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Mrs.Carole Scannell Junior High Reading/Language - 7th

My name is Mrs. Carole Scannell and I am the new 7th grade Reading and Language teacher.  I have been a parishioner for twenty years, and been involved in a few church activities.  I have taught at a few different schools in the past, but look forward to my new adventure here at St. John Fisher.  My five children are all graduates of St. John Fisher which brings me great pride.

Week of May 18th

Posted on May 18, 2020

Good Morning!  Welcome to another week of E Learning...We are coming close to the end of the trimester, so let's push hard and finish strong.  For those of you with missing assignments, please get them to me ASAP.

This week in reading we are going to finish up After Twenty Years with a comparison story by O.Henry and a test.  In language we are going to write sentences which show our knowledge of the four different types of sentences and the different parts of the sentence(subject, predicate).  In writing I am going to send you on a scavenger hunt in your house.  I will ask you to find (7) different items and then we will create our story around those things you found.

I know how difficult remote learning is, but stick with it and summer is right around the corner!!!


Week of May 11th

Posted on May 11, 2020

Good morning and welcome to a new week of ELearning!  This week in reading we are going to watch the film adaptation of After Twenty Years and do an activity comparing/contrasting what is similiar and what is different.  In vocabulary, we will work on Unit 11.  This story introduces us to a golf legend named Babe Zaharias.  We will write about what qualities made her stand out in the LPGA.  In language we are going to go back to the basics with sentences.  What are the four kinds of sentences and can you recreate them.

May 6th

Posted on May 06, 2020

Attention 7th Graders!!! The Conner Lowry Scholarship that usually takes place in the Spring, will take place in the fall.  Keep all of your good ideas written down some place and we will bring them all back in the picture soon!!!

Week of May 4th

Posted on May 05, 2020

Good morning, I apologize for the delay in my post, but I was in Denver for my daughter Rosie's graduation!  This week in reading, we are going to work on characterization of our short story, After Twenty Years.  We will also work on a grammar Bellringer, and a puzzle.  To review, we are going back to the basics of what makes a sentence.  For writing, we will interview someone in the house regarding how life has changed since the lockdown of our lives.

Week of April 27th

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

Good Morning and welcome to the last week of April!  This week in ELA, we are going to continue with our short story, After Twenty Years by O. Henry and work on context clues and point of view. In vocabulary, we are going to tackle Unit 10 which is pages 131-135.  This unit, the story is about how our dentistry/orthodontics programs came about.  That means our writing focus this week will be a personal narrative about going to the dentist or orthodontist!  Don't forget that Progress Reports come out on Wednesday, April 29th.  Please make sure your homework is in by Tuesday.  Have a great week, and remember we are all in this together... 


Posted on Apr 23, 2020

Just a friendly reminder that progress reports will go out next Wednesday, April 29th.  That means that you need to make sure you are up to date in your assignments.  Anyone who is not doing their best will hear from Mrs. Larmon.  We are all in this together, so I just thought I would give everyone a chance to be their best!

Week of April 20th

Posted on Apr 19, 2020

Happy Last Day of Easter Vacation! Tomorrow will start a new week of E Learning.  The Junior High will continue to use the block schedule.  In ELA, we will work with our new short story Twenty Years.  We will work on foreshadowing, and a plot pyramid.    In Language, we will work on interjections (Batman words).  Interjections allow you to put emotion into your sentences.  In writing, we will work on an Acrostic poem about Covid 19.  Enjoy your last moments  of leisure...

April 12th

Posted on Apr 12, 2020

Wishing all of the Saint John Fisher community a very Happy Easter!  While the children have some time off from E Learning, it might be a good time to check power school to see if you are missing any work!  A lot of you seem to have forgotten that you have more than 5 teachers assigning you work.  Please take this time to catch up on missing work, so I can take those  zeroes away!

April 6th part two

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

Good morning again...Mrs. G just sent each of the Junior High teachers a message about an assignment she wants each of the children to do for Holy Thursday.  I have posted her notice on my classroom, but the instructions are on her classroom.  Please make sure you look and see what it is.

On another note...Mrs. Caffrey came over to my house and through proper social distancing, we made a movie about Corona, our lonely chick, for her preschoolers.  Billy (my wonderful son) made it into a utube for 7th grade chick to see it...thanks

Week of April 6th

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

Good morning, and happy Monday!  As we begin another week of E Learning, let us all take a deep breath and know that we will get through this.  Our week is shortened due to Holy Week, so we will only do school work until Thursday.  In ELA we are going to do some sentences using correlative conjunctions which I will share  with you through classroom.  In Vocabulary, we will finish up the review unit with pages 122-125. In writing, you need to submit your Outsiders Essay tomorrow.  In reading, we will start our newest short story call After Twenty Years, by O. Henry.  Even though it is a short week, I still want you to be working and keeping your brain alive.  Some of you need to get on the ball and hand in your missing assignments, they are in as zeroes for now.

As Mrs. Nash has said, it is a new way of learning, but we can do it together!  Have a wonderful Holy Week and a beautiful Easter.

Week of March 29th

Posted on Mar 29, 2020

Happy Sunday Evening!  As we enter into Week 3 of E Learning, I just want to set down a few ground rules.  The work that you are handing in electronically needs to be done properly.  I want you to use complete sentences when you are answering my questions.  That means I want uppercase letters and punctuation  This week in reading, we will finish reading Chapters 11 and 12 of The Outsiders.  I will post the questions for you to answer.  In writing, we are going to write a 5 paragraph essay on The Outsiders.  I will post the directions for you to follow.  Finally, we will work in Vocabulary again this week.  We are going to do the review unit which begins on page 119 and goes through page 125.  I will send directions on how to do that.

I will attempt another live session with you on Tuesday at 1:30.  I will post the link on Google Classroom.  The Junior High is going to a BLOCK SCHEDULE which means you will be working on Math, Science, and Social Studies on M/W/F.  You will work on ELA and Religion on T/TH.  All assignments will be posted on Google  Classroom.

Over the weekend, our one and only chick hatched!  Mrs. Nash suggested we call her Corona, and I couldn't think of a more appropriate name.  She is very lonely for all of you:(  Mrs. Maxwell put my video of the chick on the SJF Instrgram page for all to see.  I know these conditions aren't ideal, but we will do the best with what we have.  Look for my directions on classroom for Tuesday.  Work hard and keep smiling!

March 27th

Posted on Mar 27, 2020

The First Chick has arrived!!! i will keep you posted as the weekend progresses...She is a cutie, black feathers so far..

March 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2020

Good Evening Junior High Parents and Students,

I am writing tonight to let you know that some of the students have not been checking their google classroom.  I have already posted quizzes for chapters 8,9, and 10 of The Outsiders.  Most have checked in, but I have a few that have done nothing.  This will not go over well with your grades, and I will contact people individually.  I have a google meet session tomorrow at 1:30 if anyone has questions or comments. 

The eggs in the incubator have been taken off the automatic egg turner in preparation for birth.  The first sign is "pipping" which is the chick pecking a tiny whole in the fat end of the egg.  Once that begins, we will have chicks popping out.  I cross my fingers that the transfer to my house did not damage the eggs...

Hope everyone is doing well and not going too stir crazy!

March 24th

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

Good Morning,

I am taking this opportunity to remind all of the students to check their classroom pages.  Each of the junior high teachers will be posting different assignments each day that need to be turned in electronically.  I have quite a few 7th graders who have not taken the Chapter 8/9 quizzes for my class.  Please spread the word so everyone will check their Google Classroom pages.

Since nobody joined my classroom google meet yesterday, I will post once a week when I will gather the troops together again.  You can always email me as well if you have a question.


Week og March 23rd

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Good Morning! Just a few reminders to the students...When you sign on to the Google Meet, it is only to allow questions that you have for each of the teachers.  We do not need to hear all  of your music and silliness.  This was set up to communicate with students who have to ask questions, or clarify something.  This week in ELA we are going to work on chapters 9 and 10 in The Outsiders.  I will post questions for each of the chapters on classroom.  I want the questions answered in a complete sentence.  You need to start your answer with the question.  Some of you still have not answered the chapter 8 questions yet, so please so that.  We will also have another writing prompt later on in the week.

March 19th

Posted on Mar 19, 2020

E Learning Update...

In order to allow the students to have face to face time with teachers, the Junior High is setting up half hour blocks to  be able to reach out and touch base.  This will begin tomorrow, Friday March 20th.  More instructions to come...


Week of March 17th part 2

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Another E Learning reminder...Under Ms. Browne's classroom, she is taking attendance for all of the Junior High students.  Please make sure you check in every day.  All of the classrooms will be doing something similar.


Week of March 17th

Posted on Mar 17, 2020

An update to our E Learning... Mrs. Keller would like the students to join her classroom for an additional assignment.  To join her class ld2f6s...I hope everyone is taking this quiet time at home to follow through with teacher instructions and being nice to your Mom!  I will put new assignments up next week if we are still at home.  

Week of March 9th

Posted on Mar 09, 2020

Welcome back after a very busy weekend! We have quite a lot happening in and around Saint John Fisher this week.  The 7th graders are going to help me raise some chicks!!  I picked up the eggs on Saturday and they are set to go in the incubator.  Lots is going to happen in the next 21 days, and then with God's help, we will have some baby chicks to play with...In class we will read the next three chapters in the Outsiders and have our chapter questions and quizzes. Next week we will start our character autopsies on each of the characters.  In language we are talking about double negatives and conjunctions.  After getting through 1/4 of the formal book analysis, the language practice is really paying off:)  In writing, we are practicing for the Aspire tests, being timed.  I hope everyone had a good conversation regarding the report cards.  Some of us need to put in a little more effort, and some of us can be happy with our progress...don't give up!

Week of March 2nd

Posted on Mar 02, 2020

Welcome March!!! What a wonderful weather weekend we had, and the greatness continues.  We have a very busy week ahead of us.  This Wednesday, 3/4 the Seventh Grade will head over to St. Rita for a unique day celebrating languages.  If you ordered Special Lunch, you will get your money back...the children need to bring a lunch to St. Rita.  Also on Wednesday, 3/4 the students will receive their 2nd trimester report cards.  On Thursday, 3/5 Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held after school.  Please sign up for a spot if you wish to speak with the teacher.

In reading, we have started The Outsiders in class.  This will be our last novel, but not our last short story.  The Outsiders is a story about two different sides of an Oklahoma town and how they learn that even though they look different, they really are just people.  This week we will read  Chapters 2-4.  We have chapter questions and quiz for each of the chapters.  In language, we are working with Adverbs this week.  Adverbs answer how, when, and where regarding the verb.  In writing, we are working on a paragraph about declining fish species. Last but not least, in Vocabulary, we will test on Unit 8 tomorrow.

Week of February 24th

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

It is hard to believe, but February is almost over and so is our 2nd trimester!  Friday, February 28th is the end of trimester two, it is also the day that ourr Formal Book Analysis is exceptions!

This week in reading, we will finish up our short story "The Lottery" and move onto our last novel  which is "The Outsiders".  We will revisit the movie about the Lottery and compare the short story with the film adaptation.  We will also watch The Giving Tree and compare what that author was trying to get the reader to understand.  In starting "The Outsiders", we will go through the different characters we will meet and the setting.  In language, we are working with adverbs this week.  Adverbs go along with the action of the sentence and ask three questions; how, when, and where about the actions.  In vocabulary, we are starting Unit 8 this week.  We will have our introductory story and then begin all of the different exercises.  In writing, we are wrapping up the formal book analysis.  We created 31 note cards in class, now the students have to transfer that knowledge into paragraphs and put their paper together according to the rules given out. This is due on my desk this Friday, no exceptions!








Week of February 18th

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Can you believe that we are almost through with February??  Time is flying by so quickly!  In reading this week we will cover more activities with our short story The Lottery.  We will discuss the symbolism and the Jim Crow Laws that were in place during this time period.  In language we are on the comparative adjectives; do you add ER and EST, or do you have to put more and most in front of the adjective.  In writing, we are on the final leg of the book analysis.  We will start our final note cards this week with point of view, and title significance, theme and literary techniques.  We will finish all of this on Friday, 2/21.  This will give the students all next week to pull their projects together.  The Formal Book Analysis will be due on my desk Friday, February 28th.  NO EXCEPTIONS  This is also the end of the 2nd trimester.  Let's continue to work hard.

Week of February 10th

Posted on Feb 10, 2020

Welcome back after a very busy weekend!  This week in reading we have started our new short story called The Lottery.  It is a very unusual story with a very grim ending.  The author Shirley Jackson wanted to catch the readers by surprise, almost like Lois Lowry in The Giver.  This week we will work on finding text evidence and discuss irony and allegory.  In language, we are working on adjectives, the wonderful describing words.  In vocabulary we will finish up Unit 7 and test on Tuesday, 2/11.  In writing, we are still working on our note cards for our Formal Book Analysis.  Last week we covered the EXPOSITION which had our setting and characters.  We also did our note cards for the INCITING INCIDENT and began the RISING ACTION.  After we put all the information on the note cards, the students transfer that information into a paragraph.  Beginning today, we are on paragraph # 16.  Please check in with your child...time management is important so this doesn't become too overwhelming.  

Week of February 3rd

Posted on Feb 03, 2020

Welcome to February!!!  Time is flying by so quickly because we are so busy at school and at home.  This week in reading we will continue to work on our formal book analysis.  We are taking each of the characters, and coming up with bullet points regarding their personality, job title, and importance to the story.  The students then take the note cards home and turn the given information into a sound paragraph.  We will continue this with each aspect of the analysis.  I will then give the students a week to pull it all together and bound in a report pocket.  We will also start our next short story called The Lottery.  In language, we are on Pronouns...the six different types;demonstrative,reflexive,interrogative, personal,possessive, and indefinite.  We will practice how to use all of this in our purple book as well as our interactive notebooks.  In writing we are working on our formal book analysis.  We will also begin Unit 7 in our vocabulary book as well.

Week of January 27th

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week 2020!  We have quite a bit going on each day of this week to remind our students what a privilege it is to attend Saint John Fisher School.  Each day the students are to perform an act of kindness instead of homework.  A list of what is expected will come home today.  All acts will be written about and handed back in to me next week.

In reading, we will finish The Giver by Friday, 1/31.  That being said, we will begin our Formal Book Analysis today!  I will hand out all of the instructions and a parent letter explaining what we are doing.  We will work on a different aspect of the analysis everyday in class, and then the students bring that information home to finish it up on their computer.  This is a long range assignment and needs to be worked on every single night.  In language, we have moved on from preposistional phrases to pronouns.  We will work on the six different types of pronouns everyday.  In writing, we will take our formal book analysis apart each and every day and do another aspect together in class.  Then the students will take what we worked on here, and polish it up at home.  We will take a break from Vocabulary this week.

Thank you to all the parents who made it to our Open House yesterday.  We were so lucky to start our CSW off with such a beautiful mass together.

Week of January 21st

Posted on Jan 21, 2020

Welcome back from a long and busy weekend.  I hope everyone had a chance to discuss progress reports and what needs to be improved and congratulations given for hard work!

This week in reading we are going to read chapters 15-18 in The Giver.  We will work on chapter questions as well.  As we go deeper into the story, I am pointing our important aspects of the plot and character development that will help the students with their formal book analysis.  In writing, we are doing a few different things; we are finishing up our BIO POEMS that will be up for Catholic Schools Week and working on a one pager about Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech about "I Have a Dream".  In language we are working on adverb/adjective phrases to add to our writing.  Finally in Vocabulary, we are ina review unit, going back over the last three units.

Week of January 13th

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Welcome back after a very busy weekend.  Just a reminder that this Friday, 1/17 progress reports go out.  This is a good time to have a discussion about effort!

This week in reading we will read chapters 10-14 in The Giver and do the questions that go along with each of the chapters.  As we go through the characters and the rising action, I am pointing out important  parts so that when we put together our formal book analysis, these will come through.  In language, we are working on prepositions and prepositional phrases.  These help in our writing to bring about more details.  In vocabulary, we are at the end of Unit 6, which means we will have our test on those 20 words tomorrow.  We then go into a review unit which will go through the words from units 4-6. In writing, we are finishing our poems about Saint John Fisher that are going to be bound in a published book.  Next we will work on our paragraph about one of the theories regarding the Nazca Lines in Peru(from vocab. unit).

Week of January 6th

Posted on Jan 06, 2020

Welcome back to 2020!  I hope all of you had a very blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with lots of family and fun and sleep!!! Now it is back to routines and rules and work.  This Wednesday 1/8 is special lunch.

In reading this week, we will continue reading The Giver orally and working on the comprehension questions.  We are taking the story element by element to help us with the formal book analysis we will work on when we finish the novel.  This week we should get through chapter nine.  In language, we are working with direct and indirect objects which help out the verbs (which we just finished).  In vocabulary, we will begin Unit 6 today with an explanation of the words and then go through the different exercises in the book up to page 79.  In writing, we will talk about our new goals for 2020 and come up with one word that will take us through the year and what we are trying to accomplish!

As I mentioned before Christmas break, the students need to have their school supplies needed for not only my class, but all of the classes!  Glue, scissors, colored pencils, loose leaf paper etc. Please double check to make sure all of this is available to them.  Another important reminder is to check planners for work that needs to be finished.  Happy New Year

Week of December 16th

Posted on Dec 16, 2019

Happy Snowy Monday!  The Christmas season is in full swing here in the Junior High, so here is what we are doing this week.  In reading we have started The Giver.  In this novel we are taken into a very different community.  After each chapter we will have chapter questions.  We started chapter One on Friday, so we will start the questions today.  We are going to pay very careful attention to this novel because we will do our Formal Book Analysis when we finish.  I will guide the students along as we do this, so they can learn the process.  In language we are working with different verb forms.  this week we will work with infinitives, past participle and present participle.  In writing the students should be finishing up their essay on the Elephant Man and his courage to face his biggest challenge.  We will take this week off with vocabulary.

Please refurbish the school supplies over break.  Some of the children need a scissors, some glue and colored pencils.  Remember early dismissal on Friday at 11:30.  Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Week of December 9th

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

Happy Monday!  This week in reading we are still working on our Literary Analysis of Rudolph.  We have discussed dynamic and static characters and character traits so far, and this week we will cover  the plot tree and conflicts.  We are doing this to practice for our formal book analysis after we read The Giver.  In language we are working on verb tenses.  How do you properly use past tense, and past participle?? In vocabulary we will finish up unit 5 this week and do a writing piece on whether facing a challenge makes us stronger like the Elephant Man had to do.

Reminders:  This Friday, 12/13 is out of uniform with an ugly Christmas sweater.  We are collecting for the Chicago ridge Pads center.  We will also have our sing a long that day as well.

Week of December 2

Posted on Dec 02, 2019

Welcome back from a restful break!  This week in reading we are working on our literary analysis on Rudolph.  We will work on character traits first.  is Rudolph caring or proud?? considerate or strong??  In language, we are working on our verbs.  this week we will be practicing predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives.  In vocabulary we are beginning Unit 5.  In writing we are finishing up our newspaper articles from the ghost point of view.  Dont forget special lunch this Wednesday, 12/4.

Week of November 25th

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Welcome back to a short, but busy week!  We have early dismissal on both Monday, 11/25 and Tuesday, 11/26 at 11:30 for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please be sure to be on time for your assigned time.  Tuesday will also be our Thanksgiving prayer service.  Then you will have family time to enjoy the holiday with rest, food, laughter, and children home to visit!  We should all be so grateful for all the gifts we have been given.

This week in reading, we are going to begin our literary analysis of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in preparation for our formal book analysis after reading The Giver.  We have finished up and tested on The Christmas Carol, and are working on being able to watch the all time Christmas classic!  In language, we are working with verbs still and we are still practicing predicate nominative, and predicate adjective, before moving on to verb tenses.  On writing, we are finishing up our newspaper articles from the viewpoint of one of the four ghosts.

I am wishing all of you a very peaceful Thanksgiving break...

Week of November 18th

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

Where is the time going?  First trimester is complete and now we head into the second trimester knowing what it is that we need to work harder on...the junior high is going to begin sustained, silent reading during homeroom period to quiet the lunchtime wiggles, so please make sure your child has a book to read!'

This week in reading, we have finished up the short story A Christmas Carol, so now we will begin all of our reading skills.  This week we will be working on connotation and denotation of the vocabulary words and the five different types of conflicts.  In language, we will work with our verbs; linking, helping, and action. Each of these types of verbs have a very important function in the sentence.  In writing, we are finishing up our mythological creatures that went along with our vocabulary unit.

As we begin a new trimester, let us work hard on a daily basis to do our best in all of our subjects.  Again, thank you for all your support!

Week of November 11th

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

Welcome back to a snowy Monday morning!  We have so much going on this week, so I am starting with reminders...This Friday, November 15th at 1:00 is our Veterans Day Celebration, all are welcome.  Also this Friday, November 15th is the end of our first trimester!!!  School picture retakes are also on Friday, November 15th.  We are having a dress down day for our Honor Flight on that Friday as well:)

Now to school work.  This week in reading we are still working on Act 1 in A Christmas Carol.  We know Scrooge is our main character and that this drama takes place in the 1800's in England.  We are going to cover the parts of a drama this week, along with the tone Charles Dickens chose to write in!  In language, we are finishing up with our nouns and beginning with verbs. In writing, we are finishing up our essay on tradition, and beginning our essay on Veterans Day.  I have been reminding the students that all missing assignments need to be turned in, please remind them as well. 

Week of November 4th

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

Happy November!  Time is flying by so quickly...just want to remind everone that our first trimester ends November 15th.  This week in reading I am going to introduce our new short story "The Christmas Carol".  We will discuss the "Poor House" and how people were treated long ago.  We will watch "The Charles Dickens Show" and clips from "Oliver" to compare and contrast how children without parents were treated back then as compared to now.  In language, we are still working on Nouns.. this week we will work with plural nouns, and possessive nouns.  What are the rules that we have to follow in order to use them properly.  In writing, we are going to be writing about traditions in our four paragraph discussion.  Last but not least, we will begin Unit Four in our Vocabulary books.  We have lots to do this week, thanks again for all your support from home.

Hot lunch is Wednesday, 11/6.

Week of October 28th

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

Happy Monday!  We have so much going on this week in the Junior High...In reading we are going to listen to the radio broadcast from long ago called "War of the Worlds".  This Halloween prank goes side by side with our short story "Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.  Both written by masters, to spook people out during the Halloween season.In language we are working with nouns this week.  We started with common and proper nouns which are pretty simple , and now we head into abstract and concrete.  These are a bit trickier because they involve the senses.  Can you feel or see this noun??  In writing, we are conjuring up our Halloween stories to go with the story starter!!!

This Tuesday, 10/29 we will be at the Saint Rita Retreat.  Children need to be in their school uniforms and bring a lunch.  Wednesday, 10/30 is an early dismissal at 1:45 because of a faculty meeting.  This is also SOAR's big day to entertain the school with Halloween activities.  Thursday, 10/31 is Part Two of High School Options for Junior High.  In between we will get some school work done:)

Week of October 21st

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

Good Morning and welcome back to a full week of school!  This week in reading we are using Rod Serling's Monsters Are Due on Maple Street as our short story.  We have already gone over the mood and the tone that Rod Serling masters, so now we will go back to the plot pyramid and put the pieces of the story together.  We will also have two quizzes this week on both vocab from the story and comprehension.  In language, still working with our sentence structure, we will play around with the difference between a fragment and a sentence and how we try not to use a run-on!  In writing we are working on our poem for the poetry contest, and writing a diary entry about the comings and goings in 1876 in New York City.

Just a reminder...Bus Evacuation Drill will be on Friday, 10/25 and our Lock Down Drill will take place on Tuesday, 10/22.  We will go over the routines here at school today, but please have a follow up discussion on the importance of following the teacher's instructions.  God willing we will never have to use these drills, but it is best to be prepared.  Thanks for your continued cooperation!

Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

Welcome back from a restful, chilly weekend!  This week in reading we have started our second short story call "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street".  this short story was written by Rod Serling who went on to bring his stories to The Twilight Zone.  In this story we are going to focus on Mood and Tone with both the reading and writing parts.  In Language we are going to start discussing the difference between dependent clauses and independent clauses.  This will tie in with our sentences which we are working on.  In writing, we are working on an Autumn poem, either about Halloween or something crisp and cool.

There is a lot going on during our short week!  On Wednesday, 10/16 the High Schools will be here to talk with the junior high students.  On Friday.10/18 the seventh graders , with the help of Ms. Chermack are putting on the all school mass.  Please join us:)  Have a great week.

Week of October 7th

Posted on Oct 07, 2019

I hope everyone is enjoying this cooler weather...makes for great sleeping weather!  This week in reading we will finish our novel, A Long Walk to Water.  We will also finish up our Sudan project that goes along with our story.  We will watch the documentary that goes along with the story as well.  In language, we are working on the difference between a simple and compound sentence.  The use of conjunctions comes into play when you put two sentences together.  In writing, we are working on our "One-Pager" which goes along with the story A Long Walk to Water.  In our Vocabulary Workshop  we are at the Unit 1-3 Review, which will go over the 60 words we have studied so far...

I am sorry that I missed school last Thursday and Friday, but I was attending the Reading Conference in lovely Peoria, Illinois with thousands of  reading teachers from the state of Illinois.  I learned some interesting new ideas which I will implement in my classroom.  As the second half of the trimester begins, let's give it our all!  Thank you again for all of your support.

Week of September 30th

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

Welcome back after a very busy Homecoming Weekend!!!  This week in reading we will cover chapters 11-15 in A Long Walk to Water.  We will have chapter questions and vocabulary, along with our mini quizzes on each of the chapters.  In language, we will begin our work on subjects and predicates.  These two basic parts of the sentence will also stretch out to cover simple and compound as well. We will begin Unit 3 in our vocabulary books this week too.  To remind you, our vocabulary books introduce 20 new vocabulary words to be used in 5 different exercises.  We cap the unit off by doing a writing assignment.  In writing, we are going to work on a poem this week.  I want each of the students to think of one of the many blessings we have in our lives.

Please remember we have school pictures this Tuesday, 10/1, and special lunch on Wednesday,10/2.  Let's have a great week!

Week of September 23rd

Posted on Sep 23, 2019

Welcome back after a whole week of school, and an exciting weekend in our parking lot!  Thanks to the many 7th graders who were out helping build the house.  You have no idea how many lives you have impacted:)

This week in reading we will continue with our novel A Long Walk to Water.  Our two characters Nya and Salva live completely different lives than we do, and we should appreciate all that we have.  We will read chapters 6-10 this week and have our daily quizzes on each chapter.  In Vocabulary, we will have our unit 2 test tomorrow on the 20 words we have been using.  In writing, we are working on our letters to the heads of companies, trying to persuade them to change their advertising!  In language, we are going to start the different types of sentences and practice using them correctly.

Lots going on this week...remember we have early dismissal on Thursday, 9/26 at 1:45, and our pep rally on Friday, 9/27 for Homecoming Weekend!!!

Week of September 16th

Posted on Sep 16, 2019

Welcome back from a FisherFest weekend!  I would imagine that most of the junior high will be very tired this week due to the excitement of FisherFest....but we are going to work hard!  In reading, we are going to start our novel A Long Walk to Water and go on a journey with our two characters Nya and Salva.  We will go through the plot pyramid and do comprehension exercises.  In language, we will concentrate on numbers and plural nouns this week.  In writing, we are working on character traits with our novel.  

Don't forget our guest speaker this Tuesday night... Roy Petitfilis


September 9th

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

September is flying by as we see the set up for Fisher Fest in the parking lot already!  The students will be very excited this week, so lets try our best to keep things calm.  In reading, we are moving onto Gary Soto's poem "Oranges".  We will go through the plot pyramid, and compare/contrast what Soto wants the readers to notice.  We will also read an article with the same theme as these two stories. In language, we will finish up with the apostrophe and move onto quotation marks and how to properly use them in our writing.  In writing, we will work from our ideas in the "light bulb" to what was the most exciting part of Fisher Fest.  Please remember to keep the amount of sleep each night a priority!!! 

Friday, September13th is a holiday from school due to Fisher Fest...

September 3rd

Posted on Sep 03, 2019

Welcome back from a long, restful weekend!  Even though our week will be shorter, I know we are going to put a lot of labor into our work.  In reading we will continue with our short story "7th Grade" and annotate the different parts to go along with our plot pyramid.  We will also have our first quiz on the story.  In language, we have moved on to all of the reasons we use commas, and what is  the importance of apostrophes.  In writing, we have finished up our first paragraph on our ABC chart and used Author's Chair to share with our classmates.  Next, we will write from a prompt in our Vocabulary book and write about our character Zheng He.  

Don't forget our Back To School Night is this Wednesday, 9/4 and Special Lunch is also that day, 9/4.  Have a great week.

First full week

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

Welcome Back to our first full week of school!  The kids will be very tired, so lets work on getting enough sleep:)  In reading this week we will continue working on our first short story called "7th Grade" by Gary Soto.  We will work with our plot pyramid and go over the different aspects of the pyramid.  I will also introduce our Vocabulary workbooks which are new to the junior high.  In each of the units, (20) new vocabulary words  will be introduced and worked with in each of the (5) different sections.  In writing, we will go over the six traits of writing and how we will incorporate them into our writing assignments.  In language, we will go over the different parts of speech, putting the rules into our interactive notebooks....have a great week.

Welcome Back

Posted on Aug 19, 2019

Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 school Year!  A seventh graders you are going to grow into better readers and writers because of all the exciting elements we will delve into.  Be prepared to read everyday and write everyday!  I am very excited to meet all of you and get to know each and every one of you.

Week of May 28th.

Posted on May 28, 2019

Week of May 20th.

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Week of May 13th.

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Week of May 6th.

Posted on May 06, 2019

Week of April 29th

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

This week in reading, we will finish up our short story called "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry.  We will test on this iconic story and then read another short piece by O. Henry called "Ransom of Red Chief".  We will compare the two pieces and find what they have in common.  In writing, we will continue to work on our compare/contrast piece taking a side on whether the movie or the written word was better.  All of the directions have been given to the students.  This will be due on Friday, May 3rd.  In Language, we will finish up working on the verbs this week.  Welcome back to all who have been sunning in the warm weather while the rest of us fought off the snow this past weekend.  We have a very short time left in 7th grade, so let's make it our most productive!

Week of April 29th.

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

Week of April 8th

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

This week in reading, we will read our short story written by O. Henry called After Twenty Years.  We will introduce our two characters, Silky Bob and Jimmy Wells.  We will go through the plot pyramid and find all of the different parts of the story, and of course go over the vocabulary as well.  In language, we are going to be working on our action verbs and our linking/helping verbs that we use to make our sentences flow properly.  Finally in writing, we are working on our essay to close out The Outsiders.  The students have to write about the community that the Greasers and the Socs lived in and how that community helped them or hurt them.  These final essays will be due on Friday, 4/12.

We survived the Aspire tests and the arrival of the chicks, so now we can get back on schedule.  Easter break will begin at 2:30 on Friday, 4/12 and continue through Wednesday, 4/24.  The teachers have an event to attend downtown on Tuesday, 4/23 and Wednesday, 4/24 so we will be back in school Thursday, 4/25.  Have a restful Easter break!

Week of April 8th

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

Week of April 1st

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Week of April 1st.

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

We have finished our third and final novel, The Outsiders.  This week we will test on the story and begin to work on our essay about the importance of a loving community.  All of the instructions will come home for you to see.  We are still working on our four types of sentences to help us in our writing.  Finally, we are working on our character autopsies with The Outsiders.  Each of the students had to choose a character from the story and pull out what made that character strong, or in conflict.  They are working very hard on these and they are beautiful.

Don't forget that this week is ASPIRE TESTING which means chrome books have to be charged, rest needs to happen,and a positive attitude!!!

Our chicks hatched!!!!  We have six beautiful babies chirping away in the classroom which will add to the excitement of the week:)

Week of March 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2019


this week in reading we will finish The Outsiders story.  We will work on the vocabulary from each of the chapters and the comprehension.  We will also start on our character autopsies.  Each of the students will choose one of the characters from the story and dig deep into what makes them tick.  This will also tie in with our writing for the week as well.  In language, we will continue to work on our sentence structure.  We will take the sentences apart to find the subjects and the predicates and then try to add additional clauses to the sentences.  Please say an extra prayer this week that our eggs hatch and we have healthy chicks in our classroom.  They go on "lockdown" today in preparation for the birth!!!  Please keep sick children home, we had so many out last week with this flu that is going around:(

Week of March 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

Week of 3/18

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

This week in reading we will continue with the Outsiders.  We reach the most exciting part of the story, and will work on the vocabulary and the comprehension.  In language,  we will use the story structure of The Outsiders to work on the four types of sentences; simple, compound, complex, and compound/complex.  In writing, we are preparing for the Aspire tests, so we are practicing pulling outlines together to organize our thoughts for the writing prompts.  Please remember to keep sick children home...the germs are flying!  On Wednesday, 3/20 we are going to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Lent.

Week of March 11th

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

In reading this week we have started reading our third novel, The Outsiders.  This story intertwines the lives of two rival groups; The Greasers, and The Socs.  We will work on comprehension and vocabulary with each chapter.  In language, we will use the Outsiders to work on subject/predicate and subject-verb agreement.  In writing we will practice with another Aspire writing prompt.  As you may have heard, room 101 is attempting to hatch some chicks.  we have twelve eggs in the incubator, and now we have to wait twenty-one days to see the magic!!!  Fingers crossed...

Week of March 4th

Posted on Mar 05, 2019

This week in reading we will finish up the short story The Lottery.  We are talking about the symbolism that takes place during the story.  We are going to compare the symbolism of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree as well.  The test for the story will also be given this week.  In language we are practicing independent and subordinate clauses to assist us in our writing.  In writing, we are practicing Aspire prompts and rewriting the ending of The Lottery.  Please remember that report cards come home on Wednesday, March 6th.  Please take this opportunity to discuss ways to improve and congratulate a successful trimester.

Week of February 25 2019

Posted on Feb 26, 2019

In reading this week we are working on skills with irony and finding text evidence with regards to The Lottery.  In language we are working on subject/predicate parts of the sentence.  In writing, we just finished up our paper on the Giver, and now we are doing a compare/contrast on Daylight Savings Time.  Please remember that the second trimester ends on Friday, March 1st, and that AR points are due Wednesday, February 27th.

Week of February 19th

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Welcome back after a long, restful weekend!  We have finished The Giver in reading and we are going to start a short story called The Lottery.  Like The Giver, this story has the reader asking a lot of questions...We will of course discuss the characters and the setting, along with why would this kind of thing be allowed in society???  In writing we are still working on our argumentative essay on how the ending of The Giver happens...Some of us think that Jonas survives and escapes to Elsewhere, and some of us think that Jonas froze to death  and is telling us from beyond.  Now to go back into the story and prove your argument!!!  In language we are working on plural nouns and the proper way to spell them.  Dont forget the trimester will end February 28th so AR points (25) need to be in by then....

Week of February 18yh

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Week of February 4th

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

Welcome to February as the weeks fly by!  In The Giver, we will read chapters 18-22 this week.  We are getting to the really exciting part of the story.  When we finish the book, we will work on an argumentative piece regarding the ending.  I will walk the students through the steps of how to put the paper together.  In writing, we are working on an essay about the greatest president.  These will be presented to Bill Lipinski for his Presidents Day All American Eagle Program.  In language, we will be working with commas this week.  Thanks for your patience with Catholic Schools Week and all of the interruptions!  We all survived:)

Week of January 28th

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week 2019!  Today we will be working on our STEM projects with our prayer partners.  Tuesday is the carnival, Wednesday is the food drive for Ronald McDonald and the St. Rita band, Thursday we make cards for Hope Hospital, and finally on Friday we have our volleyball game against the students! Lots of fun to celebrate how great our school is.  

In reading we will cover chapters 15-19 in The Giver.  Lots of interesting comments and questions coming up about this community that is the same!  In language, we are reviewing how to use nouns in our writing to enhance our thoughts.  In writing, we will put down some thoughts about why we are lucky enough to attend Saint John Fisher School!

Week of January 22nd

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Week of January 22nd

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

This week in reading we will cover chapters 11-14 in the Giver.  we will have both comprehension worksheets along with vocabulary worksheets.  In language we are working with interjections and how they can add to your descriptive writing.  We are working on our BIO Poems in writing this week, describing interesting things about ourselves for all to see.  Wednesday, 1/23 is an out of uniform day...students can dress like their favorite high school or college or favorite scholar...Catholic Schools Week will begin on January 27th with mass and open house.  Please put it in your calendar!  More details later in the week.

Week of January 14th

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

This week in reading , we will cover chapters 7-11 in The Giver.  Each of the chapters has a vocabulary and a comprehensions worksheet to go along with it. In language we will be working with conjunctions.  How can we bring both parts of the sentence together.  In writing, we will be working on our "I have a dream" paragraphs to go along with  celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Progress reports will come out this Wednesday, so please check in with your child on what we are doing that is wonderful, and what can we improve on...We will also be taking the Interim Aspire tests this Friday and next. Have a great week!

Week of January 7th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Welcome back to school!  We are going to begin this new year reading The Giver by Lois Lowry.  This story takes place in a community different than our own.  We will be asking a lot of questions.  In language, we will continue with adverbs and the questions we need to ask with our verbs.  In writing, we will go over our new goals for 2019...

Week of Jnauary 7th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Week of December 17th

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

This week is filled with lots of Christmas excitement!  Today we will be able to listen to the Mother McAuley Accapella group sing, and Tuesday is the Band Concert, and Thursday, the Kindergarten play will be presented to the school children.  So let me wish all of you a very Merry Christmas filled with laughter and love.

In school this week the seventh graders will finish  up their literary analysis of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  This is a great review tool for taking apart a story to find all of the different parts of a plot pyramid. In language, we will be working with adverbs and how they answer the questions how, when, and where of the verb.  We will begin The Giver when we return from Christmas break.

Please remember that Friday, 12/21 is an early dismissal at 12:30 and a prayer service at 11:30.  

Week of December10th

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

This week in Reading, we will test on The Christmas Carol.  We will also begin our literary analysis of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  this will take all the elements of a plot pyramid and incorporate our new story into them.  We will begin with the exposition, then go to the rising action followed by the climax.  Next, we head to the falling action and finally to our resolution.  In language we are going to be working on degrees of comparison with our adjectives.  In writing, we will be sharing our renditions The Christmas Carol with our peers in author's chair.

Week of December 1st

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

This week in reading we will be working on developing a theme in each of the scenes of our play The Christmas Carol.  In language, we will be working on the different types of pronouns.  In writing, we are working on our plot pyramid of the Christmas Carol.  each element of the plot pyramid becomes its own paragraph.

Week of November 27th

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

In reading this week we are going to discuss the different conflicts in our play.  We will also talk about the difference between connotation and denotation.  In language we will begin the different types of pronouns.  We will do author's chair for our tradition stories.

November 12th News

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

This week in reading, we will begin our short story A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens.  We went over our background knowledge of the workhouse and how the poor were treated so badly last week.  In language, we will continue working  with our prepositional phrases.  Report cards come home this week.  Please make sure your children read their books for Accelerated Readers!

Week of November 5th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

 This week in reading, we will begin our November short story Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.  This is written in a play format.  We will discuss the way the poor were treated during this time period.  In language, we will continue to work with verb tenses and infinitives.  In writing, we will do a compare and contrast between Monsters of Maple Street and The War of the World.  Trimester grades end on Friday, November 9th.  Accelerated Reading points (20) will also be due on Friday as well.

Week of October 29- November 2nd

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

This week in reading, we will continue with our radio broadcasts.  This week we will listen to The War of the Worlds, created by Orson Wells.  We will compare/contrast Monsters with The War and see what the two Halloween pranks have in common, and what is different.  In language, we will continue to work on verb tenses. In writing, we will finish up our theme writing, using either fear, suspicion, stereotype, human flaws, or group behavior to create our story.  

Week of October 29th

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

This week in reading we will continue our discussion of our short story, The Monsters On Maple Street.  We will compare the original radio broadcast from the 1950's with the movie version in 2003.  In language, we will continue working with verbs.  In writing, we will create something with our "monsters".

Week of October 2nd

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 14, 2018

October 10

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

This week in reading we will finish our novel A Long Walk to Water and watch the documentary called Water for Sudan.  In language, we will continue to talk about concrete and abstract nouns to use in our writing. In writing, we are going to start our research on the Sudan and the characters from our novel.

Week of Oct. 1-5

Posted on Sep 30, 2018

Week of 9/16 to 9/20

Posted on Sep 16, 2018

Week of 9/10 to 9/14

Posted on Sep 09, 2018

7th Grade Reading

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

7th Grade Reading/Language/Writing

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

7th GradeELA Welcome 8/20

Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Welcome to 7th grade!  This week we will go through all of our routines and expectations.  I will introduce our first read which will be a short story called 7th Grade by Gary Soto.  We will also go over how to use our interactive notebooks which we will use for Reading/Grammar/Writing.