Week of May 31st

Posted on May 30, 2022

Welcome back after a long, beautiful weekend!  This is of course a short week for the kids, but we have so much to do...

In reading, we are taking this week to share our book reports.  Each student was able to choose a book of their choice and they will give a "Book Talk" in front of their peers.  They were all given pointers on what they can discuss with their class

In language, we are reviewing the parts of speech and having a blast at the board.

In writing, we have finished up our three paragraphs on a space mission.

This is a good week to get everything organized and handed in!

Week of May 23rd

Posted on May 22, 2022

Welcome back after an incredible week!  We were fortunate enough to watch our first chick literally pop out of its shell!!  Two more chicks were born over night, so we walked into more morning excitement.  The 7th graders were so kind to everyone who came to meet the chicks.  We also witnessed what courage is with Mrs. Dunleavy's prayer service.

This week in reading we are going to finish up our unit on outer space by watching the docuseries on the Challenger explosion.  This is a creative way to show the students what really needs to be done if we want to travel to outer space.

In language, we will continue to practice our basic skills.

In writing we will do some research on different missions to outer space.

 

Week of May 16th

Posted on May 15, 2022

Welcome back from a gorgeous weekend!  Kudos to all the 7th and 8th graders who were able to come to Ms. McAndrew's wedding mass.  All of you looked so beautiful and the boys looked great!  This week the chicks are supposed to hatch so say a prayer that they all hatch.  

In reading, we move on to a story called "Dark They Were and Golden Eyed".  Another science fiction story about the possibility of living on Mars.

In language, we will work with verb tense and capitalization.

week of May 9th

Posted on May 08, 2022

How can I express my thanks for the best teacher appreciation week ever!  Mrs. O'Connor worked so hard to make everything perfect, and it was.  Mrs. Andersson gave up her afternoon to entertain the troops. The kids had a nice week too, ending with the beautiful Maycrowning.  Everyone looked so beautiful and handsome.  I hope all moms were treated like queens for the day!!  Our time is running out so quickly that before you know it, you will have 8th graders!!!

In reading this week, we go back to our HMH books.  This next unit is considered science writing, so our stories are about outer space.  After our test on The Outsiders on Monday, 5/9,  we will start off with a story called Martian Metropolis.  We will talk about how it would be to live on Mars.  We will have vocabulary and comprehension questions once again.

In language, we are going to review capitalization , root words and types of sentences.

 

Week of May 2nd

Posted on May 02, 2022

Welcome back after a beautiful First Communion weekend.  A shout out to Gavin Namors who decided to become a catholic and make his first communion this weekend as well.  We have a busy week with an early dismissal on Wednesday, May 4th and a half day on Friday, May 6th after the Maycrowning!  In between, we will get some work accomplished.  Our chicks are in the incubator and they are going to be a week old tomorrow.  Everyone is very excited to watch what happens...

In reading, we will finish up our novel The Outsiders this week and have our final test.  We are also working on a group project called character autopsies.  Each group has chosen one of the main characters from our novel.  Not only will they color a life size picture of them, but pull apart each piece of their character!

In language, we are going to review types of sentences, parts of speech and root words.

 

Week of April 25th

Posted on Apr 25, 2022

Welcome back from a lovely Easter break!  I hope that everyone had a chance to sleep late and laugh and relax.  This week we are going full force ahead.  Our eggs that we are raising arrive tomorrow afterschool and 21 days later,(Hopefully) we will have live chicks to brighten up our classroom...

In reading, we are still reading our last novel, The Outsiders.  This week we will read chapters five through nine and work on the vocabulary and the comprehension questions.

In language, we will review subject/verb agreement within our novel.

In writing, we are going to work on different aspects of figurative language.

Week of April 11th

Posted on Apr 10, 2022

Welcome to Holy Week.  We have worked really hard to be the best we can be.  This is a short week because we only have school on Monday and Tuesday!!!  Our Memoir Book Report is due on Tuesday, April 12th.   We are having a prayer service with the whole school on Tuesday as well.

In reading, we continue to read The Outsiders.  We have read the first two chapters so far and will read the next two chapters this week.  We will of course work on the vocabulary and the comprehension questions as well.

To all who are traveling, be safe!  To all staying put and resting, enjoy.  

Week of April 4th

Posted on Apr 03, 2022

Welcome back after a very busy weekend in the gym!  This week we have an early dismissal on Wednesday, April 6th with a 1:00 dismissal.  Teachers have a meeting. Also, our memoir book report is due Tuesday, April 12th.  We will start our last novel, The Outsiders at the end of the week.  I only have a class set, so if your child wants to bring the book home, maybe take it out from the library or get it on Amazon.

In reading, we are finishing up Unit Three in our HMH book.  This last story is a compare/contrast between persuasive media (movie) or a poster about saving our beaches.  

In language, we will practice more with figurative language.

In writing, we just finished our arguments on which invention was the best.

Week of March 28th

Posted on Mar 27, 2022

Welcome back after our beautiful Open House on Sunday.  It was so nice to see the church filled with people.This is a regular week, Monday-Friday!!

In reading, we are ending Unit Three with poetry.  We have written our own sonnets just like Shakespear, and now we are learning about odes.  Next is lyric poetry!  Our next few stories are actually poems.  We will talk about what is needed for an ode and for a lyric poem.  Each of these poems uses figurative language.

In language, we will be covering figurative language.  We are going to spend some time on metaphors and similes, plus personification and tone.

In writing, we are working on an argument.  The students have to choose an invention, and then persuade the audience on why theirs is the best.  They need to present a counter argument on another invention as well.

Week of March 21st

Posted on Mar 20, 2022

Welcome back to a full week of work!  If you have not signed the report card envelope, please do, and then send it back with your child.  As a reminder to students, IReady is to be completed at home.  

In reading, we will start our new story"Allied with Green".  All of our stories in this unit are about our natural resources. We will have vocabulary words and comprehension questions. 

In language, we will work on complex sentences.  We know in order to make a complex sentence, we join a dependent clause(needs more) with an independent clasue(complete sentence).

In writing, we are going to give arguments another try.  The students will choose from a list, the inventions they think is the most important, and tell me why!

Week of March 14th

Posted on Mar 14, 2022

Welcome back after a wonderful, fun-filled weekend of celebrating the Irish!  This week we will have lots to work on for Trimester 3.  Please look over and discuss the pros and cons of your child's report card.  Please sign and return the envelope to school on Tuesday.  Congratulations to Jake Roney and Grace Carmody for winning 2nd and 3rd place in St. Rita's Language Week Poster Contest!  Their posters were among the St. Rita population and they won on their own merits!!!

In reading, we will start with our test on our memoir, "Mississippi Solo", on Tuesday, 3/15.  We will then read a poem on the drought.  We will focus on the elements of a sonnet and try to write one ourselves.  We don't have any vocabulary for this poem, but we will have questions when we are finished.

In language, we are going to review basic punctuation this week.  

In writing, we are going to begin an argument this week.  We have presented an argument back in first trimester, so now we will try it again.

 

 

Week of March 7th

Posted on Mar 06, 2022

What a beautiful weekend, and now back to work.  This week has a lot of activities, so please take note.  Our FORMAL BOOK ANALYSIS is due tomorrow, 3/7/22.  About half of the seventh graders handed it in early for extra points!  On Wednesday, 3/9/22 we will be going to St. Rita for the Language Festival.  They are serving cheese and sausage pizza for the kids, so if yours doesn't like pizza, send a lunch! Our second trimester also ends this week, so report cards will be coming.

In reading, we are going over our memoir called "Mississippi Solo".  We will go over all of the elements of a memoir because that will be our first book report in Trimester 3!  We will go over the vocabulary and the comprehension questions as well.

In language, we are practicing using different verb tenses and how to keep them consistant.  

Week of February 28th

Posted on Feb 26, 2022

Welcome back to an almost full week of school.  There is a lot happening, so read Mrs. Nash's notes for full disclosure!  Wednesday, March 2nd is the beginning of Lent which means the students will receive ashes on that day.  Wednesday is also an early dismissal at 1:00 because teachers have a meeting.  A permission slip was sent home for our Language Day at Saint Rita.  Please make sure to sign and return.  Students need to cancel hot lunch for that day because we are having pizza at Rita.

In reading we have finished our note cards for our FORMAL BOOK ANALYSIS, so the students have until Monday, March 7th to complete the assignment.  Please read over and edit where you see fit.  In the directions that were sent home, the order of the paper is explained.  All papers that are early will receive an additional 5 points.  Any paper that is late will automatically loose 25 points.  No excuses for tardiness!

We are going back to our HMH readers and beginning our next unit.  Our first story is called "Never Retreat" and it is an argument.  So we will go over again, what an argument consists of a claim, support, a counter argument.

In language, we will work on subjective/objective point of view.  Subjective is the author's opinion, and objective uses facts.  We will lso touch on verb tenses.

 

Week of February 23rd

Posted on Feb 21, 2022

Welcome back to a short week after a very long and restful weekend.  This week we are going to finish up our note cards for our FORMAL BOOK ANALYSIS. Some of you still need to sign the parent note saying you understand what we are working on...look in backpacks!

This week in reading we will do our note cards on the conclusion, POV, significance of title, theme, and  our literary techniques.  If we can accomplish all of this by Friday , 2/25, then I will give the students a week to pull it all together.  I will keep you updated as we go along.  

When we get back to HMH, we will start Unit Three.  Our first story starts out with an argument, so we will revisit how to make an argument with a counter claim...

Week of February 14th

Posted on Feb 12, 2022

Happy Valentines Day!!  I am sending the love to all of our incredible students:)  This week is shortened due to parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, 2/17.  The students will be dismissed early on that day to give parents and teachers a chance to catch up.  Meanwhile, we forge ahead !!!

In reading, we have finished our second novel Peak , and have begun our FORMAL BOOK ANALYSIS.  Each day we put our thoughts on the board so that all students have the chance to gather ideas for their paraagraphs.  In the afternoon we then begin to put our thoughts into words, typing up our paragraphs.  I am "chunking" our thoughts so that all students can keep up with the class.  This week we will finish up our characters Sun-Jo, Holly, and Captain Shek.  We will also do our inciting incident, and our rising action.  

The reason behind "chunking" is to teach proper time management to the students.  They know they have to keep up each day and type as we go.  If they fall behind, then they realize what can happen...lots of work and not your best work!!  Thanks to all the parents who have signed my letter and sent it back to school, if not please do it this week.  Enjoy the long weekend ahead!

Week of February 7th

Posted on Feb 05, 2022

Thank you so much for all of your help with Catholic Schools Week.  The kids seemed to enjoy what we had planned.  If possible, we are running out of

Kleenix because everyone is blowing their nose...could you send in another box with your child.  Also, you should have been shown my letter regarding the FORMAL BOOK ANALYSIS.  Please sign and return.  Because of the two snow days, we are a little behind.

In reading, we will finish the novel this week and begin our analysis together.  If the kids write out their paragraphs as we do the index cards they should be able to keep up.  We will put all of the needed information on the board every day.  We will also have our last vocabulary test for the book on Friday.

Week of January 31st

Posted on Jan 29, 2022

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week 2022!!!  This week will be filled with fun and togetherness!  Please check Mrs. Nash's notes for all of the specifics.  I am sending home a note that needs to be signed by parents regarding our Formal Book Analysis.  I am also sending home the directions so that you can read them over.  We will work on this during class so that I can guide them into it, but the students will have to finish up on their own.  This is a great way to teach time management!!

In reading, we will hopefully finish our novel.  This week we will work on conflict and the difference between the protagonist and the antagonist.  All of the skills that the students will need to write this paper have been taught.  This is a good way to practice.

Thanks for all of your support!

Week of January 24th

Posted on Jan 24, 2022

This week will be a full week with lots of activities!  Our second book report for second trimester is due on Friday, 1/28.  

In reading, we will continue to read our novel, Peak,  and we will work on comprehension and vocabulary.  We wiill also work on a poem called I Am Everest.

In language we are going to work on similes, and personification.  We will go back through the novel and find different examples.

Week of January 18

Posted on Jan 15, 2022

Welcome back from a long, restful long weekend!  This week will be short, but filled with lots of activities.

In reading, we will continue reading our novel Peak.  We are on Camp 4 which is pages 67-92.  We will work on the new vocabulary and the comprehension questions.  We will also have our first vocabulary test on the words we have gone through so far.

In language, we will work with the metaphors that Roland Smith throws into the story, also cause/effect too.

In writing, we will do a little something with Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate his birthday.  

Week of January 10th

Posted on Jan 09, 2022

Welcome back for our first full week of school in 2022!  We have lots going on this week, especially on Friday with our mid-trimester progress reports.  Any child who has some D's and or F's will be contacted by both teachers and admin. In IReady we are starting week 12 and on bellringers, we are on week 16.

In reading, we have begun our second trimester novel, Peak.  This story tells of the adventures of Peak Marcello who is a 14 year old boy who attempts to climb Mt. Everest with his dad.  We will have vocabulary and comprehension questions along with our language skills all aimed at this story!

In writing, the students should be working on their book report which is due January 28th.  When we finish this novel, we will be working on our Formal Book Analysis.  I will send home the step by step instructions of how to do this when we get close to the end of the novel.

 

Week of January 5th

Posted on Jan 05, 2022

Welcome back to 2022!  The year came in like a lion and we will continue with that...First, we will work on our newest book report for second trimester.  I will give the students the directions tomorrow, but they can start working on it immediately.  They can choose a book of their choice, and follow my directions.  I told them this before break, so hopefully they have been reading during these past two weeks.

In reading, we wiill start our second novel, Peak,   which is about a 7th grader who will attempt to climb Mt. Everest.  We will still work on vocabulary, and comprehension as we read this together.  We will do our big writing project on this story!  Even though our week is short, we are headed towards success as we read this new adventure.

Our writing project called our Formal Book Analysis will be done once we finish our novel.  We will take all of the elements of a plot pyramid and break it down into doable pieces.  I will send all of the directions home once we finish the story.

Thank you again for all of your support and kindness!  Before you blink, these wonderful kids will be the leaders of our school.

Week of December 20th

Posted on Dec 20, 2021

Welcome back to the days before Christmas!!! This week is a short one with just Monday and half day Tuesday...I would love to wish you all the most wonderful Christmas ever and a great start to the New Year!!!

This week in reading we are wrapping up Unit Two with independent reading.  The students have four different stories to choose from and write up a little summary.

In language we are working on cause/effect and how to figure out which is which...Because there are only five days left before Christmas/the children are ready to loose their minds!!!

Good Luck with the excitement and enjoy time with your family.  See you next year:)

Week of December 13th

Posted on Dec 12, 2021

Welcome to the middle of Christmas Craziness!!! There are so many different Christmas activities, I would suggest looking at Mrs. Nash's notes home.

In reading, we are reading a play written by Neil Simon called "The Governess".  This is suppose to be humorous,but I don't see it...What we will see is the elements of drama.  All of the parts that come together to put on a really good play.

In language, we are working with SUBORDINATE CONJUNCTIONS which help bring together the independent clause with the dependent clause.  We will do lots of practicing at the board with partners

In writing, we are taking a break from serious writing assignments and doing lots of fun Christmas things like Christmas in another country, our literary ornaments, and our summaries of classic Christmas stories

Enjoy all of the craziness that is about to happen because it will be gone as quickly as it comes!.

Week of December 6th

Posted on Dec 05, 2021

Happy December!  Life is flying by and we are now into our second week of Advent and that much closer to Christmas.  Lots of activities happening around the school so I am going to just talk about ELA..

In reading, we are working on two very different poems.  One is by Yeats and the other is by Poe, and they show us different moods and tone.  We will also figure  out what both are searching for.  We will work on our plot pyramid and our comprehension pieces as well.

In language, we will work on the rules for apostrophes and with the elements of poetry; assonance, consonance, alliteration and repitition.

In writing, we are working on some Christmas fun.  We are finishing up our literary ornaments, and beginning our research on Christmas in another country.

Week of November 29th

Posted on Nov 28, 2021

Welcome Back!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and rested up a bit.  This week is busy with lots of extras.  On Monday, 11/29 we will have a discussion about neighborhood safety with the Chicago Police.  On Wednesday, 12/1 we have early dismissal,but the students will have lunch at school.  On Friday, 12/3 is the Womens Club Vendor Fair and if your Mom attends, you get to be out of uniform on Monday!!!

In reading, we will start a new and funny short story about an old married couple and how they try and trick each other.  Along with vocabulary and comprehension questions we will work on the plot pyramid too.

In language, we will work on the reasons we use commas and how the glossary works.

In writing, we will start our newest writing piece about Christmas and lots more...

Let us work hard this trimester and try to out do what we did the fist trimester!!!

Week of November 22nd

Posted on Nov 21, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!  My holiday  wish is that everyone gets a chance to sit and relax and be with the people that they care about  This week is short with just Monday and Tuesday.  Please remember to sign the REPORT CARD envelope and send that back to school.  Enjoy your feast and be grateful to all...

In reading we will have our test on "The Camera Does Lie".  We will also listen to the story of how Thanksgiving was saved by a determined lady named Sarah!

In language we will play around with dictionary skills and put all of our Greek/Latin prefixes from Trimester One into our spirals.

Week of November 15th

Posted on Nov 14, 2021

Welcome back to the last week of trimester one!  Time passes so quickly and I want you to enjoy the moments before they slip away.  This week we will travel to Saint Rita High School for a wonderful retreat on Thursday, November 18th.  The neighborhood schools will also be participating.  On Friday, November 19th report cards will come home.  Please take this opportunity to talk with your child about the wonderful things going on, and maybe what we need to work harder on.

In reading this week, we will read our newest story called "The Camera Does Lie" which is about how professionals can make the unreal seem real.  We will watch a few different videos on how this magic happens.  We will work on vocabulary and comprehension questions along with our plot pyramid.

In language, we will work with correlative conjunctions and dictionary skills.

In writing, we will finish up our conclusion and peer edit to try and find mistakes.  Our final paper should have information on what your ocean animal looks like, their habitat, what they eat and who/what is a threat to them.  

Week of November 8th

Posted on Nov 07, 2021

We are coming to the end of our first trimester!  We have covered quite a bit, and there is more to come.  This week will finish out our novel and begin Unit Two in our HMH book.  I have also given the kids their new book report for trimester two.  They are to choose a historical fiction book which I need to approve.  They are making a quilt of information.  They have the directions, and this will be due November 30th.

In reading our new story is called "Heartbeat".  This unit takes us into figuring out what is real and what is fake. Getting back into the routine of vocabulary and questions and tests at the end.

In language we will work on subject/verb agreement, who gets the "s"..We are also going to discuss how to use context clues.

In writing we are just beginning our informational essay on an ocean creature.  We have done our research on their appearance, and their diet.  We also searched for information on where they live and who might be a threat.

My  hope is to end this trimester strong!

Week of November1st

Posted on Oct 31, 2021

Happy November!!  We start out our week with all school mass on Monday, November 1st. Wednesday, November 3rd is early dismissal at 1:00. Regular lunch that day.  On Thursday, November 4th we have High School Optionds Day 2.  So lots of extra activities to contend with.

In reading we will finish up our Crossover activities.We will work with different connections from the characters to our lives.  We will also do the plot pyramid and questions for comprehension.

In language we are going back to basics with commas, apostrophes and nouns.

In writing, we are peer editing on Monday and printing on Tuesday.  I have a really good feeling about these arguments.  Our next piece that we are going to work on is an INFORMATIONAL piece.  The kids will do some research on our creatures from the sea.  

Just a reminder that our first trimester is coming to an end, so let's work hard and do our best!  Thank you to the 7th grade parents for the wonderful breakfast last Thursday.  It was incredible!

Week of October 25th

Posted on Oct 24, 2021

Fall is here and so is the changing of the seasons! The 7th graders have been very busy in school this past week,  let's continue to work hard.  In reading we are about to enter the Third Quarter of our novel.  We will work on vocabulary and comprehension once again.

In language, we are reviewing adjectives and adverbs. We will put some rules into our interactive notebook and practice at the board.

In writing we are slowly conquering our argumentative piece.  We are arguing why it is a good idea to learn a different language in school. All have chosen different languages and will offer three reasons why their language should be taught.

Week of October 21

Posted on Oct 21, 2021

Dear Parents,

Just want to make all of you aware that today, October 21,2021 we will be practicing Lock Down Drills with the students.  This is to make everyone comfortable with the procedure that needs to take place in case of emergency.  Mrs. Nash will go through the procedure calmly over the PA system this morning.  We wanted to inform the parents  so that they can have a discussion on the importance of listening during the drills.

Thank You

Week of October 18th

Posted on Oct 17, 2021

We are half way through October and time is flying by.  The students have been given their second book report.  They need to find a mystery book and then tape a two minute video all about the book.  We will also have a fire drill this week and do the readings at mass on Friday.  Shout out to Zach Smith and Vinny Stubitsch for doing an excellent job last Friday at mass.

In reading, we will continue reading our novel, work on the vocabulary and questions.  We will begin the second quarter of our story on Tuesday.  

In language, we will follow through on our parts of speech(adjectives, adverbs,prepositions, interjections).

In writing, we will begin to piece together our argumentative piece.  We will go over what we are researching, which is why learning a second language is so important.

 

Week of October 13th

Posted on Oct 12, 2021

Just an FYI...Our second book report for the trimester has been give (orally) to the students.  They have to pick a mystery book for this one!  They will do a FlipGrid for this one.  A FlipGrid is a two minute movie of themselves with a summary of their book.  These will be sent to me electronically.  Due October 29th.

 

Week of October 12th

Posted on Oct 11, 2021

Welcome back after a long, restful weekend!  Thank you to all the parents that made it to parent/teacher conferences, it was a nice chance to fill you in on what is happening in the classroom.

This week in reading we will close out Unit One from our literature book with an independent read and paragraph summary and then begin our first novel, Crossover.  This book is divided into quarters like a basketball game,so we will go through the quarters one at a time.  We will cover vocabulary, and the plot along with the questions from each quarter.

In language we will go over the four types of sentences and continue on with our parts of speech.  We will put rules into our interactive notebooks and then practice.  

In writing we are moving on to argumentative writing.  The kids did a great job on their explanatory piece!  We will slowly go through the different elements needed for an argument.  This is where all the would be attorneys shine!!!

Week of October 4th

Posted on Oct 03, 2021

Welcome back to October!  7th grade goes by so quickly, enjoy the moments.  This week has a lot going on...Tuesday, 10/5 is school pictures, dress nicely and smile. Wednesday is Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4-7.  Thursday is Parent-Teacher Conferences as well  from 1-7, kids are dismissed at 12:00 so send them with a snack.

This week in reading, we are finishing up Unit One with our article "The Police Stop That Changed a Tennager's Life".  We will do our plot pyramid and vocabulary along with the questions.  On Thursday, we will test on the two stories together.  When we return from  our long weekend, I will start our first novel The Crossover

In language, we are going to play around with CONJUNCTIVE ADVERBS.  We know that adverbs modify the action verb, so these will answer the questions, why, where and how.

In writing, we will finish up our first EXPLANATORY paper.  The students have chosen either the Pro/Con side of technology use in our world today.  We will finish up the concluding paragraph on Monday, and then peer edit to find all the mistakes, and then print them out.

Week of September 30th

Posted on Sep 26, 2021

A Reminder....Our Book Report is due this Thursday, September 30th.  The children have been working on these for the past week and I expect them to be done well.

Week of September 27th

Posted on Sep 26, 2021

Welcome back after a  nice, long weekend!  This is going to be a full week of school for the kids. In reading we will start our new story called Thank You, M'am by Langston Hughes.  We are going to go over character traits, internal and external conflicts, along with the elements of a short story.

In language, we are going to work on the rules for capitalization. We are also going to work with the able/ible suffix.

In writing, we are working on our explanatory piece.  We are researching two sources to back up our thesis statements about either the pros of technology or the cons of technology.

Finally, we are going to start our small groups this week, working on the elements of a story; the characters, the setting, and the plot.

Week of September 20th

Posted on Sep 20, 2021

Welcome back after Homecoming Weekend!!  I am sure everyone is very tired, but it is time to get the brain waves flowing again...Remember there is no school this Friday, September 24th because teachers have an inservice.

In reading this week our story is on women in aviation.  The women in this story had to fight extra hard to get what they wanted in life; to fly!  We will do our plot pyramid and our questions, along with the vocabulary for this week.I am shooting for our test to be on Thursday.  We will have our first vocabulary test on Thursday as well.  This will consist of our thirteen vocabulary words from Unit One (so far).

In language, our focus will be on verb tenses(past, present, and future).  
In writing, we are working on our first explanatory piece.  We will break it up just like we did for our narrative.  I feel the students understand it better in little chunks which is what we will do.

Week of September 13-17th

Posted on Sep 13, 2021

Just an FYI....

Our first of two book reports have been explained to the 7th graders.   This first book report is on a book of their choosing.  They are to complete the One Pager with all of the instructions by September 30th.

Week of September 13th

Posted on Sep 12, 2021

Welcome back to a very busy week.  On Monday, 9/13 we have our annual Open House.  Start out in the church with Mrs. Nash and then come and visit the classrooms.  On Wednesday, 9/15 we will have our first IReady Test in reading.  Next week we will test in math.  

In reading, we will test on Monday, 9/13 for our myth Icarus.  We will continue to discuss Icarus in our next poem.  This is a perfect time to reintroduce poetry to the kids.

In language, we will work with all of the elements of poetry;  form, line, rhythm, stanza, tone and punctuation.

In writing we have finished our first narrative!  Now we are going to give explanatory writing a try.

Week of September 8th-10th

Posted on Sep 08, 2021

Just an FYI...

Students can wear a touch of red, white, or blue this Friday, September 10th as a reminder of the 9/11 tragedy that occurred 20 years ago.  Students also have the option to wear Falcon wear as well.

Week of September 7th-10th

Posted on Sep 07, 2021

Welcome back after a long, restful weekend.  In reading this week, we are working on the myth Icarus.  We will talk about the elements of a myth and the author's purpose.  We will work on the plot pyramid and the questions.

In language we are still working on coordinate adjectives.  We know that adjectives describe a noun and coordinate adjectives are two in a row, with a comma.  The big, burley man sneezed.

In writing we are working on our narratives.  We will break them into beginning, middle, and the end to make each part easier to write.

Week of August 31st

Posted on Aug 31, 2021

Just an FYI.....

If your child wishes to join the chess club through Chess Wizards, the check is made payable to SJF and the club starts Wednesday, September 20th

Week of August 30th

Posted on Aug 29, 2021

Welcome back to our first full week of school!  We are going to start off strong and continue to get stronger...In reading, we read our first story called Rogue Wave, and we will work on the plot pyramid that goes with the story along with the questions.  On Thursday, September 2nd, we will have our first test on the story.  

In language, we will work on different kinds of sentences; simple, complex and compound.  We will work with worksheets and create our own on the board.

In writing, we are starting out with what a personal narrative is.  We will identify all of the elements on a graphic organizer and annotate a narrative that I will provide.

We will also start our Bellringers this week!  Each day is different; Monday is our Greek/Latin root word, Tuesday is the picture of the week(inference), Wednesday is fixing the grammar in the sentences, Thursday is the word of the week, and finally, on Friday we have our quote of the week.  

I know this sounds like a lot, but we've got this!!  I will go slowly with the students until they get the flow of my classroom...

Week of August 25th

Posted on Aug 23, 2021

Welcome Back to School for our 2021-2022 school year!  Seventh grade ELA is going to be a little different from years past.  We will still focus on our Into Literature book, but we are also going to work with a program called Simply Writing to help us become better writers.  We are also going to throw in a few more surprises that we worked  on this summer!!!  So be prepared to have fun while we are learning, but be ready to work hard.  Please make sure you have completed your summer reading packet and have that with you on your first day of school.

Looking forward to meeting all of you on Wednesday, August 25th:)

Week of June 7th

Posted on Jun 07, 2021

Welcome back to our last week of 7th grade!  This year has flown by so quickly, and I can't believe we are finished.  As we end our last unit on space, we will continue to watch the documentary on the Challenger Explosion for reading.  Every day this week has a different theme which Mrs.Nash has posted.  The 7th grade is in charge of the final mass on Friday, and as soonas I get the details, I will let you know..  Thank you for your continued support this year, and have an awesome summer!

Week of June 1st

Posted on Jun 01, 2021

Welcome to June!!! This year went by so quickly, I cannot believe that my 7th graders will soon be the leaders of our school...This is a short week because of Memorial Day, but we still have lots to cover.  Remember that we have Rainbow Cone on Thursday!  In reading, we will be discussing two different arguments about space.  The first one is called "Space Exploration Should Be More Than Science Fiction" and our second one is called "Humans Should Stay Home and Let Robots Take to the Stars"  Each of these arguments takes a different position about going to outer space.  We will practice using arguments and backing them up with our facts.  We will also review complex sentences and subordinate conjunctions.

Week of May24th

Posted on May 23, 2021

We only have three weeks left of 7th grade!  Time has flown by so quickly.  Soon the 8th graders will be handing down the role of being leaders of the school to you!!  You need to take this new role very seriously and show the world how wonderful Saint John Fisher really is.  

This week in reading we will continue to explore space with a free verse poem and a video from NASA.  Both of these will continue our space exploration unit with new ideas and facts about what is really out there!  We will go over the different types of poetry and go over an essential skill of listening.  

Don't forget that this week is The 8th grade Ribbon Mass on Thursday and The Walkathon for our teachers on Friday!  There will be nonstop action happening at SJF or the next couple of weeks, so hold on and enjoy the ride!!!

Week of May 17th

Posted on May 15, 2021

Welcome back to a full week of school!  We are in Unit Four of our Literature Book, and this whole unit is dealing with space.  Last week we talked about Mars, and the possibility of trying to colonize it.  This week we dig into specifics of the challenges that lie ahead for space exploration.  We are going to talk about author's purpose.  Why are we reading all of these stories??  This week we will work on persuasion.  We will make a claim(our viewpoint on this issue), and we will use different tones and voices to make our argument.  We will also look into the use of repetition in our argument.  We will also work on our vocabulary words, our bellringers, and finally on the proper ways to use a comma!  As you can see, we have a full week ahead of us.  Please check in with your children to make sure they are all caught up with their assignments.  I have had to put in quite a few F's when work is not handed in...

Week of May 10th

Posted on May 10, 2021

Welcome back to the beginning of May and the hopes of warmer weather!  This week in reading, we will go  back to our reader and our unit on space.  Our first story is called Martian Metropolis and we will tackle an informative report.  We will also work on capitalization and Greek roots.

Week of May 3rd

Posted on May 02, 2021

Happy Monday!  We have lots to do this week, so let me get started.  We are going to finish up our novel The Outsiders and work on all of the vocabulary and the comprehension questions.  We are also working on our character autopsies in our small groups.  On Wednesday, our small groups for IReady will work on main idea.  We are also going o sneak in different types of sentences this week as well.  Don't forget that Friday is our Maycrowning for our 8th graders, so it is a half day of school.  The Maycrowning will be live streamed to all of the classroom, so we can watch safely! 

Week of April26th

Posted on Apr 25, 2021

Well, we are getting through the month of April quickly!  This week we are going to continue reading our third novel, The Outsiders.  We have read through the first three chapters so far, and we will continue to read up to chapter six or seven this week.  We will work on vocabulary and comprehension questions along with a review of subject/verb agreement.  If we have time I would also like to review the four types of sentences(simple, complex, compound).  We need to continue to work hard even though the weather is getting better!  

Week of April19th

Posted on Apr 18, 2021

Welcome back after a very long first week back!  It is hard to get everything going again after a week of rest...But here we go!! This week we are going to finish up Unit 3 with our test on our lyric poems(odes) "Enchanted Light" and "Sleeping in the  Forest".  We are then going to choose one of the four independent reads to do a one pager on.  I am hoping to begin our last novel, S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders by Wednesday.  I hope everyone was able o find a copy of the book...With our novel, we will work on vocabulary and comprehension on a daily basis, also chapter quizzes when we finish up a chapter.  We will also work on a character project with the students once we have finished the book!  Along with the regular every day work, we will also work on our grammar skills with our novel.

Week of April 12th

Posted on Apr 11, 2021

Welcome back from Easter vacation.  I hope everyone had a chance to relax and go outside!  This week we will finish up our short story "Allied with Green" with context clues and then our test.  Then we will go back into poetry with an ode.  Odes are a form of lyric poetry and we will work with tone and voice.  Each of these will help us to understand how the author is showing the importance of nature.

Week of March29th

Posted on Mar 28, 2021

Welcome to the week before Easter Vacation...the kids(and teachers) are super excited for vacation to arrive!! Until then we have quite a bit to accomplish.  This week we will read a new short story called "Allied with Green" a story about an environmental issue.  We will work with theme, vocabulary and complex sentences.  Don't forget to join us for the Easter prayer service on Wednesday, March 31st and the kids will dismiss at 12:45.  On Thursday, April 1st, the kids will dismiss at 11:30.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and a truly refreshing week of rest and fun!!

Week of March 22nd

Posted on Mar 21, 2021

Hello Spring!  It has officially arrived and the warmer weather is really being appreciated by all. This week in reading we will finish up our story called "Mississippi Solo" by working on dictionary skills and verb tenses. We will have our test on Tuesday, 3/23.  Also on Tuesday, 3/23 our Formal Book Analysis is due!!!  No exceptions...the students can, of course, hand theirs in early:)  Our next story is called "The Drought" which is a special kind of poem called a sonnet.  Sonnets are 14 line poems originally started by William Shakespeare.  So of course we will try out our skills writing one for ourselves.  We need to keep our eyes on our school work which is hard with Spring Break looming around the corner...but we can do this together.  Have a good week!

Week of March 15th

Posted on Mar 16, 2021

Welcome back after a long restful, shamrock filled weekend!  This week we will finish up our note cards for our Formal Book Analysis. That means that the students need to finish writing their paragraphs and make sure everything is perfect from the cover to the indented paragraphs to the rating.  If you follow my directions everything should flow perfectly.  They are due on my desk next Tuesday, March 23rd.  We will go back to our reading series tomorrow with our story called Mississippi Solo.  We will go back to vocabulary and questions like we did before our book analysis.  Because it is 3rd trimester, I expect more from each of the children!

 

Week of March 8th

Posted on Mar 07, 2021

This week in ELA, we will be working hard on our formal book analysis.  We have finished  the EXPOSITION, with our three paragraphs on our setting(New York City, Kathmandu, and Mt. Everest) and we have finished up our six paragraphs on our characters(Peak, Josh, Zopa, Su-jo, Holly and Captain Shek).  So this week we will work on the Inciting Incident, the Rising Action, and the Climax.  Each night the students are suppose to take what they have on their note cards and turn that information into 7th grade paragraphs.  When we are all finished with our note cards, the students will have the following week to print everything out and put it into a project folder.  Don't forget to sign up for a parent-teacher conference if you need to speak with me.  Have a good week!

Week of March 1st

Posted on Feb 28, 2021

Welcome back to March!  Time is flying by with so many things left to do...This week we will finish our second novel "Peak" by Wednesday, and then we will work on our formal book analysis.  Parents, you should have been given a letter to sign by your child,  stating that you have read the directions for our book analysis.  We will go through this slowly, but I expect each child to take home their note cards every night and turn that into a paragraph, then it won't haunt them at the end.  Second trimester also ends March 10th, so report cards will be here before you know it.  

Week of February 22nd

Posted on Feb 22, 2021

Welcome back to a full week of school!  This week we will continue on with our novel "Peak". We are almost finished, and will focus this week on dynamic/static characters, conflict, and protagonists.  All of these skills are going to help us write our formal book analysis.  Hopefully, we will get everyone caught up with our IReady testing.  We will go back to 45 minutes of reading/math in IReady.  That will also finish up the month of February, time is flying by.  I will send home the directions and the necessary paperwork for the formal book analysis this week. 

Week of February 8th

Posted on Feb 08, 2021

Welcome back after Super Bowl Sunday and Catholic Schools Week!  Everyone must be very tired from all the excitement, but this week we need to work hard.  In reading, we will continue with our novel, "Peak" and work on cause/effect, personification, and making inferences.  As we continue through our novel, I am introducing the students to all of the different aspects of our formal book analysis.  So when it comes time to write our analysis, the students will have a better grip on it.

Week of February 1st

Posted on Jan 31, 2021

Welcome back from a very snowy weekend and right into Catholic Schools Week 2021!  We have lots of fun things planned for each and every day this week so make sure you look at Mrs. Nash's notes home.  In between all the fun, we will try to get some learning in...

In reading we will continue to read our novel "Peak".  In doing so we will continue to do our vocabulary and our questions, along with literary techniques that will help in our Formal Book Analysis.  For those of you who are not familiar with my Formal Book Analysis, I will send home notes about how we will do this and what is expected of the students. Until then, enjoy CSW 2021...

Week of January 25th

Posted on Jan 25, 2021

Welcome to Progress Report Week!  All of your work needs to be handed in before Wednesday if you want the credit.  There are a few of you that have quite a bit of missing work, so please get it to me.  

This week in reading, we will continue to read our novel "Peak".  We will read into camp 2 and work with our new vocabulary and literary techniques. When we finish our novel, we will begin to work on our Formal Book Analysis which I will send reminders to parents so they will know what I expect from the students.

As we enter the second half of the trimester, let's continue to work hard and do our best!

Week of January 18th

Posted on Jan 17, 2021

Welcome back from our two weeks of virtual learning!  I don't know about you, but I am very excited to have all of you back in the classroom:)  Let's remember to follow all of the safety guidelines when you return.

In reading this week we will finish up our first story in Unit 3 called "Never Retreat".  We will also start our second novel called "Peak".  We will begin with our background knowledge so that  you understand where all of the story is taking place.  When we finish the novel, we will begin our big writing project called a formal book analysis.  We will go through the steps slowly and methodically so nobody will be left behind.

Week of January 6th

Posted on Jan 05, 2021

Welcome back from a very restful Christmas and New Year's break!  This Wednesday, January 6th will be your first day of remote learning.  You need to check in with your homeroom site at 8:00 A.M. for attendance and then check in with Senor for Spanish at your designated time.  We will meet on the google meet link on Thursday, 1/7 and Friday, 1/8 for class at the time on your schedule.  We will work on "The Governess" play both days.  We will also continue our Bellringers from Week 16, which we started before we went to break.  For language, we are going to work on Complex sentences using subordinate  conjunctions. We will also get back into working on Iready, which you will do on Wednesday, 1/6/21. Enjoy your last day off and I will check in with you tomorrow!

Week of December21st

Posted on Dec 20, 2020

Welcome to the days before Christmas!!!  In reading we are going to continue our discussion of Neil Simon's play "The Governess"  Not only will we read it again, but we will see a performance of it as well.  In parts of a drama, I would like to point out some of the obvious ones.  In language we will review how to use complex sentences with subordinate conjunctions.  In writing, I hope to have everyone's copy of both their BIO poem, and their research on Christmas in another country.

My wish for all of you at Christmas time is to enjoy the family that you get to spend time with and relax and enjoy your time off!  ELearning will begin Janauary 6th through January 15th.  Monday, January 18th is the MLK holiday, so we will see everyone back in school on January 19th!!  Happy New Year, may it bring health and happiness to all:)

Week of December 14th

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

Welcome back to another week of in school learning!  This week in reading we are discussing our two poems.  One is happy and cheery and one is dark and depressing.  We are going to talk about all the elements of poetry.  In language, we will continue with poetry and put lots of rules in our interactive notebook.  We will discuss the MOOD of the poems, the RHYME scheme of the poems as well.  In writing, we are finishing up our research on  Christmas in another country, and we will start our literary ornament.

Week of December 7th

Posted on Dec 07, 2020

Welcome back to Trimester Two!  Now that we know what we have to work harder on, the game has changed.  I am expecting  quality work from each of the students for this trimester.

In reading, we are working on our folktale called "Two Legs or One?"  We will discuss what makes a folktale.  We will also work on the vocabulary and the story questions.  In language, we will continue to work with commas and how to use a glossary.  In writing, we are finishing up our Christmas in another country three paragraph essays.

Week of November 30th

Posted on Nov 29, 2020

Welcome back after a long and restful Thanksgiving break!  I hope everyone got to spend time with family to catch up and eat.  Now we are back and it is the end of the first trimester, and the beginning of a new month.  Let's try and remember the lessons of Advent , anticipating the arrival of the Christ child, and enjoying the peace that comes with that.

In reading this week, we will continue with our short story "The Camera Does Lie" and talk about the author's purpose, and the plot pyramid, along with the story questions and test.  In language, we are going to discuss correlative conjunctions and how both conjunctions need to be used.  In writing, we are going to focus on what's real and what is a figment of our imagination.

Trimester One ends Monday, November 30th and report cards will come home Thursday, December 3rd.

Week of November 30th

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

Parent/Teacher Conferences are today and tomorrow.  Please make sure to sign up for a time if you need to speak with me.  7th graders check classroom for your assignment for today and tomorrow.

Week of November 16th

Posted on Nov 15, 2020

Welcome November with your cold temperatures and dark nights.  As we enter week 11, we will work on this week's Bellringers.  In reading, we will work on our new short story called "Heartbeat".  We will do the vocabulary that goes with it, and talk about character traits.  We will also work on the plot pyramid and the story questions.  In language, we are going to be playing with subject/verb agreement nd context clues.  In writing, we are going to try something new this week, an infographic!  Our story deals with self esteem and confidence, so we are going to see if we can find pictures from advertising that go along with that theme.

Please continue to catch up on missing work if you have been at home, and continue to follow our Covid protocol; wash your hands, wear your mask, and social distance!!  Together we can do this:)

Week of November 9th

Posted on Nov 08, 2020

I hope all of you spent the majority of the weekend outside enjoying this magnificent weather!  This week in reading we will finish up Unit One with our test on Wednesday.  We will work on vocabulary for our article," A Police Stop That Changed This Teenager's Life"  as well as questions and comparing our characters.  In language, we will finish up our four different types of sentences as well as conjunctive adverbs.  In writing, we will finish up our discussion on poetry, and begin our informational essay that will use our essential question from Unit One..What helps people rise to face difficulties??

Please be aware that our first trimester is coming to a close, so all missing work needs to be handed in.

Week of November 2nd

Posted on Nov 01, 2020

Welcome back after a crazy weekend of Halloween and Daylight Savings time switch!! This week we start with our test on our novel Crossover, and a reminder that your project is due tomorrow as well.  Then we will go back to our reading series with our short story called Thank You M'am by Langston Hughes.  We will talk about internal/external conflicts and character traits.  In language, we will revisit capitalization with regards to people, titles, geography, and events.  We will also talk about the suffixes ible/able.  We are also going to do some compare/contrast with the poems "I, Too" and "Dream Deferred".

Week of October 26th

Posted on Oct 25, 2020

Welcome back to another full week of school with Halloween in the background!  On Friday, October 30th, the junior high can wear black/orange and be out of uniform.  For reading this week, we will be finishing up with our first novel Crossover with different activities like cause/effect, plot pyramid, questions, and quiz.  In writing we will be using a choice board to pick from nine different activities, ultimately choosing three to work on.  In language we will continue to work through our parts of speech.

Thanks to all who have been working very hard to follow the Covid protocol and wear their masks, wash their hands, and keep social distance.  If we all work together, we will continue to have the privilege of going to school at St. John Fisher!!!

Week of October 19th

Posted on Oct 18, 2020

Welcome back to a full week of classes!  This week in reading we are going to start with a quiz on the second quarter of Crossover, and then begin to read the third quarter.  We are going to spend some time going over the theme of the story, which we will then use to write our paragraphs for this week.  In language, we are going to go over some of the other parts of speech such as commas and quotation marks.  Let's continue to work hard and follow the safety protocol so we continue to have the privilege of coming to class at Saint John Fisher!

Week of October 12th

Posted on Oct 12, 2020

Welcome back after a long and restful weekend!  The colors are popping out of the trees and our first half of the first trimester is up already.  That means that progress reports will be issued for anyone falling behind, on Wednesday, October 14th.  All work that is missing, needs to be handed in by tomorrow if you want credit for it!

This week in reading, we will continue to read our novel Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  We have already read through the 1st Quarter, and this week we will get through the 2nd quarter.  Along with reading, we will work on the vocabulary and some character profiles.  We will of course do some questions, and our little 10 question quiz.  In language, we are still working on our verbs, but we will also work on adjectives.  In writing, we will finish up our character trait basketballs and work on some ideas regarding why hard work is a good thing.  Let's start the 2nd half of the trimester off strong!

Week of October 5th

Posted on Oct 04, 2020

Welcome to October!!!  We made it through our first month of new rules and regulations.  This week is Spirit Week and each day the students can dress up differently.  Please refer to Mrs. Nash's not on the specifics.

This week in reading we will test on our story Women in Aviation on Monday, and then we will begin our first novel The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  This is a story about twin boys who try their best to be just like Dad.  This story is written in prose which is very different from most novels.  We will go through the vocabulary, the background knowledge as it comes up in the story.  In language, we will continue to practice connotation/denotation, along with verb tenses.  In writing, we will write about a challenge in our lives.

As you know, progress reports are right around the corner, so we want to make sure all of our work is being handed in on time so that we aren't penalized for tardiness.  Enjoy the week with its changing colors and temperatures!

Week of September 28th

Posted on Sep 27, 2020

Welcome back to our first Monday of Fall.  This week we turn the calendar to October!  This Tuesday, September 29th is School Picture Day...so wear your nice clothes and smile pretty!

In reading this week, we start out with our test on our myth about Icarus.  Then we move onto a story about Women in Aviation, especially an African American woman named Bessie Coleman.  We will begin with our background knowledge and our new vocabulary words.  In language we will be working with verb tense; present, past, and past perfect.  In writing, we are creating our mythological creatures.  As always, we will have our daily Bellringers which go in their spirals to be collected and graded on Friday.

Let's have a fabulous fall and remember all of the safety guidelines while we are at school.

Week of September 21st

Posted on Sep 20, 2020

Welcome back to another full week of school.  This week in reading, we will read a myth about Icarus and his dad, plus a poem titled "The Flight of Icarus".  Both of these reads will bring up theme and some Latin roots.  We will continue our Bellringers every morning and some new vocabulary words to go with our new stories.  We will spend some time going over the essentials of poetry as well. We are also going to research the author of our poem, Stephen Dobyns and compare some of his other poems with this week's poem, .

My hope is that the students are getting back into a routine of following our new guidelines and getting back into the swing of going to school.  Have a great week!  

Week of September 14th

Posted on Sep 13, 2020

Welcome to our first full week of school!  Last week went really well and I thank all of you for your patience and cooperation.  This week in reading we will read our first story called Rogue Wave and answer the story questions.  We will also go over all of the plot pyramid elements for this story.  We will also work on the critical vocabulary words as well.  In language, we will review simple/compound sentences before beginning complex sentences.  We will review subject/predicate placement in the sentence as well. In writing, we will be doing some research on rogue waves and do some writing on it.  Let's pray for cool weather so everyone is comfortable:) 

Week of September 14th

Posted on Sep 13, 2020

Welcome to our first full week of school!  Last week went really well and I thank all of you for your patience and cooperation.  This week in reading we will read our first story called Rogue Wave and answer the story questions.  We will also go over all of the plot pyramid elements for this story.  We will also work on the critical vocabulary words as well.  In language, we will review simple/compound sentences before beginning complex sentences.  We will review subject/predicate placement in the sentence as well. In writing, we will be doing some research on rogue waves and do some writing on it.  Let's pray for cool weather so everyone is comfortable:) 

Week of September 8th

Posted on Sep 08, 2020

Welcome back to 7th grade!  This week we will review the different parts of a story to begin our new reading series Into Literature.  In language, we will go over the different kinds of sentences from simple to complex.  In writing, we will compose a story about ourselves!  Please remember to bring back signed forms and our summer reading packets.

Week of September 8th

Posted on Sep 08, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome back to a new school year. In reading we will review the parts of a story, and our first story is called Rogue Wave.  In language we will review the different types of sentences from simple to complex.  In writing we will compose a story about ourselves to reintroduce ourselves to the class.  Please remember to bring back signed documents and your summer reading packets.

Week of September 8th

Posted on Sep 08, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  As we begin our first week of 7th grade, we will review the different parts of a story with our first story called Rogue Wave.  In language we will review all of sentence types from simple to complex.  In writing we will compose a story about ourselves to go along with our masked faces.  Please remember to bring in all of your signed papers and your summer reading packet.

Week of September 8th

Posted on Sep 08, 2020
 

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... 

April22nd

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 video..search 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 due...no 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.