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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 is algebraic equations, with some geometry as well. We will focus on area, surface area, and volume of three-dimensional figures as well as graphing functions, equations, and linear equations. We will continue to have a test every 5 lessons, as well as a test and investigation every 10 lessons.

8th Language- We are in the middle of our persuasive writing unit for 8th grade Language. Students have explored some ways to research (i.e. surveys and interviews--research CAN be fun :) ), as well as looked at things in their life they want to be persuasive about. We will continue with this writing until well into April, then we will move back to grammar for the last half of the month. Students may need to do some research at home/the library and will be asked to type their final persuasive paper; please let me know if this is a problem for anyone and I can make accommodations.

7-8th Reading- The students finished Between Shades of Gray, our Holocaust novel, right before Spring Break. We then went right into our non-fiction text, Freedom Walkers, which will take us into the second week of April. Freedom Walkers is a non-fictional text that looks at the Civil Rights movement and social justice issues. We will be going to the play, To Kill a Mockingbird in Ames on Friday, April 3, so their final project will be to write a paper comparing the play with the book. Both show elements of social justice, so it will be neat to see the comparisons the kids come up with!

7th Religion- We have been working very hard with the Living Stations of the Cross. Both 7th and 8th grade will put them on, and everyone is very involved and has an important role. We will be preforming these on Wednesday night at 6 pm for REP students. All 7-8th grade students to to arrive in the church ready for costumes to be put on no later than 5:45. The performance will be done at 6:45--students need to be picked up by 7:00 pm. Our final performance will be on Friday at 2:00 pm in the Church. We will be putting this on for the school, but we highly encourage parents, friends, and relative to come. Once the Living Stations are done, we will start our unit on important days and customs of the Church; our main focus will be Holy Days and Adoration. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in adoration later in April. 

7th Language- Students finished up a punctuation unit right after spring break, which focused on semicolons and colons. Our next unit will be a persuasive unit-students will have the opportunity to research and write about something they feel passionate about. The final product will be a persuasive paper due at the end of April. Students will be asked to research and may have to go to the library/use the internet outside of school. I am also requesting that students type their final papers. If this is an issue, please let me know, as we can make other accommodations. 

6th Language- We had a lot of fun finishing up March by participating in the Great American Mail Race. We were chosen by a school in Wisconsin to participate in this and it was a GREAT experience for all of the kids. They received a letter from a student in Wisconsin, talking about their 6th grade classroom and school called Lourdes Academy. The challenge is to pick a state and write a letter to a 6th grade class in that state. We wrote to 26 different states and mailed our letters on Friday. We are hoping to hear back from everyone and learn about different schools in these diverse states. After Stations and Living Last Supper is over, we will get back to a regular Language schedule and we will start a persuasive unit. Students will have the opportunity to research a topic they feel passionate about and persuade their classmates to agree with them. They may have to conduct some research outside of class/go to the library and I am asking that the final product be typed. Please let me know if this is an issue ahead of time, as we can make other accommodations if necessary.


Please turn in field trip forms for our field trip to To Kill a Mockingbird (April 3) and Life Boat: A WWII Story (April 7). All forms should be turned in by Friday, April 3 to homeroom teachers.

All students participating in the Living Stations need to be at the church on Wednesday, April 1 at 5:45 pm. They will go on at 6 pm and be ready to be picked up NO LATER than 7 pm from the Church. Please let me know ASAP if your student cannot attend. We also encourage you to attend our performance for the school at 2 pm on Friday, April 3 in the church.  


Lastly, I will have a student teacher with me for the rest of April and into the beginning of May. Her name is Paige Stickle and she is a senior at Drake University. She will assume classroom responsibilities and together we will work on lesson planing. She will be working with the students and is excited to learn about St. Joe's and each of the kids! If you have any questions, please e-mail me and I would love to fill you in! 

Happy a Blessed Holy Week and a wonderful Easter weekend!

Ms. Campbell

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