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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 April 27th

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

We are beginning the home stretch of this third trimester and what a trimester this has been!  After being thrown into a situation we could have never dreamed of, I am so proud of the accomplishments of both our parents and students.  I admire our parents who have given so much of their time with assisting and supervising their children as they completed their e-learning assignments.  I am proud of the students who have been successful with embracing the routine of e-learning at home. We are well aware of the many challenges involved with e-learning, and have seen so many of our students rise to this challenge!  On Wednesday, April 29th, parents and students may check Powerschool for our students' current academic status in each of their classes.

Important Change:

**As Mrs. Nash noted in her newsletter, the archdiocese is instituting planning days for our students and teachers under the guidance of the Illinois State Board of Education. SJF will be designating Fridays as our planning/catch-up days.  Therefore, our block schedule will change to accommodate this by Religion class NOW taking place on Tuesday and Thursday, rather than Tuesday and Friday.  Thursday assignments will not be due until Friday at 3:00 PM allowing students to use Friday as a "catch-up day" for all of their assignments given during the week as well as for completing Art assignments and virtual field trips.

Important Information:

A letter and application materials will be emailed to our 8th grade parents regarding the Monsignor McElligott Scholarship on Monday, April 27th. Please share this letter and application with your son/daughter.  We will be hosting a live Zoom session for parents/students on Wednesday, April 29th at 4:00 PM to explain the application process and answer any questions students/parents may have.**The link for this Zoom meeting will be posted on my blog this upcoming Wednesday morning.

Click here for Zoom meeting

I will also be hosting a live session for students/parents if they have any questions or concerns with e-assignments in my religion classes. These sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 PM-1:30 PM.  The link for these meetings will be posted to my Google classroom on Tuesday and Thursday morning.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will conclude with our Unit on Judaism by discussing Jewish holy days and celebrations. We will learning about their origin, significance, and the traditions practiced in celebrating these Jewish holy days. 

***Service Hours***

 All students should continue to satisfy their FIVE hours of required service. Now that we have been asked to stay close to home, there are even more opportunities for us to help out around the house. Continue to record your service while at home. I will collect service hours through a Google form near the end of the third trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue on with chapter 9 in our Morality book which discusses the teachings of the Catholic church on prevalent issues in our society such as premarital sex, birth control, and homosexuality.  

***Service Hours***

 All students should continue to satisfy their EIGHT hours of required service. Now that we have been asked to stay close to home, there are even more opportunities for us to help out around the house. Continue to record your service while at home. I will collect service hours through a Google form near the end of the third trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of April 20th

Posted on Apr 20, 2020

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter as well as the opportunity to enjoy a slower pace to their day resulting from the short break from our e-learning.  We were all saddened with Governor Pritzker’s announcement that our Illinois schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.  We are aware of the hardship and many disappointments that may result from this decision, but we are also confident that the Governor places the health and safety of our Illinois communities as his number one priority.  Please know that the administration and faculty at Saint John Fisher will do their absolute best to continue to provide our students with a quality education, delivering our curriculum through e-learning lesson plans.  As we receive further information from the Archdiocese, state and local officials, we will make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and parents regarding our end of year celebrations. May we continue to do the best we can for each day, and also continue to pray for all of those affected by COVID-19, as well as those heroes in our society who are working so hard to help the sick, the lonely, and all in need.

*It is extremely important that ALL STUDENTS sign in each day to verify their attendance on e-learning.  All students should be signing in on Ms. Browne’s Math stream.  All Jr. High assignments are posted on the teachers' Jr. High Google classroom streams. 

**If there are ever any questions or concerns, students and parents may email their Jr. High teachers from the hours of 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM and can expect to receive a prompt response.  Any emails received after 3:00 PM may be answered the following school day.  The Jr. High teachers will also be hosting live Zoom sessions during the week if students have questions or would just like to sign on to say “hello.”

 ***Zoom sessions for Religion will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be placed on the religion stream Tuesday and Friday mornings.

***7th Grade Religion***

 This week, we will be returning to our World Religions unit, focusing on Judaism. Thus far, we have covered the history and basic beliefs of Judaism and will be continuing on with the family life, customs, and special ceremonies of those who practice Judaism.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this third trimester.  As we have been confined to our home these past couple of months, service hours may be completed by being helpful around the house as well as by performing actions that lift the spirits of others in your community from “a loving social distance.”

***8th Grade Religion***

 This week we will be covering chapter 9 in our Morality book. This chapter discusses the Catholic Church's teachings on topics such as premarital sex, homosexuality, and birth control. This chapter discusses the importance of knowing that our sexuality is a gift from God.  It also discusses the virtues of purity, modesty, abstinence and chastity; virtues that guide us to be responsible with our relationships.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this third trimester.  As we have been confined to our home these past couple of months, service hours may be completed by being helpful around the house as well as by performing actions that lift the spirits of others in your community from “a loving social distance.”

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of April 6th

Posted on Apr 05, 2020

Continue to take deep breaths...We can do this together!  We're now moving into our fourth week of e-learning and most students are doing a great job with attaining and completing their assignments through Google Classroom.  Unfortunately, there are some students that are not completing assignments in a timely manner, and as stated last week, grades may be lowered on assignments that are turned in after the due date. It's imperative that ALL students continue to sign in each day to verify that they have satisfied their E-learning attendance requirement. Students are to sign in on  Ms. Browne's Google classroom for their attendance. This week, we will continue on with our block schedule. Please know that the Jr. High teachers are available through email and/or live streaming throughout the school week. If students or parents have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

I will also be hosting a live session for students/parents if they have any questions or concerns. These sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 PM-1:30 PM.  The link for these meetings will be posted to my Google classroom on Tuesday and Thursday morning.

As we celebrate Holy Week, I wish you and your family a blessed Easter.  After many hours of prayer and reflection, I can say that this tragic event taking place in our world has made me desire and appreciate the simplest things in life; hugging family members, sharing meals, dropping by friends' houses and countless other things. May we all continue to pray this Easter Season for all of those people affected by the Corona virus.  Please offer prayers and thanks for all of our HEROES, the people who continue to care for the sick, the poor, and the lonely during this very tragic epidemic.

Please note that during our spring break, April 10th - April 19th, no assignments will be posted for students.  This would be a great time for students to complete service that would be helpful and inspiring.

****7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be celebrating Holy Week through e-learning assignments. We will be taking a break from our World Religions curriculum and will be focusing on Holy Week. On Tuesday, students will be viewing a video of the 14 stations of the cross. This video discusses each of the stations and the emotions Jesus was feeling. Students will then  be asked to reflect on each station and think about a time in their life when they felt the feelings that Jesus experienced as he completed the journey to his destination; a journey beginning with being condemned to death and ending with being laid in a tomb. This assignment will help students connect with the humanity of Jesus, and allow them to relate to the feelings Jesus experienced.

Thursday, students are scheduled to have a half-day before beginning our Easter break. *** On Thursday, students will only be responsible for completing a religion assignment that will highlight the solemnity and significance of the Triduum. This assignment will be posted to my Religion Google classroom Thursday morning.  This assignment is to be completed Thursday.

***Service***

 All students should continue to satisfy their FIVE hours of required service. Now that we have been asked to stay close to home, there are even more opportunities for us to help out around the house. Continue to record your service while at home. I will collect service hours through a Google form near the end of the third trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

 

The scores from the chapter 10 Morality test have been posted to Powerschool.  This week, we will be celebrating Holy Week through meaningful e-learning assignments. On Tuesday, students will be viewing a video of the 14 stations of the cross. This video discusses each of the stations and the emotions Jesus was feeling. Students will then  be asked to reflect on each station and think about a time in their life when they felt the feelings that Jesus experienced as he completed the journey to his destination; a journey beginning with being condemned to death and ending with being laid in a tomb. This assignment will help students connect with the humanity of Jesus, and allow them to relate to the feelings Jesus experienced.

Thursday, students are scheduled to have a half-day before beginning our Easter break. *** On Thursday, students will only be responsible for completing a religion assignment that will highlight the solemnity and significance of the Triduum. This assignment will be posted to my Religion Google classroom Thursday morning.  This assignment is to be completed Thursday.

***Service***

 All students should continue to satisfy their EIGHT hours of required service. Now that we have been asked to stay close to home, there are even more opportunities for us to help around the house. Continue to record your service while at home. I will collect service hours through a Google form at the end of the third trimester.

 

 
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