The last month of school is always so very busy and hectic, but it is also so wonderful and just a little bittersweet. It’s amazing how much the students have learned and grown this year. Here is what will be happening between now and the end of the year.
8th Reading - Students are working on their final project/assessments for Night right now. These are due next Wednesday, May 6th. They had today and tomorrow as work days. Next week we will hand out Hamlet and get started right away so we can be sure to finish before the end of the year. Our copies are called side-by-sides, which means we read the original Shakespearian text on the left, and a modern English translation is given on the right. It is a great way to introduce the students to such difficult text without stressing them out!
6th Reading - Students just completed their Lesson 21 assessments this week! They did fantastic! Everyone scored proficiently with no re-dos or extra assistance! Their note taking skills have continued to improve, and I told them how pleased I was that they are studying their notes and preparing for their assessments. Each lesson I am writing less and less on the white board, and expecting them to take notes over what is said, not just copying what I write. They are doing so great!! We will probably get through Lesson 22 and 23 before the end of the year. The week of May 19th the students have a free-choice book report/project due. They have known about this since the beginning of 3rd trimester. So please keep on them that this date is approaching so that they are not trying to throw a project together the night before it is due!
7th Guidance - We have started, and will continue with another lesson on cyber bullying before moving to the topic of harassment, including sexual harassment. These are important concepts for the students to understand and to be able to identify if necessary, as well as how to get help if it is happening to them or someone they know.
Student Council - May Baskets will be distributed to classrooms on Friday. I bet there will be a lot of surprised students! Thank you to everyone who ordered a basket and supported the Student Council in raising funds for the 8th grade dunk tank at the end of the year. This is the student body’s gift to the 8th graders as they get ready to graduate and become St. Joseph Alumni! It is a fun day, and we appreciate your help in making it possible for us to give them this day!
I hope you enjoy the next few weeks! Before we know it they will be gone, and summer vacation will be here!