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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 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.

 
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