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Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to St. Joseph Catholic School for the school year!  Students are off to a great start!  Here is a look at what is happening in Mrs. Krastel's classes during the month of September:


Algebra: Students are currently working on reviewing skills that will be necessary to solve algebraic equations.  Soon, we will move into solving one-step and two-step algebraic equations.  Every class we begin with some problems from the practice test that goes with the next upcoming exam.  By the time each test comes, we will have completed the entire practice test in class from which the students will be able to study.  Each student also has a Khan Academy account that they can use for additional practice throughout the year.


Reading: We are currently reading "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo.  Throughout the book, we will be focusing on the elements of plot, character development, and vocabulary.  Students will have reading homework every night, which will include questions to complete over the assigned reading.  We will be reading this book until the end of September.


7th Grade Religion: This year, we will be focusing on Jesus' life and teachings.  Unit 1 is "The Mystery of the Incarnation."  Throughout this unit, we will study Jesus' Birth, the Sacrament of Baptism, forming our conscience, and using prayer to transform us.  Students will have a Religion test every other week.  They will have guided notes from class to help them study for each test.


8th Grade Science:  8th grade will be studying Planetary Science during the 1st trimester.  This includes a heavy focus on the moon, its craters, and its phases.  I have shared a link to the notes for the trimester on Class Dojo, if you would like access to them.  Most homework and in-class work is done in their lab notebooks, so it is important that they have them in class each day.


7th Grade Science: 7th grade will be studying Earth History during the 1st trimester.  This includes the formation of rock layers, as well as weather, erosion, and deposition.  I have shared a link to the notes for the trimester on Class Dojo, if you would like access to them.  Most homework and in-class work is done in their lab notebooks, so it is important that they have them in class each day.


6th Grade Science: 6th grade will be studying Weather and Water during the 1st trimester.  This includes a focus on air and the three methods of heat transfer.  I have shared a link to the notes for the trimester on Class Dojo, if you would like access to them.  Most homework and in-class work is done in their lab notebooks, so it is important that they have them in class each day.


Important Dates: 

September 1st: Special Dress Down day for hurricane relief efforts

September 4th: No School

September 7th: Dress Down

September 12th: Home and School Picnic and Meeting

September 15th: Spirit Day

September 21st: Dress Down (missions)

September 28th: Field Trip to the Grotto

September 29th: Home and School's "Movie Under the Stars"

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November 2016 Blog

​Happy November! Here is a look at what is happening in Ms. Ramaekers' classes this month: Algebra: In Algebra, we have been focusing on solving equations with one variable. In addition to our regular lesson schedule, we will be preparing for the midterm that Dowling gives to all 8th grade Algebra students in the diocese. This will be taken shortly before Christmas break, and it is a multiple choice exam. Reading: We will be finishing Freak the Mighty during the first two weeks of November. Students will have a final test over the book and will complete one of several project options. Our next book will be Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. We will be focusing on the themes of friendship and racism within the context of this historical fiction text. 7th Grade Religion: We are currently in Unit 2, entitled "The Meaning of the Kingdom. We will be studying what Jesus teaches us about the Kingdom of God through parables, vocations, and the Beatitudes. On November 11th, we will be making a pilgrimage to two Holy Door locations in Des Moines (St. Ambrose Cathedral and the Basilica of St. John), which will be a meaningful way for student to participate in the Church's Year of Mercy. 6th Grade Science: We are currently finishing up our "Weather and Water" unit. Students will be taking a cumulative final exam over this unit on Tuesday, November 8th. They will be given a study guide on Monday, October 31st, so they will have ample time to prepare for this test. During the 2nd trimester, we will be studying "Electronics!" 7th Grade Science: We are currently finishing up our "Earth History" unit. Students will be taking a cumulative final exam over this unit on Tuesday, November 8th. They will be given a study guide on Monday, October 31st, so they will have ample time to prepare for this test. During the 2nd trimester, we will be studying "Chemical Interactions!" 8th Grade Science: We are currently finishing up our "Planetary Science" unit. Students will be taking a cumulative final exam over this unit on Tuesday, November 8th. They will be given a study guide on Monday, October 31st, so they will have ample time to prepare for this test. They also will have a group planet project due on Thursday, November 10th. Guidelines for this project were given to them on Friday, October 28th. During the 2nd trimester, we will be studying "Force and Motion!" Important Dates: November 11th: Field Trip to Holy Doors; End of 1st Trimester November 23rd-27th: Thanksgiving Break! (No School)

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October 2016 Blog

​Happy Fall! The school year is off to a fantastic start, and we have a busy month ahead of us! He is a look at what is happening in Ms. Ramaekers' classes: Algebra: We have been covering a wide range of introductory Algebra concepts. We are beginning to work on solving one-step and two-step equations. As in their previous Math courses, we will be testing after every 5 lessons and will have an investigation after every 10 lessons. Additionally, there are labs sprinkled in throughout the curriculum that provide opportunities for them to learn more about their graphing calculators and their functions. Algebra students have all been given a Khan Academy account. This website gives them additional Algebra practice and is a great thing for them to do during Seminar or at home! Reading: We have just finished our first book, Tuck Everlasting. The students really enjoyed this text! We focused largely on the fantasy genre and characterization. Next week, we will begin reading Freak the MIghty. It is a realistic fiction text about two boys, with very different strengths and weaknesses, who become best friends. We will be focusing on vocabulary and figurative language throughout this text. One thing that is emphasized in all of the books that we read is the ability to find textual evidence to support ideas about setting, character, plot, theme, etc. We will be getting a lot of practice with this skill throughout the year! 7th Grade Religion: This year, our focus in Religion is on the story of Jesus and how He guides our lives. We are currently in the middle of Unit 1, "The Mystery of the Incarnation," which discusses the birth of Jesus, the Sacrament of Baptism, and the use of our conscience. At the end of each unit, students will complete a project and take an open-book unit assessment. Unit 2 is "The Meaning of the Kingdom," which explores what Jesus teaches us about the Kingdom of God. 8th Grade Science: During the 1st Trimester, 8th grade students study Planetary Science. We spend a lot of time focusing on the Moon. We look at craters and how they are formed, we study the phases of the Moon, and we explore how the Sun, Earth, and Moon interact. At the end of the trimester, students will research and present information about one of the planets in our solar system. 7th Grade Science: During the 1st Trimester, 7th grade students study Earth History. We explore many different kinds of rocks and study how they formed. We also learn about weathering, erosion, and deposition. This unit introduces students to rock formation and layering through a study of the Grand Canyon. We even get to make our own sandstone and shale! 6th Grade Science: During the 1st Trimester, 6th grade students study Weather and Water. We study how Earth's weather occurs and what results from different types of weather. This lends itself to a thorough exploration of the three types of energy transfer: radiation, conduction, and convection. The 6th graders have the opportunity to do many hands-on investigations with each of these types of energy transfer. Important Dates: October 4th: Picture Day October 7th: Track and Fun Day October 10th, 11th, and 13th: Conferences October 13th-17th: No School October 24th-28th: Iowa Assessments October 25th: Field Trip ("The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh") October 31st: Halloween Parties

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