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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.


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
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.