Academics

St. Rita Honors Physics Class Holds Regatta

The Honors Physics class spent more than three weeks planning for the event. They began by learning about Archimedes’ Principle and how an objects density, weight, and how much fluid it displaces all relate to if an object sinks or floats. They did practice problems, a demonstration in which we had to manipulate an object to make it sink and float (without adding water to the object), and followed that all up with a lab on Archimedes’ Principle.

From there students made scaled prototypes out of index cards and packing tape and tested how much mass (pennies) their boat could hold before sinking. After analyzing the test, some had to redesign and others were ready to move on to sketches and calculations. Before they could build their life size boat, they had to complete multiple 3D sketches to scale, pages of calculations such as the cost and weight of their boat, surface area, volume of boat, and the waterline to ensure their boat would not sink, as well as analysis questions.

Once approved, they were able to begin constructing their boat. They had constraints to work within such as a length and width, the use of only corrugated cardboard and duct or packing tape, using no more than 2 inches of tape on either side of a seam, thickness of cardboard not exceeding one inch and no trapping of air between layers, etc. There were 26 constraints they had to work within! The day before the race they had to complete a technical inspection and any rules they did not adhere to had to be fixed before the race. Grading on race day pertained to things like safety, how much of the race they were able to complete and average speed. Students were also to create a theme for their boat and crew. Students worked in groups of 4-5 and two members were in each boat. There were nine boats total.

The Awards were:

The Titanic Award: Flying Dutchman

People’s Choice (for best theme): Hawaiian 

Innovator (for out-of-the-box thinking in construction): The Bobcat

1st place (for speed): the Quinjet

2nd place: Racecar

3rd place: Noah’s Ark

St. Rita Celebrates National Foreign Languages Week

The week of March 4 was a time of celebration and learning at St. Rita High School as students and faculty alike joined schools across the country recognizing National Foreign Language Week with several special events.


First the entire on campus St. Rita community was present for a multi-lingual Mass celebrated by head of school, Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D.

Not only did St. Rita celebrate languages themselves, they also learned about different cultures and traditions from countries all over the world. Each day, a variety of activities were available for all students.

International dishes were available during lunch periods in the St. Rita Dining Hall, and Ritamen voted on their favorite.

During all lunches last week Ritamen sold and bought bracelets and purses for their family members and friends made through The Pulsera Project, a fair trade project that supports young artists in Central America.

Also, there was a fun, international-travel-based, faculty trivia contest during lunches periods.

Students learned about other cultures thru a creative campus-wide scavenger hunt, complete with QR codes to access the clues.

On Friday, St. Rita celebrated with a Foreign Language Expo, including live entertainment, activities and food tastings, during G and F periods in the Van Leuven Family Research Center and McCarthy Student Center on campus.

The foreign language department truly does a great job of uniquely engaging students to learn more about other cultures as they continue to help Ritamen hone their skills in all the foreign language classes available at St. Rita.

St. Rita High School Announces 19 Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2019

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CHICAGO - At St. Rita High School’s weekly All-School Mass, 19 seniors were honored for being selected Illinois State Scholars for the 2018-19 academic school year. In order to be selected an Illinois State Scholar, a student must perform in the top one-half of his high school class at the end of the third semester prior to graduation, and/or score above the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT. Each State Scholar will receive a congratulatory letter from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The list of seniors who were recognized, include:

  • Zackary Aleman (St. Catherine of Alexandria - Oak Lawn)

  • Michael Benson (St. Cajetan)

  • John Cleary (Christ the King)

  • Thomas Connolly (St. Barnabas)

  • Peter Conroy (St. Barnabas)

  • Liam Daly (St. John Fisher)

  • Quinn Eaheart (Annie Keller Regional Gifted Center)

  • Kyle Gustafson (Lakeview Junior High - Downers Grove)

  • Michael Henze (Everest Academy - Lemont)

  • Samuel Macander (St. Barnabas)

  • Robert McDonald (St. Barnabas)

  • Myles Montaque (Summit Hill - Frankfort)

  • Kevin O'Hara (St. Christina)

  • Liam Ohle (St. Barnabas)

  • Henry Ryan (St. Christina)

  • Edwardo Serrano (St. Joseph - Summit)

  • Kyle Somrek (St. Barnabas)

  • Thomas Troesch (St. Barnabas)

  • Jacob Waller (St. Barnabas)

St. Rita's Minimesters Kick Off with Chicago Cultural Tour

The first Minimester program of 2018-2019 school year, the Chicago Cultural Tour, led by Mrs. Kupiac and Mrs. Earley got off to a great start on Sunday, October 28.

They led their students through Pilsen on a walking tour, visiting murals, a tour of Day of the Dead exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art and the annual Day of the Dead festival. They were introduced to the symbolism and importance of day of the dead in the Mexican culture. This is the first cultural stop for this Minimester.

There are three more cultural Chicago neighborhoods the group will visit by February 2019: Greektown, Little Italy and Chinatown. Each stop features eating local cuisine and visiting museums that represent each culture. At the end of visiting these neighborhoods, the students are each required to create a tourism brochure highlighting what to see and do in each cultural neighborhood.