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Mrs Claire Larmon, 8th Grade Language Arts

Hello! My name is Claire Larmon. I am so excited to join the faculty at St. John Fisher. As a graduate of SJF, I have such special memories from my time in this school building and community. I am truly blessed to have an opportunity to work with such a committed faculty and staff. I am excited to get to know and work with your talented and kind children. I have been very impressed by the intelligence, maturity and character of this 8th grade class. I look forward to challenging them to reach their potential as they prepare for their high school adventure!

Previously, I taught Freshman English and Speech at Saint Ignatius College Prep. While teaching at Saint Ignatius, I received my Masters of Education and Type 75 Certification from Loyola University.  After some time in the classroom, I served as the Director of Admissions and Recruiting at Saint Ignatius. My husband and I live in St. Catherine Parish. We have a daughter who is a freshman at Saint Ignatius as well as four children attending St. Catherine.

Once a Falcon Always a Falcon! Here’s to a great 2019! I look forward to watching your children grow and enjoy their remaining time at SJF!

Week of February 4

Posted on Feb 05, 2019

Welcome back to a full week of school after the cold snap last week. We will be busy this week in 8th Grade ELA. The students' Romeo and Juliet five paragraph essay rough draft is due Tuesday. They will be going through essay revision learning stations in class on Tuesday. They will also be doing peer revisions on their essays. The final copy of the essay is due Thursday. 

We are starting a grammar unit focusing on verbs, adjectives and adverbs this week. We will also begin a short two-week unit on the Informative Speech. The students will learn effective public speaking techniques and will prepare and deliver a 3-5 minute Informative Speech. I am excited to see how the students rise to this challenge!

This is a special week for our 8th Graders as they prepare for their Confirmation on Sunday. God Bless our 8th Grade students!

Have a great week!

Week of Jan. 28

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

It was nice to meet many of you at the Catholic Schools Week Mass and Open House. We had so many 8th grade students share their time and talents to make the Mass and Open House a success!

The students did a wonderful job on their Romeo and Juliet Movie Poster Project. I was very impressed by their insight and creativity. This week in class we will begin working on our comparative five paragraph essays. The students will need to discuss the similarities and differences between William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and Baz Luhrmann’s movie version of Romeo and Juliet. We will also be working on developing quality thesis statements and introductory paragraphs using the website

On Wednesday, the students will be assigned work to complete at home. We will discuss this in class and I will post the assignment to Google Classroom.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week! Stay warm!

Week of January 21

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing long weekend! We will be busy the next two weeks preparing for and celebrating Catholic Schools Week. On Tuesday the students will have a short review for the Romeo and Juliet final exam on Wednesday. The students should be well prepared for this exam. The students will also be working on a Movie Poster Project for Romeo and Juliet. These projects are due Friday, January 25. On part of Thursday and Friday the students will be watching Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. This movie is rated PG-13. Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions. Next week, the students will be writing an essay comparing the play to this version of the movie.

On Wednesday, the Scholastic Team is having a dress down fundraiser. Students may dress as a scholar, a teacher, or may wear high school or college spirit wear.

Catholic Schools Week kicks off this Sunday with the 10 a.m. family Mass followed by Open House. I look forward to meeting you on Sunday!

Have a great week!

Week of January 14

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

This week in 8th Grade ELA: We finished reading Romeo and Juliet on Monday. I was so impressed by the students’ enthusiasm for such difficult material. We took a quiz on Acts III & IV on Tuesday and the students worked together to complete their Romeo and Juliet final exam study guides. The students will be working on a group project the rest of the week. They will be asked to perform a scene or scenes from the play. I am excited to see how they take ownership of this fun yet challenging project. To round out the Romeo and Juliet unit, the students will be taking a final exam next Wednesday, working on a movie poster project, watching Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet movie and then writing a comparison essay. On Friday, the students will be taking the Interim Aspire tests. Have a great week!