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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 March 1st-5th

Posted on Feb 28, 2021

The second trimester ends next Wednesday, March 10th.  All completed service logs for 7th and 8th grade students are due this Friday, March 5th.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be continuing on with our World Religions Unit and will be studying Hinduism. We will begin this week by discussing the beliefs and worshipping practices of Hindus. Buddhism tests which were taken this past Friday will be returned to the students later this week.

***Students should continue to satisfy their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue discussing Social Justice as well as the various discriminatory behaviors that existed in the past as well as those that still exist in our society today.

***Students should continue to satisfy their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of Feb. 22nd

Posted on Feb 21, 2021

This week we welcome our 8th graders back to in-person learning after their ski trip and e-learning period at home. 

***Graduation cap and gown orders are due this Tuesday.  As mentioned in prior correspondence, the order for caps and gowns needs to be placed earlier this year due the necessity of students having their own cap and gown for graduation pictures which are scheduled in March.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be completing our study of Buddhism, discussing worship practices and ceremonies pertaining to birth, death, and marriage. 

***Our test on Buddhism is scheduled for Friday, February 26th.

***All students should continue to satisfy their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be starting our unit on Social Justice.  We will begin in our Morality book and then continue on discussing the many issues in current day society that fall under the umbrella of Social Justice.

***All students should continue to satisfy their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Feb. 17th-19th

Posted on Feb 16, 2021

It was such a treat to have the long weekend and the snow day on Tuesday was the cherry on top! This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten season; a season in which we prepare our hearts by fasting, praying and giving alms. Mass will be live streamed at 11:00 AM and ashes will be distributed to the students in their classrooms.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with our study of Buddhism discussing Buddhist beliefs and teachings, including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and attaining the state of Nirvana.

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

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be working on Lenten assignments which entail the students reflecting on the 14 stations of the cross and composing personal Lenten promises; fasting from those actions in our lives that lead us away from God and feasting upon those actions that bring us even closer to God.

NOTE: All assignments given this week are due by 4:00 EACH day. Those assignments that are not received by 4:00 will be marked late and points will be deducted.

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

7th & 8th Grade Religion-February 10

Posted on Feb 11, 2021

This week, as we prepare to celebrate Presidents' Day, we will be ending our school week on Thursday, February 11th and will be returning to school on Tuesday, February 16th. Our 8th graders will be "taking to the slopes" on their 8th grade ski trip this Friday...Have fun and stay warm!

***The Jr. High will be taking their I-Ready assessments for Reading and Math on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week the 7th graders continue their study of Buddhism, learning about the story of Siddhartha Guatamma, the Buddha.  Ms. Chermak is also working with our 7th graders as they prepare to host our Ash Wednesday liturgy next Wednesday.

***Students should continue to satisfy their requirement of completing FIVE hours of service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week our 8th graders will be discussing the origin of the symbolic practices of the Lenten season.

***Students should continue to satisfy their requirement of completing EIGHT hours of service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-February 1st - 5th

Posted on Feb 01, 2021

Happy Catholic School Week!  This week, we have many fun-filled activities planned for our students as we celebrate the privilege of attending Saint John Fisher School. We are so grateful that your family has chosen to be a part of our St. John Fisher Community! 

We begin Monday, with "Roll Out of Bed Day,"  Tuesday is Game Day. Wednesday is Hawaiian Day for our Jr. High students. On Wednesday, we will be collecting $1 for the Ronald McDonald House. Thursday is a special rosary service. On Fridaywe can wear our Falcon wear or special tye-dye shirts. Friday is also movie day.  For a special treat, our 8th graders will be provided a snack as they watch their movie. 

 

***7th Grade Religion**

This week, we will be starting our World Religions unit.  We will be discussing the origin, history, and practices of Buddhism. 

*The corrected chapter 8 tests will be returned on Wednesday of this week.

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

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will be putting together our Confirmation reflections and will be mailing a thank-you note, along with a copy of our sponsor essay, to our Confirmation sponsors.  Throughout the week, we will be presenting our Saint Google Slide projects in class to our classmates.

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

 

 

 
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