Junior Verb gentlemen read essays at CAAM

Verbum Dei High School juniors Eduardo Ramirez (above), Kevin Lopez, and Andre Perez read their novel study culminating essays before a crowd of 75 people at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park, April 28.  Students participated in the presentation in conjunction with The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts program that promotes a nationwide reading and dialogue on a specific novel.  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston is this year’s Big Read selection.  “Found poems,” culled from two chapters of the novel by Verb students, were displayed on the panel behind the speaker.  Photograph by John Stradley, Moderator, The Present Dei.

Egg-drop splatters Verb in the name of science

Ms. Frankovic’s science students tested their mettle against gravity and hard concrete in an egg drop event, April 26.  Mr. Cancino, whose hands are apparently lifted in prayer, braved the heights of the Eagle’s Nest to release student-designed egg encasements, which plummeted to the sidewalk.  Some fared better than others, but laughter was shared by all save for the unfortunate eggs.  Photograph by Krista Frankovic.

Present Dei puzzler offers a wordy “two-for”

Current Verbum Dei gentleman and staff are encouraged to demonstrate their logical prowess by answering the following questions: 

Question 1: Circle the names of 16 shapes from plane and solid geometry in this octagon-shaped grid. Each answer is a word of at least four letters that runs horizontally, vertically, or diagonally but always in a straight line. The leftover letters—when read left to right, top to bottom—spell out what a parallelepiped is. Your answer should be the leftover letters

Question 2: Following the logic used in the first three squares below, fill in the missing number in the fourth square. Your answer should be a number and an explanation of why it works.

Entries must be submitted in writing to Mr. John Stradley, moderator of The Present Dei, or to Ms. Sue White, math teacher, by the close of the contest, Monday, April 30.  Ms. White is assured that all Verb students, regardless of their level, are prepared to take on this challenge.  A $2 and $5 prize will be awarded to the first gentleman who submits the correct answer to each respective question; all other correct submissions received before the close of the contest will be entered in a drawing for $2 and $5 consolation prizes.  Staff members are encouraged to participate but are not eligible for cash prizes.

The winner of the $2 prize for the April 16-20 contest was junior Rodrigo Reyes; senior Jared Sanchez won the drawing for the consolation prize.  Both submitted the correct answer of 66660.  No student provided the answer to the second question, but staff member Kevin Nguyen submitted the correct answer of 3999960.  Mr. and Mrs. White are willing to share a simple shortcut to determine these answers; stop by their classroom for a quick tutorial.

Present Dei math challenge offers a “two-for”

Current Verbum Dei gentleman and staff are encouraged to demonstrate their logical prowess by answering the following questions: 

For $2:  Consider all of the four digit numbers containing the digits 1 through 4, with no repeats.  (Example of four digit numbers containing the digits 1 through 4 with no repeats:  1342, 2413, 1234, etc.)  What is the sum of all such numbers?

For $5 (entrants must also solve the first problem to be considered):  Consider all of the five digit numbers containing the digits 1 through 5, with no repeats.  What is the sum of all such numbers?

Entries must be submitted in writing to Mr. John Stradley, moderator of The Present Dei, or to Ms. Sue White, math teacher, by the close of the contest, Monday, April 23.  Ms. White is assured that all Verb students, regardless of their level, are prepared to take on this challenge.  A $2 and $5 prize will be awarded to the first gentleman who submits the correct answer to each question; all other correct submissions received before the close of the contest will be entered in a drawing for $2 and $5 consolation prizes.  Staff members are encouraged to participate but are not eligible for cash prizes.

The winners of the March 26 – April 2 contest were seniors Carlos Ruiz and Dylan Hall, who submitted the correct answer of 36 cubes painted blue on exactly one of their faces.

 

“Talk Like a Pirate Day” and 19 new school holidays added to 2012-2013 academic year

By Nhoj Yeldarts, Moderator, The Preposterous Day

Students school wide are likely to be excited about the prospect of twenty additional days off in the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year.  In an effort to recognize a variety of cultural and historical entities, school administration has set a preliminary plan to include 20 additional pupil-free days in the school year.  The archdiocese and state board of education have yet to comment on the prospect, but this move might signal a trend away from the traditional 180-day school year.

“Talk like a Pirate Day” and “National Frozen Food Day,” otherwise known as the birthday of Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, are among the new holidays.  “We can’t really enthusiastically support the ‘Pirate’ day at school,” said Dr. Can O’Donnell, principal.  “Classroom decorum must be maintained, but we can provide an opportunity for our students to celebrate the rich heritage of piracy in their homes and public spaces.”

Other additional holidays include: “Come in from the Cold Day” on January 22, “The Day the Music Died Day” on February 3, which commemorates the events that serve as the basis of Don McLean’s song “American Pie,” and “Tweed Day.”  The latter could never be observed on campus due to dress code standards for students and staff; however, administration is hopeful that tweeds of all stripes will be sported off campus on April 3, 2013.

Physics class to launch rocket from Eagle’s Nest

By Nhoj Yeldarts, Moderator, The Preposterous Day

In a very practical application of theoretical principles, Verb physics students are slated to launch a three stage rocket from the 50-yard line of the sports field on April 1.  The capsule on the third stage is to be manned, no, well, occupied by a chinchilla named Elmer.  The star bound chinchilla is the class mascot, and it will be charged with sub-orbital operations.  “Just to think,” said Mr. H. Eddieston, physics teacher.  “These students were building catapults earlier in the year, and now, they are sending a rocket and a chinchilla to the outer fringe of the atmosphere.”

Fueling of the rocket booster will take place early morning April 1, and students and curious passersby are advised to take precautions not to lean against the liquid nitrogen tanks due to the possibility of flash freezing of clothing and skin.  Dozens of Verb gentlemen wanting to strike the match and “light the candle” that sends the rocket heavenward paid $1 each to be entered into a lottery drawing to be held during the fueling.

Elmer, the astrochinchilla, will safely parachute back to Earth after the rocket reaches its azimuth at the upper edges of the atmosphere.  The physics students have calculated the landing zone to be the infield of the baseball diamond in Ted Watkins Park north of the school.