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Bees, Fairs, and Field Trips

National Geography Bee

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to broaden their knowledge of geography by participating in our annual geography Bees. Fifth and sixth grade students compete in a preliminary Bee where the top four contestants advance to the school level competition of the National Geographic Geography Bee. Interested seventh and eighth grade students prepare for the Bee in organized study sessions, or on their own, vying for the top spot. The winner of the Bee takes a written test in hopes of qualifying for the state level competition.

SCRIPPS Spelling Bee

Each year St. Apollinaris’ top spellers in grades 5-8 compete in the SCRIPPS/San Francisco Chronicle school level spelling bee. These top spellers are invited to study sessions to increase their exposure to the English language through word games and mock-competitions prior to the actual Bee. The top speller in the school proceeds to the next level of competition for a 2 hour written spelling test to qualify for the state competition.

Science Fair

Students in grades 6-7 prepare for weeks to present their science projects at the annual Science Fair. Typically this is held in conjunction with Open House during Catholic Schools week. The Science Fair fills the Hall with presentations on science topics which interest our students. From bubble displays, to rain forest replicas, from tsunami studies to magnetic motion displays, our students are given the opportunity to explore and share their scientific findings.

Grade Level Curriculum Based Field Trips

  • TK takes two field trips which may include visiting Connolly Ranch which fosters a deep connection to nature and the Jelly Belly Factory where students get an up-close-and-personal look at candy manufacturing.
  • Grades K-2 : Our field trips help bring our classroom curriculums to life. Specific field trips vary from year to year, however, each field trip is thoughtfully planned and connected to what is being taught in the classroom.
  • Grades 3-5 : Field trips offered in these grade levels also vary, but typically include such destinations as Connolly Ranch, Old Faithful Geyser and Petrified Forest, Coloma, Alcatraz, and Chabot Space and Science Center.
  • Grade 6 : Field trips include the Walt Disney Museum, Catholic Schools Week Scavenger Hunt, and Connolly Ranch.
  • Grade 7 : Field trips include California Academy of Sciences, Marine Science Institute - a day on the bay, and any theater performances that Justin-Siena puts on. This year tends to be more of a fundraising year for the 8th grade Yosemite trip.
  • Grade 8 : Field trips include “Day with the Bishop”, Chabot Space Museum, and the graduation field trip.

Overnight Field Trips

Overnight field trips happen in 4th, 6th, and 8th grade. In 4th grade, the students head to Coloma for 2 nights to enhance their learning of California history. In 6th grade, the students head to Marin Headlands to learn about the San Francisco Bay and its estuaries on a 3 night trip. Eighth grade students head to Yosemite for a 4-5 night trip that investigates forest conservation and fire awareness, glacial impact, food chains, animals and their environments, and a lot of hiking!