As a student, we learn every day. We learn different things from different people at different times. We learn by asking, by observing, by experiencing. But did you know that people are subconsciously learning in different ways?
Rectory's librarian, Mrs. Tiebout, has never received an "edible" student book review -- until now! Kitty F, a new 8th-grade student at Rectory, just submitted her book review of Cynthia Lord's book A Handful of Stars. Her book review included a written summary of the story, a 3-tiered poster, and a blueberry pie. Kitty's friend, Julia __, helped her bake the pie, along with their tutor, Mrs. Pelloth. The story takes place in Maine, which is famous for its blueberry orchards. And the main character in the story sold her painted bee houses at a blueberry festival. Kitty wanted her book review to be creative and unique, so she asked her tutor to help bake a blueberry pie to submit with her book review. Mrs. Tiebout was pleasantly surprised and exclaimed, "This is the first ever edible book review I have ever received from a student!" Read Kitty's summary to find out about this "tasteful" book (pun intended).
Rectory needed a new sport this year, due to the elimination of football, so they added CrossFit for students in grades 7, 8, and 9. For those of you who don't know, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program. It has had such a big impact on some of the Rectory kids' lives because they're getting in better shape and becoming more athletic, faster, stronger, and more muscular. CrossFit had a total of 25 students this fall, which is a big number for a brand new school sport. The CrossFit team did not have a special area to work out, so we used the wrestling room and the weight room, and for special activities, such as sprinting, farmer carries, and suicides, we used the soccer field and the Seward Pavilion.
The 2017/18 school year is Rectory's third year having a volleyball team. The popularity of volleyball has increased over the past two years. It was just one single team in 2015; now we have both JV and Varsity teams. There are about 15 girls on the Varsity team, and four of them are captains.
The opening of the new Rectory Wolf Den was on Friday, October 20, 2017, during Fall Family Weekend. Does that mean there will now be wolves lounging around campus? Certainly not; that wouldn't be safe. The Wolf Den is the new student lounge located in Rectory's old dining hall and the former grade 2/3 classroom.