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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 the year strong with some grammar and mechanics, focusing on diagramming sentences and looking at parts of speech. I am planning to have one final test over grammatical usage when we finish that unit, but May tends to get crazy and that may change. I am also planning to continue spelling through the week of May 18. Please contact me with any questions.

7-8th Reading: The 7-8th graders just finished reading Holes with my student teacher and focused on characterization and traits vs. qualities. They really enjoyed the book and are doing an assessment comparing the book to the movie. Next week (May 4), we will start our final novel, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. This is a mystery novel that follows a 12 year old girl in the 1940s who traces her heritage all the way to Manifest, Kansas via train. We will spend this unit looking at vocabulary and word choice. This unit will take us to Memorial Day. 

7th Religion: We have been focusing on Sacraments and special things/traditions in the Catholic Church. The students had the opportunity to attend adoration, listen to speakers, and do activities that connected to special events and days in our faith. We will spend the first part of May talking about Mary and her role in our faith and we will end by looking at our calling by seeing the different options we have as people in the faith (lay person, priest, married, single, etc.) I am hoping to have a few speakers come and speak to the students about the wonderful vocations and options we all have.

7th Language: The 7th graders have been working on persuasive papers with my student teacher. They wrote about an issue they want to see changed and tried to convince their peers and teachers to see their point of view. I was very impressed with the outcome and almost changed my tune about assigning homework! ;) Moving forward, we will work with persuasion in advertising and look at different commercials, documentaries, radio ads, etc. that use persuasion. The students will be asked to create an advertisement of their own as the assessment for this unit. If we have any time left, we will do a grammar review of the major concepts we learned this year. I am planning to continue with spelling through the week of May 18. Please contact me with any questions!

6th LanguageThe 6th graders have been working on persuasive papers with my student teacher. They wrote about an issue they want to see changed and tried to convince their peers and teachers to see their point of view. I was very impressed with the outcome and almost changed my tune about assigning homework! ;) Moving forward, we will work with persuasion in advertising and look at different commercials, documentaries, radio ads, etc. that use persuasion. The students will be asked to create an advertisement of their own as the assessment for this unit. If we have any time left, we will do a grammar review of the major concepts we learned this year. I am planning to continue with spelling through the week of May 18. Please contact me with any questions!

 

Important Dates:

  • May 1-May Crowning Prayer Service @ 2 p.m. *Students are invited and encouraged to bring a flower to honor Mary!*
  • May 1 & 2-Middle School Play @ 7 pm in the gym *Middle School Students are asked to arrive early if part of the chorus*
  • May 4-Saxon Benchmark Test
  • May 7-Dress Down
  • May 8- 6, 7, 8 Dance @ SJS 7-9 p.m.
  • May 11- No School!
  • May 15-Track and Fun day from 1-3 p.m.
  • May 18-22- Reading Benchmarking Week
  • May 21- Dress Down for Missions
  • May 22- 6-8th Grade Field Trip to see Robinhood at Temple for Preforming Arts
  • May 25- Memorial Day-No School!
  • May 26-Spirit Day
  • May 28- 8th grade graduation @ 7 pm
  • May 29- Last Day of School- 1 p.m. dismissal!

Happy May-Hopefully we continue to see those "May Flowers" as we push through to spring!

-Carolyn Campbell

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