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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-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
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.