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Praying the Living Rosary
October is the month of the Holy Rosary and praying the Living Rosary is an annual tradition for the students at PJP II School. Leading the ceremony, seventh graders stood in formation of the Rosary and held a different color bead to represent each decade. Eighth graders formed the tail and raised banners to introduce each mystery as the Rosary was recited by the entire student body.
Student Council organized another successful peanut butter and jelly drive. PJP II students collected over 600 jars in all! Nutritional Development Services of Philadelphia will deliver the jars to local pantries, shelters and those in need.
School Welcomes Middle States
Over the past 18 months, the faculty and staff have worked many hours to prepare the 161 page self-study for review by the visiting team of educators from the Middle States Association for the Accreditation of Schools, Upon review of the document which included areas such as Catholic Identity, Finances and Academics, the team has recommended PJP II School for accreditation. This represents the second time the school has gone through this process which is reactivated every seven years. For the next five to six years, the action plan will be implemented by the faculty and staff along with the school's governing board and in the sixth year, the process will begin again. Two observations by the visiting team included, "Your children are very friendly and very respectful; they have acquired your charism," and "Your children are very spiritual." Sister Anne thanks everyone who contributed their time and efforts during the Middle States process.
Honor Society Inductions
Eighth grader Dominic D. and seventh grader Natalie H. were recently inducted into Bishop Shanahan's Junior Honor Society. Students are recommended based upon four criteria: leaderhsip, scholarship, character and service. Congratulations to Dominic and Natalie!
The PJP II Cross Country team wrapped up an extremely successful regular season with an outstanding day at the Philadelphia CYO Archdiocese Championship meet at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. Four Saints earned medals and All-Archdiocese honors by placing in the top 15 in their age group. In fact, all four finished in the top 7. In addition, 65% of the team ran personal bests despite the unseasonably warm temperatures. The minor girls team finished in 4th place, missing a 3rd place trophy only by a tie-breaker while the cadet girls team finished in 9th place.Earning All-Archdiocese honors were Arden McErlean, Braden Fisher, Cassidy McFeely and Jackson Fisher. Congrats to all the runners!
Winners of this year's Character Pumpkin Contest display their creations. Mrs. Powell, school Librarian, coordinated the contest.