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Mrs. Maura Grochocinski, Junior High Religion

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  We are all looking forward to a successful school year with your child. 

A little about myself: due to the difficulty in pronouncing my last name, I am known to the SJF students and to many of the parents as “Mrs. G.”  I live in Most Holy Redeemer parish and my husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful daughters. 

This year will be my 20th year teaching at Saint John Fisher. I have taught different grades and various subjects throughout the years. I have enjoyed teaching religion in the Jr. High for the past ten years, watching our students grow both academically and spiritually.

I'm looking forward to an exciting school year with our Jr. High students and can't wait to see them on their first day of school, Wednesday, August 21st.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Dec.9th

Posted on Dec 08, 2019

As the 8th graders return to school this Monday morning, the Jr. High halls will be filled with heavy sighs of relief now that the high school entrance tests are over. We are all so grateful to the Kindergarten teachers and students for their visit to our Jr. High hall this past Friday when they gave us their blessing and delivered treat bags filled with goodies and "lucky pencils" for the test. We would also like to thank Mrs. Scannell and the 7th graders for their notes filled with well wishes for our 8th graders.

In this season of Advent, we continue to prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus by being mindful of all of the ways we can be our best selves.

On Monday, at 1:00, we will be attending an all school mass as our 4th graders host our celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be finishing up chapter 6 in our Blest Are We book which discusses the term "vocation" as well as the two sacraments of Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony which are considered to be vocational sacraments.  We will be reviewing the chapter and will be working on the study guide to prepare for the test.  The test is scheduled for Friday, December 13th.

***TEST DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be discussing the role of a Confirmation sponsor and will be discussing the expository essay the students will be writing about their sponsor. I instructed the students last week to have a discussion with their parents to help them make this very important decision; choosing a role model of their faith whose values and virtues they would like to emulate in their own lives. This essay will be graded for content and grammar and the score will be recorded as a test grade for this second trimester. The students will receive a guideline sheet for this essay as well as a copy of the rubric that will be used to grade their essay.  As this essay is a tribute to their Confirmation sponsor, I am hopeful the students will give their best efforts when composing their essay. This essay is due Friday, December 13th.

***ESSAY DUE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO TUESDAY, DECEMBER17th  

 

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

  

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of December 2nd

Posted on Dec 01, 2019

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I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday. Before leaving for our Thanksgiving break, in religion class, we discussed the importance of eliminating the distractions that prevent us from having an awareness and appreciation of the many blessings we experience in our daily lives. Our students are blessed with parents and families who show support spiritually, emotionally, academically, and financially. We all should make the effort to say "thank you" for the gifts in our lives that we may sometimes take for granted.

Our eighth graders will be taking their high school entrance exams this upcoming Saturday.  Please keep them in your prayers, praying that they remain calm and confident in their academic abilities.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will begin chapter 6 in our Blest Are We textbook. This chapter discusses the meaning of the term "vocation" as well as the two sacraments that are considered to be vocations, Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

 

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This week we will be beginning our Confirmation preparation and will be discussing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. We will be discussing the purpose and roles of Confirmation sponsors in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of November 18th

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

This week marks the beginning of the second trimester.  I am hopeful that all of our Jr. High students will demonstrate their best efforts and do their very best work in all of their classes for this second trimester.  The first trimester report cards will be distributed to the students in school, on Wednesday, November 20th. If you have not scheduled a conference with your child's homeroom teacher for November 25th or 26th, please do so.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing chapter 5 in our Blest Are We book.  This chapter discusses creating the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth by performing spiritual and corporal works of mercy. We will be working on review exercises and the study guide for chapter 5 in class.  The chapter 5 test is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd.

***Students should be working on completing the FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be reviewing for the chapter 7 test in our Morality book.  This chapter discusses the importance of the family unit  as well as the values and virtues that we learn in our families that we carry with us and use in society.  The chapter 7 test is scheduled for Thursday, November 21st. 

***Students should be working on completing the EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Nov. 11th

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

This Friday will mark the final day of the first trimester.  Now that we are acclimated to the routine and academic expectations of the Jr. High, it's a good time to reflect back and think about those habits and actions that were rewarding to us for this first trimester, as well as those things that we may want to change and improve upon to be stronger in the upcoming second trimester. 

On Friday, November 15th, SJF students and staff will gather in church to honor our Veterans at a special Veteran's Day prayer service.  All are welcome to attend.

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we are beginning Chapter 5 in our Blest Are We book. This chapter discusses the Kingdom of God.  We will be discussing the meaning, the growth, and the value of creating the Kingdom of God here on earth. This chapter focuses on our responsibility to reach out to all people, especially to those who are less fortunate than we, demonstrating love, compassion, and mercy.  We will also be discussing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

*Service hours for the 1st trimester are due Wednesday, November 13th in class.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be discussing chapter 7 in our Morality book.  This chapter discusses the importance of family life.  Family members are those who accept us, love us, and forgive us no matter what, simply because we belong to them and they belong to us.  We will be discussing the values and virtues learned at home and how we carry those values and virtues with us as we go out into society to become a part of a larger community.

*Service hours for the 1st trimester are due Wednesday, November 13th in class.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Nov. 4th

Posted on Nov 02, 2019

Thank you to all who attended the Enrollment Mass for the Confirmation class of 2020. This was a wonderful opportunity for our Confirmandi to share their excitement as they prepare for their final Sacrament of Initiation with their parish community.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be reviewing and working on a study guide for chapter 4 in our Blest Are We book. This chapter discusses the temptations of Jesus in the desert as well as the temptations 7th graders face in their every day lives.  Jesus responded to his temptations with words from scripture. In class, we discussed how we can respond to daily temptations by listening to our conscience which is formed by teachings of the Church, advice from parents, teachers & other role models, and guidance from the Holy Spirit.  After incorporating the Cardinal Virtues into our curriculum for the past couple of weeks, the students will be tested on their knowledge of the four Cardinal Virtues when taking the chapter 4 test which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8th.

***All students should continue to work on on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

 This week, will be finishing chapter 4 which discusses sin and forgiveness.  In class, we discussed the different types and conditions of sin.  The chapter 4 test is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8th.

***All students should continue to work on on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th and 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 28th

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

We have a very busy week coming up...

Reminders:

Tuesday: St. Rita Retreat. Students are to wear their school uniforms and bring a brown bag lunch with a drink.

Wednesday:  SOAR will be hosting a Halloween activity in the gym.  Any work missed on this day by SOAR students must be made up as homework for that evening.

Thursday:  St. John Fisher welcomes single gender High Schools.  Parents are welcome to attend their presentations.  The girls will be meeting in Mrs. G's classroom and the boys will be meeting in Mr. Gibson's classroom beginning at 11:10.

Friday:  We will be celebrating the All Souls' Mass at 1:00 PM.

* We will also have a short Halloween celebration at the end of the day.  Students may dress in orange and black and may bring candy to share with their classmates. 

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be completing our discussion of chapter 4 in our Blest Are We book.  We will be discussing the internal and external distractions that keep us from prayer and self reflection.  We will also be discussing the life of Mother Teresa and her ability to put prayer into action.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be reviewing the four Cardinal Virtues and how they can be demonstrated in our daily lives.  We will also be starting chapter 4 in our Morality book which discusses forgiveness and sin.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 21st

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

A big thank you to the 7th grade class and to Ms. Chermak for hosting such a beautiful All School Mass this past Friday.  The message of this mass was to use the gifts and talents we have been given by God to make good choices in our every day lives and always remain aware of the consequences of our words and actions.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will finish our discussion of the four Cardinal Virtues and will be beginning Chapter 4 in our Blest Are We book.  Chapter 4 discusses the temptations of Jesus in the desert and how Jesus responded to each of those temptations with words from scripture.  We will be discussing the many temptations of seventh graders and how we can use the teachings of our faith to guide us with our response to those temptations.

***All seventh graders should continue to work on satisfying their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue our discussion of the evangelization of Christianity throughout Europe and the monastic movement to the outskirts of the Roman Empire.  We will be working on guided note taking for chapter 4 as well as the chapter 4 study guide.  The chapter 4 test is scheduled for Friday, October 25th

***All eighth graders should continue to work on satisfying their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

Religion-7th & 8th Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 12, 2019

The Jr. High will be welcoming the co-ed High Schools in our area to Saint John Fisher this Wednesday to talk with our students about each of their school's curriculum, clubs, and extra curricular activities.  As always, parents are welcome to attend.  We will be meeting in church at 9:15.

Reminders:

***The October all school mass will be hosted by our 7th graders and will be celebrated on Friday, October 18th, at 1:00.  All are welcome!

***The Jr. High Retreat permission slips and fees are to be returned to homeroom teachers by Friday, October 18th.

***The Jr. High Retreat will be held at St. Rita on Tuesday, October 29th.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the four Cardinal Virtues and how they form our conscience.  The Cardinal Virtues guide us into making good decisions in our every day lives.  The students will be completing an assignment in which they will be asked to reflect upon those people in their lives who exemplify the four Cardinal Virtues and how they can demonstrate the use of the four Cardinal Virtues in their own lives. The corrected chapter three tests will be returned and reviewed with the students this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, Ms. Chermak will be visiting the 7th grade religion classes. She will be working with the seventh graders and will be preparing them to host our October all school mass which will be held on Friday, October 18th at 1:00.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be starting chapter 4 in our Church History book. This chapter discusses the evangelization of Christianity throughout Europe. It also highlights the monastic movement and the other ways Christians battled the barbarian invasions in the Roman empire.  The corrected chapter 3 tests will be returned to the students on Tuesday.

After studying the history of the Nicene Creed, our 8th grade students will compose their own creed.  The students will be expressing their beliefs about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and life thereafter in their creeds.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 7th

Posted on Oct 07, 2019

7th Grade Religion

This week, we will be finishing chapter 3 in our Blest Are We textbook which discusses how our conscience is formed and the important role it plays in moral decision making. This chapter also discusses the various types of sin: original sin, personal sin, venial sin, and mortal sin. We will be reviewing the chapter and will be working on the chapter 3 study guide.

The chapter 3 test will be on Thursday, October 10th.

***All students should continue to complete their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

8th Grade Religion

This week, we will be finishing chapter 3 in the Church History book.  This chapter discusses the turning point in Christianity when the emperor, Constantine, issued the Edict of Milan, granting the toleration of Catholicism in Rome. This chapter also discusses the ways that Constantine and his successor,Theodosius, embraced and promoted Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. The Four Ecumenical Councils and their impact on defining the fundamental beliefs of Christianity are also covered in this chapter.  

The chapter 3 test will be on Wednesday, October 9th.

***All students should continue to complete their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sept. 30th

Posted on Sep 28, 2019

It' s hard to believe, but we are quickly approaching the half-way mark of the first trimester.  On Friday, Oct. 4th, both parents and students are encouraged to log on to Power School and check students' updated academic progress thus far for this first trimester.  Parents, please use this opportunity to compliment your child's academic accomplishments as well as offer encouragement in areas where stronger efforts may be necessary.  

Reminders:

Picture Day is Tuesday, Oct. 1st

Special lunch is Wednesday, Oct. 2nd

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be starting chapter 3 in our Blest Are We textbook and will be discussing mortal sin and venial sin. We will also be discussing our conscience and how it guides us into making good decisions based upon the values and virtues of our Catholic faith.  We will also be discussing the ways in which our conscience is formed and how the formation of our conscience is an "ongoing process" that continues throughout our lifetime.

***All students should be working on completing their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be starting Chapter 3 in our Church History textbook. This chapter discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to Christianity.  We will learn about  the Emperor, Constantine, and the ways he supported and contributed to the growth of Christianity.  The corrected chapter 2 tests were returned and reviewed with the students last Thursday in class.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sep. 23rd

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

As we are well into the swing of the new school year, it remains important that students write their assignments and testing dates down into their assignment notebooks. The assignment notebook is a necessary tool for success that should be used daily by all students as well as an informative tool that may also be used by parents.  

The following are schedule changes/activities for the Jr. High students this week:

Early dismissal, 1:45pm, this Thursday, September 26 for Faculty In-Service.

Homecoming Pep Rally @ 1:30pm,  Friday, September 27 - School Gym

Homecoming Dance  7pm - 9pm, Friday, September 27 

 

 

***7th Grade Religion***

 

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We have finished chapter two in our Blessed Are We book and will be working on review exercises and the study guide for this chapter. The test is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27th.  In order to prepare for the test, students should review the following:

  •  Class notes
  •  The four sacramentals used baptism and what each symbolizes (holy water, holy oil, white garment, & lighted candle)
  •  The sacraments of initiation, sacraments of healing/mercy, and vocation/community sacraments
  • Vocabulary words from the chapter
  • Corrected chapter review and study guide for chapter 2

*All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

We have completed chapter 2 in our Church History book and will be correcting the chapter 2 study guide  The test is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25th.  In order to prepare for their test the students should study their class notes from the religion stream, notes taken from the chapter, and their corrected chapter 2 study guide.

We will then be moving on and will be starting Chapter 3 which discusses the four Ecumenical Councils and their contributions to the Creed and definitive beliefs of Christianity.

*All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of September 16th

Posted on Sep 15, 2019

Thank you to all who supported Fisher Fest this past weekend.  It's such an important fundraiser for our parish and we are so grateful for the service offered by both our students and parents to make it possible and successful!

On Tuesday, Sept. 17th, Roy Petitfils, licensed counselor and social media speaker, will be presenting to our falcons during the school day and parents and community members in the evening. Mr. Petitfils is an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising children.

 

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be starting chapter 2 in our Blest Are We book.  This chapter discusses the baptism of Jesus.  We will be discussing the symbols and sacramentals used in the celebration of Baptism as well as the other six sacraments and their significance to our Catholic faith.  The corrected chapter 1 tests will be returned to the students and will be posted to Powerschool by Wednesday of this week.

*Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

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***8th Grade Religion***

This week will begin working in our Church History book and will be discussing the growth of Christianity throughout the ages.  We will be looking at specific time periods and will noting the progress and challenges that were involved with the growth of Christianity in each of these periods.  The first chapter focuses on early missionary activity, the persecutions of Christians, and the Church's response to gnoticism.

*Students should continue to be working on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of September 9th

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Thank you to Ms. Chermak and the 8th grade class for hosting our first all school mass this past Friday.  They did a beautiful job presenting this year's school theme, "Angels Among Us." 

Excitement is in the air as we all anticipate the arrival of Fisher Fest this weekend.  Fisher Fest offers many service opportunities for both our 7th and 8th grade students.  Lists reflecting these service opportunities will be posted on the service board in my homeroom.  Students are encouraged to follow the "golden rule"...If you sign up, you are expected to show up...Please and Thank You!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be correcting our chapter one review and chapter one study guide.  We will be reviewing for our test which will be on Wednesday of this week.  In order to prepare for the test, students should review their corrected chapter review and study guide, go over class notes written in their religion notebooks, and study their vocabulary flashcards that were assigned this past week.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of service hours required for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be working on a graduation activity, illustrations of our names which includes symbols of our faith, heritage, and extra-curricular interests.  We will also begin working on posters to reflect this year's school theme "Angels Among Us."  These posters will be hung in our halls to remind our classmates that angels among us help us to fly like falcons, encouraging us to SOAR above daily challenges and in turn, lead us to make good choices for ourselves and others.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of August 26th

Posted on Aug 25, 2019

With a few days of classes under our belts,  I'm hoping our students feel well informed and comfortable with both the academic and behavioral expectations in the Jr. High.  Letters to the parents regarding the 7th and 8th grade Religion curriculum and required service are available on my blog under Parent Information.  I am looking forward to a successful year with all of my students and look forward to seeing all of the 7th & 8th grade parents Wednesday evening, September 4th, at "Meet the Teacher Night."

 

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***7th  Grade Religion***

This week, we will be starting in out textbook Blest Are We.  We will be discussing the role of the gospel writers, their individual accounts of Jesus' life, and the difference in each of their writing styles.  We will also be discussing the term "oral tradition" and the role it played back in the time of Jesus as well as the role it continues to play in our lives today.

***Students should be continuing to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 

***8th Grade Religion***

 

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This week, we will begin discussing this year's school theme "Angels Among Us."  We'll be making posters in class that will display our theme.  These posters will  illustrate how our students can be angels, flying like a falcon, rising above daily challenges, and choose to be "the nice kid."  The posters will then be displayed in our halls to remind all of our SJF students of this year's theme.

***Students should be continuing to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Posted on Aug 17, 2019

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Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year.  I will be teaching seventh and eighth grade religion and am looking forward to reuniting with our eighth grade students as well as meeting and getting acquainted with our seventh grade students.  The teachers in the Jr. High are committed to creating and fostering a positive learning environment in which we hope to see each of our students grow both spiritually and academically.
 
The Jr. High faculty is very excited to have Mrs. Nash, our Principal, leading Saint John Fisher School in spiritual development and academic excellence.  We welcome all of our new faculty members and are very excited about all of the enhancements we have made to the Jr. High curriculum. We will be meeting with the 7th and 8th grade students on the first day of school and will be discussing the behavioral and academic expectations of the Junior High as well as the directives regarding use and care of their Chrome books.
 
Effective communication is a very important component of your child's academic and personal success here at St. John Fisher. Please feel free to contact me or any of the other Jr. High teachers with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your son or daughter. 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of May 20th

Posted on May 19, 2019

This week, the class of 2019 will kickoff the first of their many graduation celebrations by celebrating Ribbon Mass at 8:15 Mass this Friday.  The students will then be invited to Kane Hall afterwards for donuts and juice.  All are welcome to attend the Ribbon Mass.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will continue on with our study of Islam.  We have finished discussing the origin and history of Islam and will continue discussing the practices and beliefs of Muslims, followers of the Islamic faith.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be working on graduation activities which will require the students to reflect upon those people at their school, home, and community who have supported them and mentored them during their years at Saint John Fisher School. They will be writing and sharing their fondest memories as well as life lessons that they will take along with them as they leave SJF and continue on to the high school of their choice.  

***Service logs are due on Wednesday, 22nd

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of May 13th

Posted on May 13, 2019

Our 8th graders did a wonderful job honoring Blessed Mary at our May Crowning Service this past Friday.  A big "Thank You" to Ms. Chermak for preparing our students for this beautiful ceremony.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be reviewing and taking our test on Judaism.  The test will be Tuesday, May 14th.  In order to prepare for this test, students should study their viewer's guide, comprehension questions, and class notes.  On Wednesday, we will begin the religion of Islam.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

****8th Grade***

This week, we will be finishing chapter 10 in our Morality book which discusses social justice.  We will be taking the test on Wednesday, May 15th.  We will then continue to discuss the various types of discrimination we see and experience in our society today.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

***Completed Service logs for eighth graders are due Wednesday, May 22nd.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of May 6th

Posted on May 06, 2019

The 8th graders are so excited to be the hosts of our May Crowning Ceremony which will take place this Friday at 11:00.  It is always a beautiful ceremony in which we honor the Blessed Mary.  All are welcome to attend! 

Things are getting very busy as we near the end of the school year.  It is so very important that the eighth grade students return all of the paperwork and fees on the assigned due dates.

Please note that as mentioned in the letter that went home last week, we will be having a late start at 9:00 for the Jr. High students on Wednesday, May 8th, since we will be arriving home from our field trip to the Holocaust Museum later than the normal end of the school day.  Please have alternate arrangements made for those siblings or neighbors who depend on our Jr.High students to walk them to and from school that day.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be ending our study of Judaism and will be preparing for the Judaism test which is scheduled for Tuesday, May14th.  We will then end the year studying about the religion of Islam.

*All students should be working on their FIVE required hours of service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be preparing for our May Crowning Service which is Friday.  We will also be discussing Chapter 10 in our Morality book which covers Social Justice, our obligation as Catholics to take care of all those in need in our society.

*All students should be working on their Eight required hours of service for this third trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of April 1st

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Aspire testing begins on Tuesday of this week.  Please make sure students are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast before arriving to school.

***7th Grade Religion***

On Tuesday of this week, we will be taking our test on Buddhism & Hinduism.  In order to prepare for this test, students should review their viewers guides, comprehension questions, and flashcards.  We will then begin with Judaism on Wednesday.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be discussing the stations of the cross and will be looking at each station introspectively, discussing how we can relate to each of the situations presented and the feelings of Jesus and the bystanders at each station. 

The second period afternoon religion class will be celebrating "mass in the class" on Friday with Father Ken.  The students will act out the readings, make up the intercessions, and choose the music for their mass.  This is truly one of my favorite classroom activities of the year!

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of March 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

 Reminder for all 8th Grade Students:  All applications for the Kevin Dowling Scholarship are due to school this Friday.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we are finishing our discussion of the Hindu religion and will be taking the test on Thursday.  We will then do a short review of Buddhism and will be taking a comprehensive test on both Buddhism and Hinduism next Tuesday.

*All students should continue to work on their FIVE required hours of required service for this third trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we are finishing our discussion of the topics covered in chapter 9.  We will be working on the study guide to prepare for the test which will be this Friday.  On Thursday of this week, Father ken will be visiting the classroom to discuss all of the Church's teachings on the topics covered in chapters 8 and 9. These topics include euthanasia, suicide, abortion, capital punishment, premarital sex, birth control and homosexuality.

**All students should continue to work on their EIGHT required hours of service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of March 18th

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

On Wednesday of this week, the 7th and 8th grade will be attending reconciliation services as we continue on in our Lenten journey.

***7th Grade Religion*** 

This week we will be continuing on with our study of Hinduism.  We will be discussing the different ceremonies, celebrations, and customs of the Hindu religion. The test on Hinduism is scheduled for next week, Tuesday, March 26th.

***All students should be working on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be covering chapter 9 in our Morality book.  We will be discussing the Catholic Church's teachings on topics such as premarital sex, homosexuality, and birth control. 

***All students should be working on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of March 4th

Posted on Mar 03, 2019

On Monday, Mr. Jim McKeever will be visiting our eighth graders to discuss the Kevin Dowling Scholarship and the requirements and process for applying for this scholarship. 

All students may be out of uniform on Tuesday, "Fat Tuesday," and are welcome to come to the gym at their assigned time for dancing and fun!

We will be celebrating the beginning of the Lenten season this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, with an all school mass at 10:00AM.  All are welcome!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the season of Lent as a season in which we prepare our hearts by praying, fasting, and giving alms.  We will also be finishing our unit on Buddhism and will be taking the test on Buddhism this Thursday.

***All students should be working on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the season of Lent as a season in which we prepare our hearts by praying, fasting, and giving alms. We will also be finishing chapter 8, which discusses the Catholic church's teachings on topics such as abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, and suicide,  We will be taking the chapter 8 test on Friday of this week.

***All students should be working on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of February 25th

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Thank you to all who supported the "Behind the Vest" fundraiser held here at SJF this past Sunday.  I was so happy to see so many of our Jr. High students working so hard to prepare for and also assist with this very important event supporting the safety of our Chicago police officers. 

This Friday, March 1st, will mark the end of the second trimester.  Report cards will be issued Wednesday, March 6th

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will continue on with Buddhism reading further about Buddha and his search for enlightenment.  We will be discussing the path to attain Nirvana as well as the symbols used in Buddhism.  Students will be answering questions in their notebooks using informational text read together in class.  These questions will then be corrected at the end of the unit and students will then study these questions to prepare for their test.

***Service logs for this second trimester are due on Thursday of this week.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be returning to our Morality books and will be covering Chapter 7 which discusses the importance of prayer in our lives. This chapter also discusses the importance setting Sundays to the side as a day in which we attend mass and spend time with family, stepping away from the many distractions in our lives such as TV's, cell phones, ect.

***Service logs for this second trimester are due on Thursday of this week.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of February 18th

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

As we near the final weeks of this second trimester, it is very important that the Jr. High students continue put all of their efforts into both their assignments and preparation for tests in all subjects.  All students should continue to write all homework assignments and dates for tests/quizzes in their assignment notebooks.  Let's have a strong finish to this second trimester!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue our discussion of Buddhism and will be learning about the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path which leads Buddhists to the state of Enlightenment.

*All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week the students will finish presenting their saint slide projects to their classmates.  Upon finishing this, we will be returning to our Morality book.  Any students who were unable to complete their Confirmation interviews due to absence or any other reason, will be meeting with Father Ken for their interviews this Wednesday afternoon.

*All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb. 11th

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Confirmation was Beautiful!  The students did a wonderful job with their preparation in class as well as their participation in the Confirmation liturgy.  A big thank you to the seventh grade parents and students who hosted the Confirmation celebration afterwards in Kane Hall.  The hall was decorated beautifully and the treats delicious!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be starting our unit on world religions and will be beginning with Buddhism.  We will be discussing the story of Siddhartha Gautama as well as the beliefs and practices of Buddhists.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week the students will be writing a reflective narrative of their Confirmation day and will be writing thank you notes to their sponsors which will include a revised and corrected copy of their sponsor essay.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of February 4th

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

We have a busy and exciting week ahead of us as our eighth graders prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday at 12:00 Mass.  Please keep all of our Confirmandi in your prayers as they prepare for this very special sacrament.

***7th Grade Religion***

In order to share in the excitement of the eighth graders as they celebrate their Confirmation this Sunday, the seventh graders will be discussing the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We will also be working on review assignments for chapter 8. The chapter 8 test will be this Friday.  Students will be responsible for all of the information discussed in chapter 8 as well as the meaning of the eight Beatitudes which were also discussed in class. 

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service hours for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week the students will be continuing with their Confirmation interviews with Father Ken. They will also be sharing their saint slide presentations with their classmates. They will be giving a brief history of their saint as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit demonstrated by their saint during their saint's lifetime.  We will be practicing for the Confirmation Liturgy Wednesday and Thursday.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service hours for this second trimester.

On Wednesday evening, at 7:30 PM, there will be a practice for the Confirmation Liturgy for all students, parents, and sponsors in the church.

Students should arrive no later than 11:30 for the Confirmation Liturgy which will be celebrated on Sunday, February 10th, at 12:00 Mass.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 28th

Posted on Jan 26, 2019

Thank you to all who attended our Catholic Schools Week liturgy and open house this past Sunday.  We have a fun-filled week planned with many activities to help celebrate Catholic Schools week at SJF.

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be continuing on with Chapter 8 in Blest Are We which discusses the Beatitudes and the Lord's prayer. Students will be working on an assignment that will require them to define each of the Beatitudes in their own words and discuss those people in their lives who best demonstrate the Beatitudes.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be continuing with our Confirmation preparation and will be discussing the symbols used in the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will also be discussing the importance of attending mass and receiving the Eucharist every Sunday.  Our Confirmation Liturgy will be celebrated Sunday, February 10th, at 12:00.  

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 21st

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

The celebration of Catholic Schools Week will begin next Sunday at 10:00 mass followed by Open House.  We hope to see you all there!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will begin chapter 8 in out Blest Are We book.  We will be discussing the Beatitudes and how they can be demonstrated in the everyday lives of 7th graders.  This chapter also discusses the seven verses of the Our Father, a prayer which expresses our praise for God as our Father, as well as a prayer that expresses our needs and desires to live as children of God who are both loving and forgiving. We will also be working on a project which will be displayed in the Jr. High hall for Open House.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue with our Confirmation preparation and will continue our discussion about the importance of attending mass.  Attending mass is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to be strengthened by the word of God and to share the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. We will also be looking at various passages in the Bible that discuss the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Google slide project for chosen Confirmation names is due Friday, January 25th.

Confirmation will be celebrated Sunday, February 10th, at 12:00 Mass.   Confirmation materials were distributed to the students last week.  Please note the due date of the various forms and fees. If you have not received this information, please ask your son/daughter about these materials.  All Confirmation gown orders were to be received by Tuesday, January 22nd.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th and 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 14th

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

All students and parents should log onto Power School this Wednesday to check academic progress for this second trimester.  Parents, this is a good opportunity to assess efforts and accomplishments thus far in the trimester and offer words of praise for a job well done, or words of encouragement to improve efforts if needded.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be completing the chapter review and study guide for chapter 6. This chapter discusses two of the seven sacraments that are considered to be vocations, Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders. The chapter 6 test will be this Thursday.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

*** 8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with our Confirmation preparation. We will be discussing elements that affect our decision making when demonstrating the Holy Spirit's gift of right judgement. We will be taking a test on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit at the end of this week. 

Students will also be given the assignment of creating a Google slides presentation about the saint whose name they have chosen for their Confirmation name.  An instruction sheet will be given to the students and the requirements for this project will be discussed in class.  Confirmation materials were passed out and discussed in class last Friday.  Please ask your son/daughter to share these materials with you if they have not done so already.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 7th

Posted on Jan 06, 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break.  As we return from break, this is a good opportunity to assess accomplishments, efforts, and necessary changes for a strong finish in this second trimester.  Progress report check for the second trimester is Wednesday, January 16th.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will begin chapter 6 in our Blest Are We textbook. This chapter discusses the meaning of the term "vocation" as well as the two sacraments that are considered to be vocations, Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with our Confirmation preparation.  We will be discussing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the people in our lives that best demonstrate these gifts.  The students' graded sponsor essays will be returned to them this week.  The students will be instructed to revise their corrected essays making the noted corrections reflected on their essays. After celebrating Confirmation, the students will me mailing their revised sponsor essays along with a thank you note to their sponsors.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of December 17th

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

The excitement of Christmas is in the air, but there are many things we still need to do before we can enjoy our long awaited break. The eighth grade class will be hosting the all school Christmas prayer service on Friday, at 11:30.  All are welcome!  I would like to take this time to wish all of our students and parents a beautiful Christmas with family and friends as well as a very relaxing and enjoyable break.

***7th Grade Religion***

On Tuesday of this week, we will be taking our test on chapter 5 which discusses creating the Kingdom of God here on earth by affirming the value of every person and our responsibility to take care of the less fortunate in our society. Students should study their class notes, chapter review, and study guides to prepare for this test.  For the remainder of the week, we will be discussing various religious feasts and events of the Christmas season.

*All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion*** 

We will be continuing this week preparing for our Christmas prayer service which will take place on Friday, December 21st, at 11:30.  

***Confirmation sponsor essays are due Wednesday of this week.  This assignment is extremely important, so please follow the directions for this essay which were discussed in class last week.

*All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of December 10th

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

As we begin this week, we give a warm welcome to Mrs. Nash as our new principal.  May we all continue to work hard and be our best so that we can make Mrs. Nash proud of her Saint John Fisher students!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing chapter 5 in our Blest Are We book which discusses creating the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.  We will be working on review exercises and the study guide for chapter 5.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be working on the outline for the sponsor essay which is due Wednesday, December 19th.  This essay is a five paragraph expository essay that will be graded on content and grammar.  All students were given a guided format to follow for this essay.  

Ms. Chermak will also begin working with the 8th graders this week as they prepare to host our Christmas prayer service.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of December 3rd

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

As the 8th graders return to school this Monday morning, the Jr. High halls will be filled with heavy sighs of relief, now that the high school tests are over!  We are all so grateful to the Kindergarten teachers and students for their visit to our Jr. High Hall this past Friday when they gave us their blessing and delivered treat bags filled with goodies and of course, "lucky pencils" for the test.

Reminder: School will not be in session this Friday.  The teachers will be attending a religious in-service on Friday.

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be continuing our discussion of creating the Kingdom of God here on Earth.  We will be composing current day parables, just as Jesus did, explaining the meaning, growth, and value of the Kingdom of God.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be continuing on with our Confirmation preparation and will be discussing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We will also be discussing the purpose and roles of Confirmation sponsors in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of November 26th

Posted on Nov 26, 2018

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I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday.  Before leaving for the Thanksgiving break, we discussed the importance of eliminating some of the distractions from our life that prevent us from having an awareness and appreciation of the blessing we have. Our students are blessed with parents who show support spiritually, emotionally, academically, and financially. We need to make the time to say "thank you" for the gifts that we sometimes take for granted.

Our eighth graders will be taking their high school entrance exams this upcoming Saturday, please keep them in your prayers, praying that they remain calm and confident in their academic abilities.

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we are beginning Chapter 5 in our Blest Are We book. This chapter discusses the Kingdom of God.  We will be discussing the meaning, the growth, and the value of creating the Kingdom of God here on earth. This chapter focuses on our responsibility to reach out to all people, especially to those who are less fortunate than we, demonstrating love, compassion, and mercy.  We will also be discussing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be discussing the Cardinal and Theological virtues.  We will be discussing how we use these virtues in our daily lives and how we see others in our lives, who we admire, also demonstrating these virtues. Incorporating these virtues into our every day lives helps us to be our best selves as we begin our Confirmation preparation.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of November 12th

Posted on Nov 11, 2018

Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday of this week.  As we begin this second trimester, may we embrace those strengths which help us to succeed and eliminate those distractions or habits that prevent us from being our best.  Looking forward to a successful 2nd trimester! 

***7th Grade Religion***

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."~Mother Teresa

This week we will be doing review exercises for chapter 4, reviewing the temptations of Jesus in the desert, the personal temptations we face in our every day lives, and honoring the life of Mother Teresa and her ability to put her prayer into action.  The chapter 4 test is scheduled for Friday of this week.

***All students should be working on the FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

 

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This week we will be discussing chapter 7 in our Morality book.  This chapter discusses the importance of family life.  Family members are those who accept us, love us, and forgive us no matter what, simply because we belong to them and they belong to us.  We will be discussing the values and virtues learned at home and how we carry those values and virtues with us as we go out into society to become a part of a larger community.  The chapter 7 test is scheduled for Friday of this week.

***All students should be working on the EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Nov. 5th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

This Friday will mark the final day of the first trimester.  Now that we are acclimated to the routine and academic expectations of the Jr. High, it's a good time to reflect back and think about those habits and actions that were rewarding to us for this first trimester, as well as those things that we may want to change and improve upon to be stronger in the upcoming second trimester. 

On Friday, November 9th, at 1:15, SJF students and staff will gather in church to honor our Veterans at a special Veteran's Day prayer service.  All are welcome to attend.

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be discussing the life and accomplishments of Mother Teresa.  We will talk about her ability to put prayer into action and how she modeled Jesus' teachings by dedicating her life to helping the poor, sick, and dying.   We will also be discussing how we can put our "prayers into action".

***All completed service logs for the first trimester will be due Wednesday of this week.  

***8th Grade Religion***

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We have completed our unit on the history of the Church and will now be looking at the Nicene Creed which was composed in the fourth century.  The creed was composed to validate and confirm our Christian beliefs.  We will be discussing the changes made to the language of the Creed in recent years and the reasons for the changes.  After this discussion, the eighth graders will be writing a narrative of their own beliefs of God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and life thereafter.

***All completed service logs for the 1st trimester will be due Wednesday of this week.  

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 29th

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

This week promises to be a very busy week. On Monday morning, SJF will welcome a speaker who will be discussing internet safety with our student body in two separate sessions.  On Wednesday, we will be celebrating Halloween.  All Jr. High students may dress out of uniform, wearing black and orange and may bring in a treat to share with their homeroom.  On Thursday, will be welcoming single gender high schools as they discuss each of their school's academic and extra-curricular activities offered to their current student body and prospective students.  Following the high school presentations, at 1:00, we will be celebrating an all school mass in honor of All Saints' Day.

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be discussing the temptations we face as 7th graders and the tools we have been given by God to battle these every day temptations.  In our discussion of the importance of prayer in our own lives, we will also be discussing Mother Teresa and the prayerful life she lead.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE required hours of service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be completing review exercises for chapter 4 in our Church History book which discusses the evangilization of Christianity and the monastic movement of the Roman empire.  The chapter 4 test is scheduled for this Friday, November 2nd.  Students are to study their notes taken in class and their corrected study guide to prepare for this test.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT required hours of service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Congratulations to the second and eighth grade students who hosted our Prayer Partner mass last Friday.  Under the guidance of Ms. Chermak, the students did a beautiful job showing their SJF classmates how prayer partners can be friends, role models, and special people in their lives who can say an extra prayer for them.

The eighth grade students will also be welcoming Father Tom McCarthy this Wednesday as he leads them on a retreat in preparation for their celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

***7th Grade Religion***

The Blest Are We test-Chapter 3 has been rescheduled for Tuesday of this week. We will then begin Chapter 4 which discusses the different forms of prayer, the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with God, and communicating with God through prayer.  This chapter also focuses on the temptations of the Devil that Jesus faced in the desert as well as temptations we face in our every day lives. 

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with chapter 4 in our Church History book. This chapter discusses the evangelization of Christianity throughout Europe. This chapter also discusses the monastic movement and other ways Christians battled barbarian invasions in the Roman empire.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

All are welcome to our all school mass which will celebrate the students of Saint John Fisher sharing friendships and faith with their prayer partners from other grade levels.  Our Prayer Partner mass will be celebrated on Friday at 1:00. 

The Jr. High will also be welcoming high schools to Saint John Fisher this Wednesday to talk with our students about each of their schools and what their schools can offer our students through their curriculum, clubs, and extra curricular activities.

School pictures will Tuesday of this week.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing our discussion of the four cardinal virtues and how they can guide us into making good decisions in our every day lives.  The students will also be sharing their responses to an assignment in which the will note the people in their lives who exemplify the cardinal virtues and how they can emulate those actions and words which model the cardinal virtues in their own lives.  We will be winding up chapter 3 in Blest Are We and will be working on review exercises and the study guide.  The chapter 3 test is scheduled for Friday.

***Students should continue to work on the FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, the 8th graders will be preparing for the Prayer Partner mass which they will be hosting this Friday at 1:00.  We will be working on the readings, intercessions, and special additions to the mass to celebrate the excitement the students all share in having their own special prayer partner at Saint John Fisher.

***Students should continue to work on the EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 8th

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

On Friday of this week, the Jr. High students will be taking the Aspire Interim Exams.  Although the results of these tests will not be a part of the students' report card grades, we are encouraging the students give their very best efforts with these tests, as the outcome of these tests will be used as assessments for academic goals and progress throughout the school year.

 

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be finishing chapter 3 in our Blest Are We textbook which discusses how our conscience is formed and it the important role it plays in moral decision making.  This chapter also discusses the various types of sin: original sin, personal sin, venial sin, and mortal sin.  We will also be discussing the cardinal virtues and how they also can be used as a guide to help us make good decisions in our daily lives.  The students will be completing an assignment that asks them to discuss special role models in their lives who best exemplify each of the Cardinal Virtues.  At the end of the week, we will be completing review exercises for chapter 3.  Please know that in the event students would like to review or finish class assignments, they are always welcome to check a Blest Are We book out at the end of the day.

*All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be finishing up with chapter 3 in our Church History textbook and will be reviewing the ways Constantine the Great helped Christianity grow and flourish as Christianity recovered from the mass persecution of Christians ordered by his predecessor, Diocletian.  This chapter also discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to our faith and the composition of the Creed, the statement of beliefs we recite together at mass each Sunday.  The Chapter 3 test is scheduled for this Friday.

*All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

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7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Oct. 1st

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

It' s hard to believe, but we are quickly approaching the half-way mark of the first trimester. On Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, both parents and students are encouraged to log on to Power School and check students' updated academic progress thus far for the first trimester.  Parents, this  is a good opportunity to compliment your child's academic accomplishments as well as offer encouragement in areas where stronger efforts may be necessary.  

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be starting chapter 3 in our Blest Are We textbook and will be discussing mortal sin and venial sin. We will also be discussing our conscience and how it guides us into making good decisions based upon the values and virtues of our Catholic faith.  We will also be discussing the ways in which our conscience is formed and how the formation of our conscience is an "ongoing process" that continues throughout our lifetime.

***All students should be working on completing their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be starting Chapter 3 in our Church History textbook. This chapter discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to Christianity.  We will learn about  the emperor, Constanine, and the ways he supported and contributed to the growth of Christianity.  The corrected chapter 2 tests will be returned and reviewed on Wednesday of this week.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sept. 24th

Posted on Sep 23, 2018

This week, the Jr. High students will be paired up with Kindergarten and second grade students and will become prayer partners.  As prayer partners, they will pray for one another, attend school masses together, and take part in planned activities that will strengthen both their faith and friendships.

Reminder:Special lunch forms are due no later than Wednesday, 9/26.

***7th Grade Religion***

 

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We have finished chapter two in our Blessed Are We book and will be working on review exercises and the study guide for this chapter. The test is scheduled for Thursday.  In order to prepare for the test, students should review their class notes (four symbols of baptism and the sacraments of initiation, healing & strength, and vocation/community), vocabulary words from the chapter, and their corrected study guide.

*All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

We have completed chapter 2 in our Church History book and will be working on the study guide which will be used to prepare for the test,  the test is scheduled for Wednesday.  We will then be moving on and will be starting Chapter 3 which discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to the Creed and definitive beliefs of Christianity.

*All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of September 17th

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

***7th Grade Religion***

Last week, the chapter one tests were returned to the students.  We went over the corrected tests together and discussed the extended response questions.  We discussed the importance of using the SLAM method when writing their extended response question on both tests in the classroom as well as on standardized tests.  We will be continuing on with chapter two this week which discusses the sacrament of Baptism and the symbols used in celebrating this sacrament of initiation. The students will also be writing an article on the baptism of Jesus, using the accounts of the four gospel writers. 

*Students should continue to be working on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

 We will begin working in our Church History book and will be discussing the growth of Christianity throughout the ages.  We will be looking at specific time periods and will noting the progress and challenges that were involved with the growth of Christianity in each of these periods.  The first chapter focuses on early missionary activity, the persecutions of Christians, and the Church's response to gnoticism.

*Students should continue to be working on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sept. 10th

Posted on Sep 09, 2018

Congratulations to the class of 2019!  They did such a wonderful job hosting the first all school mass of the year as they presented this year's school theme "Faith to Move Mountains."  A special thank you to Ms. Chermak who prepared the students so beautifully. 

Excitement is building this week as we anticipate the arrival of Fisherfest.  Students have been asked to donate $2.00 to take part in a patriotic dress up day on Tuesday, September 11th.  This money will go toward funding a remembrance of 9-11, a piece of steel from ground zero which will be located in Lockhart Park.  Please note that because of Fisherfest,  school will not be in session this Friday.

 

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be starting chapter 2 in our Blest Are We book.  This chapter discusses the baptism of Jesus.  We will be discussing the symbols and sacramentals used in the celebration of Baptism as well as the other six sacraments and their significance to our Catholic faith.

*Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week we will continue working on a graduation activity, an illustration of our names which includes symbols of our faith, heritage, and extra-curricular interests.  We will also begin working on posters to reflect this year's school theme "Faith to Move Mountains."  These posters will be hung in our halls to remind our classmates that with faith, prayer, and the help of others, we can tackle many of our personal challenges.

*Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sept. 3rd

Posted on Aug 31, 2018

It was great to see and meet so many of our Jr. High parents last Wednesday at the Back to School Curriculum Night.  Working together, I'm confident that we can make this a successful and enjoyable year for all.  This week, the eighth grade class will be hosting our beginning of the year all school mass on Friday, September 7th, at 1:00.  All are welcome to attend!

**Mass time has been changed to 10:00.

At mass, we will be introducing this year's theme to the rest of the students: Faith to Move Mountains.  We will also be discussing Prayer Partners, students from various grade levels pairing up to celebrate and share their faith together at mass, in the classroom, and during activities. 

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be completing and correcting the review exercises and study guide for chapter one in our Blest Are We bookSome of the main concepts discussed in this chapter were the Incarnation, the role of oral tradition, and Mary, our model disciple. The chapter one test will be Friday, September 7th.  In order to prepare for this test, students should know all of the vocabulary words for this chapter, review their class notes, and also review the corrected chapter one review and study guide.

**Due to mass time being changed to Friday morning, I will not be seeing the 7th grade students for the full period and am postponing their test until next Tuesday.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

 

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This week, the eighth graders will be busy preparing for our first all school mass. They will be working on the readings, intercessions, songs, and the presentation of this year's school theme: Faith to Move Mountains.  

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of August 27th

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

With one week of classes under our belts,  I'm hoping our students feel well informed and comfortable with both the academic and behavioral expectations in the Jr. High.  Letters to the parents regarding the 7th and 8th grade Religion curriculum and required service are available on my blog under Parent Information.  I am looking forward to a successful year with all of my students and am looking forward to seeing all of the 7th & 8th grade parents on Wednesday evening, August 29th, at 6:30 PM, at "Back to School Curriculum Night."

***7th  Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the service requirement of all seventh graders.  We will be starting in our textbook Blest Are We.  We will be discussing the role of the four gospel writers, their individual accounts of Jesus' life, and the difference in each of their writing styles.  We will also be discussing the term "oral tradition" and the role it played back in the time of Jesus as well as the role it continues to play in our lives today.

*Students should continue to work on completing their FIVE hours of required service for this 1st trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the service requirement of all eighth graders.  We are currently working on chapter 4 in our Morality book which discusses sin and forgiveness.  We will also be working on a graduation project (hard to believe?!) that the students will have as a symbolic momento of their eighth grade year here at SJF.

  The chapter 4 test is scheduled for Friday, August 31st.  In order to prepare for this test, students should review all vocabulary words, comprehension questions, and their completed study guide for chapter 4.

**Students should continue to work on completing their  EIGHT hours of required service for this 1st trimester.

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

Posted on Aug 19, 2018

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Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year.  I will be teaching seventh and eighth grade religion this year and am looking forward to reuniting with our eighth grade students as well as meeting and getting acquainted with our seventh grade students.  The teachers in the Jr. High are committed to creating and fostering a positive learning environment in which we hope to see each of our students grow both spiritually and academically.
 
The Jr. High faculty is very excited about our new Principal, Jim Fornaciari, our new Jr. High faculty members, the addition of Spanish class to the Jr. High curriculum, and our integration of Chrome books into our every day curriculum.  We will be meeting with the 7th and 8th grade students on the first day of school and will be discussing the behavioral and academic expectations of the Junior High, as well as the directives regarding use and care of their Chrome books.
 
Effective communication is a very important component of your child's academic and personal success here at St. John Fisher. Please feel free to contact me or any of the other Jr. High teachers with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year. I'm looking forward to a wonderful school year with your son or daughter and am looking forward to seeing you at the "Back to School Curriculum Night" on Wednesday, August 29th.  The evening for Jr. High parents will begin at 6:30 in the church with a greeting and blessing from Fr. Ken.  Our Principal, Jim Fornaciari, will then share his vision for the 2018-2019 school year.  Parents will then be invited to listen to our Jr.High faculty share an overview of their curriculum for the upcoming school year, grading policies, and classroom routines.  We look forward to seeing all of our parents on Wednesday, August 29th.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of April 30th

Posted on Apr 30, 2018

The eighth graders will be hosting our May Crowing prayer service this Friday at 11:00, as we honor our Blessed Mother, Mary.  All are welcome!

 

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we are wrapping up our study of Judaism.  We will be reviewing tomorrow in class and will be taking a quiz on Wednesday.  We will then begin our unit on Islam.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE required hours of service for this third trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing chapter 9 in our Morality book which discusses the Church's views on topics such as premarital sex, birth control, and homosexuality.  The test for chapter 9 will be this Wednesday. 

We will also be practicing for our May Crowing ceremony.  The students have been given permission to arrive late to school on Friday.  They are required to arrive to their homerooms by 10:30.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT required hours of service for this third trimester.

 

7th & 8th Religion

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

 

Parents and Students,

All Jr. High teachers are posting their blogs to the Jr. High Blog.  Please refer to this blog site for updates each week for my 7th & 8th grade religion class.  We have made this change so that it is easier for students and parents to check one blog site each week rather than six.  Thank you.

Mrs. G.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 2nd

Posted on Oct 02, 2017

*** 7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be starting with chapter 3 in our Blest Are We book.  This Chapter discusses our conscience, how it is formed, and the important role our conscience plays in our every day decisions.  We will also be discussing the freedom given to us from God to make personal choices and the things in our life that guide us when making these choices..

***All Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing on with chapter 3 in our Church History book.  This chapter discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to Christianity.  We will be discussing the controversies and outcomes from each of the four councils as well as the history of the Nicene creed, statements of our Christian beliefs which originated from these councils.

Our test on Chapter 3 will be Thursday, Oct. 5th.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester

7th & 8th Religion-Week of September 25th

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be reviewing for our chapter 2 test on Friday.  We will be correcting the chapter 2 review and study guide on Thursday.  Students should review all class notes and corrected review materials in order to prepare for this test.  They should be well informed on the symbols used in the sacrament of Baptism as well as the meaning of each of the seven sacraments and how they are categorized.

***All Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

Although it may seem too soon, this week we will be working on a graduation activity in which the students will be illustrating their names with symbols depicting their faith, heritage, interests, and education.  This is always a favorite activity for the students that they take such pride in this project.  Their names will then be laminated and hung in my room for everyone to enjoy all year long.  We will also be starting on Chapter 3 in our Church History book.  This chapter discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to Christianity.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester

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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sept. 11th

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

In order to make things a little more user friendly for both our students and parents, the Jr.High teachers will be posting their blogs to one site, Jr. High Blog. Hopefully, this change will make navigating easier for all!

***7th Grade Religion***

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We will be starting chapter 2 this week which discusses the Sacrament of Baptism, the Baptism of Jesus, the symbols used in Baptism, and those other Sacraments that are also considered to be sacraments of initiation.  The corrected chapter one tests will be returned at the end of this week.

*Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be working on our posters that will illustrate this year’s school theme…”Using God’s Gifts, We Can Do AWESOME Things!”  The eighth graders will create and hang posters around our school as a reminder to all of our students of the many AWESOME gifts God has surrounded us with here on earth.  When we use the gifts God has given us, we too can create AWESOME things in our world!

*Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 
 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sept. 5th

Posted on Sep 05, 2017

It was such a pleasure seeing and meeting so many of our Jr. High parents last Wednesday at our Back to School Curriculum Night.  Working together, I am confident that we can make this a successful and enjoyable year for all.  This week, the eighth grade class will be hosting our beginning of the year mass on Friday, September 7th at 1:00.  All are welcome!

At this mass, we will be introducing this year's theme to the rest of the students: Faith Can Move Mountains.  We will also be discussing prayer partners;  students pairing up to celebrate and share their faith together at mass, in the classroom and through special activities. 

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be completing and correcting the review exercises and study guide for Chapter one in our Blest Are We book.  The chapter one test will be Friday, September 7th.  In order to prepare for this test, students should know all of the vocabulary words for this chapter, review their class notes, and also review the corrected chapter one review and study guide.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, the eighth graders will be busy preparing for our first all school mass. They will be working on the readings, intercessions, songs, and the presentation of this year's school theme: Faith Can Move Mountains.  

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Aug. 28th

Posted on Aug 27, 2017

With a week of classes under our belts,  I'm hoping our students feel well informed and comfortable with both the academic and behavioral expectations in the Jr. High.  Letters to the parents regarding the 7th and 8th grade Religion curriculum and required service are available on my blog under Parent Information.  I am looking forward to a successful year with all of my students and look forward to seeing all of the 7th & 8th grade parents Wednesday evening, August 30th, at 6:30 PM, at "Meet the Teacher Night."

 

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***7th  Grade Religion***

This week, we will be starting in out textbook Blest Are We.  We will be discussing the role of the gospel writers, their individual accounts of Jesus' life, and the difference in each of their writing styles.  We will also be discussing the term "oral tradition" and the role it played back in the time of Jesus as well as the role it continues to play in our lives today.

***Students should be continuing to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

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***8th Grade Religion***

Last week, we began working in our Morality Book.   This week, will be continuing on with Chapter 4 and will be discussing sin and forgiveness.  In modeling Jesus' life, we are asked to be forgiving people.  The students will be asked to find a quote regarding forgiveness.  They will then have to interpret their quote and discuss a situation in the life of an eighth grader in which their quote would be applicable.

 The test on chapter 4 will be Thursday of this week.  Students should study their corrected comprehension questions in their notebook to prepare for this test.

***Students should be continuing to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Posted on Aug 20, 2017
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Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year.  I will be teaching seventh and eighth grade religion this year and am looking forward to reuniting with our eighth grade students as well as meeting and getting acquainted with our seventh grade students.  The teachers in the Jr. High are committed to creating and fostering a positive learning environment in which we hope to see each of our students grow both spiritually and academically.
 
We are very excited about introducing the enhancements we have made to the Jr. High curriculum, as well as the introduction of the chrome books to our every day curriculum.  We will be meeting with the 7th and 8th grade students on the first day of school and will be discussing the behavioral and academic expectations of the Junior High students and directives regarding use and care of the chrome books.  On my blog post, under Parent Information, you will find valuable information in the parent letters which outline the curriculum and expectations of the students in my 7th and 8th grade religion classes.
 
Effective communication is a very important component of your child's academic and personal success here at St. John Fisher. Please feel free to contact me or any of the other Jr. High teachers with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your son/daughter and am also looking forward to meeting the parents of our Jr. High students at our Open House on Wednesday, August 30th, at 6:30 PM.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of May 15th

Posted on May 15, 2017

We're in the "home stretch" and looking forward to all of the exciting events in the upcoming weeks.  The eighth grade and the rest of our school will honor Mary this Friday, at 11:00, at our May Crowing prayer service.  All are invited to attend.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be winding up our unit on Islam and will be working on review exercises.  We will be having a quiz on Islam this Thursday or Friday.

All students should be working on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be working on our "With Understanding Comes Acceptance" slide project.  We will also be practicing for our May Crowning prayer service.

***All 8th grade students have a late start on Friday and should arrive to school at 10:30.

***The graduation fee of $20.00 is due for each student at this time.

All students should be working on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of April 3rd

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

Progress Report check is Wednesday, April 5th.  Please sign on to power school and be advised of grades recorded in each subject as of this date.  Don't forget...FINISH STRONG!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing on with our study of Judaism and will be focusing on the rituals and obligations of worship.  We will also be discussing the origin of Jewish holy days/holidays as well as how they are celebrated.

*All Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing chapter 9 which discusses the Church's views on topics such as premarital sex, birth control, adultry, and homosexuality.  We will be taking the test on this material on Wednesday of this week. 

***UPDATE Chapter 9 Morality Test has been changed to Thursday 4/6

*All Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of March 27th

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will begin our unit on Judaism.  We will be discussing the origin, beliefs, and practices of those who practice Judaism.  We will begin this unit by discussing the roles that both Abraham and Moses played in the early history of Judaism.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be discussing chapter 9 in our Morality book.  We will be discussing the Catholic Church's views on topics such as premarital sex, homosexuality, and birth control.  Father Ken will also be celebrating our third and final mass in the classroom on Thursday.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of March 13th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be winding up our study of Hinduism and will be taking the quiz on Hinduism this Wednesday.  We will be correcting comprehension questions from the unit Tuesday which will help prepare students for the quiz the following day.  On Thursday, we will be reviewing for the test on Buddhism/Hinduism scheduled for Friday.

***UPDATE: The test on Buddhism/Hinduism will be Tuesday, March 21st.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing our discussion on chapter 8 in our Morality book which discusses the Church's views on capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, and suicide.  We will be taking the chapter 8 test later in the week.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of March 6th

Posted on Mar 03, 2017

 

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Last week we discussed our Lenten promises and how important it is that we FAST from those things that weaken our relationship with God as well as FEAST upon those things that bring us closer to God.  May we all remain strong with our thoughtful promises during this Lenten season.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing on with our study of Hinduism.  We will be discussing the places and practices of Hindu worship as well as the rituals connected to significant events such as birth, marriage, and death.  As we continue our study of Hinduism, we are comparing and contrasting Hinduism with the two other religions we have discussed so far this year, Catholicism and Buddhism. 

***All Students should be continuing to satisfy their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be covering chapter 8 in our Morality book,  This chapter discusses the the 5th commandment, though shalt not kill, how this commandment pertains to the life of an eighth grader, and our call to be peacemakers here on earth.  This chapter also discusses the Catholic church's view on controversial topics in our society such as euthanasia and capital punishment. 

The first period class who celebrated mass in the classroom last week, will be taking the chapter 6 test on Tuesday of this week.

***All Students should be continuing to satisfy their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of February 27th

Posted on Feb 26, 2017

On Wednesday of this week, Ash Wednesday, we will be celebrating the beginning of Lent with mass at 10:00.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the season of Lent as a season in which we prepare our hearts by praying, fasting, and giving alms.  We will also be starting our unit on Hinduism, discussing its origin, practices, and beliefs.

***All students should be working on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the season of Lent as a season in which we prepare our hearts by praying, fasting, and giving alms. We will also be finishing chapter 6 in our Morality book and will be taking the test on Friday of this week. On Thursday, will be starting our eighth grade tradition of celebrating mass in the classroom with the first of the three 8th grade groups.  Father Ken is welcomed into our classroom and we will celebrate mass with the readings, intercessions, and songs that the students so carefully prepare for this very special mass.

***All students should be working on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb. 21st

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be completing our unit on Buddhism and will be taking a quiz on Friday.  We will be correcting all of the comprehension questions Thursday in class.  In order to prepare for the quiz, students should study all class notes and corrected Comprehension questions.  

The second trimester ends this Friday.  Service logs are due on WEDNESDAY of this week.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be working in our Morality books and will be covering Chapter 7 which discusses the importance of prayer in our lives. This chapter also discusses the importance setting Sundays to the side as a day in which we attend mass and spend time with family, stepping away from the busy distractions in our lives. 

The second trimester ends this Friday.  Service logs are due on WEDNESDAY of this week.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb. 13th

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Confirmation was Beautiful!  The students did a wonderful job with their preparation in class as well as their participation in the liturgy in which they celebrated this very important Sacrament in their lives.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will continue on with Buddhism reading further about Buddha and his search for enlightenment.  The students will be answering questions from informational text read in class.  These questions will then be corrected at the end of our unit on Buddhism and the students will then study these questions to prepare for their test.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week the students will be writing a reflective narrative of their Confirmation day and will be writing thank you notes to their sponsors which will also include a revised and corrected copy of their sponsor essay.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion Week of Feb. 6th

Posted on Feb 06, 2017

We have a busy and exciting week ahead as our eighth graders prepare to celebrate for their Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday at 12:00 Mass.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week will be starting our unit on world religions, beginning with Buddhism.  We will be discussing the story of Siddhartha Gautama as well as the beliefs and practices of Buddhists.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service hours for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week the students will be sharing their Google slides presentations with their classmates. They will be giving a brief history of their saint as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit demonstrated by their saint during their saint's lifetime.  We will be practicing for our Confirmation Liturgy this Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service hours for this first trimester.

On Wednesday evening, at 7:00 PM, there will be a practice for the Confirmation Liturgy for all students, parents, and sponsors in the church.

Students should arrive no later than 11:30 for the Confirmation Liturgy which will be celebrated on Sunday, February 12th, at 12:00 PM.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Jan. 30th

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Thank you to all who came to the Catholic Schools' Week Liturgy and Open House this past Sunday.  We have a fun-filled week planned with many activities to help celebrate Catholic Schools's week here at SJF!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing Chapter 8 in Blest Are We which discusses the Eight Beatitudes and the Lord's prayer.  The students will be completing the chapter review and study guide and will be taking the chapter 8 test this Friday.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second Trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing with our Confirmation preparation and will be discussing the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives as well as the bible passages which refer to the Holy Spirit. We will also be discussing the symbols used in celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Students' were assigned to complete a Google slide presentation on the saint whose name they chose for their Confirmation name.  This assignment is due Wednesday.

The Confirmation Liturgy is Sunday, February 12th, at 12:00.  

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second Trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Jan. 23-27

Posted on Jan 22, 2017

The celebration of Catholic Schools Week will begin next Sunday at 10:00 mass followed by Open House.  We hope to see you all there!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing with the Beatitudes and will be discussing how they can be followed and demonstrated in the everyday lives of 7th graders.  We will also be discussing the seven verses of the Our Father, a prayer which expresses our praise for God as our Father, as well as a prayer that expresses our needs and desires to live as children of God who are loving and forgiving. We will also be working on a project which will be displayed in the Jr. High hall which will highlight our 7th graders' Be-Attitudes.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue with our Confirmation preparation and will continue our discussion of the importance of attending mass.  Attending mass is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to be strengthened by the word of God and to share the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.  The confirmation candidates will also be starting Confirmation interviews with Father Ken on Tuesday.

There will be a test on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit this Wednesday.  

Confirmation will be celebrated Sunday, February 12th, at 12:00 Mass.   Confirmation materials were distributed to the students last week.  Please note the due date of the various forms and fees. If you have not received this information, please ask your son/daughter about these materials. 

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Jan. 9th

Posted on Jan 10, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break.  All students and parents should log onto Powerschool this Wednesday to check academic progress for this second trimester.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing up chapter 6 in Blest Are We and will be completing the chapter review and study guide.  This chapter discusses two of the seven sacraments that are considered to be vocations, Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders. The chapter 6 test will be this Friday.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with our Confirmation preparation.  We will be discussing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the people in our lives that best demonstrate these gifts.  The students' graded sponsor essays will be returned to them by the middle of next week.  They will then be instructed to revise their essays making any noted corrections.  Their revised sponsor essays will then be mailed to their Confirmation sponsors along with a thank you note following Confirmation.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Dec. 19th

Posted on Dec 20, 2016

Christmas is almost here and we can feel it in the air!  Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas and a happy and health New Year!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be winding up chapter 6 in Blest Are We.  This chapter discusses the sacraments of Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders.  This chapter also discusses the meaning of the term "vocation" and how we should all live our lives to serve Jesus and help the less fortunate in our society.  We will also be discussing the season of Christmas and how we should be preparing our hearts for the birth of Jesus.

*Students should continue to work on their 5 hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, the eighth graders are busy preparing to host our Christmas prayer service which will take place on Friday, December 23rd, at 10:30.  We have already begun Confirmation preparation in class. Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, February 12th. Last Friday, the students were given the assignment of writing a five paragraph essay about their sponsor and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are demonstrated by their sponsor.  This essay is due no later than Friday, December 23rd.  The students were given explicit instructions on the format and content of this essay.

*Students should continue to work on their 8 hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Religion-Week of Nov. 28th

Posted on Nov 29, 2016

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we are beginning Chapter 5 in our Blest Are We.  This chapter discusses the Kingdom of God.  We will be discussing the meaning, the growth, and the value of creating the Kingdom of God here on earth. This chapter focuses on our responsibility to reach out to all people, especially to those who are less fortunate than we and show them love, compassion, and mercy.  We will also be discussing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing chapter 7 in our Morality book.  This chapter discusses the importance of family life.  We will be discussing the values and virtues learned at home and how we carry those with us as we go out into society and become a part of a larger community.  The chapter 7 test will be Thursday.

 

7th & 8th Religion-Week of Nov. 7th

Posted on Nov 07, 2016

It's hard to believe that the first trimester is coming to an end this Friday!  It's important that all students check power school and make sure they are current with all assignments, tests, and quizzes.

 

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be working on reviewing the material covered in chapter 4 in Blest Are We, specifically, the temptations Jesus faced in the desert, the importance of prayer in our daily lives, and the life of Mother Teresa.  Students will be taking the chapter 4 test on Thursday of this week.

*Completed service logs for this first trimester are due this Wednesday.  FIVE hours of service are required for each trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be completing chapter 4 in the Morality book which discusses sin and forgiveness.  We will be working on comprehension questions in order to prepare for the test which is scheduled for Thursday of this week.

*Completed service logs for this first trimester are due this Wednesday.  EIGHT hours of service are required for each trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of October 24th

Posted on Oct 23, 2016

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be starting Chapter 4 in Blest Are We.  This chapter discusses the different forms of prayer as well as the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with God, communicating with God through prayer.  This chapter also focuses on the temptations of the Devil that Jesus faced in the desert as well as temptations we have in our every day lives. 

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be finishing chapter 4 in the Church History book.  This chapter discusses the Christian evangelization of Europe, the monastic movement, and the Schism of 1054, the split between the Eastern and Western Church.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Religion-Week of October 17th

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

On Tuesday of this week, the Jr. High will be attending a retreat at St. Rita High School.  Over the years, students have benefited from this experience as they work with Father Tom McCarthy and groups of peer leaders on leadership and value formation.  Students are to wear their school uniforms and bring a brown bag lunch with a beverage.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be working on comprehension and review questions for chapter 3 in Blest Are We and will be taking the chapter 3 test this Friday.  In addition to the material in chapter three, students should also know the four cardinal virtues and their demonstration in our society today.  In order to prepare for this test, students should review their corrected study guide and all class notes.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will begin chapter 4 in our Church History book.  This chapter discusses the evangelization of Christianity throughout Europe. The chapter 3 test taken last Friday, will be returned to the students on Wednesday of this week.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Religion-Week of October 11th

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with our discussion of mortal sin and venial sin. We will also be discussing the ways in which our conscience is formed and that the formation of our conscience is an ongoing process. We will also be covering the four Cardinal virtues and will be talking about those people in our lives who best demonstrate those virtues.

*All students should be working on completing their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be finishing up our discussion on the history of the Nicene Creed and the contribution of the four Ecumenical councils to the Creed. Our test on the Nicene Creed will be Friday.

*All students should be working on completing their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Religion-Week of Oct. 3rd

Posted on Oct 02, 2016

It' s hard to believe but we are quickly approaching the half-way mark of the first trimester. On Wednesday, Oct. 5th, both parents and students are encouraged to log on to Power School and check students' updated academic progress thus far for the first trimester.  

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be reviewing for the chapter 2 test on Tuesday.  We corrected the chapter 2 review and study guide this past Friday.  Students should review all class notes and corrected review materials in order to prepare for the test.  We will begin chapter 3 on Wednesday. Chapter 3 discusses our conscience, how it is formed, and the important role our conscience plays in our every day decisions.

***All Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be starting Chapter 3 in Church History.  This chapter discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to Christianity.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester

7th & 8th Grade Religion Week of Sept. 26th

Posted on Sep 25, 2016

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***7th Grade Religion***

Last week, the chapter one tests were returned to the students.  We went over the corrected tests together and discussed the extended response questions.  We discussed the importance of using the SLAM method when writing their extended response question on both tests in the classroom as well as on standardized tests.  We will be finishing chapter two this week and will be working on the review and study guide. The students will also be instructed to write an article on the baptism of Jesus, using the accounts of the four gospel writers.  This article is due Wednesday.

*Students should continue to be working on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

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***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing on with our discussion of the Nicene Creed.  The students will be handing in their final draft of their personal creeds in which they were instructed to give their own personal interpretation of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and life thereafter.

*Students should continue to be working on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion Week of Sept. 19th

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

 

***7th Grade Religion***

We will be starting chapter 2 this week which discusses the Sacrament of Baptism, the Baptism of Jesus, the symbols used in Baptism, and those other Sacraments that are also considered to be sacraments of initiation.

*Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be discussing the origin and history of the Nicene Creed.  We will be using our textbook The History of the Church.  We will be  reading about the growth of Christianity in the fourth century as well as the many factors that played an important role  in the spread of Christianity.  During this point in history, the Fathers of the Church found it necessary to comprise a statement of Christian beliefs, otherwise known as the Nicene Creed.

*Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion Week of Sept. 12th

Posted on Sep 10, 2016

 

Image result for let your light shineCongratulations to the class of 2017!  They did such a wonderful job hosting the first all school mass of the year as they presented this year's school theme, "We are the light of the world!"  A special thank you to Ms. Chermak who prepared the students so beautifully.  Excitement is building this week as we anticipate the arrival of Fisherfest.  Please note that we will not have school this Friday.

 

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be working on the study guide for chapter one and will be taking the test this Wednesday.  The students should review their class notes and corrected study guide to prepare for this test.  

*Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue working on our names using illustrations that symbolize our faith, heritage, and interests.  We will also begin working on posters that reflect this year's school theme "We are the light of the world-Let your light shine!"

*Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sept. 6th

Posted on Sep 05, 2016

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This week we will be celebrating the beginning of the school year with an all school liturgy, hosted by the 8th grade,on Friday, Sept. 9th at 1:15PM...All are invited!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing in out textbook Blest Are We.  We will be continue our discussion of the role of the gospel writers, their individual accounts of Jesus' life, and the differences in each of their writing styles.  As we continue our discussion of oral tradition, the students will be required to bring in a story or phrase that has been orally passed down to them from their own family members.

***8th Grade Religion***

As the leaders of the school, we will begin our school year by preparing for the first all school mass.  We will also be discussing this year's school theme, "Let your Light Shine!" as well as ways we can spread an awareness of our theme to the rest of our SFJ classmates and parish community.

Week of Aug. 29th-Sept. 2nd

Posted on Aug 27, 2016

With a couple of days of classes under our belts,  I'm hoping our students feel well informed and comfortable with both the academic and behavioral expectations in the Jr. High.  Letters to the parents regarding the 7th and 8th grade Religion curriculum and required service are available on my blog under Parent Information.  I am looking forward to a successful year with all of my students and am looking forward to seeing all of the 7th & 8th grade parents on Tuesday evening, August 30th, at 6:30 PM, at "Meet the Teacher Night."

***7th  Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the service requirement of all seventh graders.  We will be starting in out textbook Blest Are We.  We will be discussing the role of the gospel writers, their individual accounts of Jesus' life, and the difference in each of their writing styles.  We will also be discussing the term "oral tradition" and the role it played back in the time of Jesus as well as the role it continues to play in our lives today.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be discussing the service requirement of all eighth graders as well as the changes in service requirements that have been made from last year.  We will also be working on a graduation project (hard to believe?!) that the students will have as a symbolic momento of their eighth grade year.

 

Welcome Back!

Posted on Aug 24, 2016
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Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year.  I will be teaching seventh and eighth grade religion this year and am looking forward to reuniting with our eighth grade students as well as meeting and getting acquainted with our seventh grade students.  The teachers in the Jr. High are committed to creating and fostering a positive learning environment in which we hope to see each of our students grow both spiritually and academically.
 
The Jr. High faculty is very excited about our new Principal, Jim Fornaciari, our four new faculty members, enhancements we have made to the Jr. High curriculum, and our continued integration of Chrome books into our every day curriculum.  We will be meeting with the 7th and 8th grade students on the first day of school and will be discussing the behavioral and academic expectations of the Junior High as well as the directives regarding use and care of their Chrome books.
 
Effective communication is a very important component of your child's academic and personal success here at St. John Fisher. Please feel free to contact me or any of the other Jr. High teachers with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your son or daughter and am looking forward to seeing you at the "Back to School Curriculum Night" on Wednesday, August 29th.  The evening for Jr. High parents will begin at 6:30 in the church with a greeting and blessing from Fr. Ken.  Our new Principal, Jim Fornaciari, will then share his vision of the 2018-2019 school year.  Parents will then be invited to listen to the Jr.High faculty share an overview of their curriculum for the school year, grading policies, and classroom routines.  We look forward to seeing all of our parents on Wednesday, August 29th.
 
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