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 our second novel of the trimester, The Maze Runner. We will complete this unit the 2nd week of Novemeber, where the students will have the opportunity to watch the film that goes along with the novel and write a comparison essay of the two literary works. Our next novel will be Ungifted, which will focus on point of view and sequencing. Additionally, we will be benchmarking the week of October 31-please let me know if you have any questions about that! *8th Religion: We are working on Unit 2 in our books now-focusing on Councils, Conflicts, and Creeds. Students will start guidance during second trimester with Mrs. Rodine-during guidance, students will focus on career and college planning and have visits from high school counselors! *6th Language:We have started our literary elements and poetry unit, which will continue until the end of the trimester. After we conclude with that, we will work on grammar (parts of speech) and then write our how to paper after Thanksgiving Break. We will continue with spelling on a regular basis as well! Happy Fall, everyone!
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 a class book through Scholastic! Each student will pick one or two or their poems, paired with illustrations, and we will compile all of their poetry into a book. I will have more details on that as the time comes nearer. We will continue working with DOL (daily oral language) every day [it is collected at the end of the week for a quiz grade]. Also, spelling will continue to be administered every week! Let me know if you have any questions. 8th Religion: Students are busy exploring the 4 marks of the Church: Holy, Catholic, One, Apostolic. We have already mastered the concepts of "Holy" and 'Apostolic' and are working on "Catholic" right now. Next, we will look at the concept of 'one' in depth. The religion tests are fairly difficult and I encourage students to take full advantage of the study guides I send home-they are very helpful on the tests! 8th Reading: We just finished our first novel, The View From Saturday. We looked at point of view in this novel and did a lot of different activities that invovled different points of view. Students are now starting the novel The Maze Runner. We will look at the theme of 'working together' during this novel. Students will have a lot of activities that involve actual team work during this novel. We will be watching the film that accompanies this novel at the end of the unit. I will send home more information about that soon! Students will also benchmark with me in late October/early November. We will use this to measure their reading comprehension, fluency, and accuracy when reading. We prepare for benchmarking each week by doing fluency reads with partners in class to start each class period. 6th Language: Students are busy working on their first writing assignment: autobiographical incidents. They are in the process of brainstorming a good incident to write about and will spend time pre-writing, drafting, writing, and revising an autobiographical incident paper. They will have a lot of class time to work on this so I can guide them, but also expect some work at home with typing or revising! They are also working on DOL (Daily Oral Language) everyday, which is taken as a quiz grade every Friday. Also, spelling is administered and tested every week for a quiz grade. Please keep in mind these important dates: October 4: Picture Day & St. Francis Prayer Service @ 2:40 October 6: Dress Down Day (free) October 7: DCHS grade visit 8th grade @ 9:00 am & Track and Fun Day 1-3:00 pm October 8: St. Joe's Blue & Gold Gala @ 6:00 pm October 10 & 11: Conferences 4:00-7:00 pm October 13: Conferences 1:00-8:00 pm October 13-17: No School! October 21: Spirit Day ($1) October 24-27: Iowa Assessments Week October 25: 6-8th Field Trip to "The Amazing Jamie Cavanaugh" @ 12:30 pm @ Civic Center October 26: 8th Grade has Mass October 27: Dress Down (missions) October 31-November 4: Benchmarking Week Happy Fall! Mrs. Fischer
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 be expected to type their final drafts of the research projects. They will have the option to use Google Docs or Schoology on a Chrome book here at school or they are welcome to type it on a laptop or computer at home. I will be giving ample time in class to work, but the projects will tentatively be due on May 10. For the last week and a half of school, we will spend time working with verbs and sentence structure. 6th Language: 6th graders are wrapping up their research projects this week. We will start presentations on May 2nd and be done by May 6th with this unit. For the last month of school, we will work on types of sentences and punctuation. We will have two more weeks of spelling left for the year! 7-8th Reading: We are about 3/4 of the way done with our final class novel, Between Shades of Gray. It is a Lithuanian Holocaust novel that follows the life of a 16-year old girl, Lina and her family. Upon completing this book, students will have a novel test and projects to complete. They will be able to choose from a project menu and have some flexibility in how they choose to present their knowledge of the novel. To wrap up our Holocaust unit, we will be watching the film "The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas". Students will do a writing exercise where they compare the film to the Holocaust play we saw in early April at Iowa State. 8th Grade Religion: Students are on week 4 of Theology of the Body with Deb Ryan. They do a great job in this class and it has been a joy to have Deb working with us. On days when they don't have Theology of the Body, we are still working through the religion curriculum. We will get through chapter 12, The Church is Catholic, and end the year with that. It has been a joy to watch these students grow in their faith over the last two years as their religion teacher! Important Dates: *May 2: May Crowning @ 2:00 pm [please bring a flower] *May 3: 8th grade field trip to Historical Museum 9:00-11:30 am *May 5: Dress down & Middle School Field trip to the state Capitol & the Jordan House *May 6: Track and Fun Day! 1:00-3:00 pm *May 10: Life Touch Photos (group) from 1:00-3:00 pm Boys Cross Country visit at 12:30 pm Home & School Meeting in the gym @ 6:30 pm *May 13: Field trip to the Civic Center 9:15-11:30 am *May 16-20: Spring 2016 Reading Benchmarking *May 19: Dress Down & "I love that Dog" field trip at the Temple for Performing Arts 9:15-11:30 *May 23: Talent Show @ 1:45 *May 24: Spirit Day & 8th Grade Dunk Tank all afternoon *May 25: 8th Graders' Last day! 8th Grade Graduation at 7:00 pm *May 27: Last day of school! 1:00 Dismissal
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 be using the Chrome Books and iPads for writing and researching. I haven't assigned spelling as frequent because of the Living Stations, the play, and short weeks! Please let me know if you have any questions about anything in language class! 8th Grade Religion: After spending the better part of March preparing for the Living Stations of the Cross, we are moving on to Theology of the Body, with Mrs. Deb Ryan. Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until the last week of May, Mrs. Ryan will come and do the theology of the body curriculum with students. So far, students are handling the content very well and have been respectful of Mrs. Ryan. On the days when we're not having ToB, we will be working in the textbook. Our focus for this month is church history-specifically our church as apostolic. Students will still have religion tests over the content. The second week of April, I will administer the ACRE test, which is a standardized test of religion skills. Please let me know if you have any questions! 8th Reading: We just finished our independent reading unit. I was very impressed with the quality of work and rigor of novels that the students chose to work with for the last 2 months. I think a lot of students really enjoyed this format and it was fun to see them blossom as readers! For the remainder of the year, we will be reading Between Shades of Gray, a Holocaust novel set in Lithuania. There will be quizzes and daily work throughout, but students will also be asked to write a compare/contrast essay between the novel and a play we are attending in April, "The Diary of Anne Frank". This should take us to the end of the year, but if we have time we will read some short stories and poetry. 6th 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 6th grade standards and benchmarks for language, so this project is important. We will be using the Chrome Books and iPads for writing and researching. I haven't assigned spelling as frequent because of the Living Last Supper, the play, and short weeks! Please let me know if you have any questions about anything in language class!
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 too early to start thinking about what they want to write about! Spelling will continue until the end of the year on 'regular weeks'. 8th Religion- We have been working really hard on practicing and preparing for the Living Stations of the Cross. In the midst of that, we have snuck in a few chapters in the book and will continue to work through that. After chapter 9 (the next chapter), the students will have their unit 3 test, which is a test over the past 3 chapters. They will be able to use notes and previous tests. Students will also start theology of hte body on March 29th. There is a parent meeting in my room on March 8 at 6:30. Deb Ryan will be leading the meeting and going over important information about what the kids will learn in the 10 week TOB program. At least one parent is encouraged to attned! 8th Reading- Right now, students are working on an independent reading unit. For this unit, students haven chosen a book they are interested in and we come together as a class to discuss themes, literary elements, and have literature circles with other students in the class. After this unit wraps up, we will start our Holocaust unit with the book "Betweeen Shades of Gray", which follows a young Russian girl during the Holocaust. That unit should take us to the end of the year! 6th Language- We have been working hard on grammar and parts of speech. Right now, students are learning about adverbs and how they work in sentences. After spring break, we will put everything together in the form of a research project. That will take us to the end of the year, or near the end of the year! I will help students through each step in the process, but it is not too early to start thinking about a topic they may be interested in researching for the last two months of the school year! We will continue with spelling as long as time allows. Let me know if you have any questions! Happy spring, everyone!
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 start practicing for the Living Stations, which will be held on Good Friday (March 25) at 2:00 pm. Also, students will start Theology of the Body with Deb Ryan. A parent letter will be sent home soon. Please mark your calanders for March 8, as there will be a parent meeting at 6:30 in my room to talk about what the students will be learning in Theology of the Body over the next 10 weeks. Reading: We are finishing up the book Ungifted. That will take us to the end of the 2nd trimester. Then, students will have an independent book unit, where we focus on themes of literature through different novels of the students' choosing. We will end the year with our Holocaust novel, Between Shades of Gray. 6th Language: Students have been working hard in class on grammar units. We are working with adjectives and the students have done a lot with their textbooks, outside sources, and real world applications. They are really getting the hang of grammar! We will end the year with a research paper unit, where students will learn how to do research, how to cite sources, and the importance of note taking! Spelling will continue as usual. Important Dates: Feb 1-5 Catholic Schools' Week Feb 12: Valentine's Day Parties and end of trimester 2 Feb 16, 17, 18 Conferences Feb 18-19: No School Feb 24: Early Dismissal -Ms. Campbell
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 basis after break! 8th Language: Students will continue with units covering the different parts of speech when we get back from break. We will start with pronouns; continue with adjectives and so on until spring or Easter break. After Easter break, students will write their final paper for the year, a research paper. We will continue with spelling on a weekly basis after break! 8th Reading: We are just finishing our unit over The Maze Runner, and the students seem to really have enjoyed it! Our focus for that novel was prediction. Students spent a lot of the novel trying to predict and infer what would happen based on the information we had. We will watch the movie after break and complete a compare/contrast activity that has the students look at similarities and differences between the book and the novel. Our first book after break will be "Ungifted" by James Gordon. In this novel, we will focus on sequencing and re-telling of events. After that novel, we will do our Holocaust novel. 8th Religion: We have been very busy preparing for our Advent prayer services, Masses, and the Advent Program at school so we have taken a break from the book to learn the true meaning of Advent and service. Students have spent time this Advent season reflecting on their own process of preparation, as well as going through an examination of conscience to prepare for Reconciliation. After break, we will get back into the book and start with the 10 Commandments. We will be assigning parts for the Living Stations shortly after break. The date for the Living Stations in March 25 and it is not too early to start planning! Christmas break would be a good time to talk to your child about what part they would be interested in. More information to come on that after break. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! I look forward to seeing everyone when we return in January! God Bless, Ms. Campbell
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 wrap up the unit and then preform a dramatic reader’s theater of one of William Shakespeare’s plays to end the trimester. After poetry, we will work on persuasive writing. Reading- Next week, we will start The Maze Runner, a thriller by James Dashner. The students have done very well with the other two novels this trimester, and The Maze Runner will take us into second trimester as well. We will focus on plot and character development with this novel and their final project will be a comparison essay between the novel and the recently released movie! Please ensure that your child is reading every night. They should have homework for reading almost every night and it is important that they keep up with the reading, as not to get bogged down at the end of a novel. Please let me know if you have any questions. 8th Religion- We recently started Chapter 4: Our Roles as Christians. This chapter focuses on Jesus’ role in our lives, as well as our role in other people’s lives. Soon, the students will start practicing for their Advent Prayer Service, which will be held on December 1. Also, students will work with their Kindergarten buddies to put on the Live Nativity on December 16. When we are not busy preparing for those prayer services, we will continue working out of the book and testing with each chapter! 6th Language- We have been working on poetry for the past couple of weeks and will continue poetry until the end of the trimester. 6th Graders will have a poetry project to wrap up the unit, which will be due on November 12th. Guidelines for that will be sent home next week. After poetry, we will get into grammar and mechanics, which we will focus on until Christmas Break. We will start with subjects and predicates, and move into sentence structure and punctuation closer to Christmas time. Additionally, we will continue with spelling every week! Important Dates: November 2-6: Reading Benchmarking Week November 5: Dress Down & Middle School Field Trip to Soweto Gospel Choir at the Civic Center November 13: Spirit Day & End of Trimester 1 November 19: Dress Down for Missions November 24: Mass by 8th grade & Buddy Activity from 2:00-3:00 pm November 25-7th: No School; Happy Thanksgiving!

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 quite a bit of learning to be done this week (& always)! Please try to reiterate to your child how important it is to get assignments and projects turned in on time this week so we can all enjoy summer break!
  • We will be cleaning lockers and desks on Friday, May 29th. Your student may want to bring a plastic sack or extra bag to take home all of their extra notebooks, locker decor, etc. that day. This is not necessary, just a suggestion!

 

That being said, I hope everyone has a great summer. I will get grades finalized and updated on PowerSchool by Thursday. If your child is missing any assignments, they should know and know I expect them by Wednesday morning!

I have enjoyed teaching each and every student this year and am looking forward to another great year next year! I will miss seeing the 8th graders greatly, but know they will each go on to do great things. Please come back and visit us! Have a good summer and God Bless!

-Ms. Campbell

 

Important Dates:

  • 5/27- Mass at 8:30 am by 8th and K
  • 5/27- 6-8th to Diary Zone 10-11 am
  • 5/27- 8th grade dunk tank 12:45-3:10 pm
  • 5/28- 8th grade's last day
  • 5/28- 8th grade graduation at the church 7 pm, followed by reception
  • 5/29- Last day of school! 1 p.m. dismissal! 

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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