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6th Annual March Madness Book Tournament 2019


     The 6th Annual March Madness Book contest began on March 18, 2019,  in Mrs. Gould’s 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Language Arts Classes.  Students each wrote a summary of the book they wanted to “play".  Each day games were played, Mrs. Gould read the cards (corresponding to the numbers and games on the bracket) without revealing student names.  Students voted for the best summary; 2-4 games were played each day until the final game on April 5th.  Students received prizes for games played and won.  

     The winning 6th year summary for 2019 was written by Mario Rodriguez about The Fourth Stall written by Chris Rylander.  Sonny Gonzalez came in a close second place with his summary of The Debt written by Phillip Gwynne

     The winning 5th year summary in 2018 was  Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz; it belonged to Isaac Weems.  Mikayla Seebohm, with her summary of Eye of Minds by James Dashner, came in a close second.   

      The winner of the 2017 4th Annual March Madness Book Summary was Crayten Cyza.  His summary for the Legend Series, by Marie Lu, was voted best by all of my students. Coming in second was a great summary written by Jack Collins for the book, Midnighters by Scott Westerfield. 

     In 2016,  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne,  was summarized by Leyton Schnell and chosen after 43 games were played. Runner up was Unwind, by Neil Shusterman, summarized by Kelsey Horton.  Two honorable mentions went to Prisoner B-3807, by Alan Gratz , summarized by Crayten Cyza and Wait Till Helen Comes, by Mary Downing Hahn, summarized by Peittyn Johnson.

     In 2015, the winner was Zac Placek who wrote the best summary of the Conspiracy 365 Series written by Gabrielle Lord. 

     In 2014 the winner of the March Book Madness was Jake Ackerman - He wrote the summary for the book Dark Inside, by Jeyn Roberts, that was chosen as the best.  Second place was awarded to Cameron Woods for his summary of The River, by Gary Paulsen.  



I encourage reading and

writing over the summer!


 Be sure to check out books from the

Alliance Public Library.

Journal about your summer!

Mrs. Gould teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade Language Arts
and 6th grade Religion
at St. Agnes Academy.

She is the 6th grade homeroom and religion teacher. The text, Finding God, from Loyola Press is used for Religion class. The Theology of the Body program is another component of the 6th grade religion curriculum.  This is taught during second semester. Catholic sixth grade students at St. Agnes Academy receive their own Catholic Youth Bible from Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Study of the Bible, especially the Old Testament is an important component of the 6th Grade Religion program. Service projects are undertaken throughout the year, as well.

Language Arts programs for 6th, 7th and 8th grades at St. Agnes Academy under the facilitation of Mrs. Gould include: Daily Grammar Practice, a Cumulative Word Study program (Greek and Latin), the Writing Process with emphasis on the connection to the Write Traits, and Step-Up to Writing. Whole Class Books, Literature Circles and the Accelerated Reading Program enhance Literacy instruction in this program. The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Series Storytown and compatible on-line resources are used at St. Agnes Academy with grades 2nd-6th. The Write Source 2000 is used for 7th and 8th grade classes.

All students in Literature are required to read 150 minutes per week. (20ish minutes a day).  During three class times per week, students will be allowed to read a self-selected book for 10-15 minutes after which a status of the class will be taken for the title of book and pages read.  Twice a week, each class visits the school library to check out books, research, read and/or AR Test.  The computer lab is also utilized during these visits each week. This time is used for keyboarding and word processing as assigned.  Check out the links on this page for sites S.A.A. 6th, 7th and 8th grade Language Arts scholars may use in the lab.

Reading and writing workshops are held the last quarter of the school year to culminate the skills studied throughout the school year.

With Mrs. Gould as the advisor, the 8th grade Curriculum includes creating the school yearbook which is distributed before the end of the school year.  Anyone with photos to submit should contact Mrs. Gould.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom;
to another, the expression of knowledge according to the
same Spirit;
to another, faith by the same Spirit;
to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit;
to another, mighty deeds;
to another, prophecy;
to another, discernment of spirits;
to another, varieties of tongues;
to another, interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit produces all of these,
distributing them individually to each person…
1 COR 12:4-11

Walk the Labyrinth


The Labyrinth on the Blacktop at St. Agnes Academy and Holy Rosary Parish Center was created for Lent 2012 by the S.A.Y. group as a way of enhancing prayer, contemplation, meditation, and personal growth  for those who walk it. This Prayer Maze was recently repainted by John McGhehey.  We would like to thank him for his service to our school. 


Labyrinths were found in many cultures as far back as 3500 BC.  Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has only a single path that leads to the center with no loops, dead ends, or forks.


Traditionally, people would journey to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage to walk the steps of  Jesus.  When it became too dangerous to travel to the Holy Land, Christians made patterns in the stone floors of cathedrals so believers could experience walking with Christ.  Labyrinths were created in many cathedrals in Europe.  One of the most famous labyrinths is in the Cathedral of Chartres in France.


Whether you walk a labyrinth physically or mentally, there are five steps:


1.  Environment.  It is important to create the right environment and frame of mind.  Begin by setting aside bulky or distracting items like backpacks, cell phones, or hand held devices.  Remove your watch.


2.  Entering or Releasing.  during this stage you walk the path toward the center.  It is important to quiet your mind and shut out concerns you have about friends, school, family, and so on.


3.  Illumination, or Receiving.  This is the time of openness and peace spent in the center of the labyrinth.  Take your time to experience, learn, or receive what this unique moment offers.  Be with God.


4.  Union, or Integrating.  This is the journey outward.  You choose when to leave the center, following the same path by which you entered.  This is a time to consider what occurred in the center and how it can be applied in your life. 


5.  Implementation.  This stage represents your life outside the labyrinth.  When you leave the labyrinth, it is hoped that the experience of walking and reflecting will affect your everyday life.

Mrs. Laurie Gould
6th Religion and 6th-8th Language Arts