Teacher Feature: Mrs. Sarah Robertson

Mrs. Sarah Robertson

Mrs. Sarah Robertson

Holy Spirit has the privilege of being filled with wonderful teachers who truly care about each and every student. This week’s featured teacher is Mrs. Sarah Robertson. Mrs. Robertson teaches World History to the freshmen and Government/Economics to the seniors. She has a BA in Political Science, a BA in Journalism, and a M. Ed. in Secondary Education Social Sciences, from the University of Alabama.

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The Middle School Mardi Gras Party


A few weeks ago, March 4th to be exact, the middle school teachers of Holy Spirit Catholic School held a party in the cafeteria for the middle school students. March 4th was no ordinary day, it was Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French and occurs the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Since it is a day of celebration, a party was held for the middle school students from seven to nine. Over sixty students arrived and they were met with good music, courtesy of Donny Mims, and traditional Mardi Gras treats, courtesy of the middle school teachers. The popular confection at the party was a beignet, a square-shaped donut fried and covered in powdered sugar. Mrs. Sam, who made the beignets, had to frantically cook to keep pace with the students’ rate of consumption. The party then closed with a student-led prayer service and burning of palm leaves, all of which marked the beginning of Lent.

The College and Career Awareness/ ACT Prep Class

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Michael Reeder, Aiden Farrish, Mary Catherine Chambliss, Galen Lee, and David Fonseca play a board game that encourages players to think outside the box.

The rest of our lives will begin soon and with it comes fear and anticipation. College possesses the freedom we have all yearned, but it also posses the possibility of failure if we are not carefully prepared. Mrs. Rachel Mobley’s College and Career Awareness/ACT Prep class for tenth graders will expel that fear all high school students hold. Most students fear that they will be rejected by colleges, but through the self-analysis and reflection of writing compositions, students will realize their strengths, choose colleges in accordance to those, and learn how to apply for them. They will be taught the necessary degrees for those careers and the financial responsibilities of those careers. Nine different guest speakers from nine different fields of work, will offer personal insight and advice about those job areas. Another part of getting into college is taking the ACT. Students in the class will be allowed to practice for it through an online program. The program will pinpoint weaknesses for improvement and strengths for mastery. Furthermore, it will create endurance and time management skills within the students. Upon entering the eleventh and twelfth grade—the time to formally take the ACT—these students will have had their scores dramatically improved and their chances of success in the college application process improved. For these students, college will no longer hold fear and success will be attainable.

- Marian Cook

Art for Advent

Advent is a season of spiritual preparation for Jesus’ coming. Art is an expression of feeling and creativity— and in Ms. Schuster’s Art I class, the two were interconnected for a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Advent season. Ms. Schuster stumbled upon the idea when Father Rick Chenault proposed a resolution for all students at a Tuesday mass: that they make this their best Advent season yet. Through art, her students have been promoting Advent while also exploring its themes. Ms. Schuster began by giving them readings on Advent that focus on issues troubling modern society. The issues were then followed by reflection and propositions of possible resolutions. Each day had a theme, and whatever theme spoke the most to a student, he or she illustrated it.  New art skills were also being taught along with the themes, skills such as overlapping, shaping, shading, and creating depth and texture. Illustrating these aspects of Advent required brainstorming and reflection; therefore, the students were making Advent meaningful and personal.

- Marian Cook