Honor the Veterans

The students at Saint Catherine Academy recognized Veterans Day and were treated with a visit from Sgt. Anthony Jacabacci and his dog, Zora. Anthony is a dog handler in the US Army and Zora is a trained bomb sniffer.    Sgt. Jacabacci is the son of Darlene Jacabacci, Vocational Coordinator at Saint Catherine Academy. Following a 10 month deployment to Afghanistan, Sgt. Jacabacci trained to become a dog handler. The student came prepared to ask him many questions. Jonathan asked, “What was it like to be away from your family when you were sent overseas? Sgt. Jacabacci responded with candor, “Initially, it was awful, but the people you deploy with become your family.” “What kind of training do you have to do to be a dog handler?” asked Josh. “When I am not on assignment, I have to complete two hours of personal training and then spend two to three hours of training with Zora. This might be running an obstacle course or finding explosives in the training field, “answered Sgt. Jacabacci. Sgt. Jacabacci has had a number of very interesting assignments. He was on the Pope’s detail when Pope Francis visited New York City; he travelled with President Obama on the 50 Mile March in Alabama and was with the detail that travelled with Vice President Biden when he visited Yale University. The students and staff really enjoyed the visit and meeting Sgt. Jacabacci and Zora – who we learned, outranks his handler!

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American Indian Project

(this is a test story for the front page) Fairfield---The students at Saint Catherine Academy finished their social studies unit on American Indians with a culminating activity of a trip to the Institute of American Indian Studies Museum and Research Center in Washington, CT. The students have been studying habitat, artifacts, clothing as well as the areas of the country that a particular tribe was native to. They worked in teams using books and on-line sources for their research. Each group prepared a poster that showed their research and presented their projects to their classmates. Sr. Cheryl Driscoll commented, “The students did an excellent job of working together and we all really enjoyed their presentations. I think we all learned new information through this process.” At the Institute for American Indian Studies, students saw firsthand a longhouse, wigwams, canoes as well as clothing and tools that were used by the Northeast Indian tribes. “I liked seeing the longhouse because I saw how the Native Americans lived,” reported Kelly. “I saw the wigwams and teepees. I liked the animal skins and learned that they ate buffalo and used the skin for the wigwam, “ shared Kelsey. “I loved the clothing. I wish I had clothes like that!” said Jonathan. Touring the longhouse, the students noted that there was a hole in the roof. James recalls, “it is for the smoke to leave the house while they are cooking.” Jennifer liked seeing the “mashing of corn into flour.” “The canoes are made from the bark of trees” added Josh and “they last for twenty years.” While the tour was informative, all the students agreed that the best part was the bus ride because it was a “fancy” bus with a movie and nice seats!

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