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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 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.

 
 
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