating our teachers for the Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Lewis Award was initiated in 1992 to honor outstanding educators in the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Raleigh and to recognize, promote and encourage teaching excellence.
The nomination period is Sept. 1 - Sept. 30.
Ready to nominate an SPCS teacher? Click here!
Mr. Joe Hughes was honored with the Lewis Award in 2013. Read all about it here.
Father Jim Buchholz, Pastor of Saint Peter Catholic Church, has named Mrs. Joan Alexander interim assistant principal. Mr. Craig Conticchio, the Principal of John Paul II Catholic High School, will serve as Mrs. Alexander’s mentor.
Mrs. Alexander is actively searching for a new second grade teacher to replace her. Father Jim will form a search committee for a new principal in the 30 days to find a new principal. Mrs. Alexander will be permitted to apply for that position.
About Mrs. Joan Alexander
Mrs. Alexander just completed her 23rd year of teaching, all of which have been at Saint Peter Catholic School. In fact, she graduated from Saint Peter before going on to high school and East Carolina University to earn her undergraduate degree in Child Development and Family Relations. In 2001, Mrs. Alexander completed her Masters Degree in Educational Supervision. She has been teaching second grade and was the Director of the Primary Division at SPCS.
Mrs. Alexander is a participant in the Diocese of Raleigh Leadership Cohort program, which helps develop strong leadership skills in our Catholic Schools.
Mrs. Alexander is also a lifelong parishioner of Saint Peter Catholic Church, and two of her children have graduated from Saint Peter Catholic School. Her third child is a rising eighth grader at the school.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to continue improving our school that is so dear to my heart,” Mrs. Alexander says.
About Mr. Craig Conticchio
Mr. Conticchio is the principal of John Paul II Catholic High School, a role he has held since in 2015. Prior to that Mr. Conticchio taught physics at East Carolina University before joining the faculty at JPII. He was named assistant principal in 2013.
When Mr. Conticchio became principal in 2015, the enrollment at JPII was 45 students. Today, the school is projecting a student population of 150 students for the 2019-2020 school year.
“Mrs. Alexander has my full support, and the Catholic School system in Greenville is extremely important to me,” said Conticchio. “I will do whatever I can to help.”
Continuing the Momentum
Saint Peter Catholic School has made great strides in the past two years, creating a momentum Mrs. Alexander is passionate about continuing. Here are a few of the important accomplishments:
During the school year, our families graciously bring canned goods to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. During the summer, the food pantry does not have the benefit of our school community's generosity. At the request of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, we're asking for your help this summer. If you are in town and able to, please bring canned goods for the food pantry to the church office using this schedule:
June 14: rising 8th graders
June 21: rising 7th graders
June 28: rising 6th graders
July 5: rising Kindergarten students
July 12: rising 5th graders
July 19: rising 4th graders
July 26: rising 3rd graders
August 2: rising 2nd graders
August 9: rising 1st graders
Again, this is voluntary. You are welcome to donate on your particular date or on another date if it easier for you. Thank you for your consideration!
I'm not Catholic, but I chose Saint Peter Catholic School for my children. Here's why it was the right choice then and the right choice now.
Wondering if Saint Peter Catholic School is the right choice for your family? There's only one way to find out--come see for yourself. Send us an email to schedule a tour or request more information. We can also schedule a day for your child to "shadow" and experience a day as an SPCS student. In the meantime, get a sneak peak of what we have to offer by clicking here.
Two of our teachers have announced they will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Shelley Fowler, Middle School Language Arts, is retiring after 21 years of service at Saint Peter Catholic School. Kathy Tew, Kindergarten teacher, is retiring after 19 years of service at Saint Peter Catholic School. Thank you for all of your years of loving and teaching our students!
Mary Catherine Christopher will move from her position in Middle School Math to Middle School Language Arts. Maria Moloney will move from teaching 2nd grade to becoming a part-time librarian/media specialist. Karen Farley will be a part-time librarian assistant. Congratulations!
Saint Peter Catholic School is currently accepting applications for the following positions:
The Saint Peter Catholic School participated in the Elementary Science Olympiad Competition at JH Rose High School in Greenville on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The varsity team placed fifth overall, and the junior varsity team placed second overall. SPCS earned 15 medals, including two first place medals in Varsity and six first place medals in JV. Between JV and Varsity we placed in 11 out of 18 events. The team is coached by Mrs. Patty Angolia, Mrs. Maria Moloney and Mrs. Danielle Kennedy.
Varsity Division Medals
First Place: Dane Blanchard and Ryan Cox in Pasta Tower
First Place: Gabi Castillo and McGavock Smith in Super Sleuths
Third Place: David Ershadi and Edward Kennedy in Backyard Biologist
Third Place: TJ Gribble and Keeghan Heffernan in Sky Quest
Fourth Place: TJ Gribble and Keeghan Heffernan in Weather Permitting
Fifth Place: Edward Kennedy and Cristi Torres in 321 Blast-Off
Fifth Place: Shane Greenleaf and Marshall Ogle in Describe It, Build It
Fifth Place: Michael Dunn and David Ershadi in Ramp and Roll
Fifth Place: Anthien Nguyen and Naeem Williams in Rock Star
Junior Varsity Division Medals
First Place: Emma Brown Blick and Anna Phillips in 321 Blast-Off
First Place: Jack Howard and Edward Iannace in Backyard Biologist
First Place: Edward Iannace and Thomas Stroud in Energy Matters
First Place: Jedrek Gribble and Thomas Stroud in Planet Protectors
First Place: Lauren Brockway and Victoria Castillo in Ramp and Roll
First Place: Ellie Alford and Cheyoung Yoon in Super Sleuths
Congratulations to the Treble Cats! Our Middle School choir attended the North Carolina Music Educators Association Small Ensemble Music Performance Adjudication at Campbell University on Friday, March 8. They were awarded the State Honor Rating of Superior in Ensemble—the highest rating possible! The Treble Cats are under the direction of Mrs. Jessica Sherrill.
UPDATE: A scoring error was discovered after the conclusion of the Science Olympiad tournament on February 23, and it favors the team from Saint Peter Catholic School. The team actually placed fourth overall, which means all SPCS team members are invited to compete at the state competition on April 27.
Wright Collins and Carson Koesters took 4th place in Amazing Mechatronics.
Maria and Juliette Workman took 4th in Anatomy and Physiology
Kean Dao and Meredith Phillips took 5th in Battery Buggy
Abby Ershadi and Maria Workman took 1st in Crimebusters
James O'Donahue And Sunook Yoon took 4th place in Dynamic Planet
Sunook Yoon took 3rd place Elastic Launched Gliders
Meredith Phillips and Maria Workman took 3rd place Fossils
Abby Ershadi and Cherrie Yoon took 3rd in Potions and Potions
Andrea Castillo and Cherrie Yoon took 1st in Road Scholars
Katharine Gauland and Sunook Yoon took 2nd I’m Write it, Do it