Thursday, March 19, 2009

Blessing of St. Joseph's Table

Thursday, March 19 Middle School students at St. Bernard Prep School held a special canned food drive to honor St. Joseph. Fr. Joel Martin presided over a special ceremony held in the school to bless more than 500 canned food items to be donated to St. Vincent DePaul at Sacred Heart Church in Cullman. Click on the link below to view the ceremony.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SBP Tennis sweeps West Point

The St. Bernard Prep School Boys Tennis Team swept West Point yesterday afternoon, 9-0.

After spotting the #1 doubles team of Ben Vandegrift and Michael Tolbert a 3-0 lead, Nino and Louis Yutiamco broke through to win 10-8. The #2 doubles team of Jake Killebrew and Justin Varquez swept aside the team of Cord Rawls and Jacob Curvin, 10-3. Finishing out a clean sweep was Jack Palmer and J. C. Albritton over Gavin Parrot and Johb Sims, 10-1.

Singles winners were Nino Yutiamco, 10-7 in a well-played and spirited match; Louis Yutiamco, 10-1; Jake Killebrew, 10-4; Justin Varquez, 10-3; Jack Palmer, 10-0; and Ethan Arndt, 10-0.

The Saints travel to Cullman Thursday.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Birmingham Southern students teach at St. Bernard

Middle school teachers were given an extra planning hour so Dr. Eileen Moore, Professor of Education, Birmingham-Southern College, could bring four of her Education Majors to teach first period classes at St. Bernard Middle School. According to Moore, these students are junior secondary students in her course about reading in the content areas. Lauren Hamilton, Montgomery is a dance major; Carrie Ann Castleberry, Atmore; Brandon Carney, Birmingham, and Aaron Carr, Atlanta; are history majors.

In the past (BSC) students normally scatter to different schools in the Birmingham area once a week for ten weeks. Moore who currently serves on St. Bernard Preparatory School’s Board of Directors said, “We will be coming to St. Bernard five times and present two lessons each time to meet the course requirement of ten hours of field experience. This is going to work fine. I am delighted to be here. ”

Moore explained the details of lesson plans. “Our (BSC) students take turns writing a lesson after I have modeled several. The students present a lesson to the class and talk about how they wrote it. We then put everything together on our Blackboard web site so that each of them can rewrite and tailor it to the group they are teaching.”

The state of Alabama says all 7th through 12th grade certificated teachers are reading teachers and requires that all teachers know how to use the Qualitative Reading Inventory. Moore said these students have given that informal reading assessment among additional activities as being able to determine the readability levels of books. “I encourage them to read the books their students are reading so they are aware of the students’ interest areas. The class ends up being a good experience.”

During the first set of lessons, each BSC student presented classes with ideas on what kind of learner they were - kinesthetic, visual or auditory. Headmaster, John Tekulve said, the preservice teachers were prepared, and St. Bernard students enjoyed the interactive presentations.

St. Bernard tennis prevails over Cullman

On a blustery winter's evening, the St Bernard Prep boy's Tennis team defeated the Cullman JV team 9-3. Brothers Nino and Louis Yutiamco prevailed in #1 doubles, 8-0. Other winners were Justin Varquez and J. C. Albritton, who came back from a 4-7 deficit to prevail 9-7; and newcomers Ethan Arndt and Brendan Meyer 9-7. Winners for the Bearcats were Taka Chiba and Ryan Hunt in #2 doubles, 8-2.

Singles winners for the Saints were Nino Yutiamco (9-7), Louis Yutiamco (8-4), Jake Killebrew (8-2), Justin Varquez (8-4), J. C. Albritton (9-7), and Brendan Meyers (8-4). Winners for the Bearcats were Jacob Davis (8-6) and Jackson Spradlin (10-8).

The Saints next opponent is West Point this Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Coach James Tolbert returns to St. Bernard

After a six year absence, St. Bernard Coach James Tolbert will return to St. Bernard to serve as the school’s athletic director as well as the head football and basketball coach. Fr. Marcus Voss, President of the School, made the announcement Monday, March 9th. Fr. Marcus said Tolbert will assume duties toward the end of the current academic year so that he can prepare for spring football practice and evaluate the boys and girls basketball programs.

Tolbert said he is elated to return to St. Bernard. “Fr. Marcus and I are friends and have remained in contact with one another over the years, so when he contacted me about the job, it didn’t take long for me to accept.”

According to Tolbert, the football and basketball programs will be a completely new. “My goal is to improve and eventually compete in the area and hopefully state playoffs. I have several coaches and assistants in mind who are willing to help us accomplish this task. They will play a key role in St. Bernard’s future.”

Tolbert’s first priority is to emphasize the strength and conditioning programs. “Our athletes have to be in good physical condition in order to stay healthy and play. One of the challenges of mental toughness is becoming physically strong. The school has exceptional weight facilities and each athlete will be evaluated and expected to work on personal strength and conditioning programs.”

“I know St. Bernard is an exceptional school when it comes to its academic program. I’d like to bring the athletic program up to complement what is being done so well in the classroom,” Tolbert said.

Fr. Marcus expressed appreciation to Danny Day, Ray Heitmueller, Dafford Smith, Bill Griffin, Adam Bavar, and the late Dale Cook for their hard work and dedication to St. Bernard’s football and basketball programs. “These men gave up time away from their families to work for the good of our school, and we really appreciate all they have done. Because of their leadership, they kept our program competitive and made sure that St. Bernard did not turn back in the face of some very strong competition.”

“I welcome Coach Tolbert to St. Bernard and will certainly support him in his work as Athletic Director and Coach,” Fr. Marcus continued. “I know it takes time to build a program but I’m confident that Coach Tolbert will be a good mentor as he teaches our athletes to develop confidence and have success in athletic competition.”

Tolbert will end his employment at Wallace State at the end of April and begin his employment at St. Bernard at that time. “I want to publically thank Dr. Jake Bailey, and Dr. Vicky Hawsey as well as the faculty and staff at Wallace State for the opportunity to work with them,” he said. “Looking to the future, I hope to build a solid athletic program at St. Bernard. “

Monday, March 9, 2009

SBP Middle School ranks in the top 8

St. Bernard Prep Middle School Scholars Bowl Team competed this past weekend at the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association’s State Meet held at Hoover High School. The team finished among the top 8 teams in the State. Congratulations to them and their faculty coach, Mrs. Lisa Rawlings.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Saint Bernard Tennis team sweeps doubles

St. Bernard Prep’s varsity tennis team held their first home match of the season on the newly renovated Blevins Courts, Tuesday, March 3rd with Decatur Heritage Christian Academy. St. Bernard prevailed, 6 to 2, with one match ending in a draw due to darkness. Brothers Nino and Louis Yutiamco led the victory parade as they swept their doubles and singles matches, 10-0, 10-0 and 10-1. Also winning their matches were the doubles tandems of #2, Jake Killebrew and Jack Palmer and #3, M. J. Varquez and J. C. Albritton. Singles winners were the aforementioned Yutiamco brothers as well as Jake Killebrew.

The Saints' next match will be at home on Monday, March 10, with Westminster Christian Academy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jesse Schaffer places second in Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to Jesse Schaffer who placed second in the recent Poetry Out Loud State Competition held at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. To hear Jesse recite his poem, watch it on youtube.