06 Mar

  • By Kristine Clopton
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The Middle School exam schedule has been updated and posted:

For exam schedule: http://saintmary.org/middle-school-exam-schedule-announced-for-may-2015/

Language and Literature- Mr. Schaefer

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All classes will take a Unit 11 Spelling Test on Monday.

6th grade- Jonas is finally learning what real pain is and how different life used to be. We have been discussing what makes the community in the book decide to have such strict rules. We will also debate the balance of safety vs. freedoms. There will be a vocabulary test on Unit 12 on Friday.

7th- We are closing in on the finish of our look at Anne Frank’s diary. Our class discussion has revolved around how much Anne has evolved in the two years of entries we have read and the idea of how one’s legacy continues after death. There will be a vocabulary test on Unit 12 on Friday.

8th Grade- This week we did an activity on paraphrasing and started learning about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it when working on research papers. Next we will be focusing on research methods and skills. There will be a vocabulary test on Unit 12 on Friday.

Language and Literature- Mr. Maddock

6th Grade Grammar and Writing– The kids have mined their personal experiences and are settling on topics for their Personal Narratives. We’ll work on these during class-time during the week of the 9th, after which they’ll type them up and hand them over!

7th Grade Grammar and Writing– Another round of Personal Narratives for the 7th grade! Their efforts will come due on Monday the 16th. I’m asking them to find moments that allow them to tell us something about themselves; with any luck, they’ll revisit such moments next Fall-Winter when high school applications are due.
We’ll also be looking for prepositions, and finding them everywhere!

8th Grade Literature and Language– Jim Hawkins life is not without adventure, as it happens. No sooner has he dispatched a murderous, piratical threat than he finds himself in the clutches of his victim’s peers. Aaargh! Makes a body yearn for Fish Fry, it does!

Science- Mr. Short

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All grades:

The Science Fair is due on Friday March 20th. The Science Fair will be on Thursday March 26th from 6:30-7:30pm. All student should attend this event. There will be no weekly assignments for the next 2 weeks. Students should be working on their experiments.

Language Acquisition- Madame Rooks

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All French students and friends of French:
First, JR Tucker High School’s French National Honors Society is putting on its annual carnival for elementary and middle school students. The Carnival will be on Friday, March 27, from 5-7PM in Tucker’s Café 1. It’s a great opportunity for your children to learn a little French while participating in fun games and activities. The event is completely FREE and would allow your children an exciting educational experience.
If you would like to bring your children to this fun event J, please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/JRT-RSVP. This year’s theme is Cirque du Soleil and all the booths/games will be related to that. Make sure to bring your camera/phone so your children can be captured forever at the photo booth! I will send home the flyer next week.
Second, French club will meet NEXT Thursday, March 12th, to continue working on their play! They will try to meet every Thursday to be ready to present to the elementary students. A grand MERCI to Mrs. Sabharwal and Mrs. Koder for leading this fun club!
6th Grade: We have finished learning body parts and will move on to clothing. Check out our life-sized replicas in the hallway near the 5th grade rooms.
7th Grade: We are beginning our unit on food, always a favorite! We will begin by learning all we need to know about what and how to order and behave in a French restaurant or cafe. National French Contest materials finally arrived yesterday, so I’ll be setting the date for that next week.
8th Grade: We are continuing our unit on travel by learning as much as we can about train travel, in Europe and in Africa and elsewhere. National French Contest materials just arrived, so we will set the date for that last week.
Vive la neige? See you soon!

Language Acquisition- Senora Thompson

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6th Grade-We continue to work on the first Unit for High School credit and the students seem to be enjoying everything that they are learning. They are learning how to conjugate their first verb and are writing about themselves in Spanish. They are working on a Diamond Poem and will have a vocabulary quiz for Palabras 2.

7th Grade-We continue to eat our way through the food unit. They are learning how to conjugate “er” and “ir” verbs in the present tense and are encouraged to practice on the conjuguemos website. They will have a quiz this week on vocabulary Palabras 2. They are also working on a Food Skit in class and they are having a lot of fun putting those together.

8th Grade- We are in Unit 10 learning about theater, movies and cultural events. The students should be memorizing their lines for the plays they are going to perform this week. They will perform “Bulce de Oro”, “Caperucita Roja” and “Blanca Nieves y los Siete Enanitos” to some of the lower school classes on Friday afternoon in the Bishop Sullivan room. They are also working on conjugating “er” and “ir” verbs in the preterite tense and are practicing for the National Spanish Exam. They will have a vocabulary quiz this week for Palabras 2.

8th Grade Students will be taking the National Spanish Exam March 18th and 19th during class.
7th Grade Students will be taking the National Spanish Exam March 25th and 26th after school. If they want to take the whole exam at one time, then they will come on March 26th from 3-4:30. If they prefer to take the exam in two parts, then they need to come March 25th and 26th from 3:00-3:50.

Math- Mrs. Koehler

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NOTICE: Math Lab continues to meet on Monday and Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 in the MS math room.

6th Grade: The students are very excited to finally be learning Algebra! Chapter 9 involves using the Properties of Equality to balance equations. It is very important the students continue to practice operations with integers! The algebraic equations require knowledge of these rules. I am tentatively planning for a chapter test on Friday, 3/13. Also, be prepared for quiz assessments as we master the skills of balancing equations.
7th Grade: We are mid-way through Chapter 8 which covers the different methods used to graph linear equations. I am tentatively planning for a mid-chapter quiz on Wednesday, 3/11. This is a long chapter with 10 sections.
8th Grade:
Advanced Algebra (HS) – We just started Chapter 8 which covers different methods for solving systems of linear equations and inequalities. We will be covering lessons 1 – 5 only. I am tentatively planning for a chapter test on Monday, 3/16. Also, be prepared for a quick assessment as we go.
Algebra (HS) – We are currently in Chapter 7 where the students will be assessed on lessons 1 – 4 and lesson 8 only. I am tentatively planning for a chapter test on Tuesday, 3/10, at the earliest.
Stay warm!
Ms. Koehler

Mrs. Schiavo – Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra

This week we continued our study of linear equations and examined direct variation. We saw how one variable varies directly as the other. We also studied the constant of variation.
We then were able to express direct variation as an equation and we looked at an algebraic as well as an geometric interpretation of direct variation. And of course, we used direct variation
to solve a favorite topic of ours (not) word problems.

Individuals in Societies- Mrs. Tuskey

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6th Grade US History:
The students continue their exploration of the growth of the United States in the early to mid 1800s. Assuming no more snow days, there will be some sort of an evaluation towards the end of the week of the 9th.

As a reminder, the last day for students to turn in their current event is Friday, March 13th. I will not accept late current events.

7th Grade US History:
The students are now studying the Great Depression after a look at the Roaring Twenties and the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Assuming no more snow days, there will be a test on those topics probably midweek during week of the 9th. Since we have no school tomorrow, essay re-writes will be due Monday the 9th.

As a reminder, the last day for students to turn in their current event is Friday, March 13th. I will not accept late current events.

8th Grade World Civilizations:
The 8th graders will wrap up their study of Islam with a test towards the end of the week of the 9th. It is then on to early African civilizations. Since we have no school tomorrow, essay re-writes will be due Monday the 9th.

As a reminder, the last day for students to turn in their current event is Friday, March 13th. I will not accept late current events.

Religion- Mrs. Slifka
No updates this week.

PE- Coach Spicer
No updates this week.

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Music- Mrs. Taylor

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Composer of the Month: March: Franz Joseph Haydn-“Papa Haydn” the Father of the modern symphony orchestra.

6th grade: Performance Critique Proposals are due this coming Wed. March 11th. Students are to research and find a performance to either attend within this semester, or find an appropriate program to view on line and provide the online link. The only items due this week are the details of the performance, the location, the date, and time or the online link.

8th grade: The Dinner Theater production date has been set as Wed. May 6th est. beginning time of 6pm. Our production this year will be benefiting the TRF in behalf of pediatric cancer. TRF was founded with Tyler’s family along with Imagine Dragons. This week our 8th grade was part of the world wide M4 event. March 4th is the date Tyler passed away two years ago, the foundation is using the date to now “March Fo(u)rth” against childhood cancer, raising awareness and offering a voice of hope to families. The event had 41 events happening in 21 countries.

Check out www.trf.org/m4 for more info.

Art- Mrs. Dunham- No updates this week.