12 Dec

On Friday, December 19th, Our Middle School Students will be making and mailing cards. We are asking each student to bring in one stamp so that we can mail the cards that afternoon.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Heishman at hheishman@saintmary.org

 

Uniform Compliance

Christmas vacation will be an excellent time to take inventory of your child’s uniform compliance and perhaps make some adjustments.

Some of the girls, especially the 8th graders, are growing so quickly that skirt lengths are becoming short.  Remember that the rule for skirt length is they should be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee not fingertip length-that’s too short).

Some of the boys slacks are “highwaters” now, and a few may benefit from a haircut to be in compliance with the uniform regulations.

 

Language and Literature- Mr. Schaefer

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6th Grade:  We have finished Cheaper by the Dozen.  Although the book had such a depressing ending, I think the children learned a  lot from it and enjoyed it.  Remember there is no exam for Literature and Vocab.

7th Grade:  The seventh grade finished A Christmas Carol this week.  Hopefully this has helped them get in the Christmas spirit and pointed them towards the true meaning for this important liturgical season.   I am sure they have been Scrooges lately with exams looming.  My Christmas present is that there is no exam for my class.

8th Grade: The students have wrapped up teaching about lessons we have learned this semester.  We have been reviewing with the rest of our time.  Mr. Maddock’s homeroom has my exam on Monday and my homeroom has it on Tuesday.

“God Bless Us, Every One!”

Language and Literature- Mr. Maddock

6th grade Grammar and Writing- The kids have got their exam review information somewhere among their belongings, and will sit for the mid-term on Friday the 19th.

7th grade Grammar and Writing— The 7th grade’s exam will be given Thursday the 18th, and will feature many of the first semester’s favorites, including the verbs Lay and Lie. I’ve told them to go to their parents for help with such things if I am unavailable. Good luck!  The exam will this year also include an essay or two, and when I mentioned this to the kids, they recoiled in dread the way I’ve always imagined characters in Poe’s stories to do at times. I don’t know why this should be.

8th Grade Literature and Writing— We’ll finish our reading of Macbeth by the 12th, and write a piece about imagery in the play. We’ll spend whatever time we have left on writing for the high school application–something many will look forward to doing over break, I gather.


Science- Mr. Short

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All students will get information next week about the Science Fair. Topics will be due after break and the entire project will be due in March.

6th Grade Last week the students got a study guide to be completed before the day of their exam.

7th Grade Their study guide was handed out last week and is due before the day of their exam.

8th Grade The students got their study guide for exams last week.

Language Acquisition- Madame Rooks

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Language Acquisition- Senora Thompson

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Math- Mrs. Koehler

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NOTICE:   Math Lab WILL BE HELD next week on Monday and Wednesday for students in need of exam preparation.

6th Grade: The students have all been given a packet of practice tests and answer keys for Chapters 1-5.  Additionally, they have been given a vocabulary list to study.  We have spent the entire week reviewing and working problems on the board.  I have been assigning sections of the packets each night for homework.  If the students score well on the practice tests in the packets and review their tests given this semester, they should be very prepared for the mid-term exam.  Remind them to study the Vocabulary!!!

7th Grade:  The students have all been given a packet of practice tests and answer keys for Chapters 1-5.  Additionally, they have been given a vocabulary list to study.  We have spent the entire week reviewing and working problems on the board.  I have been assigning sections of the packets each night for homework.  If the students score well on the practice tests in the packets and review their tests given this semester, they should be very prepared for the mid-term exam.  Remind them to study the Vocabulary!!!

8th Grade:

Advanced Algebra (HS) – The students have all been given a packet of practice tests and answer keys for Chapters 1-5.  Additionally, they have been given a vocabulary list to study.  We have spent the entire week reviewing and working problems on the board.  I have been assigning sections of the packets each night for homework.  If the students score well on the practice tests in the packets and review their tests given this semester, they should be very prepared for the mid-term exam.  Remind them to study the Vocabulary!!!

Algebra (HS) – The students have all been given a packet of practice tests and answer keys for Chapters 1-5.  Additionally, they have been given a vocabulary list to study.  We have spent the entire week reviewing and working problems on the board.  I have been assigning sections of the packets each night for homework.  If the students score well on the practice tests in the packets and review their tests given this semester, they should be very prepared for the mid-term exam.  Remind them to study the Vocabulary!!!

Additionally, the students turned in Phase 1 of their mathematician project on Tuesday which counted as a quiz grade.  The final project is due after the holiday and will count as a test grade.  This is an excellent opportunity for them to raise their test average by excelling on the project.

Happy Holidays!

Ms. Koehler

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Math- Mrs. Schiavo

Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra

The students were given a Midterm Review Sheet on Monday.  We spent the week working problems from the review sheet.  We refreshed our memory on previous chapters that we may have forgotten.  I know the students are well prepared and ready to tackle that midterm.

 

Individuals in Societies- Mrs. Tuskey

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6th grade History: The students spent this week using the review guide to prepare for their exams next week. I also shared with them how to study for my exam, including going over old tests and quizzes. Some of those questions may reappear on the exam. (Hint!)

Next week we have exams. Please remind your child to bring a book with them in case they finish an exam early. They could also bring their notes to study for their next exam.

7th grade History: The students spent this week using the review guide to prepare for their exam next week. I also shared with them how to study for my exam, including going over old tests and quizzes. Some of those questions may reappear on the exam. (Hint!)

Next week we have exams. Please remind your child to bring a book with them in case they finish an exam early. They could also bring their notes to study for their next exam.

8th grade World Civilizations: The students spent this week using the review guide to prepare for their exam next week. I also shared with them how to study for my exam, including going over old tests and quizzes. Some of those questions may reappear on the exam. (Hint!)

Next week we have exams. Please remind your child to bring a book with them in case they finish an exam early. They could also bring their notes to study for their next exam.

 

Religion- Mrs. Slifka

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All grades: 

  • Prayer for December to memorize and understand:  The ANGELUS (this is in the Jesus Journal).  This was due by Thursday 12/11 and could be done in groups up to 4 or individually.

Jesus Journals the following assignments have not been graded yet- but should be complete.  Students have had time in class, but if needed, they can finish at home:

6th:     Angelus, 10 Commandments

7th:     Angelus, Prophecies of the Messiah, Advent Prep

8th:     Angelus,

Midterms- we have reviewed all information for the midterm, and all info in the back of the Jesus Journal should be studied.  Pop quizzes we took over the last couple of weeks should be in the back of the journals and are a valuable study guide.

Design- Mrs. Clopton

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6th Grade– Students will finish watching the movie Robots.  They will have comprehension questions to answer following the movie.

7th – Students will be finishing up their Prezi presentations on Moore’s Law, Technology and the Digital Divide in class

8th– Students will begin to write their research paper in class.  The paper will be due by the end of the marking period (January 9, 2015)

 

PE- Coach Spicer

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6th grade has finished their basketball unit, and they started to play very well together, using good spacing around the basketball court.  These student have now started working on their volleyball skills.  Actual gameplay has recently started, and as you can imagine, it is a work in progress.

7th grade has begun their volleyball unit, and they have started working on the underhand and overhand serve.  The volleyball games have improved as the skill of the class has improved.

8th grade has been very impressive with their volleyball skills and understanding of the game.  These students have quickly earned their right to a tournament set up with games.  They are applying all of the rules during their game play and have used both underhand and overhand serves during their games.  Several of the 8th grade girls gained invaluable experience during the fall Saint Mary’s volleyball season, where they were quite successful.

It has been a focus for all of the middle school students to progress in their fitness; the students continue to learn and perform different exercises and each of their purposes.

Music- Mrs. Taylor

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Art- Mrs. Dunham

 

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