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February 26, 2013 > St John Milpitas concludes week of celebratory activities

St John Milpitas concludes week of celebratory activities

Submitted By by Cici Susbilla

St. John the Baptist School in Milpitas began its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with a Family Mass led by eighth-grade students on Sunday, January 27. It was followed by a light reception in the hall and an open house attended by both current and prospective families.

The celebration continued with activities throughout the week, including a Mass attended by all of the schools in the Diocese of San Jose on January 28 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose. (Catholic Schools Week is a nationwide celebration of the high standards Catholic education instills in students and the value it adds to our community.)

At the prayer service, celebrated by Bishop Patrick McGrath, the schools demonstrated the Four Pillars of Education (faith, knowledge, leadership, community).

Eight Grade Teaching Day/Career Day was a fun but challenging day for the eighth graders as they were given the opportunity to play the role of teachers assigned to each class from pre-kindergarten through seventh grade.

Prepared with their lesson plans, the students executed and performed their duties as teachers -- a learning experience that was definitely a lot of fun for all of the students.

Parents were also invited to visit the classrooms to talk about their career or profession including within the police force, medical field and career development.

Buddy Activities Day allowed students to spend some time with their buddies by performing activities together such as outdoor playtime, arts and crafts, and movie time.

First and sixth graders made dragons out of construction paper. The buddy classes chose to perform this activity in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year. Sixth grader Gabriela Nguyen briefly explained the history behind the symbol of the dragon during this special celebration and the students performed a short parade with their paper dragons. The longest dragon made measured 45 feet long.

To add a little excitement, second and seventh grade students and teachers wore their jackets and sweatshirts on backwards during school in celebration of "Backwards Day."

Every year, the entire school looks forward to the bishop's visit, Most Reverend Patrick McGrath. The students learned a lot about him as he took the time to visit every class and answered questions from students. The school's celebration of Catholic Schools Week concluded with a friendly game of volleyball (eighth graders versus parents, alumni, faculty and staff). The entire student body rallied in the gym to show their spirit and support not only to the school community but to the home football team as well.

St. John the Baptist School is located at 360 S. Abel Street in Milpitas. (

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