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Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

October Blog

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October has been a busy month! Here is what we've beeing up to, as well as what to look forward to in the next few weeks... *Math: Students are doing a great job with new math concepts. Keep up the good work! We will continue with a lesson every day and a test after every 5 lessons, along with an investigation after every 10 lessons. We are working on algebra concepts, so please stay in touch with me if students need extra help! *8th Language: Students just finished their poetry unit. The first week of Novemeber will be spent learning about Shakespeare and preparing a Shakespeare reader's theater to preform to 7th grade. After poetry is complete, we will get back into grammar (parts of speech) until Thanksgiving break. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas will be spent writing our expository (how-to) paper! *8th Reading: We are almost finished with…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00

Welcome Back!

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This month has been busy in my classes, but all students are adjusting to a new school year quite well! Here's what to look forward to for the next month in Mrs. Fischer's classes: 8th Grade Math: We will continue working through our Saxon Math Textbook. Students are focusing on a 'review' of all concepts right now from previous years in math. This will continue until about Lesson 25, when students will move into geometry and algebra concepts. We will have a test every 5 lessons and an investigation after every 10 lessons. 8th Grade Language: Students just finished writing their personal narratives. They were asked to pick an incident that was important to them; one where they learned a lesson. They all did very well with this and had some great personal narrative stories! Now, we are starting poetry. We have an exciting opportunity to be able to publish…
Friday, 29 April 2016 00:00

May

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Happy May! Here is what to look forward to in Ms. Campbell's classes for the remainder of the year... Math: Students will finish Saxon Course 3 up to lesson 100. We will go right up until the 8th graders' last day, so be prepared to keep pushing your student at home until the very end. We will also take an end of the year test to map progress over the year. Overall, students do a great job in math! It has been fun to work with a smaller group that allows them more one on one time, as well as allows them to be more comfortable asking questions! 8th Language: Students have been working on research projects. A majority of 8th grade Language standards fall in the writing process, so we will be spending a lot of time diligentely studying the writing process before making a final product. Students will…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00

April

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Happy April! I hope the weather starts acting like spring soon! 8th Math: We are working towards finishing the Saxon book! We are continuing to work through one lesson every day and have a test after every 5 lessons. We are working on pre-algebra concepts and getting the 8th graders ready for next year! If you have questions about math placements for next year, feel free to contact me! We will have an end of the year benchmarking test on May 5th as well. 8th Grade Language: We have just started our research projects and will be working on these all of April, into May. Each student was able to choose their own research topic and we will practice citing sources, gathering information, and writing outlines before starting the paper. These skills cover a majority of 8th grade standards and benchmarks for language, so this project is important. We will…
Saturday, 27 February 2016 00:00

March

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8th Math- We are moving along very well! We have moved into the geometry portion of the book, so things are getting more difficult in a different way. Students should have 25 problems of homework almost every night, and we still have a test every 5 lessons, with an investigation after every 10. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding math or math placements for next year! 8th Language- Students have been working on grammar and parts of speech. We have also had the pleasure of working with Mr. Heger to learn more about the stock market and how it works. He will continue to come in until the first week of April. The students have been doing a great job! After spring break, we will start to work on research papers. I will be walking through each step of the process with them, but it's not…
Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

Februray

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January was such a busy month, but we learned a lot and had fun doing it! Here is what's in store for February... 8th Math: Students will continue learning algebra and geometry concepts. We are almost at Lesson 60, which is halfway through the book. Students will continue to have a test after every 5 lessons and an investigation after every 10 lessons. Please make sure your student is doing their homework every night! 8th Language: We have been focusing a lot on grammar this past month. We will continue to work with grammar by learning interjections, conjunctions, and adverbs. After spring break, we will embark on our finial writing assignmet, which will be a research paper. Spelling will continue as usual, having 20 words on every 'normal' week. 8th Religion: Students have been busy learning about Church history, which is the focus of 8th grade religion. Soon, we will…
Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Happy New Year!

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As we get ready to wrap up one year and start a new one, here is what to look forward to in Ms. Campbell's classes come 2016... Math: Students will start with Lesson 46 right when we return. We will hit the ground running, as we will cover 55 lessons this half of the school year! After every 5 lessons, there will be a test and after every 10 lessons, we will continue to have investigation activities. I am always here at 7:00 am if any student would like additional help as the content gets harder! 6th Language: Students will take their unit test over nouns right before break and we will start with our unit of pronouns after break. We will continue with different parts of speech until spring break. After spring break, we will have our final writing unit, a research paper. Spelling will continue on a weekly…
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

November Blog

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A lot is happening as we get ready for colder temperatures and the holidays! Here is what is going on in Ms. Campbell’s classes… 8th grade math- We have been working with algebraic equations and will continue that into November and until Christmas break. The students have been doing very well and picking up on new concepts quickly. The last test for this trimester will be on Tuesday, November 3rd. November 16th, the start of Trimester 2 will also be a test day, which means the first grade for trimester 2 will be a test grade! I will hand out study guides in advance to study to ensure students understand the material and do well on their tests. 8th Language- We have been working on poetry for the past couple of weeks and will continue poetry until the end of the trimester. 8th Graders will have a poetry test to…
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:00

End of Year!

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Wow! I cannot believe that we are wrapping up another school year at St. Joseph! It has been a great year with lots of learning, memories, and fun times! Because we are out at 1:00 on Friday, there are not many days left, but I have a few reminders for the end of the year... Middle School will be going to Diary Zone tomorrow (5/27) at 10 am. Students do not need to bring any money, but should dress appropriate to the weather, as we will be eating our ice cream out doors. As the year draws to a close, textbooks and workbooks will be collected. If your child does not have a textbook or if their textbook is in poor condition, we will send a notice home with the child. Please let me know if you have any questions. While we are wrapping up the year, there is still…
Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

May

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Happy May!! I can't believe it's almost time for summer! We are close to the end of the year, but have a lot to do. Here's what to expect from now until the end of the year... 8th Math- We will have 2 more tests before the end of the year. We will also have 2 more investigations and our regular lessons with homework every night in between. Our focus shifts towards graphing algebraic equations, variations, functions, etc. An important date to remember is May 4-we will have our Saxon Math Placement test for math next year. All students except those going to high school math will take this. Please contact any middle school teachers with any questions. 8 Language- The 8th graders have worked with my student teacher on a persuasive unit involving persuasive techniques and advertising. As she starts to phase out, we will switch gears and finish…
Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

April Blog

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Happy April! It is finally (hopefully) going to be in the 60-70's this week and start feeling like Spring! We are coming into Holy Week and there is a lot to look forward to this week, but we are keeping in mind that it is the most sacred and Holy time of the Catholic faith. That being said, 7-8th grade students will be acting out the Living Stations of the Cross on Wednesday night and Friday afternoon. See below for details. Here is what to look forward to in Ms. Campbell's classes in April... 8th Math- We are still going strong until the end of the year. I am VERY impressed with how well this bunch has handled the difficult math and homework that we have encountered. It will continue to be pretty consistent and you should expect students to have 25 homework problems every night. Our focus for April…
Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

March Blog

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Happy March, everyone! With only 2 short weeks until Spring Break, we have a lot to cover and a lot to look forward to! Here's what to look forward to in Ms. Campbell's classes in March... 8th Math- We will continue working through one lesson/day. Our next set of 10 lessons really focuses on geometric solids and prisms. We will be finding surface area, volume, and area of complex shapes. I want to continue to encourage parent involvement in your child's daily math homework, as we are getting into challenging concepts for the 3rd trimester, may of which build off of each other. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! 8th Language- The 8th graders finished up their short story unit and they turned in some AWESOME stories at the beginning of February. From there, we went right back into grammar, working with rules…
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

February Blog

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Happy Catholic Schools Week! I hope everyone is enjoying this week as much as I am-what better way to celebrate our amazing school than with pep assemblies, crazy hats, and grandparents day?! :) Here is what to look forward to in February for Ms. Campbell's classes... 8th Grade Math- As the year progresses, math will continue to become more challenging. We have switched from 30 problems every night to 25 problems. Additionally, we will be adding in review days for each test. Please continue to communicate with your student about their progress in math, as 8th grade math encompasses many difficult concepts. *Any student in my math (except 8th graders) will be going to take an IARA assessment at St. Francis on February 17th. This test is a tool to test readiness for algebra for the math students--it is just one data point of many used!* 8th Grade Language- Students…
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

November Blog

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Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break! I hope everyone enjoyed break and got plenty to eat. Only 14 short days until Christmas break (but who's counting) & a lot to get done before the new year! Here's what has been happening in Ms. Campbell's classes... 8th grade math- We are well on our way in trimester 2 and the students are doing great. We will continue with our same math pattern, 5 lessons and then a test & then an investigation after every 10 lessons. Our focus for the next 10 lessons will be geometric shapes & properties associated with them. We will have our final test before break on Friday, December 19. If you know you will be gone, please make arrangements to take that test early so it can be inputed in the grade book before break! 8th Grade Language- Our focus for 2nd trimester is grammar, grammar, grammar!…
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

Ms. Campbell Blog-November

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What a fun week it has been celebrating Halloween and Red Ribbon Week. The 7th graders enjoyed picking our door theme for Red Ribbon Week--iTune Out Drugs...a large iPod (thanks Katie R. and Hannah O.!!) accompanied by smaller iPads saying "iTune out drugs because..." completed our theme this week! Between RRW bingo, buddy activities, and Halloween parties this week, we have had a lot of fun! Here's what's happening in the classroom... 8th grade math-We still follow the same format for math. After every five lessons, there is a test and after every ten lessons, there is an investigation. We are looking one more test and investigation for this trimester. In the coming month, our big focus will be geometric shapes and finding missing angles. We will soon move into algebraic equations, followed by multi-step problem solving. As always, let me know if you have any questions! 8th grade language-…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

October Newsletter Campbell

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Fall is finally here…& we are all ready to FALL in love with learning (& a good book) this month! [even if it does still feel like summer temperatures…] Here is what is going on in Miss Campbell’s classes… 8th grade math-We just finished up our first 20 lessons & are gearing up for the next set. A majority of the first trimester is review (or review & add on one small new concept) so that we can build upon that knowledge in the upcoming trimesters. I am thrilled with the participation, enthusiasm, and background that these students have for math & I cannot wait for that to continue throughout the year! What a great bunch of kids! 6th grade language- The students had some technology integration this month, as we worked with autobiographical writing on the Chrome books (very exciting) and made them in stories on the iPads. We…
Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:39

Welcome Back!

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  Welcome back to St. Joseph! I hope everyone had a great summer and is ready for another exciting year. We have hit the ground running and will continue learning and growing all year J Here’s what is going on in Miss Campbell’s classes…   8th Math: We have conquered out first 7 math lessons and the students are all doing a GREAT job. Our focus for the first ten lessons is fractional parts and equations using arithmetic. We will have our first test on Thursday, September 4th, followed by an investigation activity on Friday, September 5th. We will follow this pattern for the remainder of the year: 5 lessons, followed by a test and an investigation after every 10 lessons. Please contact me with questions or if you would like extra resources for home!   6th Grade Language: The 6th graders have done a great job coming prepared and…
Monday, 05 May 2014 21:06

End of the Year

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Wow! I cannot believe we are wrapping up the 2013-2014 school year....what a fun first year it has been at SJS!   Here's what you can expect for the remainder of the year...   6th Grade Math: We are nearing the end with our math lessons. We just finished Lesson 110 and are getting ready for a test on Wednesday, May 7. We will have two more tests this year, as well as ten more lessons of homework. Our major focus for these last ten lessons is geometery; we are working with symmetery, angle measures, and congruent figures. The students seem to enjoy working with these concepts & are doing well in math!   5th Grade Language: Like math, we are getting close to the end of our language series for 5th grade as well. There are two more spelling/grammar quizzes this year (Thursday, May 8 is the test over…
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:25

March

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Math-We are still working through Saxon 6th grade math! The students are all doing a great job and we are following the same schedule as usual-5 lessons, review, test. After every 10 lessons, we have an investigation activity. The next investigation will be about finiding angle measurements and classifying polygons by their sides and angles measures. We have started a consistent review routine, where we complete the review sheet in class the class period before the test. If you would like additional review materials or worksheets, please just let me know! The studnets seem to be doing very well after reviewing as a group.   6th Language- The 6th graders are doing a great job in Language. They are busy learning about adjectives and adverbs and next week, we will move on to working with punctuation. They are also doing a weekly writer's workshop based on their focus skill in…
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:33

5-6th Spelling Lesson 15

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5th Grade Spelling: Post-Test on Wednesday Feb. 26 5th Grade List 1:                          somebody                                    fireplace                                       nearby toothbrush homesick make-believe all right goodbye forehead classmate flashlight haircut twenty-two anything driveway alarm clock baby-sit airport forever mailbox   5th Grade List 2:  formal whistle label puzzle legal angle normal needle angel pupil struggle level local bicycle channel global stumble quarrel article fossil   5th Grade List 3: ballet echo bouquet cassette coupon safari portrait barrette depot courtesy petite denim brunette buffet garage khaki croquet chorus essay alphabet   6th Grade Spelling Post-Test: Wednesday, Feb. 26 6th Grade List 1: glue flute youth accuse bruise stew…
Monday, 10 February 2014 18:46

7-8 Spelling Week of 2/10

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7th Grade Spelling List Focus: Assimilated Prefix: -ad   application asset affirm according attain applaud assurance account assortment affix appetite attempt accustomed approval attire assemble appliance afford assert attentive Bonus: accelerate accountability accumulate appropriate assistance   *The 7th grade spelling test will be on Thursday 2/13 due to Valentine's Day parties on Friday.   8th Grade Spelling: Focus: Latin Roots expose intercede succeed suspend impose pendant exceed supersede proceed recede depend disposal suspense transpose posture concede impostor precede pendulum imposition   Bonus Words: exceeding independently precedent preceding presuppose   *The spelling test for 8th grade will be on Friday 2/14
Sunday, 09 February 2014 14:43

January Blog

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This month has been busy; we have had lots going on in every class!   In 7th and 8th grade language, we finished up our grammar unit and have started a series of writing units. We are currently working on our "How-To" papers, where the students chose a topic with a process (i.e. How to Make an Ice Cream Sundae) and write a detailed account of this process. So far, we are having a lot of fun with the unit. We got to practice in class by describing Starburts and writing detailed instructions for making a PB&J sandwich. This unit will wrap up right before conferences, when the students will give a speech about their paper. I have listed the duedates for the remainder of the project below. We will continue to have spelling every week. I will start to post the words on my blog rather than my website,…
Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:48

Happy 2014

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready for a fun-filled 2014!   We will hit the ground running this new year...we have a lot to cover in Language, Reading, and Math!   6th Math- We are half way down with the book-wow! We are getting into geometry this half of the book, so we will be doing a lot with shapes, finding areas, and hands-on activities with 'real life' objects that resemble the prisims and spheres that we're learning about. We will continue with the shedule that we're used to: a lesson everyday with 30 problems for homework. After every 5 lessons, we will have a test and after every 10 lessons, we will do an investigation activity. If you/your student would like a review before the math tests, just let me know and I can make copies of a test review. Our next…
Sunday, 03 November 2013 20:39

It's November!

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We are ready for another week and I cannot believe it's already November! There are only two weeks left in the trimester, but they will be busy weeks! Here's what is planned for this upcoming week (Nov. 4-8)   First of all, the Iowa Catholic Radio Station will be broadcasting from St. Joseph School all week! There is a class competition going on to see who can get the most votes; and whichever class receives the most votes wins a pizza party! Make sure to vote for the COOLEST class by following the link below:  http://www.iowacatholicradio.com/my-school-is-cool/   6th Grade Math: We are continuing to work with percents, fractions, and decimals. The kids are learning how to change fractions into percents, percents into decimals, etc. We are also working a lot on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing mixed numbers and fractions. Your math student will most likely have homework every night,…
Monday, 21 October 2013 14:48

October 21

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I hope everyone had a refreshing and fun 4 day weekend! It was so great to meet many of you at conferences and put a face with a name (I can see the resemblance of so many of you to your kids!!)   Now that we are back and in full force until the end of the trimester (November 15), I wanted to update you on a few things that are going on in Reading and Langauge class.   5 & 6 Language: We are using the Journey's series by Houghton Mifflin in 5 and 6 langauge class this year (as well as in their reading classes). The students are starting to get the routine down and they come into class very excited to learn. Each 45 minute class, we start class with 5 minutes of Daily Oral Language (DOL), then continue on with 10 minutes of spelling practice (sorts,…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:25

October 1-4

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Wow! What a busy week for only being 4 days. We had an exciting week in Language, Reading, and Math.   In 6th grade math, we are working on expanding concepts that the students started learning in September. This week, we discussed ratio, rate & fractions, and starting next week we will start adding and subtracting fractions with 'like' denominators. They will have a test on Tuesday (10/8) next week, then we will continue to work on expanding concepts with word problems, multi-digit numbers, and mixed fractions.   In 5th grade language, we are working on fictional narratives and learning about nouns. We started the week by talking about common vs. proper nouns and we will be talking about collective, plural, and singular nouns into next week. Because of the short week, the students' "Day 1" will be on Tuesday next week, so they will have their 10 question assessment…
Sunday, 29 September 2013 18:01

Spelling Week of 10/1

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I have posted the weekly spelling words for 5-6th grade on my Spelling Website, which is listed below. I will continue to update this site weekly. It includes the weekly spelling words, the foucs for each list, a spelling tip to help remember the letter order of the words, and the spelling schedule for each week.   I will update with 7-8 words by Tuesday morning at the latest!   Enjoy your Monday off :)   Spelling Webiste: http://cacampbell.weebly.com/
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 19:44

October

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Welcome to another year at St. Joseph School! My name is Carolyn Campbell and I teach Middle School Language Arts, and 7-8 Reading. This is my first year at St. Joseph’s and I am very excited to be here!   Now that my blog is up and working, I will be posting much more frequently. Starting next week, I will be putting spelling words on here and checking in about major assignments, projects, and test dates. If you ever have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 515-266-3433.   Like I said, this year I will be teaching 5-8 grade Language Arts and 7-8 grade Reading, as well as 6th grade Math.   We started the year off by doing some grammar in all of the Language classes. We worked a lot with sentence structure as well as finding the subject, predicate and identifying…