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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. 30th

Posted on Sep 28, 2019

It' s hard to believe, but we are quickly approaching the half-way mark of the first trimester.  On Friday, Oct. 4th, both parents and students are encouraged to log on to Power School and check students' updated academic progress thus far for this first trimester.  Parents, please use this opportunity to compliment your child's academic accomplishments as well as offer encouragement in areas where stronger efforts may be necessary.  

Reminders:

Picture Day is Tuesday, Oct. 1st

Special lunch is Wednesday, Oct. 2nd

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week, we will be starting chapter 3 in our Blest Are We textbook and will be discussing mortal sin and venial sin. We will also be discussing our conscience and how it guides us into making good decisions based upon the values and virtues of our Catholic faith.  We will also be discussing the ways in which our conscience is formed and how the formation of our conscience is an "ongoing process" that continues throughout our lifetime.

***All students should be working on completing their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be starting Chapter 3 in our Church History textbook. This chapter discusses the four ecumenical councils and their contributions to Christianity.  We will learn about  the Emperor, Constantine, and the ways he supported and contributed to the growth of Christianity.  The corrected chapter 2 tests were returned and reviewed with the students last Thursday in class.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Sep. 23rd

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

As we are well into the swing of the new school year, it remains important that students write their assignments and testing dates down into their assignment notebooks. The assignment notebook is a necessary tool for success that should be used daily by all students as well as an informative tool that may also be used by parents.  

The following are schedule changes/activities for the Jr. High students this week:

Early dismissal, 1:45pm, this Thursday, September 26 for Faculty In-Service.

Homecoming Pep Rally @ 1:30pm,  Friday, September 27 - School Gym

Homecoming Dance  7pm - 9pm, Friday, September 27 

 

 

***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 Friday, Sept. 27th.  In order to prepare for the test, students should review the following:

  •  Class notes
  •  The four sacramentals used baptism and what each symbolizes (holy water, holy oil, white garment, & lighted candle)
  •  The sacraments of initiation, sacraments of healing/mercy, and vocation/community sacraments
  • Vocabulary words from the chapter
  • Corrected chapter review and study guide for chapter 2

*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 correcting the chapter 2 study guide  The test is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25th.  In order to prepare for their test the students should study their class notes from the religion stream, notes taken from the chapter, and their corrected chapter 2 study guide.

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 16th

Posted on Sep 15, 2019

Thank you to all who supported Fisher Fest this past weekend.  It's such an important fundraiser for our parish and we are so grateful for the service offered by both our students and parents to make it possible and successful!

On Tuesday, Sept. 17th, Roy Petitfils, licensed counselor and social media speaker, will be presenting to our falcons during the school day and parents and community members in the evening. Mr. Petitfils is an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising children.

 

***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.  The corrected chapter 1 tests will be returned to the students and will be posted to Powerschool by Wednesday of this week.

*Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

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***8th Grade Religion***

This week 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 September 9th

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Thank you to Ms. Chermak and the 8th grade class for hosting our first all school mass this past Friday.  They did a beautiful job presenting this year's school theme, "Angels Among Us." 

Excitement is in the air as we all anticipate the arrival of Fisher Fest this weekend.  Fisher Fest offers many service opportunities for both our 7th and 8th grade students.  Lists reflecting these service opportunities will be posted on the service board in my homeroom.  Students are encouraged to follow the "golden rule"...If you sign up, you are expected to show up...Please and Thank You!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be correcting our chapter one review and chapter one study guide.  We will be reviewing for our test which will be on Wednesday of this week.  In order to prepare for the test, students should review their corrected chapter review and study guide, go over class notes written in their religion notebooks, and study their vocabulary flashcards that were assigned this past week.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of service hours required for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be working on a graduation activity, illustrations 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 "Angels Among Us."  These posters will be hung in our halls to remind our classmates that angels among us help us to fly like falcons, encouraging us to SOAR above daily challenges and in turn, lead us to make good choices for ourselves and others.

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 

 
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