03 Oct

Language and Literature- Mr. Schaeferliterature1_s600x600

6th grade– We just made it through one of the most shocking parts of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the trial scene.  The students are enjoying Tom’s shenanigans.  They will be quizzed on chapters 12-20 on Tuesday.  Remember next week is a spelling week, so they will have a spelling test on Unit 4 on Friday.
7th grade– Our study of To Kill a Mockingbird  is building toward the trial which is at the center of the whole novel.  We have been having fantastic class discussions about the time period and the issues Scout is dealing with in the novel.  They will be quizzed on chapters 9-13 on Tuesday.  Remember next week is a spelling week, so they will have a spelling test on Unit 4 on Friday.
8th grade– This week we commenced our review of verbs.  Next week we will look at verb tenses and irregular verbs.  This affords us the opportunity of conjugating verbs in English, French and Spanish.  Remember next week is a spelling week, so they will have a spelling test on Unit 4 on Friday.

Language and Literature- Mr. Maddock

6th grade Writing and Grammar—  The 6th grade has been practicing not just having opinions but supporting them with and organized set of detailed reasons.  They’ll work on their first structured essay (due on Friday 10/10) in class and, one hopes, at home from now until then.  They have guidelines to which they should pay attention.
7th grade Writing and Grammar—  These kids can’t seem to get enough of verbs and verb tenses!  Sure, they have been writhing and even whimpering a little when I write the words, “Present perfect progressive” on the whiteboard, but I assume they do the same thing at home when you discuss it, no?  It’s okay. ‘They have been writhing’ IS the present perfect progressive, after all– at work in our real lives!   They’ll have a pop quiz at the beginning of the week, assuming the whole dunk tank thing goes as I expect it will!
8th grade Literature and Writing— We’ll have a quiz on Monday 10/6/14 on Book IX of the Odyssey, and move into Book X.  We’ll also begin in earnest our preparation for handling high school application essays, and test essay prompts.  Make sure they wear their letter sweaters and begin driving to school by themselves!

Science- Mr. Short

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6th grade: The students are working from the book now on chapter one. They are working on a dichotomous key either with a partner or by themselves. It is due on Friday Oct. 10.
7th grade: The students are learning about the processes of life in ch 3.
8th grade: The students are learning about sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks in ch 6.
Reminder: Grades will close in a few weeks so any test points need to be made up before then. Additionally students must make up any missed work before being eligible to make up points on a test.

Language Acquisition- Madame RooksEiffel_Tower_Paris_Daylight_Blue_Sky_HD_Wallpaper_Vvallpaper.Net

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Math- Mrs. Koehlerdownload

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH UPDATES

 NOTICE:  Remember, Math Lab is on Monday and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 in the Math Room.  Please have your student utilize this resource if they need it.

6th Grade:  We finished up this week with a fun project graphing skittles and M&M’s.  The students were required to make a pie graph so they could use their skills of converting a fraction to a decimal to a percent.  Some students ventured even further and also did a bar graph.  In Chapter 3, we are learning how to compare and order decimals along with a review on adding and subtracting decimals.  I have to say, “Ms. Oliver did an awesome job preparing them…..they really UNDERSTAND place value!!!  Be on the lookout for a Chapter 3 test the end of next week.

7th Grade: Chapter 3 has started off challenging many of the students with learning the Distributive Property.  This is the most used property in Algebra so it is crucial we MASTER this skill.  We spent about 3 days working on it this week and most seem to be feeling more comfortable with it.  Please ask your student how they are doing with this new concept.  It is essential they know their integer rules in order to proceed further.  The students are now “combining like terms” by using the integer rules on the coefficients with variables.  We had an Integer Quiz today because I need them to recognize whether they are in need of more work in this area.  They will be returned the first of next week.  A mid-Chapter 3 quiz is scheduled for Tuesday next week on lessons 1 – 4.  This is actually one of my favorite chapters in the book and some of the students are starting to realize it is actually “FUN”…yes, I did actually just call math fun, especially once it clicks!!!

8th Grade:

We are through Chapter 3, Lesson 4 on solving linear equations.  There is a mid-Chapter quiz scheduled for Tuesday next week on Lessons 1 – 4.  There are only 3 more lessons in the chapter so the chapter test will most likely fall the beginning of week 10/13.  We may even get the vocabulary test in by Friday next week so please make sure your students are keeping up with the words and properties in the chapter.  The vocabulary tests have proven to be a bit of a challenge for some so they should be studying as they go!!!

Happy Weekend….Fall is here!

 Ms. Koehler

MYP Math

Individuals in Societies- Mrs. Tuskey 

6th Grade US History (Week of 10-6)
The students will finish up their 13 Colonies brochure project this week and will present them to the class. They have been working diligently on these, and I am very proud of them.
 
Quite a few students have asked for the link to the “Why Study History?” video that I showed the first day of school. Just click on the word “video” in the previous sentence, and you will be directed to the video on YouTube.
 
7th Grade US History (Week of 10-6)
The students will finish their Civil War projects this week and present them to the class. The students have really shown their creative sides, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them work throughout the week. You should be very proud of your children!
 
On a separate note, quite a few students have asked for the link to the “Why Study History?” video that I showed the first day of school. Just click on the word “video” in the previous sentence, and you will be directed to the video on YouTube.
 
8th Grade World Civilizations (Week of 10-6)
The 8th graders will continue their study of early nomadic civilizations in the Middle East and Judaism. They will have a test on chapter 2 by the end of the week.
 
On a separate note, quite a few students have asked for the link to the “Why Study History?” video that I showed the first day of school. Just click on the word “video” in the previous sentence, and you will be directed to the video on YouTube.

Religion- Mrs. Slifka

All grades: 
•       I have received quite a few emails- thank you.  If you have not emailed me yet, please be certain to send me one I can set up my contacts.  jslifka@saintmary.org.
•       We are starting a project in class on a Living Portrait.  Please remind your child to choose a saint by Monday, and to have 2 back-ups just in case.
6th grade:  We will continue to use bibles to explore the Old Testament and focus on the Pentateuch.  Starting the Living Portrait project on Saints.  Chris Jenkins will visit our classrooms to invite students to an optional middle school retreat at Saint Edwards towards the end of October;  World Mission Day- we will watch a video on the World Mission and learn about Mongolia and the Catholic church.
7th grade: We will continue to use bibles to explore where the Luminous Mysteries are in the New Testament (scriptural rosary).  Start the Living Portrait project on Saints.  Chris Jenkins will visit our classrooms to invite students to an optional middle school retreat at Saint Edwards towards the end of October;  World Mission Day- we will go over Mongolia and raising $ for them8th grade: We will continue work on Luminous Mysteries for the Living Rosary.  Start the Living Portrait project on Saints.  Chris Jenkins will visit our classrooms to invite students to an optional middle school retreat at Saint Edwards towards the end of October;  World Mission Day- we will go over Mongolia and raising $ for them.  Continue to work on being the best version of yourself- (Matthew Kelly).
WEEKLY EXTRA CREDIT:  Students can create a
•       one page summary on the readings from the Sunday mass or a service for our Protestant Students;
•       a piece of Art or Music;
•       a power point or video;
•       another pre-approved creative idea that shows in detail the message from the readings/ homily for that week.  This must be turned in within the week of that mass (1 per week will be accepted).

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Grades  6 and 7- Students are working on their projects in class.

Grade  8–Students will be continue pursuing ideas for their IB 8th grade projects.

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The 6th grade students have learned the defensive and offensive positions of football, as well as how to play a modified version of touch-football.  Their unit test will be at the end of next week.

The 7th grade has learned the history, rules, and gameplay in their football unit.  They have reviewed and excelled in how they play and understand the game.  Their unit test will be at the end of next week.

The 8th grade has learned and reviewed the rules, positions, penalties, etc. in their football unit.  They have been working well with their teammates, and they have gained experience as referees.  Their unit test will be next week.

 

Art- Mrs. Dunham
Sixth graders have nearly completed their “Snowscape” project.  They have been working on showing distance on a 2-D picture plane using a range of tonal values. Photographic references are the inspiration for this tempera painting.  Please remind your students that their twenty minute homework drawings are due each Wednesday in their Process Journals.

Eighth graders have completed their amazing “Micrography”  self-portrait projects.  I was impressed with the results!  Currently, they are working on a memory drawing/collage  project based on the work of American artist Faith Ringgold.

Music- Mrs. Taylor87-1265714548Otmq

6th grade-Begin Music 2nd Semester. They may bring their Music Process Journals (1 in. binder) down to the music room to be labeled and stored.

7th grade-“Music that Endures” projects have begun and have already included great live performances, as well as the use of an “old relic”……a record player! The Nativity has been cast and we have begun to work on the music for the program. Our Christmas program and Nativity will be presented here in the church on the night of Tues. Dec. 16th 7-8pm.

8th grade-Religious Arts: Students have received their parts for the Living Rosary which will be presented directly after Mass (approx. 9:45am) on Wed. Oct. 8th here in the church. During class they have especially enjoyed guided imagery sessions. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend if available during the day.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 6- 11:30 AM- 8th grade Boys’ Luncheon with Benedictine High School

Wednesday, October 8- 9:00 AM- School Mass & Living Rosary

Thursday, October 9- 8th grade may wear TAG day clothes due to the Living Rosary on October 8