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Mrs. Maura Grochocinski, Junior High Religion

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  I am looking forward to a unique and 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 parents as “Mrs. G.”  I live in Most Holy Redeemer parish and my husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful daughters, a son-in-law, and a new grandson, Martin McGrath Guinane.

This year will be my 21st 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 eleven years, watching my students grow both academically and spiritually.


7th & 8th Grade Religion-Jan 6th-Jan 8th

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed our winter break. We will begin e-learning on Wednesday, January 6th and will continue virtual learning until Friday, January 15th. All students are to sign on to their homeroom's Google classroom each morning, joining the Google Meet at 8:00 AM so that their homeroom teacher can take attendance and report attendance to the office. 

***On Wednesdays, students are required to sign on for attendance at 8:00 AM and then sign on to their Wednesday special's Google classroom at the designated time listed on the schedule below.  Students are to then click on the Google Meet link for live instruction from their special's teacher. On Wednesdays, other than attending the Google Meet session for their special, students are to also work on assignments and their I-Ready requirements.

Every other day of the virtual school week, students are  to sign in for attendance at 8:00 AM and then attend each of their classes by clicking on the Google Meet link for each class at the designated time period. Students are to follow SJF's e-learning guidelines that both students and parents agreed to in prior correspondence.

***In the event that a student is unable to attend one or all of their virtual classes, parents will be asked to email the teacher of that class to verify the reason son/daughter's absence from that class or classes.

E-Learning Schedule for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:

8:15 - 8:55 -Global Studies

9:00 - 9:40 -Art

9:45 - 10:25 -ELA

10:30 - 11:10 -Science

11:15 - 12:15 -Lunch

12:15 - 12:55 -Math

1:00 - 1:45 -ELA

1:50 - 2:35 -Religion

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will begin covering chapter 8 in our Blest Are We book, "A Prayer for the Kingdom."  This chapter discusses the Lord's prayer, a prayer that is shared by all Christians. It is a prayer that is a summary of the Gospel and includes petitions that ask God to give us what we need to make the Kingdom of God a reality here on Earth.  We will also be discussing the Beatitudes which were professed by Jesus during his Sermon on the Mount.

***All students should continue to satisfy the requirement of completing FIVE hours of service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue on with our preparation for celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, January 24th.  Our Confirmandi completed and handed in their sponsor essays before Christmas break. I really enjoyed reading all of their essays as they discussed the admirable qualities and gifts demonstrated by the special people in their lives whom they have chosen as their Confirmation sponsors, role models of their catholic faith. This week students will begin working on a Google slide presentation of the saint whose name they have chosen for their Confirmation name.

***All students should continue to satisfy the requirement of completing EIGHT hours of service for this second trimester.