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6th Grade:  We are continuing to read Cheaper by the Dozen.    The children had their first quiz on it this week as well.  Next Friday (11/21), we will have a spelling test on unit 6.


7th Grade:  Now that we have finished the movie for To Kill a Mockingbird, the students are reading some short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.  We will begin A Christmas Carol on Monday, November 24th.  Next Friday (11/21), we will have a spelling test on unit 6.


8th Grade:  The eighth grade have been learning about modifiers.  We have covered adjectives and using adjectives to compare as well as adverbs and using adverbs to compare.  This is the last major unit we will cover before exams.  Next Friday (11/21), we will have a spelling test on unit 6.


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6th grade Grammar and Writing– In Grammar this week, we’re tackling Pronouns, the language’s least understood and most abused part of speech. I hope your kids will be noting your errors in pronoun usage; we have to draw the line somewhere! In writing, the 6th grade is moving forward with Persuasive writing, the perfect form for the run-up to the holiday gift-giving season.

7th grade Grammar and Writing– The students are wading (and in some cases floundering) in the world of Verbs– transitive vs. intransitive, direct and indirect objects– the same stuff that kept you up nights when you were twelve. You can help by assuring them that you wouldn’t have gotten where you are in life without understanding such things, okay? Be persuasive! The kids will be working on Persuasive speech issues, preparing for the chance to persuade the rest of us of something in the weeks ahead. They’ll debate some important societal issues (e.g. “Kids shouldn’t have to distinguish transitive from intransitive verbs!”) toe-to-toe in class.

8th grade Literature and Writing– We’ll finish A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the week of the 17th, and then consider it thoughtfully via a test. The kids enjoy the confusion in the woods outside Athens, which provides a handy parallel with Middle School life. I think they’ve demystified Shakespeare’s language a bit, and we may even have time to read one of his bloody-minded tragedies as well, should the kids decide they’re interested. Once you have Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in you, you’re pretty much prepared for the high school hallway, but just to be sure, we’re continuing to work on high school application prompts, and discuss successful strategies.

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6th: There will be a test next week on lessons 3 and 4 in Ch 2.


7th: The students will continue learning about evolution. They will begin a poster project on an extinct animal.


8th: The students will continue learning about the atmosphere in ch 11.


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Renown Chef Paul Elbing is the Master Chef in charge of the St. Mary’s Church Advent Brunch. See the church website for tickets to the brunch on December 7th.  I understand it sells out!


6th Grade :  The students presented their opinions and research to support “ Why I love France ”, and all presentations were well received. We had a nice variety of posters and slideshows.  Thank you for your support with this.  Next we will be learning how to talk about houses and families in French. Please remind your students to review vocabulary every night!


7th Grade:  We have officially begun and now continue to work with our new verbs, practicing conjugations until we have them perfect.  Chef Paul Elbing had to postpone his visit with us, due to a bad cold. Please keep him in your prayers. Please remind your students to review vocabulary every night!



8th Grade:  Fashion Show are scheduled for Monday! Unfortunately, Chef Paul has had to postpone his visit with us.   Please pray for a speedy recovery. Please remind your students to review vocabulary every night!

Bonne Fin de Semaine~


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6th grade- We are having a fun time finishing up our Geography on Spain and Mexico. We have traveled the countries using google earth and we learned the Mexican Hat dance.  We will have a test on Spain and Mexico next week.


7th grade- We are continuing Unit 4. We will be practicing “ar” verbs in the plural and will have a vocabulary quiz on “palabras 2”.  We talked about the opportunity to take the NSE contest.  Many of them are interested in taking the test, but keep in mind for 7th grade I will only be able to administer the test after school. Please talk to your child to see if they are interested in entering this contest.  This will require extra work on their part.  I will hold two practice sessions and one test administration day.  The test must be administered during March 1st-April 10th.


8th grade- We have finished Unit 8 and will be taking a Unit test next week.  We also talked about the NSE contest in class and all students will have the opportunity to enter the contest.  If they do not want to participate, they should see me.  The contest will take place during two class periods and the test needs to be taken during March 1st- April 10th timeframe.  They should know most or all  grammatical structures on the test, but will still need to practice extra on their own.


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

6th Grade:  Due to the Veterans Day Assembly and missing a math class, we did not finish the “Be the Boss” project until Thursday. The students did an AMAZING job on the project.  They were very creative, worked well in their groups, and carried their weight as a contributing member to the group. Some groups even did skits, jingles and commercials to add to their poster presentations. The purpose of the project was to expose the students to some “real world” concepts using math.  We have talked a lot about how to calculate discounts (and double discounts) while in the store using mental math as well as doing it on paper.  They are very excited to show these skills off next time you go shopping so don’t forget to ask them.  They also learned how to calculate sales tax two different ways.  Now, it is time to jump back into fractions in Chapter 5.  A very tentative date for a mid-chapter 5 quiz is Tuesday, 11/18 at the earliest.

7th Grade:  We finished the week with a vocabulary quiz and Chapter 4 test. We will begin Chapter 5 on Monday on “Rational Numbers”.  This is a long chapter with ten lessons covering all the operations with fractions.  I will move carefully through this chapter as it is essential the students MASTER all the skills on fractions.  Oddly enough, fractions continue to haunt them even in Algebra 1!  Much of the material should be review but we shall see!  I do not anticipate a quiz or test next week.

8th Grade:

Advanced Algebra (HS) – We completed the project and I was very impressed with the work the students put into it! They took the project to a whole new level with creative product design, prototypes, commercials, business cards, and punch promotion cards.  The students learned a lot about calculating cost for production, profit margins, discounts, and tax.  During the presentations, they were asked several questions requiring them to demonstrate an understanding of these calculations.  I think some of their concepts might need a patent!  I was particularly impressed with their clever slogans.  Unfortunately, it’s back to the textbook and learning how to graph relations and functions.  We will be using the ipads (which have a scientific calculator app loaded now) to practice graphing relations on a scientific graphing calculator.  If the week goes as planned, I have tentatively scheduled a mid-chapter 5 quiz for Thursday, 11/20.

Algebra (HS) – We ended the week with a chapter 4 vocabulary quiz and chapter test. I have decided to post-pone the mathematician power point project until after we complete chapter 5.  We will be learning to graph relations and functions in chapter 5.  We will be using the ipads (which have a scientific calculator app loaded now) to practice graphing relations on a scientific graphing calculator.  I do not anticipate any graded assessments other than homework or classwork next week.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!!!

Ms. Koehler

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Mrs. Schiavo – Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra

The core of this week’s lesson was to pay attention to the parenthesis.   We finished our work in Chapter 4 by looking at integer exponents.  We talked about exponents that are positive as well as zero and negative.  Our focus was on problems containing parenthesis and the conventions that we have in regards to exponentiation and parenthesis.  We examined the difference between

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6th grade US History

The students have let loose their creativity with their Declaration Doodles! They were assigned a part of the Declaration of Independence to interpret in pictures or to put in modern day English. I am so proud of their work! The week of the 17th there will be a quiz on the American Revolution, and then it will be time to form the government for the brand new United States.


Please remember that the 6th graders have their field trip to Williamsburg on Tuesday, November 25th. They will leave the school at 7:20 am and will return around 3:15 pm.


7th grade US History

Your 7th graders have completed their Invention Infomercials and will present them tomorrow. They took my instructions about making sure their infomercial is “over the top” and ran with it! The week of the 17th we will continue our study of the Gilded Age by looking at the impact of urbanization on people, especially the immigrants.


8th grade World Civilizations

The 8th graders have completed their study of Buddhism and Hinduism and really seemed to enjoy watching the creation and destruction of a mandala by a group of Buddhist monks. They will have a chance to show off their knowledge by taking a short quiz on Buddhism and Hinduism early the week of the 17th. After that it’s on to China and the Mandate of Heaven.


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We will have pop quizzes every so often- from content covered in class.  This info will be in the Jesus Journal- and students may have an opportunity to use their journals at times during the test– I have mentioned this to help them take better notes with me in class.  The pop quizzes are intended to help them prepare for the mid-term.  If a student is absent, it is important that they have a buddy to copy notes from.

76hReverence for the bible- what is scripture, how should we treat our bible?  Know the books of the Pentateuch, authors and key stories.

 7th- authorship and formation of the New Testament; know the books of the new testament and begin to understand the various parts.

8th- Finished up God’s Not Dead and our response to standing up for what we believe in today’s culture,  Chapter 4- the Great Commandment and Theological Virtues.



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6th Grade-  Projects are due.  Students will be presenting projects in class.


7th Grade- Students have been learning about Moore’s Law, the Digital Divide, and how technology has impacted society.  Students will begin to create a Prezi related to these concepts.


8th  Grade- Students have been researching online on a topic related to their Design Project. They  will be learning how to write a research paper.  Students will be writing their research paper in class. Students should meet with their mentor by Thanksgiving.



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Religious Arts:

8th grade-A great first brainstorming session on our Dinner Theater Culminating Project. I was especially touched to hear that the students were inspired by a video that I showed them about a former student and family friend. They would like to donate the proceeds of the night to the Tyler Robinson Foundation.

More info on his story, the foundation, and Imagine Dragons can be found here:

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6th Grade Art

Sixth graders have completed their painting project. They have begun experimenting and manipulating paper as a medium for their Value of Light paper lantern project.

In Religious Arts, students have been working on a mixed media decorative pennant, incorporating a chosen Bible verse into their design.

8th Grade Art

Monday’s eighth graders took a break this week from the project at hand (Faith Ringgold Memory Quilt drawing/collage) and worked on some Poe inspired charcoal drawings of “The Raven”.  Results were “grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous”. In other words, a success!  Friday’s art class will not meet this week due to the Saint’s Parade.