The Valley Catholic January 16, 2018 - Page 21 | January 16, 2018 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS 21 Notre Dame Day Worker Stories Project Recognized Nationally Innovation at Notre Dame High School goes far beyond the latest technology or software program. It is a culture, a way of thinking, that exemplifies a collaborative and trans- formative learning community. Bayard Nielsen’s Spanish III Honors project, Day Worker Stories, is a prime example. After a semester of design thinking, peer review and experiential learning, students use public transportation to visit the Day Workers Center in Moun- tain View where they connect on a very personal level with the men and women who make use of its services. They conduct interviews in Spanish, learn their stories and, through this immersive experience, begin to un- derstand the journeys the day workers have taken to get to America. Participating in this project allows students to interact with others outside their normal bubbles, exposing them to new backgrounds, perspectives and stories. “Empathy must include stand- ing in solidarity with others in order to better understand them and their perspectives,” explains Señor Nielsen. “Only through understanding other people and seeing them as individuals rather than groups can we truly incor- porate their needs into policy-making.” After spending the day at the center, students use the remainder of the year to create a compilation of biographies, superhero comics and multimedia clips. The stories focus on the lives of the day workers, describing their identity, culture, beliefs and hopes for the future in order to provide insight into the many different storie s and backgrounds that shape the local com- munity. The day workers are portrayed as superheroes to combat negative stereotypes often associated with day Students Participare in Literature and the Law at Saint Victor School Saint Victor School’s eighth grade, led by Literature teacher, Victoria Hinkle, brought literature to life by holding a mock trial based on the short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. The eighth grade class spent a few days reading and analyzing the classic American Gothic piece before the mock trial simulation. Students were chosen to play the roles of judge, jury, prosecutor, de- fense attorney, bailiff, court reporter, and gallery. In the short story, Poe does not name the narrator, so the stu- dents chose the name Mr. Diamond for the defendant. The prosecution’s job was to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Diamond was sane when he committed the crime. The defense held that while Mr. Diamond did indeed commit the murder that he Eighth graders at Saint Victor School partici- pate in a mock trial based on the short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. was legally insane. This simulation required students to use their creativity, critical think- ing skills, and cooperative group experiences to get the most out of the Happy Feast Day – Sisters of the Presentation Each November, the Saint John Vi- anney (SJV) School community joyfully celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. It is a time to honor the Presentation Sisters who opened our doors in 1954, as well as those who have dedicated decades in the service of SJV students, families, faculty, and staff. Sister Maria Griego, Religion Coor- dinator, is the last remaining Presen- tation Sister on staff and the school is blessed to have her. She has also served our students as a teacher in both second grade and kindergarten. All are truly thankful for Sister Ma- ria’s support of teachers and students as they grow in their Catholic faith and develop a deeper relationship with Saint John Vianney students celebrating with Sister Maria Griego, Presentation Sister and Religion Coordinator. Christ. Faculty, staff, and students did their best to make this feast day special for their very own Presentation Sister. simulation and learn. One young man described the mock trial as an “intense experience” and added that he learned that “just because you believe something doesn’t mean that you can convince someone else to believe it too.” One student commented that the simulation felt real because all of the students took their roles seriously. Another student who played a juror experienced the difficulty of trying to get 11 other people to reach a unani- mous decision. When asked why Mrs. Hinkle had assigned this project a young lady replied, “she wants us to see the different sides of the same story.” For more i n format ion regard- ing Saint Victor School, please visit, workers and immigrants. The final project includes both Spanish and Eng- lish versions so it can be shared with a wider audience. Señor Nielsen’s student project was recently recognized as a globally engaged program by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) at their national convention in Nashville. “The honor for the program attests to the breadth and depth, the impact, and the integration into curriculum of this community- engagement experience as well as the quality of the community partner re- lationship,” said Beckie Rankin, chair of the ACTFL’s Global Engagement Committee. Holy Spirit School – Being the Face of Jesus Each year, Holy Spirit School selects a theme to guide its students, faculty and st a f f. Th i s s c ho ol year’s theme is, “We are the face of Jesus.” The theme guides activities and con- versations all year long. “Am I being the face of Jesus?” is asked by all of our students regardless of grade. The theme went one step further when every student chose a plac- ard with one of the school mission statements of “faith,” “knowledge,” or “community” and posed for a picture. All 500 students, 55 faculty and staff, and 2 priests’ photos were then compiled to create a composite face of Jesus that is displayed in every classroom and office on our campus.