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Classroom News: May 29 - June 4

6th Grade Social Studies
It is hard to believe that we are almost finished with this school year. I guess time flies when you are having fun! To finish out our year, we will be discussing the cultural, social, religious, and governmental changes that took place during the Renaissance and Reformation. 
 
7th Grade Religion
As the end of the school year draws near, we will be discussing chapter 23, which focuses on the Holy Spirit and Pentacost. This is such a great chapter for us to end on because it includes information about the fruits of the Spirit, or what we can expect if we are truly living a Christ-like life. As our final activity, the seventh graders will be given six short Bible passages. They will be reflecting on what these passages are calling them to do and be, and they will then write a plan for their spiritual growth over the summer.
It is been a privilege to teach religion to these wonderful young people! I hope that their faith has grown as much as mine has this year!
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week includes only two days together in the classroom. What an amazing journey the last three years has been with these incredible young people. As we finish our examination of American history, it is my fervent hope that all of my students understand how privileged we are to to live in this nation. Studying American history is so vital to our development as responsible citizens because as we see time and again throughout our history, every voice matters!

Classroom News: May 21 - 25

6th Grade Social Studies
We will complete our study of the Middle Ages this week. The students will have a test on Tuesday. We will begin our last chapter during the later part of the week, a study of the Renaissance and Reformation. The students will examine all of the advancements made during this important time period. 
 
7th Grade Religion
This week we are focusing on the Ascension of Christ and the message that he left for his disciples, the same message we are called to follow today: Go Make a Difference! We will be discussing what our faith calls us to do to bring the message of Christ's peace and justice to our communities. The students will have a quiz over this chapter on Thursday. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
With exams completed and only two days of classes for the 8th graders this week, we will focus on current events and watching a video about some of the political and social changes that occurred in the latter half of the 20th century. 

Classroom News: May 14 - 18

6th Grade Social Studies
We will conclude our study of the Middle Ages this week. We will discuss the social changes that occurred and the breakdown of the feudal system. We will also discuss the black death and complete a math activity related to that topic. The students will have their test on chapter 18 on Friday.
 
7th Grade Religion
The seventh graders are continuing their study of the Passion of Christ. This week they will look at the role of several individuals during the Passion and discuss whether our actions communicate that we are willing to reach out to others or play it safe. The students will have a quiz over chapter 21 on Thursday. They will start chapter 22 towards the end of the week. This chapter looks at the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This is exam week for the 8th graders. Their SOCIAL STUDIES EXAM is scheduled for MONDAY. The students will have the rest of the social studies classes this week to study for other up-coming exams or watch social studies videos on topics we did not get to discuss before the exam. 

Classroom News: May 7 - 11

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will dive into our studies of the later Middle Ages. This will include a look at the political, social, and cultural changes that occurred during this time period. The students will have a few interesting activities related to the Middle Ages.
 
7th Grade Religion
The seventh graders will be continuing their study of the Eucharist this week. We will watch a video on Formed.org that details the scriptural basis for the Eucharist and the importance of this sacrament to Catholics today. We will have a test over this chapter on Wednesday. The next chapter, which we will start later in the week, looks at the Passion of Christ. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This is the eighth graders last week of social studies before they take their exam next week!  The students will be completing a quick study of the Civil Rights era. The last part of the week will be spent preparing for the exam, which is scheduled for Monday, May 14th. The students already have the exam study guide. Their only homework this week for social studies is to prepare for the exam. 

Classroom News: April 30 - May 4

6th Grade Social Studies
We are continuing our study of early Medieval Europe this week. The students are learning about the feudal system in Europe and are comparing that with the Japanese feudal system. The students will have a test over this chapter on Thursday. 
 
7th Grade Religion
This week we are beginning our chapter on the Eucharist. We will discuss the parts of the Mass and the importance of the Eucharist and Mass in our lives. The students will have a quiz over this chapter next week.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
We are completing our study of the Cold War this week by discussing the book chapter, grading a packet the students completed, and watching a video on the different aspects of the Cold War, both domestically and internationally. The students will have an open notes quiz over the video content this week. The eighth graders also have a map quiz on the Middle East on Friday.

Classroom News: April 23 - 27

6th Grade World History
The sixth graders will complete their study of early African empires on Monday with the chapter 13 test. We will begin to study Medieval Europe beginning on Tuesday. This will include the geography of Europe, and the political and religious changes that occurred during this time period.
 
7th Grade Religion
This week we will continue our study of the challenges that Jesus faced in his life and death. This chapter will include a discussion of Catholic beliefs about death and discussions of Catholic funeral rites. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth grader will finally complete their unit on World War II and the Holocaust. We will have an open book/notes test on Tuesday. The students have received a study guide to help them prepare their notes. We will begin our study of the Cold War this week. The students will have a packet that will be completed independently. In addition to that, in class we will watch a video that takes the students through the major events of this period in history. The students will be responsible for the video material. They will have a quiz over the material early next week. 

April 16 - 20

6th Grade Social Studies
We will be exploring early African empires this week. We will be discussing the geography of Africa, physical and political, and we will also discuss the rise of four different empires. The sixth graders will look at the culture and social structure of west African empires. The test on this material is scheduled for Friday, but this may change to do in-class activities. 
 
7th Grade Religion
This week the seventh graders will continue to work on chapter 18, which focuses on living a life centered on Christ. This chapter discusses the virtues and grace. The students will complete a introspection activity that challenges them to think about how they incorporate their faith into their lives and how they can continue to grow in their faith. There will be a test on the material on Wednesday.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This is the last week of our WWII and Holocaust unit. On Monday the students will hear Dr. Henry Fenichel, a Holocaust survivor, speak. In addition to hearing his story, the students will also have time to ask Dr. Fenichel questions about his life and experiences. The students will also turn in their Holocaust reflection assignment on Monday. The rest of the week will be spent examining the aftermath of the war. The students will have an open book test on WWII on Friday. 

April 10 - 13

6th Grade Social Studies
We will be starting our chapter on early African empires. This chapter will also include a study on the physical and resource geography of Africa. 
 
7th Grade Religion
We are beginning chapter 18 this week. This chapter focuses on how Jesus calls us to follow his example and to grow in love towards others, ourselves, and God. We will complete a packet this week that leads the students through what it means to grow in love and connects the concept to scripture. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will continue their unit on WWII and the Holocaust this week. We will complete our discussion of Hitler's final solution. We will also learn about the liberation of the camps and what happened to the Holocaust survivors. In addition to that we will complete a lesson on the perpetrators, collaborators, and bystanders in the Holocaust. The students will have a Holocaust Reflection project due Monday, 4/16. 

March 26-28

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will wrap up our discussion of the Islamic world. The students will be examining how the religion spread and affected societies around the world. We will also discuss the beliefs of the faith. The students will be completing an essay test. This test will be open book and notes, and the students will have to discuss the Islamic faith, compare and contrast the faith with Christianity and discuss why stereotyping a group of people is unacceptable.
 
7th Grade Religion
This week we will complete our discussion of marriage, love, and sex with an open book quiz. We will also discuss how to make spiritually-based decisions about these topics. We will wrap up with week with adoration, Rosary, and Stations of the Cross to help prepare these students for the Paschal Triduum. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will continue their study of World War II and the Holocaust this week. We will discuss topics that include Hitler's "Final Solution," rescuers and resistance during the war, and the military conclusion of the war.
 

7th GRADE PARENTS - PLEASE READ

Dear 7th Grade Parents,
 
This week (March 19-23) the seventh graders will begin working on chapter 16 in the religion textbook. This chapter discusses marriage, love, and sex. Mr. Wilburn has sent home a communication that includes the objectives of this chapter. I invite you to pre-read the chapter and email me with any questions you have regarding the content.
 
On Tuesday evening I will be assigning the students to read chapter 16 at home with you. They will be required to have a parent sign their textbook to indicate that you read the chapter with your child. My goal in assigning this as student and parent homework is to facilitate discussion between you and your child. I recognize that you are your child's most important teacher, and as such I want you to have the first opportunity to answer your child's questions about this important and sensitive topic. 
 
In addition, Mr. Wilburn and I will have a special class next Thursday with the seventh graders that is devoted to answering the students' questions about this topic. The students will be required to have all questions that will be answered in class initialed by a parent. The purpose behind this is to make you aware of what questions your child has and what they will be asking the school staff about these topics. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Thank you,
Ellen Beiersdorfer
 

Classroom News: March 19 - 23

6th Grade Social Studies
We will continue our study of Rome and Christianity this week. The students will be completing notes on the chapter and working on the study guide early in the week. They will take the test over chapter 11 on Thursday. We will also begin a short study on the Islamic world. This will be a one week study before spring break and will culminate in the student's first essay test. 
 
7th Grade Religion
The seventh graders will be working on the cardinal virtues of justice and temperance early this week. They will be discussing the importance of recognizing and protecting the rights of others and "giving everyone their due." We will start chapter 16 mid-week. Please see my separate post and Mr. Wilburn's letter on sex education for more details about this chapter.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
We will continue our study of World War II and the Holocaust this week. The students will be exploring the rise of Nazism in Germany, the use of ghettos during the Holocaust, and the implementation of the "final solution" by the Nazis. We will also discuss the close of the war and examine several primary sources. 

Classroom News: March 12 - 16

THIS WEEK IS TESTING WEEK AT ST. ANDREW. PLENTY OF SLEEP AND EATING A GOOD BREAKFAST WILL HAVE EVERYONE OFF TO A GREAT START EACH MORNING!
 
6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will continue our study of Rome by looking at the spread of the Roman Empire and its connection to the spread of Christianity. This should be a great week of connecting history to faith!
 
7th Grade Religion
We will be continuing our study of the Kingdom of God, Justice, and Truth. The lessons we complete this week will dive into what we consider justice to be in the Catholic faith and what that looks like in our own lives, in our community, and in the world. The students will also be watching a few videos that detail the importance of the virtues in our lives.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will continue their study of World War II this week. We will be looking at how the war started and what the initial military actions were in Europe. We will also be discussing the start of the Holocaust by examining Nazi policies and the initial actions of the Nazi party against Jews and other groups. 
 

Classroom News: March 5 - 9

6th Grade Social Studies
We are continuing our study of the Roman Republic this week. The students will finish their work on chapter 10 and they will have a test over the chapter on Thursday. At the end of the week we will continue our study of Rome and its connection to Christianity.
 
7th Grade Religion
The students will be learning about fortitude and justice this week. They will be discussing the importance of these virtues in leading a Christ-centered life. We will also have an Adoration service this Thursday. Each grade level will be given the chance to have a very special encounter with Jesus. We will be using the Bible passage about the bleeding woman (Mark 5:21-34) as the basis for Adoration service. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth grade will be finishing up their presentations on the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression. Each student is working with a partner or two to present a specific aspect of one of these time periods. There will be a quiz over the content of these presentations on Wednesday. The students will also begin their study of World War II. This is our longest unit of the year and will involve an examination of the Holocaust. If you have any questions about the content of our unit, please feel free to contact me.

Classroom News: February 26 - March 2

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete the Ancient Greek Olympics.  The students are having a great time participating in the fun games we are playing. We will begin our study of Ancient Rome this week as well. The students will learn about the founding of Rome and the early government and society. 
 
7th Grade Religion
We will continue our study of the Beatitudes this week. The students will complete a few activities and take their chapter test on Wednesday. The students will also be required to memorize the 8 Beatitudes by Friday. We will be decorating cookie bags for prisoners who are participating in a religious retreat. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the eighth graders will be working on a group project. Each group will be given a topic to research from the 1920s and 1930s. They will put together a power point and present the information to the class. We will also be starting our study of the Central African nations. 

Classroom News: February 20-23

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will be wrapping up our study of Ancient Greece with a fun culminating activity: reenacting the Ancient Greek Olympics! The students will be assigned to a city-state and they will participate in several different Olympic events to honor the Ancient Greeks. The students will also be creating flags and pledges for their city-state that they use during the games. It should be a really fun week!
 
7th Grade Religion
We will continue our Lenten activities this week by taking a look at the mercy we find in the sacrament of confession. We will also be discussing the virtue of prudence this week. The students will begin the chapter on the Beatitudes. They will be required to memorize these over the next two weeks. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week we will wrap up our study of World War I. The eighth graders will look at the aftermath of the war, including the creation of the League of Nations. There will be a test over World War I on Friday. We will also have a graded CNN quiz on Tuesday. The students are allowed to use their notes on the CNN quiz, so they should make sure that they are up-to-date!